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Jutanugarn headlines field for Ann Arbor LPGA event

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Ariya Jutanugarn will return to Ann Arbor to defend her Volvik Championship title.

With the second annual LPGA Volvik Championship set to tee off next week, the field for the event at Travis Pointe Country Club is shaping up to be a strong one.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn has been confirmed to compete as five of the top six golfers in the world will be in Ann Arbor.

Jutanugarn is ranked No. 3 in the current Rolex rankings and is coming off a 2016 season in which she won five times while earning Rolex Player of the Year honors and finishing atop the LPGA Official Money list with $2,550,947 in earnings.

At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, Jutanugarn carded a final round 67 to win by five strokes at 15-under par ahead of runner-up Christina Kim. It was Jutanugarn's third consecutive win on the LPGA Tour.

Only world No. 1 Lydia Ko will not be at Travis Pointe as No. 2 So Yeon Ryu, Jutanugarn, No. 4 in Gee Chun, No. 5 Lexi Thompson and No. 6 Shanshan Feng will be in the field. In addition, 17 of 25 of the top ranked players on tour will compete for the $1.3 million purse.

Other notable players in the field include Anna Nordqvist, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis, Jessica Corda, Chella Choi, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer and Kim along with veterans Laura Davies and Juli Inkster.

“We are pleased with the quality of the field,” Tournament Director Keith Karbo said. "There is a strong list of current top notch LPGA names along with some of the greats of the game that will tee it up."

Practice rounds will be played at Travis Pointe on Monday and Tuesday with the pro-am taking place on Wednesday. The tournament begins May 25 and finishes on May 28.

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