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Ten to watch at LPGA Championship

Cristie Kerr, 33, USA

Kerr is defending champion and ranks second in the world. She joined the tour out of high school in 1997 and took awhile to find her form. Her first win came in her sixth season. She has won every year since 2004 and has 14 wins overall and $12 million in career earnings. She spends summers in New York City, is interested in art and is studying to be a sommelier.

Yani Tseng, 22, Taiwan

She's the world's No. 1 player in just her fourth year on tour. She has won three majors and eight titles overall. When Tseng was 18, Annika Sorenstam predicted she would become No. 1. After Sorenstam retired, Tseng bought the Hall-of-Famer's Florida home. Unlike some top Asian women, who rely on precision, Tseng is a power player. She has an explosive swing and ranks fifth on tour in driving distance with a 271-yard average.

Suzann Pettersen, 30, Norway

At 5-foot-7, Pettersen is an elite athlete who has ranked in the top seven in winnings five straight years. She has one major among her seven career titles and finished second in two majors last year. She's 21st in driving distance.

Karrie Webb, 36, Australia

With just one win in the last four years, it looked like Webb was on the downside of her great career entering this season. Then she won back-to-back events in March, pushing her career win total to 38. (She has eight major titles). Intensely private, Webb never enjoyed the limelight of being the world's No. 1.

Brittany Lincicome, 25, USA

Another former junior phenom who turned pro straight out of high school, she seems to be maturing into an elite player. She got her fourth career win three weeks ago in New Jersey. She won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco major by making eagle on the 72nd hole. Big hitter. She's third in driving distance, at 273 yards.

Paula Creamer, 24, USA

One of the most popular players on tour, she has nine wins in 6 1/2 seasons with the LPGA and got her first major last year, at the U.S. Open. Known as the Pink Panther for her pink wardrobe choices. She's a great iron player, not a big hitter. She's 14th in driving accuracy, 115th in driving distance.

Michelle Wie, 21, USA

The former child prodigy has found balance in her life the past three years as a student at Stanford University. She's due to graduate next March. She played her first LPGA event as a 12-year-old in 2003. She became a full-fledged Tour member in 2009 and has won one event each of the last two years. She's 13th in earnings this year. At 6-feet tall, she is a power player. She's second in driving distance (274 yards). She needs to putt better to win more.

Stacy Lewis, 26, USA

Overcame scoliosis -- curvature of the spine -- to become an elite golfer. In her third year on tour, she made her first win a major title in April by outdueling Tseng to take the Kraft Nabisco. Lewis wore a back brace 18 hours a day from age 11 to age 18 before having major surgery to overcome the condition. She's a big hitter.

Jiyai Shin, 23, Korea

A swing machine, she hits almost every fairway and every green. She has finished in the top 10 of six of the last 10 majors. She won in Rochester in 2009. She became the first South Korean to top the money list in 2009. Was second last year.

Ai Mizayato, 26, Japan

Only 5-foot-1, she is a giant in Japan. She won five times last year to move up to eighth in the world ranking. She is a machine. She hits the fairway 85.5 percent of the time, third best on tour.

-- Mark Gaughan

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