LPGA field list: Who’s in, who’s missing for the first event back in Toledo


The field list is out for the LPGA’s first event since February and it’s, well, short. The new LPGA Drive On Championship was slated to have 144 players. There are 135 players signed up to compete July 31-Aug. 2 for a $1 million purse at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

That’s due in part to the large number of international players who are choosing to skip the back-to-back events in Toledo. Some might fly (or drive) directly to Scotland for the Aberdeen Scottish Investments Ladies Scottish Open and AIG Women’s British Open. And some might skip those too.

Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang and Minjee Lee are the only top-10 players in the field at Inverness. World No. 1 Jin Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park (No. 3), Nasa Hataoka (4), Sei Young Kim (6), Brooke Henderson (7) and Jeong Eun Lee6 (10) are all missing from the list.

There are 20 players in the top 50 of the Rolex Rankings in the field at Inverness. While it’s not a top-heavy field, it is chock full of players who are looking for a return to glory or a break-out moment, including 15 rookies.

Patty Tavatanakit, Albane Valenzuela, Haley Moore and Andrea Lee are among the rookies in the field, as well as Yui Kawamoto, who flew over from Japan last week and is in the midst of a two-week quarantine.

It looks like former Duke standout Leona Maguire has chosen to stay back in Ireland. Yealimi Noh, a hotshot rookie who has competed on the Korean LPGA, isn’t coming over to Ohio either.

But Natalie Gulbis, Laura Diaz and Kris Tschetter are playing under the tournament winners category. Gulbis announced earlier this year that this would be her final season on the LPGA.

Tournament entry list

Top 80
1 Nelly Korda
2 Lexi Thompson
3 Minjee Lee
4 Danielle Kang
5 Lizette Salas
6 Carlota Ciganda
7 Amy Yang
8 Yu Liu
9 Brittany Altomare
10 Jessica Korda
11 Brittany Lincicome
12 Celine Boutier
13 Angel Yin
14 Caroline Masson
15 Azahara Munoz
16 Bronte Law
17 Megan Khang
18 Ally McDonald
19 Morgan Pressel
20 Marina Alex
21 Jennifer Kupcho
22 Jing Yan
23 Gaby Lopez
24 Jasmine Suwannapura
25 Jenny Shin
26 Lydia Ko
27 Jaye Marie Green
28 Annie Park
29 Ashleigh Buhai
30 Anna Nordqvist
31 Alena Sharp
32 Sarah Jane Smith
33 Katherine Kirk
34 Amy Olson
35 Jodi Ewart Shadoff
36 Stacy Lewis
37 Gerina Piller
38 Mel Reid
39 Cydney Clanton
40 Cheyenne Knight
41 In Gee Chun
42 Sarah Schmelzel
43 Xiyu Lin
44 Tiffany Joh
45 Austin Ernst
46 Maria Fernanda Torres
47 Madelene Sagstrom
48 Ryann O’Toole
49 Haru Nomura
50 Caroline Inglis
51 Charlotte Thomas
52 Cristie Kerr
Major Winner
53 Angela Stanford
54 Brittany Lang
55 Pernilla Lindberg
Winner
56 Hee Young Park
Top-10 LPGA Symetra Tour
57 Perrine Delacour
58 Patty Tavatanakit
59 Jenny Coleman
60 Jillian Hollis
61 Julieta Granada
62 Robynn Ree
63 Esther Lee
Nos. 81-100
64 Anne van Dam
65 Linnea Strom
66 Jennifer Song
67 Sarah Kemp
68 Beatriz Recari
69 Lauren Stephenson
70 Tiffany Chan
71 Giulia Molinaro
72 Lindy Duncan
73 Daniela Darquea
74 Maria Fassi
75 Stephanie Meadow
76 Mariah Stackhouse
Top-45 Q-Series
77 Muni He
78 Haeji Kang
79 Klara Spilkova
80 Lindsey Weaver
81 Emma Talley
82 Albane Valenzuela
83 Yui Kawamoto
84 Jennifer Chang
85 Dana Finkelstein
86 Elizabeth Szokol
87 Haley Moore
88 Alana Uriell
89 Elizabeth Nagel
90 Suzuka Yamaguchi
91 Jiwon Jeon
92 Mina Harigae
93 Sarah Burnham
94 Maia Schechter
95 Kelly Tan
96 Christina Kim
97 Min Seo Kwak
98 Matilda Castren
99 Louise Ridderstrom
100 Linnea Johansson
101 Marissa Steen
102 Kim Kaufman
103 Brianna Do
104 Andrea Lee
105 Yujeong Son
106 Lee Lopez
107 Bianca Pagdanganan
108 Youngin Chun
109 Kyung Kim
110 Lauren Coughlin
111 Celine Herbin
Nos. 101-125
112 Peiyun Chien
113 Alison Lee
114 Gemma Dryburgh
115 Clariss Guce
116 Ruixin Liu
117 Kendall Dye
118 Isi Gabsa
119 Jacqui Concolino
Tournament Winners
120 Katelyn Dambaugh
121 Laura Diaz
122 Natalie Gulbis
123 Kris Tamulis
124 Lee-Anne Pace
125 Kris Tschetter
Nos. 126-150
126 Dottie Ardina
127 Cheyenne Woods
Class A/Veteran International Members
128 Kristy McPherson
129 Rachel Rohanna
130 Vicky Hurst
131 Alison Walshe
132 Ashli Bunch
133 Paula Reto
134 Dori Carter
135 Laetitia Beck



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