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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The LPGA Moves to Singapore... and Back to Prime Time

At least, it's prime time here in the US. The HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore is the tour's latest stop on the Asian Swing. And it's a limited-field event with only 63 players.

But wow, are those 63 players good!

Inbee Park

Tony Jesselli has done his usual tournament summary, so I'll link you to that post here. I'll focus on what I see as the major storylines this week.

The one that will get the most attention is Inbee Park's return to action. Inbee hasn't played since last year's RICOH Women’s British Open because of a number of injuries she was struggling with, and -- if I remember correctly -- doctors told her she just needed to rest. The good news here is that she's pain-free. Although she's played a bit in South Korea, she still expects to be a bit rusty... but you never count Inbee out.

She IS the defending champion, after all. You can get a fuller update on her at this link.

The other big story is that we could see a change at the top of the Rolex Rankings this week. Here are the current Top4 and their average points:
  1. Shanshan Feng, 7.33
  2. Lexi Thompson, 7.23
  3. Sung Hyun Park, 6.67
  4. So Yeon Ryu, 6.59
And then there's another group about a point back.

I don't know exactly how many points are up for grabs this week, but I think it's safe to say that Lexi could take over the lead with a win. The Top3 are grouped together, so we should get to see them play either Thursday or Friday.

Actually, that would be either tonight (Wednesday) or Thursday, since GC's live coverage starts tonight at 10:30pm ET.

And this week, it won't have to compete with the Olympics.

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