McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola: Which Kid Will It Be?
This is not a long limb on which to go out. I have never been a risk-taker, though, so it should come as no surprise that I have selected one of five young players to win the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola at Bulle Rock in Maryland.
A brief recap: Yani Tseng defeated Maria Hjorth in sudden-life last year. Annika and Lorena tied for 3rd and Morgan Pressel, Seon Hwa Lee and Creamer all fit nicely into the top ten. How times have changed! Annika is retired, Lorena is not the victory machine of yore, Pressel is obsessel with Twitter, Creamer is up-and-down, and Lee has not added to her career victory total of four. Here we go, Mario Brothers!
1. Vicky Hurst: My personal favorite since her Futures Tour days. Started off 2009, her first LPGA season, with some high finishes but has cooled off since. Time to emerge.
2. Michelle Wie: Has traditionally done well at this course and seems to have the head screwed on nearly tight. Didn’t play here in 2008 but can be counted on for at least a top ten this week.
3. Ji-Yai Shin: Won ADT and British Open in 2008 but has had a quiet (only 6th on the money list) 2009.
4. Suzanne Pettersen: The oldest of the kids, this one needs a US major championship to confirm that she is not Lorena’s whipping post.
5. Ai Miyazato: Just outside Wie (17th to 16th) on the money list, the Japanese have been overshadowed by the Korean wave of players. Miyazato has enough under-the-radar opportunity to get in contention through Friday and enough weekend composure to seal the deal.
See me Sunday night to hand me my accolades.
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It seems that Michelle is notorious for having a poor to mediocre first round. The competition in the LPGA has never been greater and if she does shoot 72 or more, she can forget about winning the tournament or possibly making the cut. She has been famous for "shooting herself in the foot" by going birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey...she is having far too many bogeys during her tournaments. The top players and those who are winning, usually have around two or three bogeys during the tournament. Michelle has been having 10 to 12 bogeys per tournament and that will never have you holding the trophy! Hopefully she will get her driver under control and hit more than 50% of the the fairways and more than 60% of the greens. I have been following her for over five years and I am getting a little impatient waiting for her to win a tournament. If she says one more time that she is here "to have fun and try her hardest" I will pull my hair out! Get going girl, you are there to WIN THE TOURNAMENT!
Possibly overshadowed and under the radar by being the smallest player on tour?
Wie is one of the players who is "good enough to win" this week--but there might be 20 or 30 such players including several who are more likely to win than she is. A win for Wie would be less of a surprise than Britany's Kraft win.
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