Headliners in the field unveiled Wednesday for the Kingsmill Championship include Stacy Lewis and Ai Miyazato, Nos. 2 and 4 on this season's money list, and two-time Kingsmill winner
Also set to compete are 2012 tournament champs Azahara Munoz and Mika Miyazato, plus Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie and Hall of Famer
But the field does not approach the depth of those that competed at Kingsmill from 2003-09 — the 2009 tournament featured 58 of the tour's top 60 players.
With the circuit returning to the Williamsburg area after a two-year hiatus, only four of this season's top-10 money leaders are entered. Eleven of the top 20, and 16 of the top 30 have committed.
The notable absentees: money leader Inbee Park and Yani Tseng, the No. 1 player in the world rankings. Also missing are Hall of Famers and former Kingsmill winners
Webb, the 2006 Kingsmill champion, is attending a family reunion, said Wayne Nooe, the tournament's executive director. Pak, the 2004 champ, committed to play but withdrew with a shoulder injury, according to the
None of this year's major champions — Sun Young Yoo (
Nooe said many top Asian golfers are competing instead at a lucrative tournament in Korea.
The timing of the season's final major — the Women's
"I think we still have a strong field," Nooe said, "particularly with the British Open right behind us."
LPGA officials are on-site preparing the River Course. Tee times have been limited throughout the week, and the course closes Thursday morning.
"I'm pleasantly surprised we didn't have the typically hot summer," Nooe said. "The golf course is in really good shape for this time of year. Sometimes the summer can be very stressful on golf courses in this area."
LPGA at Kingsmill
WHAT: Kingsmill Championship
WHEN: Sept. 6-9
WHERE: River Course, Kingsmill Resort (Williamsburg)
PURSE: $1.3 million