Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Corona Championship Preview

The LPGA Tour makes its second trip to Mexico in as many months for this week’s Corona Championship. Tres Marias Residential Golf Club in Morelia will once again host this event, which gets underway Thursday. Lorena Ochoa won here last October by five shots over Julieta Granada. There will be no television coverage available in the US.

The course plays to the unusual par of 73 and is 6600 yards long. After only six events were played over the first ten weeks of the season, this week kicks off a string of seven straight weeks of LPGA competition. I mentioned recently that the abundance of off-weeks had resulted in the fields being rather strong at every tournament. That effect disappeared quicker than I had imagined. The field for the Corona is the weakest I’ve seen for a North American event since I started doing these reports last July. Ochoa is the only player in my Top 10 here, and there are only six total from my Top 20. That last stat doesn’t sound too awful, but this one does – only nine players from the top 41 in my statistical rankings are in this week’s field. If Lorena wasn’t here, this would be a primo opportunity for one of those Fluke Victories I talk about every once in a while.

But Lorena IS here, and she’s got the World’s #1 Ranking with her (Rolex anointed her on Monday). She’s my pick to win (big) and I’ll take Stacy Prammanasudh and Nicole Castrale as my CYAs.

Stats: Winners 0-6, Top Tens 8-18.


The Constructivist said...

Ouch, I went with Jee Young Lee as my dark horse and she missed the cut. Is there a Mostly Harmless jinx?

Hound Dog said...

If you haven't noticed, there appears to be a Hound Dog jinx. I'm 0-6 so far this year, although Lorena might change that on Sunday.