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What to watch for this week at Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G
Pinnacle Country Club
Rogers, Arkansas
September 5-11, 2011

Yani Tseng

Best-Ever Field
The star-studded field is the strongest in the event’s five-year history and includes 47 of the top 50 and 10 of the top 10 on the LPGA money list. Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, who looks to capture her fifth LPGA tournament and eighth tournament victory world-wide this year, headlines the field which also includes Rolex World Ranked No. 2 Pettersen, No. 3 Kerr, No. 4 Jiyai Shin, No. 5 Na Yeon Choi, No. 6 Ai Miyazato, No. 8 I.K. Kim, No. 9 Paula Creamer and No. 10 Brittany Lincicome. Also in the field are 2008 champion Seon Hwa Lee, LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb, all 12 U.S. Solheim Cup team members, and nine of 12 European Solheim Cup team members.

Yani Tseng

Can anyone stop Tseng?
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng and Walmart defending champion continues to add lines to her already impressive résumé in 2011. The 22-year-old became the youngest player, male or female, to win five major titles in August at the RICOH Women’s British Open. In all, she has nine LPGA victories in her four-year career including three other victories – Honda LPGA Thailand, State Farm Classic and Wegmans LPGA Championship – this season. Tseng, who has held the No. 1 position in the Rolex Rankings for 29 consecutive weeks, is looking to sweep the year-end LPGA awards. She currently holds the lead in the Rolex Player of the Year race (which she also won in 2010), the contest for the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and the LPGA money list.

Rallying Rookies
Hee Kyung Seo, a.k.a. “The Supermodel of the Fairway”, is currently dominating the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race. She has carded seven top-25 finishes this season including a runner-up finish at the U.S. Women’s Open. Chasing Seo in the race for the Louise Suggs Trophy are No. 2 Ryann O’Toole and No. 3 Tiffany Joh. Joh, Jenny Shin (No. 5) and Jennifer Johnson (No. 8) all recently gained points with season-best finishes at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

Americans on the Rise
Several U.S. players have been making some recent charges up the money list. American players swept the topfive positions at the CN Canadian Women’s Open (1. Brittany Lincicome, T2. Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis, T4 Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford.) In the last two LPGA tournaments – CN and the Safeway Classic – 11 different American players – Lincicome, Wie, Lewis, Kerr, Stanford, Paula Creamer, Vicky Hurst, Ryann O’Toole, Brittany Lang, Alison Walshe and Gerina Piller – posted top-10 finishes. O’Toole was the surprise captain’s pick for the U.S. Solheim squad. O’Toole, a three-time LPGA Futures Tour winner, has posted two top-10 finishes in eight sta

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