LPGA Tour's less hectic week in Arkansas
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship | Preview | 24 Jun 2014
The LPGA Tour is in Rogers in Arkansas this week Walmart North West Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G no doubt enjoying the slightly less intense atmosphere to that the players face at the US Women’s Open last week.
With a break next week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale the field will be keen to recover from a hectic but successful week at Pinehurst while still preparing for the 3rd major of the year across the ’pond’.
The event in Rogers was first played in 2007 and carries an excellent purse of US$2 million and as a result boasts a stellar field including the defending champion Inbee Park, the world number one, Stacy Lewis, newly crowned US Women’s Open winner Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko amongst others.
Park is defending yet another title following her great season in 2013 and although she was perhaps disappointing, and disappointed, after finishing 43rd at Pinehurst she did win in Canada two weeks earlier and should do well again. Park has played well on other occasions at this venue also.
Stacy Lewis finished 4th last year and given her outstanding run of late there is another good finish in her before heading off to Britain to defend her British Open Championship title. Her great final round last week will have her feeling very confident about her chances on a golf course where she has accumulated three top ten finishes.
Lydia Ko was perhaps a little disappointing last week although we need to keep things in perspective. She finished inside the top twenty in just her second US Women’s Open and finished strongly. She finished 4th in this event last year at her only appearance to date and has done well enough this season to improve on that.
Michelle Wie might struggle to have her head in the right space this week given the magnitude of her achievement last Sunday but if she can she could well compete again given the confidence she must now be enjoying. Wie has missed the last three cuts at this event but she did finish runner-up in 2010 so does have some form on the golf course
So Yeon Ryu has played well on both occasions she has been to this golf course including when runner-up last year and just last week had a good enough tournament at Pinehurst.
Australians in the field include Katherine Kirk, currently in 50th position on the money list with earnings of US$112,00, Sarah Jane Smith, Lindsey Wright, Sarah Kemp, Stacey Keating and Julia Boland with Karrie Webb absent and no doubt thinking ahead to the British Open.