Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
|Location||Prattville, Alabama, U.S.|
|Established||2007, ten years ago|
|Course(s)||Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, Senator Course|
|Length||6,607 yards (6,041 m)|
|Format||Stroke play - 72 holes|
|Prize fund||$1.3 million|
|Month played||May (formerly August, September, October)|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||267 Mi Jung Hur (2014)|
|To par||−21 Mi Jung Hur (2014)|
The Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour. The 72-hole event made its debut ten years ago in September 2007 at the Capitol Hill location on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Alabama, a suburb northwest of Montgomery. Maria Hjorth won the inaugural event on the Senator Course by one stroke over Stacy Prammanasudh.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa then won consecutive titles, in a playoff in 2008 and by four strokes in 2009. Katherine Hull won in 2010 by a single stroke and set the tournament scoring record at 269 (−19).
The event saw the then youngest-ever winner of an LPGA event in 2011, with Lexi Thompson's five-stroke victory at age 16. (Amateur Lydia Ko lowered the record to age 15 in 2012 in Canada.) In 2012, Stacy Lewis won her third event of the season by two strokes over Thompson, who carded a 63 (−9) on Thursday, but had a 74 (+2) on Saturday.
The Senator Course at RTJ Capitol Hill converted its greens from bent grass to Champion Bermuda grass in the summer of 2011. The title sponsor was Navistar International, a manufacturer of commercial trucks, engines, and school buses. Following the 2012 event, it elected not to continue as title sponsor, and the tournament was dropped from the schedule in 2013. The tournament reappeared in 2014 when the Yokohama Tire Corporation took over as the title sponsor.
Formerly played later in the season, it was moved up in the schedule to May in 2016. The LPGA Tour event in Mobile, last played as the Airbus LPGA Classic in 2014, was held in May at an RTJ Golf Trail course.
- 2007: Navistar LPGA Classic
- 2008: Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by MaxxForce
- 2009–11: Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV
- 2012: Navistar LPGA Classic
- 2014–16: Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
Capitol Hill, Senator Course (2014)
|Year||Dates||Champion||Country||Winning score||To par||Margin
|2016||May 5–8||Ariya Jutanugarn||Thailand||70-69-63-72=274||−14||1 stroke||1,300,000||195,000|
|2015||Aug 27–30||Kris Tamulis||United States||71-68-67-65=271||−17||1 stroke||1,300,000||195,000|
|2014||Sep 18–21||Mi Jung Hur||South Korea||64-70-67-66=267||−21||4 strokes||1,300,000||195,000|
|2012||Sep 20–23||Stacy Lewis||United States||66-70-65-69=270||−18||2 strokes||1,300,000||195,000|
|2011||Sep 15–18||Lexi Thompson1||United States||66-68-67-70=271||−17||5 strokes||1,300,000||195,000|
|2010||Oct 7–10||Katherine Hull||Australia||68-67-67-67=269||−19||1 stroke||1,300,000||195,000|
|2009||Oct 1–4||Lorena Ochoa (2)||Mexico||66-68-66-70=270||−18||4 strokes||1,300,000||195,000|
|2008||Sep 25–28||Lorena Ochoa||Mexico||67-67-69-70=273||−15||Playoff 2||1,400,000||210,000|
|2007||Sep 27–30||Maria Hjorth||Sweden||70-67-70-67=274||−14||1 stroke||1,300,000||195,000|
1 Thompson, age 16, was not an LPGA member at the time of this win in 2011.
2 Won in a three-player sudden-death playoff in 2008 on the second extra hole.
|2007||Stacy Prammanasudh||63 (−9)||1st|
|Amy Hung||63 (−9)||4th|
|Angela Park||63 (−9)||4th|
|2009||Yani Tseng||63 (−9)||2nd|
|2010||Mika Miyazato||63 (−9)||2nd|
|Lindsey Wright||63 (−9)||4th|
|2012||Lexi Thompson||63 (−9)||1st|
|2016||Ariya Jutanugarn||63 (−9)||3rd|
- "Course". Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- "Hjorth captures first LPGA Tour win since 1999". ESPN. Associated Press. September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Ochoa nips Kung on 2nd playoff hole for Navistar Classic crown". ESPN. Associated Press. September 28, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Ochoa ends 11-start skid with repeat". ESPN. Associated Press. October 4, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Katherine Hull wins second LPGA event". ESPN. Associated Press. October 10, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Lexi Thompson wins Navistar Classic". ESPN. Associated Press. September 18, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Stacy Lewis wins Navistar Classic". ESPN. Associated Press. September 23, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Senator Course Renovation Update". Navistar LPGA Classic. August 16, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
- Baldry, Beth Ann (January 15, 2013). "LPGA builds on Lewis' success with '13 schedule". Golf Week. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- Mell, Randall (January 15, 2013). "LPGA releases 2013 schedule". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "Yokohama Tire Corporation to be Title Sponsor of LPGA Tournament in Alabama". LPGA. February 4, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
- Official website
- LPGA Tour - official tournament microsite
- Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Capitol Hill