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“It’s the people around here that make it feel like a major. You get treated so well. It’s overwhelming the love that you feel,” Korda said. “For any golfer to play a major, you just feel different when you walk out to the first tee. The atmosphere is so different. You try to bring your `A’ game. I think it brings out a little different player in you.”

Shanshan Feng is the defending champion at Locust Hill. She became the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event when she rallied a year ago for a two-shot victory over Japan’s Mika Miyazato. And Feng appears primed to defend the title, after finishing second on Sunday to Karrie Webb in the ShopRite Classic.

“I think I’m ready,” Feng said.

The last eight major champions have been Asian-born. Lewis, the last non-Asian major winner, is hopeful of breaking that string in a field that includes the Top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings and the Top 50 on the money list.

“I think more than anything my game sets up for majors,” Lewis said. “Hit it pretty straight, hit a lot of greens. I’m a grinder. I don’t give up. I think that’s what always kind of keeps me in contention.”

Just like last year, after this tournament ends, Wegmans Food Markets will negotiate to be the title sponsor of the LPGA Championship for another year. Tour officials say it will remain a one-year commitment for now.

The event lost some sponsors this year to the PGA Championship, which will be held at nearby Oak Hill Country Club in August.


AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan in New Jersey contributed to this report.


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