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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Kia Classic Is Back!

Just like the WGC-Dell Match Play on the PGA Tour, the LPGA's Kia Classic 'caught the bug' last year but is back on the schedule for 2021. And the field is stacked!

2019 defending champion Nasa Hataoka

Let's put it in simple terms. You've got the Top10 in the Rolex Rankings, all of the 2020 major champions, 21 of the 24 competitors from the 2019 Solheim Cup, plus Michelle Wie West is back from hand surgery and maternity leave. That's a pretty tall field!

Why so many top players? It starts with the ANA Inspiration, normally the year's first major but not played last year, being next week so a lot of players are looking for a warm-up.

But the ANA is only the tip of the iceberg because it starts off a whole series of events that were cancelled last year. After the Kia and the ANA in California, we get the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii, and then back to California for the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open. Add in the qualifying process for both the Solheim Cup and the delayed 2020 Olympics and you've got a recipe for some great fields going forward.

GC's coverage is tape-delayed Thursday, starting at 9pm ET but some of you might catch it streaming at 6pm ET. Either way, given what's at stake this season, it should be worth the wait.

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