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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This Week, a Ladies Major...

Before the men tee it up at the U.S. Open next week, the LPGA plays their second major of the year.

The Wegmans LPGA Championship is played in Pittsford, New York at the Locust Hill Country Club. Though the course typically plays between only 6500 and 6600 yards, don't let that fool you. The course has tight fairways and tough greens and a slope rating of 138. (By comparison, Augusta National has an unofficial slope of 137, Pebble Beach is 143, Merion 149, and Winged Foot is 141.)

In his tournament preview Tony Jesselli writes:
This will be the strongest field of the year so far. My strength of field rating is 87.5%. The entire top 20 players in the Rolex Rankings, and 39 of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance.
Tony's preview includes TV times and all sorts of notes you'll need for "intelligent viewing." I suspect he'll be adding more as the week goes on -- he's already added a post about Ariya Jutanugarn's shoulder injury.

The Constructivist is going to be at Locust Hill several times this week, and is already blogging about what he saw there on Tuesday. His first post also includes some links to other sites with player news and notes.

The reason I'm just linking you to their blogs and individual posts is because these two guys stay on top of the women's game. I look to them for a lot of the info I use. Both of them know many of the individual players and get many of their facts direct from the source. You can't do better than that!

GC will begin their broadcasts on Thursday (June 6) at 12:30pm ET. The three winners since this tournament moved to Locust Hill in 2010 are Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, and Shanshan Feng. This is a tough course that turns out deserving winners. It'll definitely be worth watching.

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