Weekly Picks for the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf

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April 17 2013, Ward Clayton
A look at some of the top player picks for the LPGA LOTTE Championship, the seventh tournament of the 2013 LPGA season which begins Wednesday:

Top 3:
     - Na Yeon Choi: The No. 4-ranked player in the world has a second and a seventh so far this season while South Korean counterparts Inbee Park (two wins) and Jiyai Shin (one win) have each won. Choi is due to win after capturing the U.S. Women’s Open and the CME Group Titleholders in 2012.
   
  - Azahara Munoz: The Spanish star fired a second-round 64 at Ko Olina last year to finish in a tie for second, four strokes behind Ai Miyazato. With a first career LPGA victory, Munoz would join Beatriz Recari of Spain in the 2013 winners circle.
   
  - Katherine Hull-Kirk: Could a little national pride be in play here? Hull-Kirk is a year younger than Masters Tournament winner and Australian friend Adam Scott. They both grew up in the same area and attended U.S. colleges in the West (Hull-Kirk at Pepperdine, Scott at UNLV).
   
 Darkhorse:
  - Michelle Wie: It has been 11 years since a 12-year-old Wie became the youngest player to Monday qualify for an LPGA event. In five LPGA starts in Hawaii from 2002-2009, she recorded two runner-up finishes – as a 15-year-old at the 2005 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, two behind winner Jennifer Rosales, and the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, three behind winner Angela Stanford. Additionally, as a 16-year old, Wie shot a final-round 66 at the 2006 Fields Open in Hawaii – played at this week’s site, Ko Olina – to finish third, one stroke out of a playoff. Wie grew up 30 minutes away from the Ko Olina course.
   

Topics: Weekly Picks, LPGA Lotte Championship

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