NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Seon Hwa Lee of South Korea, is first player in the second half of the LPGA Playoffs 2007 to secure a spot in the season-ending ADT Championship by winning the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship. Lee, who is the 16th LPGA player to qualify for the ADT Championship, defeated Ai Miyazato of Japan, 2 & 1 during the final Championship match.
Sixteen more LPGA players will qualify for the ADT Championship during the second half of the LPGA Playoffs 2007. The LPGA Playoffs 2007, a yearlong competitive structure that splits the official LPGA season into two halves, culminates at the ADT Championship, Nov. 15-18. Fifteen players from each half qualify for the ADT Championship using a performance-based points system—ADT Points—throughout the year. Two additional wildcards will be determined following The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions.
During the second half of the season, three more spots will be awarded to the victors of Winner events, which are defined as all official LPGA Tour events with a purse of at least $2 million. The HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship is one of five second half Winner events and boasts a $2 million purse.
Fifteen LPGA players qualified for the ADT Championship by either claiming a victory at a designated Winner event, or by finishing in the top-11 spots on ADT Points list during the first half of the LPGA Playoffs 2007. Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, led the 11 players on the ADT Points list with a list-topping 1,524,404 ADT Points. Joining her were Paula Creamer, 685,729 ADT Points; Mi Hyun Kim, 647,110; Sarah Lee, 580,948; Stacy Prammanasudh, 552,707; Jee Young Lee, 521,842; Karrie Webb, 407,786; Cristie Kerr, 395,180; Angela Park, 375,519; Juli Inkster, 372,980; and Angela Stanford, 367,855.
Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen and Nicole Castrale secured their spots in the 2007 ADT Championship by winning one of the five first-half Winner events. Pressel first earned her spot when she became the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to win a major championship at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, while Lincicome qualified with her victory at the Ginn OPEN in April. Pettersen qualified with her first win on the LPGA Tour at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill and claimed her second-career Tour victory one month later at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola. Castrale qualified when she became a Rolex First-Time Winner by winning the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA.
Cristie Kerr kicked off the second half of the LPGA Playoffs 2007 by winning the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open—her first-career LPGA major championship. Because Kerr already qualified for the ADT Championship via first half ADT Points, an 11th spot is open to the top second half ADT Points earners. The next three events on the LPGA Tour schedule are Winner events: Evian Masters, Ricoh Women’s British Open, which is also the final LPGA major championship of the season, and the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
The 2007 ADT Championship will feature a $1,550,000 purse with the winner taking home a $1 million paycheck, the largest first-place prize in the history of women's golf. The ADT Championship will also feature three days of playoffs, with a cut after 36 holes. Players start with a fresh scorecard for the third round, which ends with another cut to the top-eight players. A final-day shoot-out with the remaining players will have them, again, starting with a fresh scorecard for their chance at the $1 million winner’s check.
Tickets and packages to the ADT Championship are available online at adtchampionship.com and by calling 888-LPGA-TIX (574-2849). All children fifteen and under will receive free grounds admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
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