There are a bunch of good tournaments for golf junkies this week in the rush to the season’s end:
– The six-round, PGA Tour Q-School begins Wednesday in Orlando, Florida
– Tiger Wood’s elite, 18-man field, Chevron World Clallenge begins Thursday in LA
– The elite, 12-man field, Nedbank Golf Challenge begins Thursday in Sun City, South Africa
– The 120-player field, LPGA Tour Championship begins Thursday in Orlando, Florida
Since the LPGA event is an actual tour championship and my mother always taught me “ladies first,” let’s devote today’s post to the them.
The four-day tournament will be played at the Grand Cypress Golf Club, a par-72, 6,518-yard course in Orlando, Florida. And there is a lot at stake for the ladies, always a formula for a simmering cauldron:
– Who’s going to win the Championship?
– Who’s going to wind up the leading money winner?
– Who’s going to end up ranked Number 1 in the world?
– Who’s going to win the Vare Trophy for the lowest stroke average for the year?
– Who’s going to finish in the top 80 on the money list and earn fully-exempt status for next year? And remain in the top 125 to earn any status at all?
This will all be interesting because each of these races at the top is tightly packed; none are fait accompli. And there’s also a double-cut in this four-day event: low 70 and ties after 36 holes and low 30 and ties after the third round.
Unfortunately, Michelle Wie won’t be playing. She’s nursing a bulging disc that she hopes will be fine when she plays in South Africa in a couple of weeks.
On the other hand, did you know that the leading stroke average on the LPGA this season is 69.77 by Na Yeon Choi? (The leader on the PGA Tour is Matt Kuchar at 69.61.) Pretty good, which makes this well worth watching. In case you missed it, when I first became aware of Choi, I wrote about her mastery in, “Loving Excellence.” She’s worth a quick read.
Here are the times on the Golf Channel:
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 PM (Eastern)
Friday 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Saturday 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Sunday 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Here’s a link to the LPGA’s formal story with a cute photo of the six main contenders (Left to Right): Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato, Christie Kerr, Jiyai Shin and Yani Tseng.
As usual, I root for excellence.