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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Solheim Cup Didn't Tire Them Out

Well, it might have taken a bit out of Lizette Salas. She's the only player from the Solheim Cup who's not at the CN Canadian Women's Open this week. (Yes, even young Charley Hull got a sponsor's exemption into the event.)

Royal Mayfair Golf Club

This is the LPGA tournament that Lydia Ko won last year while paired with (if memory serves) Stacy Lewis and Jiyai Shin in the final round. It was Lydia's "Hello, World!" moment, as it was the biggest pro tournament she'd won at that point. (Still is, I guess.) And this week she's back for her title defense.

Tony Jesselli has one of his typically great previews of the event over on his blog, so you can use this link to check it out. And you may want to check in at his blog periodically this week, as he and his wife will be at the tournament and he apparently plans to be blogging from there. Since Tony knows several of the players, he may have some very interesting posts!

The LPGA's tournament page for the event now lists Royal Mayfair Golf Club as 6403 yards and par 70. Despite the relatively short yardage, the course can play very long when wet, as it proved last year. However, the Weather Channel is currently predicting a dry weekend with highs in the mid-70s(F) and 5-8mph winds, so the rough will be the course's main defense.

Still, I'll be interested to see how the Cuppers -- both US and European -- perform this week. I suspect the Euros may have a bit of trouble concentrating while the US players will go in with something to prove, but both groups are probably very tired... and Royal Mayfair isn't a course where you want to let your guard down.

GC will be broadcasting the first round in prime time tonight, between 6:30 and 8:30pm ET. There's only one more tournament between this one and the newly-majorized Evian Championship, so this will be a very important week for the players' preparations.

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