5 players to watch at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship

By Scott Hanson
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5 players to watch at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship

SEATTLE -- Besides Lydia Ko, here are five other players to watch in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee:

Brooke M. Henderson

The 18-year-old from Ontario, Canada, has quickly become one of the LPGA Tour's stars. She finished 10th in the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at age 16. Last August, she earned a spot in the LPGA's Cambia Portland Classic during Monday qualifying, then went on to win the event by eight strokes, becoming the third-youngest winner of an LPGA tournament. She has finished in the top 10 in eight of 12 events this year and has risen to No. 4 in the world.

Ariya Jutanugarn

The 20-year-old from Thailand has burst into the limelight, winning three consecutive tournaments last month. As a rookie last season, she missed 10 consecutive cuts in one span, but she enters this week's championship as the hottest player on the Tour. Has moved to No. 10 in the world rankings.

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Stacy Lewis

The top-ranked woman in the world on two different occasions. Lewis, 31, has not won in two years but has finished second 10 times in the 50 events since her most recent win and in the top 10 23 times. Lewis, ranked No. 6 in the world, is sponsored by KPMG, the title sponsor of this week's championship.

Inbee Park

She has won the past three Women's PGA Championships (the first two when it was called the LPGA Championship) and is ranked No. 2 in the world. Park, from South Korea, has met all the requirements to enter the LPGA Hall of Fame except for playing a full 10 years on the LPGA Tour. She will achieve that after one round this week. Bothered by a thumb injury, she has withdrawn after the first round in her previous two events this year.

PARK: Going for history

Lexi Thompson

Just 21, Thompson is a veteran of the LPGA Tour, having turned pro when she was 15. She is the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at age 12 and won a LPGA Tour event at age 16. Ranked No. 3 in the world, she has seven wins on the LPGA Tour, including one major victory.

This article was written by Scott Hanson from the Seattle Times and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.