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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The LPGA and the Chilly Championship

Let's just say it -- the LPGA is going to face some wintry weather this week at the Volunteers of America Classic. Thursday's high is predicted to be only 46°F with 14mph winds.

Defending champion Cheyenne Knight

And nothing warmer than 60°F with 10mph winds over the weekend. That will feel like summer to our frozen ladies by then!

Defending champion Cheyenne Knight isn't the big news this week, although it will be interesting to see how she does in these conditions. World #1 Jin Young Ko, who dominated the Tour last year, says she has been gearing up for this event all during the pandemic break. And Inbee Park is trying to become the first three-time winner of this event.

While it's often considered a slight to say any event is a warmup for another, it's impossible for players not to be looking ahead to next week's US Women's Open. It's is the latest a woman's major has ever been held and, while the long range forecast is slightly better -- as high as 70°F but with a 25-35% chance of rain -- the drain this week's event will place on the women will certainly be felt then.

So this week could have a huge effect on how 2020's last major plays out. But then, the Volunteers of America Classic has always been a challenge and always gives us a great winner.

GC's taped coverage begins Thursday at 5:30pm ET. (GC will have a live stream starting at 3pm ET.) Of all the events the women have played this year, this will be the most challenging by far.

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