Bighorn to Host Samsung World Championship

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Palm Desert, CA -- Bighorn's Canyon Course was selected as the home of the 2004 Samsung World Championship on Thursday. Craig Umland, the International Management Group championship director made the announcement.
 
'Over the years, we have continually sought to elevate the level of competition at the Samsung World Championship,' said Umland. 'We have contested the championship on some of the world's finest courses, and the Canyons Course at Bighorn is no exception.'
 
The Samsung World Championship is scheduled for October 14-17.
The event is a 72-hole tournament that features 20 of the top players in the sport, including the winners of all four majors as well as the 2003 Vare Trophy winner, the defending champion and the LPGA Tour's leading money winner of the current year.
 
Three players are in field already. Sophie Gustafson, who won the event last year by two shots over Rachel Teske and Beth Daniel, will return to defend her title. Se Ri Pak won the Vare Trophy last year for lowest scoring average of the season and Grace Park captured the Nabisco Championship last week, the season's first major championship.
 
A spot in the field is also reserved by the Championship selection committee for the leading player from the Ladies European Tour. The remaining invitations go to other leading money winners from the LPGA Tour and one sponsor's exemption.