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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship – Pre-tournament Notes and Interviews

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G
Pinnacle Country Club
Rogers, Arkansas
September 7-8, 2011
Pre-tournament notes and interviews

Cristie Kerr, Rolex Rankings No. 3
Michelle Wie, Rolex Rankings No. 12
Morgan Pressel, Rolex Rankings No. 15
Juli Inkster, Rolex Rankings No. 46
Yani Tseng, Rolex Rankings No. 1

Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Danielle Kang, Rolex Rankings No. 327


The fifth edition of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G will kick off on Friday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng will highlight a stellar field of 144 players who will be competing for a $2 million purse and a $300,000 first-place prize. Tournament officials have called this year’s field the strongest in the event’s history.

Tseng shot a final-round 65 to capture a one-stroke victory over Michelle Wie at last year’s event. Wie is coming off one of her best finishes of the season, as she came up one stroke shy of defending her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. It was Wie’s second runner-up finish in 2011. Joining Tseng and Wie in this year’s field will be 46 of the top 50 players on the 2011 LPGA Official Money List including Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and No. 3 Cristie Kerr.

In it to win it…When Morgan Pressel tees it up in an LPGA event she is there for one purpose, to win a golf tournament. The two-time LPGA Tour winner is in the midst of a solid season that includes seven top-10 finishes including runner-up at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and third at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Poised to make her third Solheim Cup appearance, Pressel feels confident about her game heading into a difficult stretch of international LPGA tournaments.

“I’m here to win and, you know, I’m here to really feel confident about my game heading into Solheim Cup as well as into Asia at the end of the season,” said Pressel. “(This season) has been predominantly positive and I feel like I’m kind of on an upward trend to really playing some great golf.”

Gearing up for this month’s Solheim Cup, Pressel has been working vigorously to carry on her tradition of making gift bags for the U.S. Team.

“I spent all week last week getting all my goodies together, my little gift bag for the team,” said Pressel. “There’s nothing that I really get more excited about than playing in the Solheim Cup.”

Cardinal red? Michelle Wie arrived in the interview room on Thursday afternoon donning a new hair color – red.

Wie said she made the change to her hair before heading to the tournament this week in Northwest Arkansas. The 21-year-old, who is currently a senior at Stanford University, was asked about her decision to dye her hair a bright shade of red.

“I wanted to go red for a while, kind of wanted to change it up a little bit,” Wie said. “Haven’t done anything drastic to my hair for a long time. I didn’t want to cut it, so I guess dyeing was the way to go.”

While her hair color might be different, Wie is hoping to build off her recent success this week in Arkansas. She is coming off a runner-up finish at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. It was Wi

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