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Final-round updates on 5 ShopRite LPGA Classic story lines

Here are updates on five ShopRite LPGA Classic story lines after Sunday's final round.

Stacy Lewis vs. Inbee Park

Sports are built on rivalries and Lewis and Park are the two top players on the LPGA.

Lewis won the 2012 Player of the Year award, but Park finished No. 1 on the money list.

This year the two have combined to win five of the first 10 LPGA events. Park, with three victories, is ranked No. 1 the world. Lewis, with two victories, is No. 2. Lewis was No. 1 earlier this year before Park passed her.

Update:Neither Lewis nor Park contended after the first round. Park shot 2-over-par 73 to finish tied for 38th with a 6-over 219 total. Meanwhile, Lewis shot a 3-over 74 Sunday to finish tied for 58th with an 8-over 221.

Jennifer Johnson's emergence

The 21-year-old from San Diego won her first LPGA Tournament, the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, last weekend.

Can she build on that success at this week's ShopRite LPGA Classic?

Update: Johnson shot a 72-78 and missed the cut. Fellow standout American Lizette Salas shot a 1-under 70 Sunday to finish tied for 28th with a 5-over 218.

Can the Americans keep winning?

The focus at each U.S. LPGA event is how American players will perform.

Lewis (No. 2) and Cristie Kerr (No. 10) are the only Americans currently in the top-10 of the Rolex world rankings.

But Americans are on a roll lately. Kerr won the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia on May 5. Johnson won in Alabama on May 19.

Update: Americans never really came close to contending Sunday. Gerina Piller, who started the final round tied for 26th, finished as the top American. She shot a2-under 60 to finish tied for fifth, five shots back of winner Karrie Webb.

Will the LPGA continue its streak of fantastic finishes?

The LPGA Tour is in the midst of a streak of thrilling finishes that might just be unmatched in tour history.

In case you missed it, here's what happened the past month:

Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship in a playoff on April 20.

Park birdied the final hole to win the North Texas Shootout on April 28.

Kerr beat Pettersen in a two-hole playoff to win the Kingsmill on May 5.

Johnson won in Mobile by shooting a final round 65. The outcome was in doubt until the final hole as seven players finished within two shots of the winner.

The Classic hasn't been decided in a playoff since 1992 when Anne Marie Palli beat Laura Davies.

Update: This doesn't qualify as a fantastic finish. Webb had a two-shot cushion as the final group played No. 18 Sunday.

Fan favorites and Hall of Famers return

After a one-year absence because of elbow surgery, crowd favorite Juli Inkster returns to the Classic. Inkster, 51, missed the cut at the 2011 Classic but traditionally plays well at Seaview, having won the tournament in 1986 and 1988.

Inkster isn't the only Hall of fame player in the field. Karrie Webb, 38, and Se Ri Pak, 35, will also tee it up this week. Pak won the 1999 Classic.

Update: Webb won the tournament and became the sixth Hall of Fame player to win the Classic in its 25-year history. Inkster finished tied for 38th with 6-over 219 total. Pak withdrew before the tournament began because of illness.

Contact Michael McGarry:

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MMcGarry@pressofac.com

 

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