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Kerr Ready to Defend LPGA State Farm Classic Title
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Defending champion Christie Kerr, reigning Player of the Year Yani Tseng and last week's winner Brittany Lincicome headline a loaded field at what would be the final LPGA State Farm Classic.

Kerr has two runner-up trophies in a row among four top-10 finishes this season. She was second at the Sybase Match Play Championship and tied for second with Jiyai Shin a shot behind Lincicome last week in New Jersey.

Tseng is the world's No. 1-ranked player, with a win at the Honda LPGA Thailand and four more top-five finishes this year. She was seventh last week after taking two weeks off.

Last year's tournament was forced to finish on Monday after storms rolled through the area during the third round. Rough weather could be a factor again as strong thunderstorms are possible Thursday and Friday.

This is the last year for sponsor State Farm, which will end its commitment after 19 years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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