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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The LPGA Catches Its Breath

The KPMG is over. The jockeying for Olympic spots is finished. The new Rolex #1 has been announced. But golf goes on, and most of the big names of the LPGA are taking a week off.

That doesn't mean we have nothing to watch this week. The Volunteers of America Classic is on.

Defending champion Angela Stanford

Of course, defending champion Angela Stanford is teeing it up. And a lot of the field consists of players we don't get to see as often, players trying to keep their cards. That's good news for fans of the players who don't get much coverage.

But that's certainly not the whole story. For example, while the American Olympic qualifiers -- Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson and the Kordas -- are taking the week off, along with a number of the qualifiers from other countries, Korean qualifiers Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim are in the fields, as is Indian qualifier Aditi Ashok. And since there are five LPGA events before the women's golf (August 5-8), with the next major -- the Amundi Evian Championship -- starting on July 22, I think we should expect the top names to take at least one event off before their Olympic appearance.

And then there are players in the field that we haven't seen as often lately. Players like Juli Inkster, Paula Creamer, Yani Tseng and Natalie Gulbis are in Texas, so that will add a little spice to the mix.

So don't skip this event just because so many of the big names have. GC's main coverage is tape-delayed, starting Thursday at 6pm ET. (There will also be some streaming coverage on the NBCSPorts app and golfchannel.com starting at 5pm ET.)

1 comment:

  1. Given that the Metroplex is an hour behind EDT the coverage, both streaming and TV, should be live since the sun does stay up as late as 8:30 CDT this time of year.

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