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A look at 10 LPGA players to watch this week

Paula Creamer

Born: United States

2013: Victories-0; Top 10s-1; Earnings-$243,779

Career: Victories-9; Top 10s-85; Earnings-$9,838,158

Rolex ranking: 12

Bio: Creamer, 26, was the top-ranked amateur in 2003 and 2004. Creamer turned professional in 2004. She became the youngest winner of a multi-round event in LPGA history at the Sybase Classic. In 2010, Creamer recorded her first career major championship at the U.S. Women's Open. At the 2012 Kingsmill Championship, she missed her 10th career victory after losing a nine hole playoff to Jiyai Shin.

Cristie Kerr

Born: United States

2013: Victories-1; Top 10s-2; Earnings-$354,506

Career: Victories-16; Top 10s-138; Earnings-$14,722,962.75

Rolex ranking: 10

Bio: Kerr, 35, won her first major championship at the U.S. Open in 2007 and became the first American to reach the Rolex Rankings No. 1 position in 2010. Kerr notched her 15th career victory at the 2012 Lorena Ochoa Invitational and 16th at the 2013 Kingsmill Championship. Off the course, Kerr is an aspiring wine steward with her own label, Curvature, and donates all profits to breast cancer research.

Jennifer Johnson

Born: United States

2013: Victories-1; Top 10s-1; Earnings-$251,993

Career: Victories-1; Top 10s-2; Earnings-$626,966

Rolex ranking: 52

Bio: Johnson, 21, posted a career-low 63 in the second round of the 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic. The San Diego native claims her biggest accomplishment was winning the 2010 Curtis Cup as an amateur. She was named the 2010 Freshman of the Year while playing for Arizona State University. Johnson turned professional in July of 2010.

Brittany Lincicome

Born: United States

2013: Victories-0; Top 10s-0; Earnings-$68,966

Career: Victories-5; Top 10s-32; Earnings-$5,082,597.50

Rolex ranking: 30

Bio: Lincicome won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 2011. The 27-year old, who turned professional in December 2004, failed to win an event in 2012, but led the Tour in driving distance with a 276 average. Lincicome became a first-time winner in 2006 at the Women's World Match Play Championship after winning six consecutive matches as the 39th seed.

Jessica Korda

Born: United States

2013: Victories-0; Top 10s-4; Earnings-$317,981

Career: Victories-1; Top 10s-6; Earnings-$709,576

Rolex ranking: 36

Bio: The 20-year old became a first-time champion at the 2012 season opening Women's Australian Open. Korda earned the win with a six-way sudden-death playoff on the second hole. She turned professional in December of 2010 and was runner-up at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, earning her Priority List Category 11 for the 2011 LPGA season, in which she finished tied for 19th at the Avnet LPGA Classic, tied for 45th at the HSBC Women's Champions and tied for 51st at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Ai Miyazato

Born: Japan

2013: Victories-0; Top 10s-2; Earnings-$230,129

Career: Victories-9; Top 10s-58; Earnings-$7,278,634.75

Rolex ranking: 9

Bio: Miyazato, 27, surpassed the $7 million mark in career earnings in 2012, while finishing in the Top 10 in multiple categories-rounds under par (4), rounds in the 60s (6), top-10 finishes (4), fairways (9), scoring average (6), putting average (4) and GIR putting average (5). She held the Rolex Rankings No. 1 spot for 11 weeks in 2010 and finished that season at No. 6.

Suzann Pettersen

Born: Norway

2013: Victories-1; Top 10s-4; Earnings-$633,089

Career: Victories-11; Top 10s-78; Earnings-$10,001,429.50

Rolex ranking: 3

Bio: Pettersen, 32, earned $1 million in 2012 to pass the single-season milestone for the sixth consecutive time, highlighted by back-to-back wins at the HanaBank Championship and Sunrise Taiwan Championship. Pettersen turned professional in 2000 and won the French Open on the Ladies European Tour in 2011 and was named Rookie of the Year.

Yani Tseng

Born: Taiwan

2013: Victories-0; Top 10s-2; Earnings-$238,127

Career: Victories-15; Top 10s-60; Earnings-$9,209,369

Rolex ranking: 5

Bio: Tseng, 24, became the fastest player in LPGA history to cross the $8 million mark in career earnings after recording her second win of the season at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. The 2008 Rookie of the Year became the first player from Taiwan and the second-youngest (Nancy Lopez, 1978) player to win the Player of the Year at 21. In 2011, she became the youngest player to win consecutive Player of the Year awards, winning seven LPGA events, including two majors. Tseng was nominated for 2011 Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Sports Academy.

Na Yeon Choi

Born: Seoul, South Korea

2013: Victories-0; Top 10s-4; Earnings-$329,353

Career: Victories-7; Top 10s-62; Earnings-$7,976,571

Rolex ranking: 4

Bio:The 25-year old captured her first LPGA major victory in 2012 at the U.S. Women's Open, while earning her seventh career win at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders. In that year, she also tallied 10 top-10 finishes along with six top-5 finishes. In 2010, she won the LPGA Official Money List and Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average (69.8). She also led the tour in birdies that year with 338.

Inbee Park

Born: Seoul, South Korea

2013: Victories-3; Top 10s-5; Earnings-$877,770

Career: Victories-6; Top 10s-42; Earnings-$6,145,494

Rolex ranking:1

Bio: Park, 24, moved from 14 to the top spot in the Rolex Rankings since the start of the last ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her three victories this season include the North Texas LPGA Shootout, the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Honda LPGA Thailand. In 2012, Park won her first Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average of 70.21 and was second to Stacy Lewis in the Rolex Player of the Year rankings.

 

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