LPGA Looking for Big Finish to 2006 - COPIED


2006 ADT ChampionshipThe week is finally here. The field is set. A record payout is up for grabs. A championship golf course is ready for play.
Now all that is needed is a champion.
After a year of spanning the globe and contesting 33 tournaments in 8 different countries, the 32 most deserving, best players in the world get the opportunity to earn the single most lucrative paycheck in LPGA history: $1 million.
The season-long LPGA Playoffs 2006 culminates this week with the historic ADT Championship, a revolutionary event featuring two cuts and one where an all-or-nothing attitude is needed, especially on Sunday.
The ADT Championship will be played in the following format (a sudden-death playoff will be used at the end of each round in the event of a tie): The first cut will be after 36 holes to 16 players; the second cut will be after 54 holes to eight players (scores are cumulative through 54 holes). The final round will be played in four groups of two, with all players starting with a fresh scorecard. Whoever shoots the lowest score in the final round will win the ADT Championship and $1 million.
Players have labored all year to get here. The LPGA Playoffs 2006 split the season into two parts, providing two qualifying periods for players to earn a spot in the ADT Championship field.
Karrie Webb was the first to qualify by winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She was joined by Se Ri Pak and Annika Sorenstam, who also won Major Events, and Brittany Lincicome, who won a Winner Event. The first half of the LPGA Playoffs 2006 ended with the conclusion of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger. The field for the ADT Championship then grew to 15 as the top 11 players on the ADT Points list gained entry.
Sherri Steinhauer won the Weetabix Women's British Open to become the 16th player and the first from the second half of the LPGA Playoffs 2006 to earn a spot in the ADT Championship. Brittany Lang, who earned a spot by winning the Global Group, then joined Steinhauer as she accrued the most combined points in the Tour's three events in Asia.
The second half of the LPGA Playoffs 2006 ended at last week's The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions presented by Kathy Ireland Worldwide and an additional 13 players qualified for the ADT Championship via the second half ADT Points list.
The 32-player field was then finalized by adding two wildcards. The wildcards went to Ai Miyazato and Sung Ah Yim, as they were the top two players on the ADT Official Money List, who were not otherwise qualified. The ADT Official Money List after the Samsung World Championship was used to determine the wildcards.
The prestigious Trump International Golf Club is the host venue for the event and will provide a scenic backdrop for one of the Tour's marquee events. The $1 million first-place prize is the largest in the history of the Tour. The second-most profitable event is the U.S. Women's Open, which awards $560,000 to the winner.
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