The Tour visits Richmond this week to play the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. The River Course at Kingsmill Resort & Spa is once again host to this $2.2 million event. Karrie Webb blitzed the field last year, winning by seven strokes over Lorena Ochoa and Hee-Won Han. The tournament starts Thursday with coverage on ESPN2 beginning Friday afternoon.
To make things perfectly clear - if ESPN wants to spend about ten or fifteen minutes of their six hours of coverage this weekend to do a piece on Mi Hyun Kim and her donation to the Kansas tornado victims, they have my blessing.
The River Course is a par-71 at 6306 yards. Even though (and maybe because) Webb’s victory was wire-to-wire, last year’s event was most memorable for being Annika Sorenstam’s first missed cut in four years. That cut was +3 - about the average for most tournaments – and she missed it by one shot.
We have our second strong field in a row – the larger purse helps in that regard. I’m going to pick Lorena Ochoa again to win. Until she sits out an event, I’ll keep on picking her. Last week’s darts missed completely so this week I’m using a Ouiji board to come up with CYA choices. Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster are this week’s doomed contestants.
Stats: Winners 0-8, Top Tens 11-24.