May 2 2013, Ward ClaytonA look at some of the top player picks for the Kingsmill Championship, the second-year tournament on the 2013 LPGA schedule which begins Thursday at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.:
- Jutanugarns: The sisters are both in this week’s field and have come close to winning this season. Moriya, 18, leads the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings and finished T4 in the season-opening ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Ariya, 17, finished third in the LPGA Lotte Championship two weeks ago and has won this season on the Ladies European Tour.
- Suzann Petterssen: The Norwegian star won two weeks ago in Hawaii and is riding a streak of a T3, 1 and 3 in her last three starts and 15 of her last 16 rounds have been below par. Petterssen had a scheduling conflict with her charity event in Oslo last November and will be making her first Kingsmill appearance since 2009.
- Inbee Park: The world’s top player has won in two of her last three starts and has broken par in 12 consecutive rounds. Park has missed the cut in two of her three starts at Kingsmill (2007 and 2009) but has proven over the last year that it’s not wise to doubt her.
- Brittany Lang: It’s been nearly a year since Lang won in Canada for her first LPGA victory. Now her game is rounding into shape with solid finishes the last two weeks and she was born and lived in nearby Midlothian, Va., until age 10. Plus, the dramatic proposal by her boyfriend last week in Texas is sure to earn her even more attention this week.