She has won the event the previous two years and a three-peat would put her in some rare company, as only six women have pulled off this difficult task. Pak, who is ranked second on the ADT Official Money List behind Annika Sorenstam, is trying to do this week what her Swedish counterpart accomplished last week.
Sorenstam claimed her third consecutive Mizuno Classic and became the only woman in LPGA history to win more than one event three-straight times. Laura Davies and Karrie Webb are the only other two active players who have successfully won an event three consecutive years.
Davies holds the record with four, as she was untouchable at the Standard Register PING from 1994-97.
Sorenstam, who finished tied for fourth last year, is not in the 31-player field this week, but a host of other talented players are. After all, this is a tournament of champions and the field is open only to tournament winners from the last three seasons or active LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame members.
Collectively, the field owns 250 tournament titles, including 32 major championships. Included in the field are LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame members Juli Inkster, Beth Daniel and Betsy King. Inkster has won twice this year, while Daniel became the Tours most senior winner in history when she triumphed at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Womens Open in July.
Candie Kung, who had a breakout year with three wins, and two-time 2003 champion Hee-Won Han are capable of making any tournament their own. Grace Park, winner of the 2003 Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill and ranked third on the ADT Official Monet List, always plays well at the end of the season and is looking to improve on her tie for 27th last year.
Stopping Pak from history may prove to be a daunting task as the 21- time LPGA Tour champion has had her way with not only the stiff competition, but also the scenic Magnolia Grove Crossings Course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
In 2001, she tied the tournament record by finishing at 272 (-16) and last year she shattered it by posting a 20-under-par 268. Paks stroke average since 1998, her rookie year, is an impressive 69.65 at this event. She has never finished worse than a tie for 14th and has not placed out of the top five in the last three years.