A year ago, Sherri Steinhauer out-dueled Becky Morgan and held off a late rally by Grace Park to claim the tournament title for a second time and end a five-year championship drought. Her last LPGA Tour win came in 1999 when she won the Weetabix Women's British Open just weeks after capturing her first Sybase title in a five-hole playoff with Lorie Kane.
With a 5-under-par 66 in the third round, Steinhauer had tied Morgan atop the leaderboard entering the final round. Steinhauer continued her stellar play, carding a 2-under par 69 in the final round to win by two shots and earn $187,500.
Park made a valiant rally, trailing by three entering the final round, and fired a 3-under par 68 in the final round to finish in second, two shots back. Morgan wasn't able to keep pace with Steinhauer, as she signed for a 1-over par 72 to finish in third.
While Steinhauer looks to defend her title and the winner's share of the
$1.25 million purse, she faces some stiff competition that returns after being in the top 10 a year ago.
Stacy Prammanasudh, winner of this year's Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefiting the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, returns after tying for fifth at last year's Sybase Classic. Kelli Kuehne, who finished in fourth, also returns to take another shot at the title.
A slew of former champions will also be in the field, including Hee-Won Han (2003), Michele Redman (1997) and Gloria Park (2002). Redman has played well of late as she battles for a spot to again represent the United States in The Solheim Cup competition in September.