Mar 16, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Jiyai Shin sets up for her putt on the 17th during the second round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The LPGA Tour Moves To The East Coast For The Kingsmill Championship

Action gets underway on Thursday morning for the second playing of The Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. The ladies will tee it up on the Kingsmill River Course which is 6379 yards in length, and plays to a par of 71. Seventh ranked South Korean, Jiyai Shin will defend her 2012 title, and will play for the winners share of the $1.3 Million Dollar purse at this new tournament that used to be called Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.   

Shin defeated Paula Creamer in a nine-hole marathon last year where they played the 18th hole time and again until there was a winner declared.  Play was halted on Sunday evening for darkness, and resumed the following morning. Shin made a two foot par putt to notch her ninth LPGA victory in the second longest playoff in LPGA history.

Although Shin has played fairly well this season, it’s hard to overlook the elephant in the room. Inbee Park has her game working right now, and is looking to maintain her number one ranking after she won last week at The North Texas Shootout, to add to her victory earlier at The Kraft Nabisco. In fact, the top five in Rolex LPGA World Rankings are all playing well right now.

Number two, Stacy Lewis found her game in the final round at Las Colinas, and is looking to get the number one ranking she owned for four weeks back from Park. The obvious challenger in Virginia this week has to be Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen won The LOTTE Championship two weeks ago in Hawaii, and put a nice fourth round together on Sunday in Texas to earn a third place finish. Suzann won here in 2007.

Number three and four ranked players, Na Yeon Choi, and Yani Tseng are always a threat on any weekend to get hot, and win a golf tournament. I wouldn’t look too far past the top five players in the world to put a win on the board this weekend.

144 players will tee it up on Thursday, and this week, we go back to the normal 36 hole cut. The winner will take home $195,000. You can watch all four rounds the Kingsmill Championship on The golf Channel. The Thursday/Friday broadcast will run from 12:30 to 2:30 PM Eastern, and the weekend schedule moves to 3-6PM also Eastern Daylight Time.

I have begun playing LPGA Fantasy Golf in The Ladies Dream Golf League, and have picked Suzann Pettersen to continue the roll she got on Sunday in Texas, and put up her second win on the season,  her second at Kingsmill. You can join this league by following the link. It’s for bragging rights, and is free to play. Come on  join the fun, and get involved with the LPGA.

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