Watch out for the Americans as the LPGA season nears a long stay in North America.
With two weeks off after the first four tournaments of the season were conducted in The Bahamas, Australia, Thailand and Singapore, the Yanks come home with tons of momentum. Jessica Korda (Pure Silk-Bahamas) and Paula Creamer (HSBC Women’s Champions) each won, no less than four Americans placed in the top 10 of each tournament, three are ranked in the top 10 in the world (Stacy Lewis is third, Creamer eighth and Lexi Thompson 10th) and six in the top 20 (Cristie Kerr is 14th, Angela Stanford 16th and Lizette Salas 20th). Plus, 11 of the next 12 tournaments through June will be held in the U.S. (the other in Canada).
South Korea, considered the top golf country on the LPGA, is looking over its shoulder at the U.S. For the inaugural International Crown this summer, the countries will be seeded first through eighth, based on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings points through the Kia Classic on March 30. South Korea’s top four players total 27 points as the top seed, but the U.S. is just behind with 35. A South Korean golfer hasn’t won on the LPGA since Amy Yang last October at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea, a stretch of eight tournaments, while Americans have won three of the last six.
The U.S. squad is also undergoing its own internal battle to finalize the top four players, with Kerr, Stanford and Salas in the mix for the final spot as the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix (March 20-23) and Kia Classic (March 27-30) will determine the final roster.
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