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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The LPGA Is Back in Prime Time

Although Tiger and the Arnold Palmer Invitational will get the lion's share of the attention this week, the LPGA plays the Bank of Hope Founders Cup starting today.

Sung Hyun Park, Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer

Tony Jesselli has his usual excellent preview of the event at his site, so I won't repeat that here. But this will be a big tournament for the ladies, not only because of its focus on the history of the LPGA, but because several players finally start their seasons this week.

Paula Creamer is back after wrist surgery. She's got new equipment, a new caddie, and a new coach... but her old husband is noticeably missing. She confirmed to the media that she and Derek Heath have split. She really is starting the season with a clean slate!

Sydnee Michaels is back after nearly a year off with back problems (a herniated disc) and a new four-month-old daughter. She's made some swing changes as well, necessitated by her back.

And Kyung Kim is back after six months off from a car accident. She says she still has some back pain but is ready to go.

And then you've got the players who are already off to a good start. Sung Hyun Park is the top-ranked player in the field (she's less than .8 points behind #1 Shanshan Feng, and Feng isn't playing); both Kordas and both Jutanugarns are there; Inbee Park is playing as are Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson; and of course defending champion Anna Nordqvist is there. You can check out the whole field at this link.

The best part is that, since the LPGA is back in the US, we finally get to watch them play at a normal hour! GC's three-hour coverage starts this evening at 6pm ET, right after the API coverage. Should be fun!

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