The LPGA Championship, the second of four majors on the schedule this year, travels to Locust Hill Country Club beginning today where golfers are playing for a $2.5 million purse.
Defending champion and tournament favorite Yani Tseng ran away from the field in last year's event, winning by 10 strokes over Morgan Pressel and Cindy LaCrosse. She finished with 14 top-10s, her second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year Award, and her first Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average with 69.66.
That victory made Tseng the youngest female golfer in history -- 22 years, 4 months and 18 days -- to win four major titles. So far in the 2012 season she has recorded three victories at the LPGA Thailand, Founders Cup and the Kia Classic.
But Tseng has appeared pedestrian in her last two tournament's. In the Sybase Match Play Championship, she was knocked out in the round of 16, and last week she finished tied for 12th at the LPGA Classic won by Stacy Lewis.
Tseng tees off in today's opening round in a threesome with Stacy Lewis, who has won two of her last three starts, and Paula Creamer.
This tournament marks the beginning of a new LPGA effort in social media. Caddies will be sporting bibs with Twitter handles on their backs, and more than 100 LPGA players have Twitter accounts, including @YaniTseng.