Karrie Webb once again leads the Australian contingent on the LPGA tour at this week’s Kia Classic. Webb tees off early Friday morning Australian time, and is joined in the field by Katherine Kirk, Sarah-Jane Smith, Sarah Kemp and rookie Minjee Lee.
Webb’s early season form in 2015 so far has been consistent rather than spectacular and along with Kirk, Lee, and Smith will be looking for solid finishes heading into next week’s ANA Inspiration formally known as the Nabisco Dinah Shore or the Kraft Championship. Sarah Kemp will need at least a top 20 finish this week if she is to tee it up with her compatriots at Mission Hills next week in the first major of the year.
The defending Champion this week is Swede Ana Nordqvist, who claimed her 4th LPGA victory in some style last year shooting 10 under on the weekend to defeat Lizette Salas by one shot. Nordqvist and former world number 1 Stacey Lewis will be 2 of the players trying to stop the Korean domination on the LPGA Tour so far in 2015.
Since Na Yeon Choi captured the season-opening event in Ocala, Korean golfers have been the story of the Tour with Sei Young Kim (PureSilk Bahamas LPGA Classic), Amy Yang (Honda LPGA Thailand) and Inbee Park (HSBC Women’s Champions) and Hyo Joo Kim (JTBC Founders Cup) taking home titles. In fact the only player to win so far this season on the LPGA Tour who doesn’t compete under the South Korean flag is Rolex Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open) although she was also born in Seoul, South Korea before moving to New Zealand.
The tournament will be shown live and exclusive on Foxsports beginning Friday at 9:00am on Foxsports 2.