Pak Added to Match Play Field


GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Slumping South Korean star Se Ri Pak was added to the HSBC Women's World Match Play field Thursday, receiving the second of two sponsor exemptions available for the 64-player event next week at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.
Pak, a four-time major champion who won the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmil last season for the last of her 22 LPGA Tour victories, is 102nd on the money list with $35,140 in nine events.
The top 60 players on the LPGA Tour money list earned spots Sunday following the Rochester LPGA, with Annika Sorenstam easily taking the top seed with $1,503,238. The Swedish star, trying to win her third straight major title this week in the U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills, has six victories in eight starts this year.
Japanese amateur Shinobu Moromizato received the other sponsor invitation Monday and compatriot Ai Miyazato earned a spot last month as the Japan LPGA Tour's money leader.
The final place in the field has been reserved for the U.S. Women's Open winner if she has not already qualified. Brittany Lincicome, 61st on the money list, will get into the field if a player who has already qualified wins at Cherry Hills.
Michelle Wie is not eligible to receive a sponsor exemption because she has already accepted the maximum number allowed by the LPGA Tour, but could earn a spot with a victory in the U.S. Women's Open.
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