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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Ladies Are Early. (Is It Sexist to Say That?)

Yes, the LPGA's LOTTE Championship starts today instead of Thursday, giving the ladies a jump on the PGA Tour and any other man thinking about tournament golf this week. Best of all, it's live prime time coverage!

Ko Olina Golf Club

The LOTTE is played in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei. It's one of the newer tournaments born from Mike Whan's efforts, a mere two years old. Ai Miyazato won in 2012 and Suzann Pettersen last year... but Ai isn't playing well yet this year and Suzann is still sitting out due to injury.

Tony Jesselli has a preview up at his blog, complete with a list of the main players not in the field this week. Of this year's winners only Paula Creamer and Anna Nordqvist are playing, potentially opening the door for someone new to join the ranks.

For the record, I like Michelle Wie's chances this week. (Tony and I agree on this one.) She's coming off a runner-up finish at the KNC and has finished no worse than T16 in any of her 6 events this year. I think she's due. And although she hasn't played well here either of the last two years, the shorter Ko Olina course may play into the more "conservative" strategy she's been using in 2014.

The first round of the LOTTE Championship broadcasts tonight on GC from 6:30pm-10:30pm ET.

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