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Beth Ann Nichols
The LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship, won by Inbee Park last year, will lose its title sponsor after 2014.
The LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship, won by Inbee Park last year, will lose its title sponsor after 2014.

It’s official. Kraft won’t be back in 2015 to host the LPGA’s first major of the season, according to a report in The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif. Although next month's tournament likely be the last year for Oreo overloads and Wienermobile sightings, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan insists that it will not mark the end of jumps into Poppie’s Pond. The first major championship of the LPGA season, no matter what it’s called, will remain at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, he said.

“Mission Hills and the Kraft Nabisco Championship carry a special ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Nelly Korda will play in the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship as an amateur (shown here during the 87th South Atlantic Amateur at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.).
Nelly Korda will play in the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship as an amateur (shown here during the 87th South Atlantic Amateur at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.).

Nine amateurs will compete on sponsor exemptions at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 3-6 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., including 15-year-old Nelly Korda, who made headlines at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open by making the cut alongside older sister Jessica.

“I learned how to breathe properly when I get nervous,” Nelly of her experience at Sebonack, where she tied for 64th. Jessica competed on a sponsor exemption at the Kraft as an amateur in 2010, tying for 67th.

Alabama’s Emma Talley – one of four college players to receive invites – was an automatic recipient for having won ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Cheyenne Woods' win at the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters will likely affect LPGA sponsor exemptions this season.
Cheyenne Woods' win at the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters will likely affect LPGA sponsor exemptions this season.

Cheyenne Woods will play in the LPGA's JTBC Founders Cup this month in Phoenix, the tour announced Monday.

Woods receives a sponsor exemption, as does 2005 U.S. Women’s Open champion Birdie Kim.

Woods posted on Twitter via her account, @Cheyenne_Woods: "It's official, my next event will be the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona! Very excited for the opportunity to play in my hometown!"

The Wake Forest grad and niece of Tiger Woods put herself in position for sponsor exemptions with a win a the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters earlier this year on the Ladies European ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
LPGA player Lisa Ferrero was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 8 at age 31. On Valentine’s Day, she had a mastectomy to remove a tumor that was 9 centimeters.
LPGA player Lisa Ferrero was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 8 at age 31. On Valentine’s Day, she had a mastectomy to remove a tumor that was 9 centimeters.

Lisa Ferrero felt a lump in her right breast in the summer of 2012. She immediately went to the doctor to have it checked and was told not to worry, that they’d monitor it.

The lump didn’t increase in size, but by December 2013, Ferrero’s concern led her to push a little harder at her next appointment. This wasn’t going away.

“I guess I could order a mammogram,” the doctor said.

Ferrero asked why they didn’t do that 18 months ago.

“Because you’re so young,” the doctor replied.

Ferrero was diagnosed with breast cancer ...

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March 6, 2014 | 10:41 a.m.

Founders Cup lands new title sponsor

Beth Ann Nichols

The Founders Cup has landed a new title sponsor for 2014, Golfweek has learned. JTBC, a South Korean cable television network, has signed on to replace RR Donnelley.

The JTBC Founders Cup – the tour’s first domestic stop – will take place March 20-23 at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix.

The event, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan’s brainchild, got off to a rough start in 2011 when controversy brewed among star players who were unimpressed with the idea of a mock purse, in which all proceeds went to charity.

The current, revised format includes a standard purse of $1.5 million ...

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Golfweek Staff

Brooke Pancake, a three-time All-American, led Alabama to a national championship in 2012. She is also a U.S. Women's Amateur semifinalist. She's now in the middle of her second full season on the LPGA circuit, with a T-13 her best finish in her young professional career.

Yet, it is her last name that gets the most attention. And, on this National Pancake Day, it wouldn't do her justice if we didn't celebrate her own national holiday of sorts with the video she did with one of her apparel sponsors, Chase54.

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Bill Zimmerman
Paula Creamer of the LPGA reacts to her winning 75-foot eagle putt at the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Paula Creamer of the LPGA reacts to her winning 75-foot eagle putt at the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

Paula Creamer's emotions ran high Sunday not only because of her 75-footer for eagle to claim the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, but also because of the fight that got her to that point, she said after her win.

"I hate to lose; I'm so competitive," Creamer said in the HSBC's video on YouTube (mobile readers can see the video here). "There's nothing better than putting pressure on yourself. There's nothing better than working hard and having those moments and having those opportunities to come out and push yourself."

". . . I fought hard the last ...

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Beth Ann Nichols

International players have won 13 of the past 19 U.S. Women’s Opens, and their presence will be even stronger in 2014. The USGA announced March 3 the introduction of international qualifying for the women, with sites in South Korea, China, Japan and England.

