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Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV Pre-tournament Notes and Interviews

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Navistar LPGA Classic
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capital Hill, Senator Course
Prattville, Alabama
September 13, 2011
Pre-tournament notes and interviews

 
Yani Tseng, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Katherine Hull, Rolex Rankings No. 33

 
The LPGA returns to Prattville, Alabama, this week for the fifth playing of the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV.
An elite field of 144 players will compete for a total purse of $1,300,000 and a first place prize of $195,000 on the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Capitol Hill Senator Course.
 
The star studded field features 13 of the top 15 players in the Rolex Rankings including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, No. 3 Cristie Kerr, No. 4 Na Yeon Choi, No. 8 Paula Creamer, No. 9 Brittany Lincicome, No. 10 I.K. Kim, No. 11 Stacy Lewis, No. 12 Michelle Wie, No. 13 Karrie Webb and No. 14 Inbee Park. Tseng, who looks to capture her sixth LPGA tournament and ninth tournament victory world-wide this year, is coming off a win at last week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G.
 
Headlining this week’s field are former champions including defending champion Katherine Hull, Maria Hjorth, LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak. Last year, Hull earned a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lincicome to claim her second career LPGA title
 
Sweet Home Alabama: Defending Champion Katherine Hull might be from Australia but the Aussie feels right at home with the southern hospitality in Prattville, Alabama.
 
“It’s always nice to be back here,” said Hull.  I love this golf course, and we’re fortunate we play down in Mobile, as well, and I think the southern hospitality, you can’t beat it.  It actually reminds me of home, like the laid‑back kind of personality of people.”
 
Hull is in the midst of an up-and-down 2011 season that includes four top-21 finishes and a season-best tie for sixth at the Avnet LPGA Classic. While the two-time LPGA Tour champion feels confident about her game, she admits several off-the-course issues have stood in the way of her hoisting her third trophy.
 
“I’ve kind of had a rough year off the golf course, and it’s affected what’s going on on the golf course, so it’s been hard to kind of get that in check,” said Hull. “Swing‑wise it feels pretty good. “
 
Playing for a cause: LPGA Tour rookie Jennifer Johnson has made the most of her first-year campaign and now she is taking the time to give back. Earlier this season, Johnson played for the Wounded Warrior Project at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and she has since partnered with Navistar to help raise awareness for the cause.
 
On Tuesday, Johnson played a practice round with two Wounded Warriors – Dan Nevins and Joe Caley – both who suffered brain injuries in Iraq. Nevins continues to play golf despite the loss of both his legs. Johnson will also donate half of her Navistar LPGA Classic earnings to the cause. Johnson, who began the season with Category 20 status, has moved her way up the list via some good play and the reshuffle. Johnson has made six of nine cuts this year with a season-best tie for 12th at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. She currently sits No. 70 on the LPGA money list.
 
“It’s an honor to be playing with

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