Annika Wie and Creamer Headline In France


2005 Evian MastersEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- Wendy Doolan entered the final round of last year's Evian Masters trailing Annika Sorenstam by five shots. Her comeback came quickly, going 6-under par on the final four holes of her front nine to take the lead, and she held off a late rally by Sorenstam with a birdie on the final hole to get her third career win on the LPGA Tour.
Doolan returns to the Evian Masters Golf Club in defense of her title against one of the top fields of the season, featuring the entire top 10 from the ADT Official Money List. All of the stars in women's golf are out for their piece of the $2.5 million purse and gunning for the first prize of $375,000.
The Evian Masters marks a return to action for the top three on the ADT Official Money List after a two-week break - Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr and Lorena Ochoa.
Sorenstam returns for the first time since her loss in the quarterfinals of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship two weeks ago. Sorenstam is the midst of a 'drought' by her measures, having not won the last two events she has played. But she still has six wins this season, including the first two major championships of the year, and is returning to a tournament and a course that has brought her much success over the years. In addition to her runner-up finish last season, Sorenstam won the event in 2000 and again in 2002.
Kerr, who has been suffering from some nagging injuries over the past few weeks, is hoping the rest will see her return to the winner's circle for the second time this season. The leader of the U.S. Solheim Cup points race, Kerr is second on the ADT Official Money List behind Sorenstam.
Since being upset in the first round of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, Ochoa has been resting and preparing for the Evian Masters and the Weetabix Women's British Open, the year's final major. Ochoa will be looking for a return to the form that provided her third career victory at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. In the final round, Ochoa overcame a five-shot deficit in the final seven holes to overtake Paula Creamer.
Creamer will also be teeing it up as she begins her final push to make the U.S. Solheim Cup Team. With one win under her belt already this season, Creamer has moved into 13th place in the standings and sits just 30 points behind Heather Bowie in 10th place, the final spot for an automatic berth on the Team.
Playing on a sponsor's exemption is teenage sensation Michelle Wie. Last year, Wie finished in tie for 33rd at the Evian Masters and is looking to continue her strong play in LPGA Tour events this season. She has recorded four top 20 finishes, including two runner-up finishes and 13 straight cuts made.
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