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Kraft Nabisco Championship Preview & Pairings

After a very exciting start to the season, the LPGA will be staging its first major championship this week with the playing of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

This will be the first of five major championships this year. The United States will be trying to break Asia's streak of seven consecutive major championship victories. For more on that see my blog on Asian dominance. 

Winning a major championship can go a long way towards achieving the LPGA's most prestigious awards at season's end. Player of the Year points and Rookie of the Year points are doubled for major championships.

This will be tournament number 6 of 28 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  Sun Young Yoo

Winning Score:  69-69-72-69 = 279 (-9)

Final Field:  112 players
Par: 72
Yardage: 6738 Yards
Purse: $ 2.0 Million

Here are the Pairings for the first 2 rounds>

Here are the television times:
Apr 4 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM EST
Apr 4 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
Apr 5 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM EST
Apr 5 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
Apr 6 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
Apr 7 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM EST

My strength of field rating is 87.5% making it the strongest field of the year to date.
48 of the top 50 ladies on the LPGA priority list, and 34 of the top 40 ladies on the Rolex Rankings are teeing it up this week.

There will also be an outstanding amateur field which will include New Zealand superstar Lydia Ko, Ireland's (attending the University of Alabama) Stephanie Meadow, and Duke University standout Lindy Duncan.

Here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Na Yeon Choi
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Paula Creamer
6- Yani Tseng
7- I.K. Kim
8- Jiyai Shin
9- Ai Miyazato
10- Lydia Ko
11- Jessica Korda
12- Gerina Piller

Other Tidbits:
Mika Miyazato had made 16 consecutive cuts, and Angela Stanford 15, before they both missed the cut at last week's Kia Classic.

Stacy Lewis has played 20 rounds of golf so far this season. Incredibly 17 of those rounds she has shot under par.

Rolex Rankings Mover of the Week:
Aria Jutanugarn, who won last week's tournament on the L.E.T., moved from # 42 to #33.

Who do you think will win this week's major championship? Cast your vote on the upper left hand side of this page.


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