Monday, February 23, 2009

They're Baa-aack!

Between Tiger's long-awaited return and Phil's wild win, it's going to be difficult for the LPGA to get much attention outside Thailand, where their Honda-sponsored event is being held this week. That's too bad, as the Honda LPGA Thailand is the season opener for Lorena Ochoa, Mi Hyun Kim, Seon Hwa Lee, Helen Alfredsson, and Inbee Park. Morever, it's the 2009 LPGA debut for recent ALPG/LET winners Katherine Hull and Laura Davies, along with Karrie Webb. Not only will the Best of the LPGA (minus, surprisingly, Momoko Ueda) be meeting up the week before the Showdown in Singapore, but the hottest players in the world of women's golf will be facing off, as well. Add Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, Asian rookies Ji-Yai Shin, Shiho Oyama, and Mika Miyazato, up-and-coming LET stars Melissa Reid and Ashleigh Simon (who's a full-time LPGA member this season for the 1st time, although, like Park, starting her season later than originally planned), and promising Thai amateurs Moriya Jutanugarn and Thidapa Suwannapura, and you have the makings of a fantastic tournament. It's a special week for Thailand, indeed!

[Update 1 (7:03 pm): Hound Dog already has his preview out!]

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