LPGA major, part II

Streak snapped

Two-time winner Juli Inkster will snap her run of 56 straight majors played to attend the junior high graduation of her youngest daughter, Cori. Inkster missed the 1994 Kraft Nabisco Championship when she gave birth to Cori. Inkster has 31 LPGA Tour wins, including seven majors. Her last major victory was the 2002 U.S. Women's Open. She is third on the LPGA career money list.



What's up with Brittany?

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, left, is limping into the LPGA Championship. She is 126th on the money list with $26,692 and has missed five cuts in 10 tournaments. In last week's Ginn Tribute, Lincicome was disqualified when she failed to sign her scorecard after shooting an opening 72. Her best finish was a tie for 15th at the Corona Championship on April 13. Last year, Lincicome won $871,384 and ranked 13th on the money list. She also tied for sixth at the LPGA Championship, but that seems like so long ago.

LPGA at Innisbrook?

In a perfect world, Innisbrook owner Sheila Johnson would have a PGA Tour event and an LPGA event in Palm Harbor. In fact, Johnson said part of the reason for sinking $2-million into renovations to the Island Course in July was to someday lure the LPGA to Tampa Bay. "I'm not going to deny it, I love the LPGA,'' Johnson said. "It's another one of my missions, to get the LPGA here. There's a little problem in that they can't play on a PGA course. But I really would like them to play the Island. I've got to crack that nut. I've put $2-million into that course and some of the LPGA players have tried it and they loved it. It's now time to work at getting through the cracks. If we can work through the cracks then we can start opening some doors.''

LPGA major, Part II

By rodney page | Times Staff Writer

There are usually no surprises when a major tournament rolls around, the best players rise to the top. Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak have won the LPGA Championship, the year's second major, three times each in the last 10 years. And regular tour winners such as Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb also have won in the past decade. So here's a guess on the top players to watch this week:

Lorena Ochoa: She is the women's world No. 1 player, so this is no stretch. Ochoa, who took last week off to be with her ailing uncle, has won the last two LPGA majors, the Kraft Championship this year and the British Open near the end of last season. She has won six times on tour this year, so she should be near the top of the leaderboard from the start. LPGA

Championship

When/where: Today-Sunday, Havre de Grace, Md.

Course: 6,633 yards, par-72 Bulle Rock Golf Course

Purse: $2-million ($300,000 to winner).

At stake: Winner of the tour's second major earns an automatic berth into the ADT Championship on Nov. 20-23, the season-ending event reserved for tournament winners and ADT points leaders.

Notable: Annika Sorenstam holds the LPGA record by winning the same major three straight years, at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., in 2003 and 2004 and Bulle Rock in 2005. … Se Ri Pak won in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Quotable: Sorenstam has not won a major since the 2006 U.S. Women's Open at Newport, R.I., but when someone suggested it would be sweet to leave the LPGA Tour with one or two more, she quickly replied, "Or three? Yeah, that would be great."

Weather: 50 percent chance of rain today, partly cloudy Friday and Saturday, then isolated thunderstorms Sunday, which will be the warmest day with a high of 91.

Annika Sorenstam: This is her last season after she announced her retirement a few weeks ago. Sorenstam won this event three straight years (2003-05) and she would love to add at least one more major — she has 10 — to her impressive resume. She has clearly rebounded from the neck injury that caused her so much trouble last year. She has won three times this season and should give Ochoa a run for the title.
Suzann Pettersen: She is the defending champion, having won her first and only major, and it's not like her game has gone south since then. She is ninth on the money list and has three top-10 finishes. Of course, she doesn't have a win this season, but she knows the course and knows she can win.
Jeong Jang: LPGA fans may be the only ones who know who Jang is, but she is not a long shot. Jang is fifth on the money list and has four second-place finishes this season. Granted, in the first major this season she tied for 31st, but Jang is near the top of a strong list of Asian players and she has the game to win.
Karrie Webb: While Pettersen was trying to hang on to her lead last year, there was Webb right on her tail. Webb shot 5 under on the final day, but finished one shot behind Pettersen. Webb is having another fine year, with a second-place finish Sunday at the Ginn Tribute and three top 10s in eight tournaments. Look out for this 33-year-old.

LPGA major, part II 06/04/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 10:06pm]

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