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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The LPGA Is in Prime Time Again

It's Kia Classic time again! And, as Tony Jesselli points out in his preview, this is an extremely strong field, with the Top100 of the LPGA Priority List members teeing it up.

Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Nelly Korda

The Kia Classic is held at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad CA, where Lydia Ko is the defending champion. She may find the job a bit harder this year. Last week at the Founders Cup, four of the Rolex Top5 played. All four had Top8 finishes.

This week, 23 of the Top25 Rolex players are ready to go.

With the field as stacked as it is, and with the season's first major being played next week, this should be a very good tournament. The adjustment from the hot Phoenix desert (mid-90s F last week) to the much cooler weather of Carlsbad (mid-60s F are predicted) is already in the minds of some players, as Brittany Lincicome talked about on Morning Drive. Among other things, the greens are much more receptive and will require a more aggressive approach in order to get the ball close.

GC's broadcast tonight starts at 8:30pm ET. Tony says the first two days of the event will be tape-delayed; I suppose that's because GC will be covering the Dell Match Play during the hours when the live weekend broadcasts are scheduled to begin. At any rate, with such a strong field preparing for the ANA Inspiration next week, this one should be worth watching.

And yes, I know Jason Day's early exit from the Dell Match Play because of his mom's lung cancer was the big news Wednesday. But Jason didn't want to talk about it and, as my mom also died from lung cancer, I'm not too thrilled to revisit it either. So I'll just send the Day family my prayers and well wishes, and let it go at that.

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