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Site: Melbourne, Australia.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Victoria Golf Club (6,480 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.2 million. Winner’s share: $195,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thursday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, 5-9 p.m.; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.).

Last year: South Korea’s Jiyai Shin won by two strokes at Royal Canberra. Yani Tseng was second and teen star Lydia Ko finished third as an amateur.

Last event: Jessica Korda won the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 26 for her second tour title. She birdied the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.

Notes: Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen, making her first start of the year, tops the field along with No. 3 Lewis and No. 4 Ko. The 16-year-old Ko turned professional late last season. She won the Canadian Women’s Open the last two years. … Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, won the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday. The event was sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. … Korda won the 2012 tournament at Royal Melbourne. … The LPGA Thailand is next week, followed by the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.


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