Stacy Lewis set to defend her title at the JTBC Founders Cup

Stacy Lewis
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Stacy Lewis celebrates after winning the the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club on March 17, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The LPGA Tour kicks off its U.S. domestic schedule this week in Phoenix, Ariz. at the newly-named JTBC Founders Cup. In its fourth year, the tournament continues to honor the past, present and future of women’s golf. The 144-player field that features 18 of the top-20 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will be playing for a $1.5 million purse.

Stacy Lewis returns to Wildfire Golf Club to defend her title and to the site where her win pushed her into the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Lewis overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of Sunday’s final round in 2013 and battled Japan’s Ai Miyazato down the stretch for a three-shot victory. The Texas native topped the week off by donating $50,000 to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program on the 18th green.

The winners of the first four events of the 2014 – No. 27 Jessica Korda, No. 6 Karrie Webb, No. 15 Anna Nordqvist and No. 15 Paula Creamer – are all slated to play this week. Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park will also be in action and is coming off a victory at the LET’s World Ladies Championship in China. Park is off to a torrid start to the 2014 season and recorded a runner-up finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand and a tie for fourth at the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Twelve LPGA Tour rookies are also in the field including Rolex Rankings No. 4 Lydia Ko who has a demanding lead in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race. The 16-year old from New Zealand already has two top-10 finishes this season and leads Mirim Lee by 164 points on the points list.

Topics: JTBC Founders Cup, Tournament Preview