Australia's Karrie Webb is the defending champion, and a successful title defense this week would put Webb, currently in second on the LPGA Career Money List, over $13 million in earnings since joining the tour in 1996.
There's more than money at stake in Williamsburg, however, as the $2.2 million Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill is one of the season's 10 Winner events in the LPGA Playoffs 2007. That means the winner automatically qualifies for the ADT Championship.
Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome have already qualified with respective victories at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Ginn Open. The remaining field of 32 who don't qualify through a Winner event or wildcard is determined by a performance-based points system throughout the year.
In 2006 Webb got her second of three Winner events at the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. She finished the year with five victories to become with Annika Sorenstam and Ochoa one of only three players to earn more than $2 million in a single season.
This week's field includes all eight 2007 LPGA Tour winners, including World No. 1 women's golfer Lorena Ochoa. Annika Sorenstam, who is off the tour with a back injury, won't compete. Sorenstam's goal is to make it back for her new event, the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, at the end of this month.
Silvia Cavalleri will be teeing up for the first time since becoming the first Italian to win an LPGA Tour title at the Corona Championship last month, and South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim will be competing fresh off her SemGroup Championship victory.
May 9, 2007
Anyone looking back at the final scores of the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's will almost certainly come to the wrong conclusion that this was a comfortable three-shot win for Catriona Matthew. It was anything but as the seemingly imperturbable Scot struggled to hit a fairway throughout the final round and was only rescued by some superb recovery shots and a bunch of astonishing long putts.
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