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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

LA Women

Forgive the Doors reference but I couldn't resist. The LPGA is back from Hawaii, back on the West Coast for the HUGEL AIR-PREMIA LA Open. You can find Tony Jesselli's preview of the event at this link.

Defending champion Moriya Jutanugarn

The LA Open is held at Wilshire Country Club, a par-71 course -- a rarity for the gals -- that can play up to 6500 yards. There's a bit of history here, as you would expect from a century-old course (it was founded in 1919). It has hosted PGA Tour and Champions Tour events in the past, and became the home of this LPGA event last year.

It gained a bit of notoriety when Moriya Jutanugarn, Ariya's sister, got her first win at the inaugural event... and Ariya cried much more than Moriya. It also put the two sisters in the history books as they became only the second sister act where each had won a Tour event. (In case you forgot, Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to do it.) Now that Jessica and Nelly Korda have joined them -- and become the only siblings with multiple wins each -- Moriya has another reason to defend.

She'll have some competition though, specifically from Jin Young Ko. The current World #1 finished runner-up last year and is on a roll this year. That should make for some interesting TV!

The biggest news thus far in the week, at least to my knowledge, is that Michelle Wie had to withdraw on Tuesday after doctors recommended more rest for her injured wrist. Injured wrists can be very stubborn and Michelle has struggled with them over the years. Get well soon, Wiesy!

At least we get more prime time golf since there's a three-hour time difference between the West and East Coasts of the US. GC's coverage begins Thursday night at 6:30pm ET.

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