The top 30 money leaders of 2000 will duke it out in the 72-hole, season-ending championship making its debut appearance at the Legends Course.
Comments from Sorenstam, Webb, Mallon and Kane
'I have a special feeling for Daytona, Pak said. 'I have good memories of this golf course after playing here for Q-school - although it is a different course it is still special to be here.'
Past champions Laura Davies (1998), Annika Sorenstam (1997), and Karrie Webb (1996) are expected to compete in the fifth annual Tour championship. In addition, Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, along with Dottie Pepper, Lorie Kane, Betsy King and Meg Mallon are also expected to compete for the $150,000 first-place money.
'I have never played that course,' Juli Inkster admitted. 'It's a golf course that's always in great shape. You have to make some putts and take advantage of the par-5s.
'I know I'm going to finish 30th or better, so that's a good thing,' Inkster quipped.
As in years past, Pak will face some stiff competition at the final official money event of season. In 1999 she won the Arch Wireless Championship - formerly the PageNet Championship - on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Pitted against the venerable Webb and England's Davies, Pak prevailed, capturing her fourth title in 1999, racking-up close to $1 million in season earnings and finishing third.
The 23-year-old Korean looked as if she was on her way to great success just one year after breaking on to the scene as a rookie. But the new millennium has not been kind to Pak's golf game.
Se Ri has gone through significant life adjustments over the past two years including taking on the task of remodeling her game as well as changing coaches and her caddie to boot. As a result, she has unsuccessfully defended three titles this year, and has yet to win in 2000. Topping things off, Pak has dropped back 10 places on the money list in the last week and now finds herself in 22nd position with one official money event left in the year 2000 -- the Arch Wireless Championship.
Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb are just a few top players in the spotlight that have made major adjustments their swings and came out on top. It seems likely that Pak will be able to do the same.
'I have mixed feelings right now because this is the last tournament of the year and I am happy that it is the end of the year, but then I am not happy because I have just started to play better,' said Pak earlier this week in Daytona. 'I have been working with my coach, my new coach, and I am feeling very good about my game and everything is all-right and working together perfectly well. I think I know that I will be ready for next year with all that I am doing now with my game.'
Tickets are still available for those of you interested in checking out the season-ending championship at LPGA International's Legends Course. Daily passes for $10 or weekly passes for $25 are available by calling 904-274-4774.