Wednesday, September 22, 2010
How Strong Will the Navistar Classic Field Be?
Even without Ji-Yai Shin, Song-Hee Kim, Inbee Park, and Momoko Ueda, the Navistar Classic field is looking quite strong. Ai Miyazato, Ya Ni Tseng, Na Yeon Choi, Eun-Hee Ji, Hee Young Park, and Mika Miyazato will be flying straight from the biggest tournament on the JLPGA schedule, the Japan Women's Open, to Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Moreover, Shiho Oyama will play her 1st LPGA event of the season after coming back from elbow surgery a little while ago on the JLPGA, Michelle Wie will be taking some time off from classes at Stanford, and Lexi Thompson will be seeing if she can earn enough in her sponsor exemptions to force the LPGA to decide whether it would waive its age requirements to grant her membership. And with Laura Davies, Christina Kim, Julieta Granada, and Maria Hernandez coming off strong performances on the LET recently, not to mention Sophie Gustafson, Azahara Munoz, Pernilla Lindberg, and Alison Walshe, there will be plenty of dual LPGA-LET members with momentum heading into October's 1st LPGA event. Finally, with walking wounded Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen, and Jeong Jang having had plenty of recovery time, we should see them roll into Prattsville ready to roll. In fact, Shin, Kim, Park, and Ueda look to be the only members of the Rolex Rankings top 50 not to be competing (even though Shin apparently hasn't officially notified tournament officials of this). The field list isn't final, so we may see some late drop-outs, but right now I'd characterize the field as very strong.