Jeong Jang First half of LPGA Playoffs race climaxes with Wegmans LPGA in New York

The LPGA Tour heads to Pittsford, N.Y., this week for the Wegmans LPGA at Locust Hill Country Club.

The event closes the first half of the LPGA Playoffs 2007 season. The winner will take home $270,000, and the top 11 players in the ADT Points race following the Wegmans LPGA will qualify for the season-ending ADT Championship.

Jeong Jang is the defending champion. She has played well so far this year, earning $200,000 and finishing third at the Safeway International.

But defending her title won't be easy. This week's field includes 27 of the top 30 golfers on the LPGA money list, and all will be looking to sharpen up for the U.S. Women's Open.

The 2005 Wegmans winner, world women's No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, has won twice this season and leads the money list with $1.2 million. She'll likely be hungry for a win after losing to Annika Sorenstam on her own turf at a Skins Game in Acapulco last weekend. Sorenstam won 11 skins worth $165,000 to Ochoa's $105,000.

Five other past champions will compete - Karrie Webb, Kim Saiki-Maloney, Rachel Hetherington, Meg Mallon and Nancy Lopez - as will Suzann Pettersen, fresh off her LPGA Championship triumph.

Pettersen, the LPGA Tour's other double winner this year (she won the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill in a sudden-death playoff with Jee Young Lee), is currently second on the money list with more than $1 million this season and is close to surpassing $2 million in career earnings.

June 20, 2007

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