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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

LPGA Prime Time for Three Weeks in a Row

After two weeks in Australia, the LPGA moves to Thailand for the Honda LPGA Thailand. And once again we'll get to watch an LPGA event in prime time, starting on Wednesday night.

Defending champion Jessica Korda

Tony Jesselli's preview of the event is at this link. I'll just mention that the event is played at Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course and the defending champion is Jessica Korda, who pretty much blitzed the field with a four-shot victory. With Jess's sister Nelly winning this past week, it must be an odd vibe for the Korda sisters because Jess has had to withdraw from the event due to a forearm injury. (She's also opted out of the HSBC Singapore for the same reason, and hopes to be back in March at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Arizona.)

There are only 70 players at this event but Tony says this is still the strongest field of the year thus far by a large margin. Amy Yang is the only two-time winner in the field, and her wins came in 2015 and 2017. Might want to give her a look if you're playing fantasy golf this week. ;-)

The other two past winners in the field are Anna Nordqvist (2014) and Lexi Thompson (2016) so, even with Jess out, you've still got four of the last five winners playing this week.

Personally, I'd keep my eye on Moriya Jutanugarn this week. Her last two times at this event have resulted in 7th and T2 finishes, and she's coming off a T15 at the Australian Open, plus a T4 at the Diamond Resorts earlier this year.

GC's live coverage of the Honda LPGA Thailand stars February 20 (Wednesday) at 11pm ET. (I suspect that's live coverage.)

And, if you're interested, the US Ryder Cup captain will be named Wednesday morning at 9am ET. Probably going to be Steve Stricker, but that's when we'll find out for sure.

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