Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Corning Classic Preview/Predictions

The LPGA comes to New York state's Southern Tier this week for the Corning Classic. With its short par 5s and many short par 4s and par 3s, the Corning Country Club seems to have favored the precision players on tour, but you'll have to go low to win it, particularly with the greens getting softened up early this week and a favorable weekend weather forecast (finally!). Water comes into play near the par-4 6th and par-5 14th greens, but overall the challenge seems to be accuracy off the tee and with your irons, to minimize the effect of the undulating greens.

Be sure to check out past finishes of those in the field and winners' profiles if you plan to join the Pakpickers before Thursday's round begins. I was considering an all-Korean top 12, but couldn't avoid putting onechan's favorite golfer at the top of the list.

1. Creamer
2. Choi Na Yeon
3. Jang Jeong
4. Lee Seon Hwa
5. Kim Mi Hyun
6. Han Hee-Won
7. Kim Song-Hee
8. Kim In-Kyung
9. Park Inbee
10. Kim Young
11. Kang Jimin
12. Yoo Sun Young

Alts: Diaz, Stanford, Morgan

[Update 1 (4:04 pm): Hound Dog's preview is up!]

[Update 2 (5/21/08, 9:49 am): And he points us to some great moments in the pre-tournament interviews, as well.]

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