Manulife LPGA Classic fantasy picks

Caroline Masson. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Manulife LPGA Classic fantasy golf picks range from Lexi Thompson to Symetra Tour player Allie White, who earned her spot in the Monday qualifier.

The Manulife LPGA Classic has more potential story lines than an unabridged volume of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and trying to anticipate alternative outcomes is complicating my Ladies Dream Golf Pick-4 fantasy team picks.

The Tour is back in Cambridge, Ontario at the Whistle Bear Golf Club for the 6th edition of the Manulife LPGA Classic. Caroline Masson, who played past a trio of contenders to pick up her first Tour victory last year, stands ready to mount a vigorous defense of her title.

Whistle Bear’s par 72 track will play 6613 yards this week. With it’s broad, open fairways there’s a links-style feeling to the golf course. With more than 100 bunkers, water on 10 holes, and some nasty fescue rough, there are also plenty of hazards to slow forward progress. It’s not going to be a cake walk. Despite initial appearances, this is not a grip-it-and-rip-it track. The premium will be on accurate shot-making and economical putting.

Brooke Henderson, who will be basking in gallery adoration, will draw on her fans’ energy to end her winless season. Ariya Jutanugarn will have another go at unseating Lydia Ko from the top of the Rolex Rankings, and Lexi Thompson will be looking for a restart.

Canadians will abound in the Manulife field. In addition to world no. 15 Henderson and her Rio Olympics teammate, Alena Sharp, Tour players Lorie Kane, Jaclyn Lee, Jennifer Ha, Augusta James, Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Samantha Richdale will be in the field.  And tournament invites to Jennifer Kirby, Brittany Marchand, Vivian Tsui and two amateurs, Grace St. Germain and Maddie Szeryk, put the Canadian contingent at a lucky thirteen!

With all the drama that’s pending, let’s take a look at the most advantageous picks for a strong Ladies Dream Golf Pick-4 fantasy team.