BEIJING (AP) — South Korea's Inbee Park will seek to regain her dominant form with a strong showing at the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.
Park, the world No. 1, is being joined by third-ranked American Stacy Lewis at the tournament, which begins Thursday.
Park swept the first three major championships of the season, and has added three other U.S. LPGA Tour wins this year.
However, she finished well out of contention at the British Open and last month's Evian Championship, failing in her attempt to become the first golfer — male or female — to win four majors in a year.
Park said the familiar feeling of the tournament's setting at the Nicklaus Course at Pine Valley Golf Club on the outskirts of the Chinese capital boded well for success.
"I'm from Asia and I just feel very comfortable playing here. I'm going to try my best this week and play good," said Park, who tops the LPGA money list this year with $2,186,601 in winnings.
Lewis will also be looking for a strong tournament after giving up her No. 2 ranking to Norway's Suzann Pettersen at the rain-shortened Evian Championship in France on Sept. 15.
Lewis trails Pettersen, who is sitting out the tournament, by about $170,000 on the money list, adding some late-season excitement to the final seven events of the tour schedule.
"It's been a great year the three of us kind of going back and forth," said Lewis, who has 14 top-10 finishes in 21 tournaments this year, the most of any player on the tour. "It's a good competition. You see what the other players are doing, and you try to figure out how to get better and watch what they are doing."
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