Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Wendy's Championship Preview

The LPGA Tour visits Dublin, Ohio this week for the Wendy’s Championship For Children. Cristie Kerr is the defending champion. The event will begin Thursday at Tartan Fields Golf Club and will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning Friday afternoon.

The course is a par-72, 6517 yards. A little on the long side, but it was very forgiving last year as the cut was -3! That tied the LPGA record for lowest cut number. In ’04 the scoring was more like you’d expect. says Thursday & Sunday will have scattered thunderstorms, with Friday & Saturday partly cloudy and temps around 90.

Last year’s event was a birdie-fest, with the top 30 players finishing -10 or better. Kerr outlasted Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer by one shot, with Jeong Jang and Pat Hurst finishing two back. Three of those five aren’t returning (only Kerr and Jang), but the majority of the Top 20 will be in action.

For the first time, I will pick the defending champion to repeat. Cristie Kerr is the hottest player on tour (from a performance standpoint – she’s pretty good looking too!) and she won on this course a year ago. Hard NOT to pick her. I’m going to list three CYA picks this week because I think all three of them are going to finish Top 10. Lorena Ochoa hasn’t played on tour for two weeks but finished second in Annika’s tournament, setting a course record during one round. Jeong Jang is the second hottest player right now. Karrie Webb finished Safeway with a 66 to grab a Top 10 and turn herself around after a short cold spell. I’m currently 1-4 picking winners (2-4 if CYA’s are included) and 7-12 on making the Top 10.

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