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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Look, you want to see Hawaii. I want to see Hawaii. We ALL want to see Hawaii because we can't be there! So here's your chance. The LOTTE Championship starts tonight on GC.

Minjee Lee with Lotte trophy

Tony Jesselli, as usual, has a preview of this event over at his blog that you can check out. I'll just give you a few broad strokes:
  • The tournament is at Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu, which is the third largest Hawaiian island. That's where Honolulu (the capital) and Pearl Harbor are, and about two-thirds of the state's population lives there.
  • The event is sponsored (for the third year) by Hersheys, which I think is cool simply because macadamia nuts are one of Hawaii's major exports... and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts are AWESOME! (Yes, I got off-topic there, but they really are.)
  • Minjee Lee is the defending champion and is coming off a T3 at the ANA, which is her best major finish.
According to Tony, this isn't a particularly strong field although it's stronger than last year. Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu (the ANA champ) and Ariya Jutanugarn are all there. One notable player who isn't is Lexi Thompson, who may have taken it off because of the ANA shocker. (She was T10 at the LOTTE last year.)

Of course, Michelle Wie is there. She's from Honolulu, after all, so this is a home game for her. And given her play of late -- as well as her past success here -- she may turn in another good performance.

The big thing to remember is that live coverage begins at 7pm ET tonight on GC. I love prime time golf, especially when I get to look at beautiful Hawaiian scenery. (It would be even better if I had some of those chocolate-covered macadamia nuts to munch while I watch, but I guess you can't have everything.)

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