It’s that time of the season again on the LPGA Tour, a brutal, but exciting, stretch where the best female golfers in the world tee it up for 12 straight weeks of tournaments, with three of them major championships.
It all starts with this week’s Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Twenty of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings will be among the 144-players teeing it up this week – all chasing a $1.3 million purse at the Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.
At the 2016 Kingsmill Championship, Ariya Jutanugarn fired a final-round 67 to secure her second of five tournament titles in 2016. In all four rounds, Jutanugarn posted sub-70 scores, to finish at 14-under par, one shot ahead of rookie Su Oh of Australia.
Gerina Piller and Sei Young Kim of South Korea finished tied for third at 12-under par.
By The Numbers
- 1 – Only Cristie Kerr (2005, 2009, 2013) has won the Kingsmill Championship multiple times.
- 3 – Winners of the event who were Rolex First-Time Winners: Suzann Pettersen (2007), Lizette Salas (2014) and Minjee Lee (2015).
- 4 – Cristie Kerr’s three wins (2005, 2009, 2013) at the Kingsmill Championship have each come in four-year increments, with her last win coming in 2013 a win this year would keep the trend alive.
- 9 – There’s been three playoffs in the event’s 13-year history and the epic nine-hole sudden death between Jiyai Shin and Paula Creamer in 2012 stands as the longest sudden-death playoff between two players in LPGA history.
- 13 – This is the 13th edition of the Kingsmill Championship.
- 62 – 18-hole scoring record, most recently shot by In Gee Chun in the second round in 2016.
- 265 – Tournament record 19-under-par 72-hole score set by Annika Sorenstam in 2008.
Name: Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC
Course: Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Where: Williamsburg, VA
Distance: 6,831 yards, par 72
Architect: Pete Dye
Winning Share: $195,000
Race to CME Globe Points: 500
“No matter my ranking going to be, they going to love me the same.”
-Ariya Jutanugarn talking about her family and the pressure of chasing No. 1
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Kingsmill Resort sponsors the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC in order to continue the long history of golf championships at Kingsmill Resort. This year will be the 34th LPGA or PGA event held on the River Course at Kingsmill.
Also to support tourism in Williamsburg, the surrounding region and Virginia with what will be the largest sporting event in the area this year, and raise money for local charities and promote community involvement.
Storyline: Event No. 11 of Race to CME Globe
This week’s Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC will mark the 11th event in the season-long Race to CME Globe. ANA Inspiration champion and World No. 2 So Yeon Ryu holds a narrow lead in the current Race to the CME Globe standings with 1,605 points.
Reigning Race to the CME Globe winner Ariya Jutanugarn is close behind with 1,525 points, and she is followed closely by Cristie Kerr (1211) and Inbee Park (1082).
In 2017, the reset points for the Race to the CME Globe will be modified slightly. As a result of these modifications:
- The top five finishers entering Naples will control their own destiny at the CME Group Tour Championship
- If a player in the top five wins in Naples, she will also win the $1M CME Globe
- The top 12 finishers entering Naples will have a mathematical chance to win the $1M CME Globe
- Please note that previously, the top three controlled their destiny and top nine had a mathematical chance
Storyline: The Rookie Report
The Kingsmill Championship field features 21 of the 37 2017 LPGA Tour rookies, the most to tee it up at a tournament this season.
With seven tournaments under her belt and seven top 25s to boot, South Korean rookie Sung Hyun Park is the early leader in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award. With 406 points, Park leads Angel Yin, who has four top 25s in eight events this season, by 181 points.
Regan De Guzman (four starts, four MC), Madeleine Sheils (one start, one MC) and Mariah Stackhouse (two starts, two MC) will be looking to make their first cuts as LPGA Tour members.
In 2017, the LPGA expanded its global representation with the addition of five rookies from new countries: Aditi Ashok (India), Laura Gonzalez Escallon (Belgium), Daniela Darquea (Ecuador), Olafia Kristinsdottir (Iceland) and Krista Puisite (Latvia). Ashok, Escallon and Kristinsdottir will be in action at the Kingsmill Championship.
Storyline: Home Cooking
Kingsmill is the only LPGA Tour stop in Virginia, and three LPGA players will tee it up in a place that is close to their hearts.
