Twenty-one of the top 25 players in the world rankings are entered in the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which begins at the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on Friday.
The 54-hole affair marks the start of five tournaments over the next six weeks, two of them major championships. Brittany Lincicome will defend her title against 143 challengers.
The field features all seven players who have won U.S. LPGA Tour events this season, including top-ranked Yani Tseng, along with Ai Miyazato, Stacy Lewis, Sun Young Yoo, Angela Stanford, Jessica Korda, and Azahara Munoz.
It also includes Morgan Pressel, fresh off her semifinal loss to Munoz at the Sybase Match Play Championship two weeks ago in an event that saw Pressel penalized for slow play.