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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The ANA Warm-up

The Kia Classic is the LPGA's last event before the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration. So we'll get to see a lot of players preparing.

Defending champion Eun-Hee Ji with her two Kias

In his preview to the event, Tony Jesselli says the Kia has as strong a field as the Founders Cup did last week. Eun-Hee Ji is the defending champion at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad CA (yes, we're still on the West Coast, which means more prime time coverage).

Just as an aside, you may recall that Ji won TWO Kias at last year's event --  one for winning the event and a second one for her hole-in-one at the 14th hole on Sunday. And based on what she told, she's been driving both of them. It must be nice to be an LPGA winner!

I guess the biggest news so far is the last-minute withdrawal by Michelle Wie. It's that wrist injury again, and it puts an appearance at next week's ANA in question. Given that she's never missed a Kia event in the ten years it's been around, you know that wrist is a real problem.

And personally, I'm a bit bummed that the Korda sisters are skipping this week. I understand that they want to prepare for the ANA and that they probably need some rest after those T2 finishes at the Founders Cup. But that doesn't mean I didn't want to see what they could do this week!

Bear in mind that GC's coverage of the first two days is tape-delayed. (Makes sense, with so much match play golf to cover.) When the Round of 16 starts on Saturday, the Kia coverage goes live. But in the meantime, Thursday's Kia coverage starts at 9pm ET.

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