Somehow the brilliance of Ji-Yai Shin, Na Yeon Choi, Ya Ni Tseng, Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, and Song-Hee Kim this season is still overshadowed by the host of this week's LPGA event, Lorena Ochoa, and its defending champion, Michelle Wie. Lorena's coming off an exhibition win in China over a mixed field that included Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Laura Davies, Ya Ni Tseng, and Danny Lee, which netted her $1.28M for 2 rounds of golf--more than everyone on the LPGA money list except the top 6 players on tour. Michelle isn't even in my top 3 of 2-time winners on tour, ranked by their likelihood of winning. So which of them do you think has a better chance of winning this week?
Do you think the distraction of hosting the tournament will outweigh the fact that it's being played in Lorena's back yard? Do you think Michelle will be so happy to get out of the classroom that the altitude and elevation changes of Guadalajara Country Club won't bother her? Will these part-timers be able to bring their A-games against the LPGA's finest? And will even that be enough?