A look at some of the top player picks for the first Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, scheduled to begin Thursday at the Ocean Club Golf Course in Nassau, The Bahamas:
- Na Yeon Choi: Choi took last week off and toured Sebonak, the site of this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open on Long Island where she will defend her title. Choi hasn’t won yet this season but has four top-10 finishes and has completed every tournament under par.
- Paula Creamer: Creamer has finished no worse than a T17 since March and is riding a streak of 51 consecutive made cuts, second only to Karrie Webb’s 53 among active streaks. She is in search of her first LPGA victory since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.
- Lizette Salas: Salas is looking for her first LPGA title and is having by far her best year on the LPGA, with four top-10s including a playoff loss to Suzann Pettersen at the LPGA Lotte Championship. Salas took last week off and went home for some instruction and to tweak her clubs in preparation for the start of the summer season.
- Yani Tseng: It may be hard to fathom placing the player who was No. 1 in the world at the beginning of the year in the darkhorse category. But Tseng hasn’t won since March 2012. She began 2013 with a second and a T3 and two weeks ago at the Kingsmill Championship she fired four rounds of par or better. That start was the first tournament back for caddie Jason Hamilton, who parted ways with Tseng in mid-2012 and was on the bag for 16 of Tseng’s worldwide victories.