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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My 5 to Watch for the LPGA Championship

The Champions Tour is done. The PGA Tour is done. But the LPGA is NOT done.

With majors, that is.

LPGA Major #4 of 2014, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, begins tomorrow. As usual, Tony Jesselli has done a preview of the event at his site that will get you oriented. And of course it's time for me to pick my "5 to Watch" because... well, I just like to make a fool of myself, I guess.

Defending champ Inbee Park

In case you hadn't heard, Michelle Wie is out for a few weeks with what they're calling a "stress reaction" to her right index finger. She's hoping to be back in time for the Evian. And at the time of this writing, Mo Martin's status is yet to be determined. Mo also withdrew last week with some ligament damage to her thumb -- she called it a sprain in her presser this week. She's in Rochester and says she's about 85% but will make a decision on whether to play or not by Thursday.

That could mean two of the major champions this year won't be playing. Bummer.

Having said that, here are my picks:
  • So Yeon Ryu is simply due. I don't know any other way to put it. She has played poorly in all three majors and yet has been in the mix at almost every other event. She's got to break through eventually, so why not this week?
  • Inbee Park is defending champion and she seems to be gaining steam despite her loss to rookie Mirim Lee last week. Maybe she feels she has something to prove this week.
  • Suzann Pettersen is another player who's due. She's coming off finishes of T6, T2, and 3 since she missed the cut at the US Open.
  • Stacy Lewis. Need I say more? And she's won here before. She's my overall pick to win.
  • And finally, I'm taking another flier on Stephanie Meadow. That girl's got some game and I think this could be a good week for her.
Why am I not choosing Lexi Thompson? I just think she's still not back from her win at the year's first major -- she's been too erratic for me to pick her this week.

So there you go. Will I do better than I did last week, where at least I had Rory and Rickie? Stay tuned... says coverage begins tomorrow on GC at 12:30pm ET.

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