The Blue Bay LPGA starts in about 12 hours. For the players in the field, it's a great opportunity to take advantage of the absence of the LPGAers in the running for best 2014 in the world of women's professional golf, Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park (who, BTW, are tied atop the Rolex Rankings), not to mention Suzann Pettersen (who's gotten a huge percentage of her career victory total on tour in Asia), So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, and others Tony Jesselli mentions in his tournament preview. For me, it's one of my last chances to get back in contention in the race to win the season-long PakPicker! So here goes:
1. Feng, Shanshan
5. Lee Mirim
8. Yang, Amy
Alts: Park Hee Young; Hur; Ciganda
This is one of those weeks where a mercurial player like Caroline Hedwall or Laura Davies could get hot or a slumping player like Ya Ni Tseng or In-Kyung Kim could find her game, however. With so many relatively untested Chinese pros and amateurs in the field, almost any regular LPGA member could step up and win this thing! And who knows what role "home court advantage" will play for the top Chinese golfers?
[Update 1 (6:14 am): Inbee Park's facing off against Hyo Joo Kim, Kyu Jung Baek, and the rest of the top KLPGA players in the last major of 2014 on that tour this week. A good finish there could land her alone at #1 in the Rolex Rankings!]