Top LPGA stars will play in Pattaya event

Posted on January 20, 2011

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The world’s top stars have comfirmed their participation at next month’s Honda LPGA Thailand in Pattaya, organisers said yesterday.

The LPGA season opener is for the top 50 players on last year’s money list plus 10 qualifiers and sponsor’s invites. The application deadline for the US$1.45 million event was yesterday and missing from the list were South Koreans Jeong Jang (41) and Jee Young Lee (19).

Crowd-pullers Paula “Pink Panther” Creamer and Michelle Wie, both of the US, will return to Thailand’s premier women’s golf tournament scheduled from Feb 17-20 at Siam Country Club’s Old Course.

Both Creamer and Wie did not make an impact last year. Creamer was forced to pull out after the first round due to a hand injury.

The “Pink Panther” will be returning to Thailand brimming with confidence after winning her first Major at the 2010 US Women’s Open. It will be her third appearance in the Honda tournament.

World No.10 Wie, who joined the Tour in 2009, made her Pattaya debut last year and finished down the field. She has won two tournaments including last year’s Canadian Open.

Top players who will compete in the fifth Honda event include world No. 1 Jiyai Shin of South Korea, No.2 Christie Kerr of the US, No.3 Suzann Pettersen of Norway, No.4 Na Yeon Choi, last year’s LPGA money winner from South Korea, No.5 Yani Tseng of Taiwan and No.6 Ai Miyazato of Japan who is the Honda Thailand defending champion.

Tseng, 21, was one of the most successful golfers last year when she took three titles including her second career Major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The Taiwanese played impressively in Pattaya last year when she finished third behind winner Miyazato.

Popular Natalie Gulbis, multi-Major winner Se Ri Pak and 2006 Honda winner Hee Won Han are also on the list.

Ariya Jutanugarn, 14, will be playing as a sponsor’s invite. She is regarded as Thailand’s best female amateur at the moment and has played in the Honda event in 2007 and 2010.

Meanwhile, Thidapa Suwannapura is hoping to make her fourth appearance in the event. The former national golfer, who turned pro late last year, will join the qualifying later this month.

Host Venue 

SIAM COUNTRY CLUB PATTAYA OLD COURSE
50/6 Moo 9, Tambon Pong, Amphor Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand
Tel. +66 38 909 700
Fax. +66 38 909 779
Date 

Tournament Week : February 17-20, 2011
Thursday, February 17       – 1st Round
Friday, February 18             – 2nd Round
Saturday, February 19        – 3rd Round
Sunday, February 20          – Final Round
Prize Money US$ 1.45 million
Official Sanctions Sanctioned by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
Official Broadcaster BBTV Channel 7
Title Sponsor Honda
Main Sponsor PTT
Co Sponsors Cotto , Bank of Ayudhya (BAY) , Chonburi ,
Thailand convention & exhibition bureau (TCEB)
Partners Dusit Thani Pattaya , Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course
Promoter BBTV Channel 7 & IMG
Co-promoter IMG
Tournament Format of Play & Qualifying Criteria 72-hole stroke play with no cut. Field comprising of top 50 available players from the 2010 LPGA Official Money List and 10 invites. In the event of a tie for first place a ‘sudden death’ play-off will take place over holes 18, 18, 17, 18.
2010 Champion AI MIYAZATO (Japan)

Distributor Tickets available at Thai Ticket Major
Course SIAM COUNTRY CLUB PATTAYA OLD COURSE
Price Thursday 17 February 2011, Friday 18 February 2011 – 200 baht
Saturday 19 February 2011 – 300 baht
Sunday 20 February 2011 – 400 baht 

Season ticket 4 days – 600 baht.

*** Free admission for 18 years old or below and 60 years old or above***

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