Ko's chance for number one at 4th major

BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship | Preview | 13 Aug 2014

The LPGA plays one of its major championships this week when the Wegmans LPGA Championship is played this week at the outstanding Donald Ross designed Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford in New York State.

The tournament, normally played earlier in the schedule, has a new date and a new venue, the Donald Ross designed layout yet another Ross masterpiece.

The LPGA Championship is the second longest running event on the PGA Schedule and is the 4th of five majors this season with just the Evian Championship to come in the s eocnd week of September.

The somewhat resurgent and defending champion, Inbee Park, will vie with world number one Stacy Lewis for favouritism but several others are considered genuine chances including the likes of Suzann Pettersen and Lydia Ko and So Yeon Ryu.

The Monroe Golf Club underwent and upgrade in 2008 when Gil Hanse was involved in that work and the indications are that the golf course will provide an outstanding examination for an event of this status.

Both Lewis and Park are or have been number one but for New Zealander Lydia Ko she has a great chance to become the world number one for the first time this week if she was to win and Lewis finishes worse than 2nd.

It has not something that has occupied the thoughts of the Aucklander. “I didn’t really realize until you mentioned it, but to me I think winning would be great, but that’s in a couple days time. I’m just going to take it day by day,” Ko said. “If it goes my way, great, and then I become world No. 1, it’s even better. But I’m not going to think about it. I’m just going to try and enjoy it and try to think of it as a normal, another LPGA event.”

Australians in the field this week are; Karrie Webb a former winner and two time runner-up, Katherine Kirk, Lindsey Wright, Sarah Jane Smith, Stacey Keating, Sarah Kemp and Julia Boland.

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    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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