After winning the Wegmans LPGA last season, Jeong Jang called Rochester her favorite town. She might consider moving to western New York if she is able to successfully defend her title this week.
Jang has earned more than $200,000 this season, with her best finish coming at the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, where she tied for third. But the odds may be stacked against the South Korean, as 27 of the top 30 golfers on the LPGA Official Money List and 10 of 11 tournament winners this season will be in attendance at the final tournament before the U.S. Women's Open.
The 2005 Wegmans LPGA champion and Rolex Rankings number one Lorena Ochoa has won twice this season and leads the LPGA Official Money List with just over $1.2 million. She has finished in the top-10 in 10 of 12 tournaments this season. Ochoa broke par in all four rounds last year at Locust Hill and finished tied for sixth.
Aside from Jang and Ochoa, there are five other past champions in the field this week including Karrie Webb (1999), who finished second at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola two weeks ago, Kim Saiki-Maloney (2004), Rachel Hetherington (2003), Meg Mallon (2000) and three-time Wegmans LPGA champion Nancy Lopez (1978, 1980-81), who returns for just her third event of the 2007 season.
The Tour's other double winner this season, Suzann Pettersen, is fresh off her first career major victory at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola. The Norwegian grabbed her other win at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, where she outlasted Jee Young Lee in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff to become a Rolex First-Time Winner. She has climbed to second on the LPGA Official Money List with more than $1 million this season, and is on the verge of crossing the $2 million mark for her career this week.