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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

More Late Night LPGA Golf This Week

It's another limited-field event for the LPGA this week. The HSBC Women’s Champions has a mere 60 players in the field, but that includes 48 or 49 of the Rolex Top50. (According to Tony Jesselli's preview of the event, Line Vedel is out with an injury. The LPGA says two of the Top25 are missing but doesn't name them.)

Lexi Thompson with Honda trophy

The talk, as usual, is about Lydia Ko and defending champ Inbee Park squaring off against each other. But maybe it should be about Lexi Thompson, hot off her win at the Honda last week and her resulting leap to #3 in the world. Nobody knows exactly what to expect from her -- she has had a tendency to be either hot or cold, with no real logic to which way she'll play in a given week -- but you have to think she's in a good frame of mind to contend at this event.

Or she's emotionally drained and will experience a tremendous letdown at this event. Take your choice.

You also have to think that Stacy Lewis is extremely frustrated at this point. It's not enough that she's been bumped down to #4 in the world rankings. She's also having a slow start this year -- after a T2 in the Bahamas she's posted a T22 and T35, hardly what we've come to expect from her. I tend to believe she's just pressing too hard, but it could also be the travel. Hopping all over the planet isn't easy for anybody, but when you're also struggling with your game it can't make things any easier.

In Stacy's favor? She won this event in 2013, so perhaps she'll have some good memories to draw on.

Of course, just because those are the Top4 players in the world rankings doesn't mean they have some kind of lock on this event. If you want me to take these four or the field, I'll take the field. (Despite Lydia's T3-win-2nd start this year.) But it should be an interesting battle!

As the title of this post says, it's more late night golf this week. GC's live coverage begins Wednesday night at 11pm ET.

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