With past champions Hee-Won Han, Suzann Pettersen, and Lorena Ochoa all returning, the odds are pretty good of 1 of them repeating this time around. The
1. Miyazato Ai
2. Kim In-Kyung
3. Choi Na Yeon
4. Shin Ji-Yai
5. Wie, Michelle
6. Ochoa, Lorena
7. Pettersen, Suzann
8. Kerr, Cristie
9. Lang, Brittany
10. Creamer, Paula
11. Tseng Ya Ni
12. Ueda Momoko
Alts: Hull, Katherine; Stanford, Angela; Miyazato Mika
As for the pairings, one of the nicest things about a limited-field event is that they literally are pairings, from the 1st round to the last. There's something interesting about every single one of them, but here are a few to watch particularly carefully:
- 9:15 am: 2009 Open Champions Eun-Hee Ji (U.S.) and Catriona Matthew (British) can see who gets off to a better start in 2010.
- 10:03 am: Vicky Hurst and Jee Young Lee can have long-drive contests all day.
- 10:27 am: Song-Hee Kim and Brittany Lang can race to see who will be the 1st to end her victory drought.
- 10:43 am: Ditto for Sun Young Yoo and Kristy McPherson.
- 12:03 pm: Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie can establish themselves as the top 2 Americans on tour right out the gate.
- 12:11 pm: Lorena Ochoa and Ai Miyazato can establish themselves as the top 2 players on tour, period.
[Update 1 (7:03 am): More goodies...Beth Ann Baldry on Paula Creamer's thumb and backswing, Farrell Evans e-interviews Christina Kim, and Ryan Ballengee video interviews Wendy Ward:
Ward says the fairways are soft and the greens are hard--don't expect scores in the -20s this year.]
[Update 2 (11:13 am): Here are LPGA.com's notes and interviews.]