The LPGA Tour kicks off its 2018 season in the Bahamas with the sixth annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course.
The 108-player field is headlined by World No. 1 Shanshan Feng, No. 3 So Yeon Ryu, and No. 4 Lexi Thompson, the 2017 Race to the CME Globe winner.
Other familiar names in the Paradise Island field include defending champion Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Stacy Lewis.
Tournament: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
Dates: Jan. 25-28
TV Network: GOLF
Course: Ocean Club Golf Course
Where: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Distance: 6625 yards, Par 73
Architect: Tom Weiskopf
Field: 108 players
Format: 72-hole stroke; 36-hole cut
Winning Share: $210,000
Defending Champion: Brittany Lincicome
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The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic has been a part of the LPGA Tour since its debut in 2013.
The first tournament was shortened to three rounds of 12 holes (36 holes) due to course flooding. Korean Ilhee Lee was the inaugural winner, shooting 12-hole rounds of 41, 43, and 42 to finish 11 under, two shots clear of compatriot Irene Cho.
Lexi Thompson’s 12-under par 61 in the second round of last year’s Pure Silk is the tournament record.
18 holes: 61 (-12), Lexi Thompson (R2, 2017)
72 holes: 266 (-26), Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson (2017)
2017: Brittany Lincicome
2016: Kim Hyo-joo
2015: Kim Sei-young
2014: Jessica Korda
2013: Ilhee Lee
Brittany Lincicome birdied the first extra hole on Sunday at the Ocean Club Golf Course and defeated fellow American Lexi Thompson to win the $1.4 million Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Lincicome two-putted from 20 feet at the par-5 18th hole and then watched as Thompson missed a tying birdie try from 12 feet.
It was Lincicome’s seventh LPGA victory and she won for just the third time in 11 career playoffs. Thompson, who held a share of the 54-hole lead with Stacy Lewis, lost in her first playoff appearance.
The win was worth $210,000 and 500 CME Globe points for Lincicome, whose last victory was the 2015 ANA Inspiration.
FINAL TOP 5
1 Brittany Lincicome -26
2 Lexi Thompson -26
3 Stacy Lewis -25
4 Gerina Piller -24
5 Nelly Korda -21
5 Pornanong Phatlum -21
The field this week at Paradise Island is headlined by the two playoff participants in 2017: World No. 4 Thompson and defending champion Lincicome.
At No. 1, Shanshan Feng is the highest world-ranked player in the field.
Other top-ranked players include So Yeon Ryu (No. 3), In-Kyung Kim (No. 5), Ariya Jutanugarn (No. 8), Brooke Henderson (No. 14), and Amy Yang (No. 15).
Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images