ANA Inspiration – Golf’s first Major Championship of 2017

ANA Inspiration became a major in 1983 and is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a major in 2017

Field Breakdown - ANA Inspiration

March 28, 2017: This week, major championship golf will return to the California desert at the famed Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills Country Club for the 46th staging of the ANA Inspiration. The 108-player field includes all of the top-80 players in the world and all six winners from this season competing for a $2.7 million purse and the chance to hoist the Dinah Shore Trophy and make the leap into Poppie’s Pond at week’s end.

Things to know about ANA Inspiration

3 – All Nippon Airways is in its third year as the title sponsor of this event

2 – The event is the second-oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course

9 – Defending champion Lydia Ko is one of nine past champions in the field

3 – Three players in the field have won this event multiple times (Brittany Lincicome – 2015, 2009; Karrie Webb – 2006, 2000; Juli Inkster – 1989, 1984)

1 – Annika Sorenstam is the only player to successfully defend her ANA Inspiration title (2001-2002)

62 – Tournament-low score (-10), shot by Lorena Ochoa in the first round in 2006

269 – Tournament record 19-under 72-hole score set by Dottie Pepper in 1999

11 – Karrie Webb has 11 top-10 finishes at the ANA Inspiration, the most all-time

NEC’S Award-Winning facial recognition technology in action at ANA Inspiration 

This week, NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is demonstrating its industry leading video Facial Recognition technology here at the ANA Inspiration.

Ranked #1 overall in testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NEC is also the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s prestigious North America Company of the Year Award for Face Recognition Technology for Government and Public Sectors.

The Neoface Watch program ( program will be demonstrated at the main entrance to Mission Hills Country Club, while the NeoFace Express program ( can be seen in action at the entrance to the ANA Inspiration Media Center throughout the week.

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