Twenty of the best golfers on the LPGA Tour will compete at the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines from September 17-20.
Paula Creamer will defend her Samsung World Championship title at Torrey Pines (COURTESY: Kraft Nabisco Championship)
It will be the first time since 1993 that an LPGA event is played in the San Diego area. That year, the final Kyocera Inamori Classic was held at Stardust Country Club (now Riverwalk Golf Club). In 1983, Torrey Pines hosted that event, which wandered to various area venues throughout its 12-year history.
All told, the San Diego area has hosted 25 LPGA Tour events, including the 1964 U.S. Women’s Open at San Diego Country Club, which was won by San Diegan Mickey Wright.
The playing of the Samsung World Championship on Torrey Pines’ South Course marks the third time in the past 17 months the layout has hosted a professional tournament — the U.S. Open was held last June, and the Buick Invitational was played in February.
From 2004-07, the Canyons Course at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert was home to the Samsung. Former No. 1 player Annika Sorenstam won consecutive titles in 2004-05, and current No. 1 Lorena Ochoa followed in Sorenstam’s shoes by winning back-to-back in 2006-07.
The field for this year’s event was finalized August 31. Defending champion Paula Creamer automatically qualified because of her victory last year at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, and Ochoa earned her spot by winning the Vare Trophy in 2008 — an award for the LPGA Tour’s lowest scoring average. Each of this year’s major champions also have earned berths: Brittany Lincicome (Kraft Nabisco Championship), Anna Nordqvist (LPGA Championship), Eun-Hee Ji (U.S. Women’s Open) and Catriona Matthew (Women’s British Open).
For more information or to buy tickets, visit samsung.com/golf.