HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. -- Since Suzann Pettersen of Norway, winner of the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented By Coca-Cola, has already qualified for this year’s ADT Championship, 11 players will now be selected for the 2007 ADT Championship field from the first half of the ADT Points list. The first half of the ADT Points will culminate on June 24 after the final round of the Wegmans LPGA. Currently, Lorena Ochoa leads the ADT Points list followed by Paula Creamer and Sarah Lee.
LPGA players Nicole Castrale of Palm Desert, Calif., Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., and Pettersen have already secured their spots in the 2007 ADT Championship and must wait until after the Wegmans LPGA to see who will join them in the season-ending event. Castrale became a Rolex First-Time Winner and qualified a week ago by winning the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA, and Pettersen qualified with her first win on the LPGA Tour at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill last month. Pressel 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. All of these wins came at Winner Events, part of LPGA Playoffs 2007, where the winner is an automatic qualifier for the ADT Championship.
The LPGA Playoffs 2007, a yearlong competitive structure that splits the official LPGA season into two halves, will culminate at the ADT Championship, Nov. 15-18 at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. 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. Ten spots will be awarded to winners of Winner events, which are defined as all official LPGA Tour events with a purse of at least $2 million, while the remaining spots in each half will be awarded to the ADT Points qualifiers who are not otherwise qualified. Follow all the 2007 LPGA Playoffs action at adtchampionship.com to see who is going to join Pettersen, Castrale, Pressel and Lincicome in the 2007 ADT Championship.
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 the 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 the 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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