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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My "5 to Watch" at the KPMG

It's time for the newly-renamed KMPG Women's PGA Championship (formerly the LGPA Championship). And that means it's time for one of my ever-amazing "5 to Watch" posts.

Heh heh. Ever-amazing. I like that. Anyway...

Suzann Pettersen hitting from bunker

I'm really having trouble wrapping my mind around this one. None of my cast of usual suspects -- Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Michelle Wie -- seems to be in championship form right now. They all seem a bit off their games and I just can't choose any of them as a favorite.

So we have to look past the faves of the last few majors:
  • Suzann Pettersen has to be the leading contender at this point. Not just because she won last week but because she's been quietly getting better week-to-week. The swing changes with Butch seem to finally be locking in and Suzann is confident. That's a bad thing if you're the rest of the field!
  • Except for the Texas event, Anna Nordqvist has also been quietly having a good year. With one win already and 5 Top10s, she could be a real threat this week.
  • Morgan Pressel hasn't won yet but it's hard to ignore her return to form. If she plays this week the way she's been playing, she's just one good Sunday back nine from victory.
  • Hyo Joo Kim has been one of the most consistent players this season and has one win as well. I wouldn't be surprised if she snagged another major this week (she won the Evian last season).
  • And finally, Shanshan Feng hasn't won yet this season but she may be playing the best of anyone. She has 7 Top10s this season and her worst finish is a T21 in Australia, plus she's won this event before. Don't count her out.
I guess Morgan is the closest to being a flier pick in this list since she hasn't won in a few years. The real irony is that none of the multiple winners this season made my list; none of them have played well as of late and I don't see anything in their games that convinces me that this week will be the turnaround week for them.

But then again, if majors teach us anything, it's that the unexpected can happen at any time. Let's see if a newly-renamed major provides the inspiration needed for a player like Minjee Lee, Charley Hull, Gerina Piller or Mariajo Uribe to break out of the pack and break through to victory.

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