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Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the season Sunday in Japan, tops the field in the 36-player event along with No. 1 Yani Tseng, No. 4 Inbee Park and No. 5 Suzann Pettersen.
Lewis is in position to become the first American to win the player of the year points race since Beth Daniel in 1994. Lewis has a nearly insurmountable 58-point lead over Park with two events left.
Pettersen is coming off consecutive victories in South Korea and Taiwan.
Michelle Wie received a sponsor invitation after failing to qualify. She won the 2009 tournament for the first of her two LPGA Tour victories.
"Nothing is really different," Wie said. "The weather is perfect, the guacamole still tastes really good, and the people are great. I think the one thing that has been different every year is the amount of people coming out and watching the event. It's great to see the golf course in perfect condition."
Last year, Scotland's Catriona Matthew won by four strokes.
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