A look at some of the top player picks for the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the second major and the 13th tournament of the 2013 LPGA season. The tournament, in Pittsford, N.Y., begins today:
- Paula Creamer: Creamer has five top-10 finishes in nine starts in this event and has finished T3 and T9 the last two years at Locust Hill Country Club. Even though she’s never won the Wegmans LPGA Championship, this might be the week that Creamer breaks her victory drought (the last win came in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open). Creamer has finished no worse than T17 since February on the LPGA. A consistent start may bode well since Creamer has finished with 66-67-68-68 in her last four tournaments.
- Stacy Lewis: Lewis has recorded top 10s in three of four career starts at this event, including a T2 last year. At Locust Hill, she has eight consecutive rounds of par or better. She also finished T9 in 2009 at Locust Hill before the venue became a major championship site.
- Na Yeon Choi: A consistent season for most people is considered uneven for the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion. But taking the South Korean to the Northeast as she prepares for her U.S. Open title defense could be motivation. Choi hasn’t won since the Open title last summer but has finishes of T6, T7, T12 and T18 in her last four starts.
- Ariya Jutanugarn: Jutanugarn, 17, is not an LPGA member but has been in contention all five events that she has played on the LPGA. That includes finishes of second, fourth, third, T3 and T4 and only two rounds over par in 20 rounds played. This week, she is paired for the first two rounds with Michelle Wie and amateur Lydia Ko, which is sure to bring more attention.