FIVE OF TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD in season opener
Including ROLEX co-player of year so Yeon Ryu
January 17, 2018, Paradise Island, Bahamas – Shanshan Feng of China, the No. 1 player in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, and Lexi Thompson, who won the 2017 Race to the CME Globe, headline the final commitment list for the sixth edition of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Jan. 22-28 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort.
Also entered in the $1.4 million event: world No. 3 So Yeon Ryu, who shared the Rolex Player of the Year Award with Sung Hyun Park; defending champion Brittany Lincicome, who defeated Thompson on the first hole of a sudden death playoff after both players; and Georgette Rolle, who won the Bahamas qualifier in December.
The list of entrants features five of the top 10 players in the world and 12 of the top 20 finishers in the season-long Race to the CME Globe competition. The final field of 108 players will be completed after two spots are awarded from Monday’s 18-hole qualifier at the Ocean Club.
Feng won three times in 2017, including back-to-back titles late in the year at the Toto Japan Classic and Blue Bay Classic. She finished fourth in the Race to the CME Globe and on the LPGA money list. Thompson’s season included victories in the Kingsmill Championship Presented By JTBC and the Indy Women in Tech Championship Presented by Guggenheim. Ryu won the ANA Inspiration and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented By P&G.
In addition to Feng, Ryu and Thompson, who is No. 4 in the world, other top-10 players from the Rolex Rankings are No. 6 In-Kyung Kim and No. 8 Ariya Jutanugarn.
“We are super excited about this year’s Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic,” said Emily Norell, tournament director. “The field list is shaping up nicely with 12 of the top 20 female golfers from last year’s Race to the CME Globe standings coming to paradise. What a way to kick off the 2018 season. Our sponsorship is stronger than ever, and with our initiatives in the local community, we are expecting record crowds. This is our sixth year and with partners at The Islands of the Bahamas, Pure Silk and Atlantis this will be our best year yet. We are ready.”
The deadline for applying for media credentials is this Friday, Jan. 19. Media organizations can log into lpgamediacredentials.com to make requests. A completed application is not a guarantee of credential approval. For more information, contact the Tournament Office at +1 242.676.2325 or visit www.puresilkbahamasclassic.com.
About Pure Silk
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About the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with pre-clearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember: It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To purchase one-of-a-kind items from The Bahamas, visit www.eshopbahamas.com.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 28 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About Global Golf Management
Global Golf Management is a worldwide sports event management company. With headquarters in Chicago, GGM has successfully staged nearly 900 events on five continents since its inception in 1989, including major championships on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS and LPGA, as well as the Olympic Golf competition. While GGM specializes in professional golf tournament production, the organization also manages and conducts corporate outings and other golf-related event ventures. For more information, visit www.GlobalGolfManagement.com or www.twitter.com/GlobalGolfMgmt.
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FINAL COMMITMENT LIST
2018 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic 1/16/2018
Marina Alex, Beth Allen, Brittany Altomare, Laetitia Beck, Celine Boutier, Nicole Broch Larsen, Katie Burnett, Tiffany Chan, Sandra Changkija, Peiyun Chien, Chella Choi, Carlota Ciganda, Cydney Clanton, Jacqui Concolino, Lauren Coughlin, Katelyn Dambaugh, Perrine Delacour, Brianna Do, Gemma Dryburgh, Lindy Duncan, Austin Ernst, Shanshan Feng, Simin Feng, Luna Sobron Galmes, Hannah Green, Jaye Marie Green, Nasa Hataoka, Brooke M. Henderson, Celine Herbin,Dani Holmqvist, Wei-Ling Hsu, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Caroline Inglis, Tiffany Joh, Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Haeji Kang, Kim Kaufman, Megan Khang, In-Kyung Kim, Katherine Kirk, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, P.K. Kongkraphan, Nelly Korda,Olafia Kristinsdottir, Cindy LaCrosse, Brittany Lang, Bronte Law, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Alison Lee, Erynne Lee, Mirim Lee, Amelia Lewis, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Pernilla Lindberg, Yu Liu, Gaby Lopez, Mo Martin, Caroline Masson, Ally McDonald, Wichanee Meechai, Giulia Molinaro, Belen Mozo, Azahara Munoz, Benyapa Niphatsophon, Haru Nomura, Ryann O’Toole, Su Oh, Amy Olson, Hee Young Park, Emily K. Pedersen, Pornanong Phatlum, Morgan Pressel, Beatriz Recari, Robynn Ree, Paula Reto, Georgette Rolle, So Yeon Ryu, Madelene Sagstrom, Lizette Salas, Alena Sharp, Kelly Shon, Sarah Jane Smith, Angela Stanford, Marissa Steen, Jackie Stoelting, Thidapa Suwannapura, Emma Talley, Jessy Tang, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Kassidy Teare, Lexi Thompson, Maria Torres, Yani Tseng, Ayako Uehara, Mariajo Uribe, Lindsey Weaver, Michelle Wie, Cheyenne Woods, Jing Yan, Amy Yang, Sun Young Yoo.
Alternates: Holly Clyburn, Mariah Stackhouse, Mina Harigae, Kris Tamulis, Lee Lopez, Katherine Perry, Ilhee Lee, Becky Morgan, Vicky Hurst, Daniela Darquea, Madeleine Sheils,Dori Carter.