A quick look at this week’s LPGA LOTTE Championship:
- It’s a home game for Michelle Wie. She grew up 30 minutes away from Ko Olina Golf Club and is on a roll with three top-10s, including a runner-up, in six starts this year. She also leads the LPGA in scoring average (69.75) and greens in regulation (80.8 percent).
- There are 21 rookies in the field, the most by any event thus far this season. That means there is a larger chance of a new face winning for the first time.
- Every round of the Wednesday-Saturday tournament will be shown live by the Golf Channel.
- Going low: Last year, Suzann Pettersen and Lizette Salas finished at 19-under par with Salas finishing with a 62 to force a playoff.
- Ko Olina Golf Club’s 18th hole can present quite a swing at the end of the tournament. Water guards the front of the green on the par 4. Last year, Lizette Salas’ approach shot found the water on the first hole of a playoff with Suzann Pettersen.
- With Karrie Webb not in the field this week, Anna Nordqvist has the opportunity to become the first three-time winner on the LPGA this season.
- Christine Song leads the LPGA in Putting Average (28.63 per round) and she’s in the field this week.
- The LPGA plays three consecutive weeks (San Francisco and Dallas the next two weeks) before taking a one-week break in early May.
- Next week: There is already some anticipation toward next week’s debut event, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, primarily because of the venue. Lake Merced Golf Club, a 1923 design with Alister MacKenzie’s work on the bunkering and green complexes, is minutes from downtown San Francisco and situated adjacent to the Olympic Club and Harding Park Golf Course.