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Friday, September 6, 2013

Some of the Women Are Playing

The LPGA is taking the week off in preparation for the newly-majorized Evian Championship next week. (I know you're all probably tired of my term newly-majorized, but I'm afraid I've fallen in love with it.) It makes sense, since you don't want to have to scramble overseas to play a major.

However, the LET has no such problems; they're ALREADY overseas. (At least, they are when you live in North Carolina.) So the LET is playing a tournament this week -- the Helsingborg Open in Helsingborg, Skane, Sweden. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Evian-les-Bains, France and the Evian.

I.K. Kim in action

You might think that a lot of the LPGA players would scoot over and try to play the LET event. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. A quick perusal of the Helsingborg Open leaderboard showed relatively few LPGA players in the field... and even fewer Americans.

I.K. Kim's LET photoBut I.K. Kim DID decide to play. It appears to have been a good decision, as she is leading after the first round! (Yes, it's a blurry photo. The LET apparently likes little bitty pictures of players.)

Inky doesn't play much overseas. In 2012 she played in the RICOH Women's British Open and the not-as-yet-majorized Evian Masters. This year she apparently decided to add the Helsingborg Open as a warm-up.

As I said, a good decision. She shot a bogey-free 65. She said later:
“Sweden is one of the countries that I really admire and I have some great friends from here so I wanted to visit,” said the four-time tournament champion, who earned her last victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2010. “I’m pleased with how I played. There are a few long and challenging holes but I played well on the par fives and had some good up and downs.”
I know that every player has their own way of preparing for a major. Some like to play the week before, some don't. But I like what Inky has done. She has 8 Top10s this year, but she's been a bit erratic the last few weeks and dropped two spots in the Rolex Rankings just this past week. (She's been up and down, always around the same number of points, but the players around her are moving up.) A good week in Sweden may be just what she needs to get her season going.

With the last major of the year just a week away, now's the time. Maybe she'll get newly-majorized as well!

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