Coming off impressive finishes at last week’s Sybase Match Play Championship, Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and Rolex Rankings No. 4 Cristie Kerr are set to compete at this week’s HSBC Brasil Cup. On Thursday, the two fierce competitors traded in the short grass for the sand of Rio de Janeiro’s Botafogo Beach located at the foot of the infamous Sugar Loaf Mountain. Pettersen and Kerr spent the morning sipping fruit juice, lounging in beach chairs and exchanging bunker tips before this week’s 36-hole unofficial LPGA event.
A field of 30 players will tee it up at Itanhanga Golf Club outside Rio this weekend at the third-annual HSBC Brasil Cup. Joining Pettersen and Kerr will be defending champion Meaghan Francella, 2010 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Azahara Munoz and 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic winner Maria Hjorth. Stay tuned to LPGA.com for live scoring on Saturday and Sunday.