Honolulu’s Wie in search for third win of 2014 at LPGA’s Marathon Classic

Michelle Wie // AP

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) – There’s no shortage of prominent players to keep an eye on in this week’s Marathon Classic LPGA event.

Defending champion Beatriz Recari, who outdueled Paula Creamer down the stretch in the final round a year ago, is back. Mo Martin, the Women’s British Open winner on Sunday, is in the field. Then there’s local favorite Stacy Lewis, a Toledo native and the world’s No. 1-ranked player.

She’ll be joined by the tournament’s five-time winner, Se Ri Pak and Punhou alum Michelle Wie.

Wie, has two victories this season, having won the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina and her first major, the U.S. Women’s Open in North Carolina. However, the 24 year old is coming off of her first missed cut of 2014, having shot +9 at the RICOH’s Women’s British Open last weekend. Wie though does enter this tournament still ranked second in the Race to the CME Globe Standings and 6th in the Rolex World Rankings.

Regardless of who ends up winning on Sunday afternoon, it’s likely somebody who produces birdies in bunches. Eleven times in the last 16 years, the winner at Highland Meadows has finished at 14 under or better.

Television coverage of the event begins on Thursday at 9:00am HST on the Golf Channel.

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