LPGA Cambia Portland Classic
Where: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, 6,476 yards, par 72
Field: World No. 1 Jin Young Ko comes to Portland on top of her game, having won last week's CP Women's Open in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, by five strokes. It was her fourth victory this season. The 24-year-old South Korean claimed two of the five women's major championships, taking first in the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.
Six others in the top 10 of the Rolex women's world golf rankings are entered: No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, No. 3 Lexi Thompson, No. 5 Jeongeun Lee6, No. 6 Ariya Jutanugarn, No. 8 Brooke Henderson and No. 9 Nasa Hataoka.
Defending champs: Marina Alex will seek to become the first back-to-back Portland winner since Henderson, who won at Columbia Edgewater in 2015 and 2016. … Other former Portland champions competing are Stacy Lewis (2017), Austin Ernst (2014), Suzann Pettersen (2013, 2011), Mi Jung Hur (2009) and Cristie Kerr (2008).
Solheim Cup: The U.S. and Europe will battle Sept. 9-15 at Gleaneagles, Scotland, and 16 of the 24 players (12 per side) are teeing it up in Portland this week. The Team USA players competing here are Thompson, Alex, Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Jessica Korda, Angel Yin and Brittany Altomare. Europe has Pettersen, Carlota Ciganda, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Celine Boutier, Anne van Dam, Caroline Hedwall and Jodi Ewart Shadoff in the Cambia field. The U.S. is 10-5 in Solheim Cup matches.
2019 LPGA Tour winners: In the Cambia field with victories this year are Park, Thompson, Lee6, Henderson, Hataoka, Hur, Boutier, Sei Young Kim, Amy Hang, Hannah Green and Cydney Clanton. Park, Kim and Young have won twice.
Stats: Ko leads the tour with $2,618,631 in 2019 earnings. She's also first in scoring average (68.81) and greens in regulation (.802).
Lee6 is out front for the Louise Suggs Roley Rookie of the Year Award.
By country: South Korean golfers have captured 12 of 24 events this year. The U.S. is second with three victories (by Thompson, Nelly Korda and Clanton).
The average age of this year's tournament champions is 24.52. Japan's Hataoka was the youngest, winning at 20 years, 2 months and 18 days.
Last year: Alex soared to the front with a first-round, 10-under-par 62 that matched the course record belonging to Annika Sorenstam, Beth Daniel and Ernst. After a pair of 71s, Alex roared from behind in the final round with a 65 that gave her a four-stroke triumph over Hall and a 19-under 269 total.
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