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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The LPGA on TUESDAY???

Alas, 'tis true. The Blue Bay LPGA is a Wednesday-Saturday event but, with the time difference, we get to watch it tonight.

Defending champion Shanshan Feng

As you no doubt expected, Tony Jesselli has a good preview of the event at his blog (as he usually does for all LPGA events). Shanshan Feng is the defending champion and, as this is a 'home' event for her, she'll be trying to get her first win of the season right here.

Tony noted in his preview that this event doesn't have a particularly strong field, with only 19 of the Rolex Top50 playing this week. (And of that 19, only four are Americans.) I think it's easy to understand why. There's a 13 hour time difference between Hainan Island, China and Naples, Florida, the site of the LPGA's final event next week. I suspect most of the players simply don't want to hit the Tour Championship with that much jet lag.

All of which means that this week's event should provide more chances for the players still struggling to secure their cards or just pick up a win. It won't be easy because there will still be some serious firepower in the field, like Ariya Jutanugarn and Sung Hyun Park. Still, the odds have got to be better against 19 Top50 players than against all 50 of them!

For me, Ariya and Shanshan are the big stories. Ariya has already locked up the LPGA's POY Award and Shanshan, as I said, is still looking for her first win in 2018.

GC will be carrying the event live tonight, but with split coverage. You can catch the first hour of the Blue Bay LPGA at 10pm ET on GC's golf app, then pick up the coverage on GC proper at 11pm ET. This event always provides some excitement, so I look for it to live up to expectations.

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