RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, March 26, 2018 – Defending champion So Yeon Ryu headlines this year’s 118-player ANA Inspiration tournament field announced today. Ten other past champions and the top 20 players from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will join Ryu including world No. 1 Shanshan Feng and 2014 winner and world No. 2 Lexi Thompson.
Fourteen-year-old Rose Zhang earned the final amateur exemption on Sunday with her victory at the ANA Junior Inspiration on Sunday. Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Sophia Schubert, 2017 ANA Junior Inspiration winner Lucy Li, Albane Valenzuela, Lilia Vu, Maria Fassi and Atthaya Thitikul, join Zhang as the seven amateurs competing in the major championship field.
All six winners on the LPGA Tour this season will be in Rancho Mirage this week including Brittany Lincicome (Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic), Jin Young Ko (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open), Jessica Korda (Honda LPGA Thailand), Michelle Wie (HSBC Women’s World Championship), Inbee Park (Bank of Hope Founders Cup) and Eun-Hee Ji (Kia Classic).
Based on their finishes at last week’s Kia Classic, Aditi Ashok (T14) and Cindy LaCrosse (T18) played their way into the ANA Inspiration field via the Top-20 Current Money List category.
Some additional field stats:
· 24 – nationalities in the field
· 55 – number of major championship victories from 29 players in the field
· 118 – number of Solheim Cup appearances from 30 players in the field
· 308 – number of LPGA Tournament victories
The comprehensive tournament field can be found here. Tournament play begins on Thursday morning.