For the past 10 years, England and Japan have hosted international sectional qualifying sites for the men’s U.S. Open.

The number of qualifying spots available won’t be known for any site – domestic or international – until the close of entries at 5 p.m. April 30.

The four international qualifiers will be held ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Paula Creamer celebrates making a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole to beat Azahara Munoz, winning her first LPGA title since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.
Paula Creamer celebrates making a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole to beat Azahara Munoz, winning her first LPGA title since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.

Nothing can wipe the smile from Paula Creamer’s face. She’s in love; she’s healthy; and, once again, she’s a winner. The emotions that poured out on the 18th hole in Singapore, the rush of joy, shock and an overwhelming sense of relief literally brought Creamer to her knees.

“It was like somebody just knocked the wind out of me,” she said. “It was pretty amazing.”

Draining a 75-foot putt for eagle on the second playoff hole to end a winless streak of 79 tournaments will do that. Creamer’s victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions ...

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SINGAPORE — Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday for her first LPGA title since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.

Creamer's putt curled across the 18th green and then rolled slowly down the slope and directly into the hole. She ran across the green, then fell to her knees and put her head on the ground, laughing and pounding the grass.

"It's one of those putts where if you just get it in the right spot, it's going to ...

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Angela Stanford hits her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Angela Stanford hits her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club.

SINGAPORE — Karrie Webb and Angela Stanford were so close down the stretch Saturday at the HSBC Women's Champions, matching each other birdie for birdie, that Stanford only sees one way to get the advantage in Sunday's final round.

"I'm going to send Webbie a six-pack (of beer) tonight," she said.

Webb wasn't sure that would help. "I'll probably drink wine coolers," the Australian veteran said.

The two players set up a showdown between former HSBC champions after finishing off their third rounds with identical birdies over three of the last five holes Saturday to separate ...

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Karrie Webb looks on during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Karrie Webb looks on during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club.

SINGAPORE — Karrie Webb recovered from a back-nine lapse to card a 3-under 69 and maintain her lead at the HSBC Women's Champions after Friday's second round.

The Australian veteran had two bogeys on No. 13 and 15, but finished with a birdie on the 17th hole to reach 9-under 135 and open a two-stroke lead over American Angela Stanford.

Stanford, the 2012 champion, also shot a 69, while Taiwan's Teresa Lu is in third place at 6-under after shooting a 70.

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall briefly pulled into a share of the lead with Webb on the ...

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Categories: Karrie Webb, Pro, LPGA, Top Stories
February 27, 2014 | 10:15 a.m.

Webb shoots 66 to take 1-shot lead in Singapore

Karrie Webb hits her tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions.
Karrie Webb hits her tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions.

SINGAPORE — Karrie Webb slipped up several weeks ago at the Australian Ladies Masters when she signed an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified. For a moment at the HSBC Women's Champions on Thursday, she thought she had made a similar mistake.

After shooting a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead in the opening round, Webb feared she may have forgotten to sign her scorecard. She rushed back into the scoring tent only to find her scorecard was just fine.

"I've just had trouble getting out of the scorer tent since then," she said about her mistake in Australia ...

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Brentley Romine
Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford won the UC Irvine Invitational to earn an LPGA exemption into the Kia Classic.
Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford won the UC Irvine Invitational to earn an LPGA exemption into the Kia Classic.

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Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse took medalist honors Tuesday at the UC Irvine Invitational, earning an exemption into the LPGA's Kia Classic in the process.

Stackhouse shot 4-under 212 at Santa Ana (Calif.) Country Club to win by two shots over Pepperdine's Grace Na.

Stanford also won the team title, finishing at even-par 864. The Cardinal placed three players, including Stackhouse, inside the top 4 – Casey Danielson and Lauren Kim tied for fourth for Stanford.

Texas A&M (13 over), Pepperdine (15 over), Gonzaga (27 over) and Long Beach State (30 over) rounded out the ...

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Golfweek Staff
Stacy Lewis kept her momentum going with a runner-up finish at the 2014 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Stacy Lewis kept her momentum going with a runner-up finish at the 2014 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis will play alongside 2014 Women’s Australian Open winner Karrie Webb and Jiyai Shin in Thursday’s first round at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

In other top groups: Last week’s winner, Anna Nordqvist, will play alongside Michelle Wie and 2012 champ Angela Stanford, while rookie phenom Lydia Ko will play alongside Paula Creamer and Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA winner Jessica Korda.

Here are more details about this week’s HSBC Women’s Champions at the Serapong Course:

WHEN/WHERE: Sentosa GC, Thursday-Sunday.

AT STAKE: $210,000 first prize in $1.4 million ...

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