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“The greens are holding a little bit better,” Lewis said. “That kind of frustrated me last year, so I was kind of looking forward to getting back here and getting some redemption.”

The tournament will be played in far better conditions than the players faced last year in the chilly final round, with highs forecast in the 90s Thursday, Friday and Saturday and high 80s on Sunday.

Natalie Gulbis withdrew Wednesday because of malaria contracted during the tour’s Asian swing. The LPGA Tour and the International Management Group said Gulbis is being treated at home in Las Vegas and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.

Two weeks ago in Singapore, Gulbis pulled out before the second round because the illness that was later confirmed to be malaria.

DIVOTS: Jaclyn Sweeney got a spot in the field last month with a victory in the Symetra Tour’s VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic at Longbow. Symetra Tour players Amelia Lewis and Giulia Molinaro also earned spots Monday in the qualifying event at Longbow. Molinaro played at Arizona State. … Suzann Pettersen is coming off a victory last week in China in a Ladies European Tour event. … Karrie Webb won the inaugural tournament in 2011.

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