A look at some of the top player picks for the Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I which begins Thursday at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio:
- Stacy Lewis: Lewis will have the fan support because she was born in Toledo, Ohio. She helped bring first-year title sponsor Marathon Petroleum Corporation, one of her sponsors, to the Toledo event. So it’s a surprise that Lewis has yet to record a top-10 finish in six starts at Highland Meadows.
- Inbee Park: Besides the birdie-fest last week in Canada, the big news was that Inbee Park didn’t win a fourth consecutive tournament. However, she shot four rounds in the 60s, was 16-under and finished T14. So it’s not like she is off her game all of a sudden. Plus, Park placed T3 at Highland Meadows last year.
- Angela Stanford: Stanford finished T4 at the U.S. Women’s Open three weeks ago and shot 26-under to finish second in a playoff last week in Canada. She finished second at Highland Meadows last year, is riding a streak of 10 consecutive sub-par rounds at the Sylvania, Ohio course and has three career top-10s in the tournament.
- Gerina Piller: Piller is battling to make the United States Solheim Cup team and is coming off a T6 in Canada last week that included a career-best 62 with nine birdies in the third round.