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LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship


Morgan Pressel - 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship

It's tradition for the winner of the Kraft Nabisco Championship to take a running leap into the pond beside the 18th green. In 2007, Morgan Pressel got to jump in the lake.

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About the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship:

The Kraft Nabisco Championship has been designated one of the LPGA Tour's majors since 1983. The tournament has actually been played, however, since 1972 when it was born as the Colgate Dinah Shore. From 1982 through 1999, the name of this tournament was the Nabisco Dinah Shore, then until 2001 the Nabisco Championship.

The tournament was founded, natch, by entertainer Dinah Shore, a strong supporter of women's golf and the LPGA. Shore died in 1994, but there is a statue of her at the host course. It is tradition for the tournament winner to jump in the lake next to the 18th green.
Photos: Ladies of the Lake a'Leapin

2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship
Lexi Thompson earned her first victory in a major championship by three strokes. Thompson, at age 19, became the second-youngest major winner in tour history. Thompson and Michelle Wie began the final round tied at 10-under. Wie had a solid 71 and finished second, but Thompson jumped ahead early and finished with a 68 for a 274 total.

2013 Tournament
Inbee Park pulled away over the last two rounds to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship by four strokes, but her victory was more confortable than that final margin: she was never challenged in the final round. She finished at 15-under 273. So Yeon Ryu was runner-up. It was Park's first win at the KNC, but her second major - she also won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open.

Kraft Nabisco Championship Records:

Kraft Nabisco Championship Golf Course:

This tournament is now and always has been played at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Kraft Nabisco takes place on the club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course (the club's other two courses are the Arnold Palmer Course and Pete Dye Challenge course), which was designed by Desmond Muirhead and tips out at 7,250 yards. For the Kraft Nabisco, the course is set up as a 6,702-yard par-72. See our profile of Mission Hills CC for more.
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Kraft Nabisco Championship Trivia and Notes:

  • The Kraft Nabisco is one of four majors on the LPGA Tour, but it hasn't always been that way. From its founding in 1972 through 1982, what was then called the Colgate Dinah Shore was a big event - but did not have major championship status. Winners from 1983 forward are credited with major championship wins.

  • Among those who won this event before it was elevated to major status were Jane Blalock and Judy Rankin, neither of whom ever won a major championship.
  • LPGA legends Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth and Nancy Lopez also won the Dinah Shore - before it was a major. Sandra Post won twice in those pre-major years.

  • The first three-time winner was Amy Alcott, whose third victory came in 1991. Betsy King joined Alcott as a 3-time champion in 1997, and Annika Sorenstam in 2005.
  • After Alcott's second victory, in 1988, she inaugurated what is now known as the "Champions Leap" when she spontaneously rushed off the 18th green and leaped into the greenside lake. That leap has since become a tradition at the tournament (see Why do KNC winners jump in the lake? and Ladies of the Lake photo gallery).

  • When Morgan Pressel won this tournament in 2007, she became the youngest-ever LPGA major championship winner. Pressel was about two months shy of her 19th birthday.

LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship Winners:

Recent winners of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship tournament:

2014 - Lexi Thompson
2013 - Inbee Park
2012 - Sun Young Yoo
2011 - Stacy Lewis
2010 - Yani Tseng
2009 - Brittany Lincicome
2008 - Lorena Ochoa
2007 - Morgan Pressel
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