Rolex Rankings No. 28 Brittany Lang, the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open champion, was born in nearby Richmond, Virginia. In nine appearances at the Kingsmill Resort, her career-best finish is 12th in 2014.
Sandra Changkija was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and she has yet to miss the stop at the Kingsmill Championship, making the cut in three of her five starts.
Brittany Altomare was a four-time All-American and the 2013 ACC Player of the Year while attending the University of Virginia. At the 2016 Kingsmill Championship, she recorded her first career top-20 finish (T-18), and has since earned four more.
Full Field: Kingsmill Championship
|Name (A-L)||Name (L-Y)|
|Marina Alex||Min Lee|
|Beth Allen||Minjee Lee|
|Brittany Altomare||Mirim Lee|
|Amy Anderson||Amelia Lewis|
|Aditi Ashok||Brittany Lincicome|
|Laetitia Beck||Pernilla Lindberg|
|Ashleigh Buhai||Gaby Lopez|
|Katie Burnett||Lee Lopez|
|Dori Carter||Mo Martin|
|Sandra Changkija||Caroline Masson|
|Ssu-Chia Cheng||Ally McDonald|
|Peiyun Chien||Stephanie Meadow|
|Chella Choi||Wichanee Meechai|
|Na Yeon Choi||Giulia Molinaro|
|In Gee Chun||Becky Morgan|
|Karen Chung||Belen Mozo|
|Carlota Ciganda||Azahara Munoz|
|Cydney Clanton||Haru Nomura|
|Holly Clyburn||Anna Nordqvist|
|Jacqui Concolino||Su Oh|
|Lauren Coughlin *||Therese O'Hara|
|Perrine Delacour||Ryann O'Toole|
|Brianna Do #||Lee-Anne Pace|
|Lindy Duncan||Brooke Pancake|
|Austin Ernst||Annie Park|
|Laura Gonzalez Escallon||Hee Young Park|
|Shanshan Feng||Jane Park|
|Simin Feng||Sung Hyun Park|
|Dana Finkelstein||Sadena Parks|
|Sandra Gal||Maria Parra|
|Jaye Marie Green||Katherine Perry|
|Regan De Guzman||Suzann Pettersen|
|Jennifer Ha||Gerina Piller|
|Mina Harigae||Morgan Pressel|
|Nasa Hataoka||Beatriz Recari|
|Caroline Hedwall||Mel Reid|
|Brooke M. Henderson||Paula Reto|
|Celine Herbin||Demi Runas|
|Dani Holmqvist||So Yeon Ryu|
|Wei-Ling Hsu||Madelene Sagstrom|
|Mi Jung Hur||Lizette Salas|
|Vicky Hurst||Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong|
|Karine Icher||Alena Sharp|
|Laura Jansone #||Madeleine Sheils|
|Eun-Hee Ji||Jenny Shin|
|Tiffany Joh||Kelly Shon|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||Sarah Jane Smith|
|Moriya Jutanugarn||Jennifer Song|
|Danielle Kang||Nontaya Srisawang|
|Kim Kaufman||Mariah Stackhouse *|
|Sarah Kemp||Angela Stanford|
|Cristie Kerr||Marissa Steen|
|Megan Khang||Jackie Stoelting|
|Christina Kim||Thidapa Suwannapura|
|Sei Young Kim||Kris Tamulis|
|Katherine Kirk||Kelly Tan|
|Joanna Klatten||Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras|
|Lydia Ko||Lexi Thompson|
|P.K. Kongkraphan||Yani Tseng|
|Jessica Korda||Emily Tubert|
|Nelly Korda||Ayako Uehara|
|Olafia Kristinsdottir||Mariajo Uribe|
|Candie Kung||Karrie Webb|
|Min Seo Kwak||Cheyenne Woods|
|Brittany Lang||Jing Yan|
|Nicole Broch Larsen||Amy Yang|
|Bronte Law||Julie Yang|
|Maude-Aimee Leblanc||Angel Yin|
|Alison Lee||Sakura Yokomine|
|Ilhee Lee||Pavarisa Yoktuan|
|Jeong Eun Lee||Sun Young Yoo|
|Mi Hyang Lee||Kaylin Yost *|
Credit: LPGA Communications