What to anticipate at the LPGA Chevron Champion

For the very first time in more than 50 years, the Chevron Champion isn’t being played today at Objective Hills Nation Club in Rancho Mirage, California.

The very first significant of the ladies’s golf season has actually transferred to The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas. With the moving, lots of questioned whether among the most popular customs in ladies’s golf– the Chevron Champion winner delving into Poppie’s Pond– would pass away.

Perhaps not.

The Club at Carlton Woods just recently dug up part of a big lake off the 18th green of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, immersing pylons about 50 feet out and set up a web to keep alligators away.

While delving into the Texas pond will not be almost as tidy as jumping into the self-contained California swimming pool that was chlorinated, whoever raises the Dinah Coast Prize on Sunday will a minimum of have the alternative of getting damp. The club even set up a little dock and ladder to assist make it occur. Amy Alcott was the very first to do the dive in 1988.

” I believe Chevron and everybody associated with the competition is doing a remarkable task to type of keep the customs alive,” Nelly Korda informed press reporters in Texas. “Undoubtedly, altering places is a little bit various for sure. However they’re attempting their hardest to keep the customs alive, and for us gamers, I believe that we value that a lot.

” Once again, if you win, you still get to delve into Poppie’s Pond and you still get to raise the prize, so at the end of the day that’s what matters. They’re actioning in and supporting ladies’s golf, and I believe that’s the huge image that everybody must concentrate on is that they stepped up and they’re the ones that are supporting us.”

” Ideally,” she stated. “We’ll see. However yes, I would.”

Protecting champ Jennifer Kupcho wasn’t so sure.

” I think we’ll see what boils down to it,” Kupcho stated. “I’m not actually sure. I believe there may be snakes in the water here, so may be a little fascinating.”

Stacy Lewis, who won the 2011 Chevron Champion, matured in The Woodlands. She belonged to a gamers committee that assisted Chevron make the shift to Texas. Lewis wished to make certain that Coast, the renowned vocalist, starlet and television character who is an honorary member of the LPGA Hall of Popularity, wasn’t forgotten.

” To me, Dinah is and was the most crucial thing,” Lewis stated. “You can take the leap in Poppie’s Pond and all that type of things, however to me, there’s a factor Dinah is the only nonplaying individual in our LPGA Hall of Popularity. There’s a factor for that. Chevron squashed it. You see it with the prize. Dinah’s Put on 18. Whatever has to do with Dinah today, which’s what we attempted to inform them over and over once again is what was very important.”

Here’s what to see in the very first ladies’s significant champion of the season:

Considering the Hall of Popularity

World No. 1 golf enthusiast Lydia Ko can seal her area in the LPGA Hall of Popularity by getting her 3rd significant champion success today. Ko requires just 2 indicate satisfy the requirements for induction; she would be the youngest gamer to do it at 25.

A win in Texas would end Ko’s seven-year dry spell in majors. She last won this occasion, then called the ANA Motivation, in April 2016.

” It is certainly a huge objective of mine to be in the Hall of Popularity, however I do not believe that resembles my objective or something that I’m simply going to keep going after towards since I’m simply attempting to play the very best golf I can,” Ko stated. “If I put myself in contention and simply keep providing myself chances, I seem like they’re all going to come naturally.”

As a previous champ of the competition, Ko was provided a Bentley courtesy cars and truck. She stated she was more comfy driving a Mazda, which she had previously in the week. Ko didn’t get her motorist’s license up until 2020 after going to driving school.

” I’m not the world’s biggest motorist, and I understand if I crash into something, the insurance coverage is going to be a lot greater on the Bentley versus most likely most other vehicles,” Ko stated. “Still not a great parallel parker. If I have my location and there resembles a parallel parking area right there, I’ll park a mile away so I can leave that area.”

Korda’s back

A year back, Korda remained in Los Angeles going through rehabilitation for an embolism in her ideal arm. She could not even see television protection of the Chevron Champion up until her sis, Jessica, remained in contention on the last couple of holes.

” However aside from that, I kept away from the television,” Korda stated.

Korda, ranked No. 2 worldwide, has 4 top-six surfaces in 5 starts this season. She connected for 5th in the DIO Implant LA Open in her latest start. She took the previous number of weeks off to hone her video game. Korda likewise went to the Masters.

Korda stated the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is an entirely various setup than the one they dipped into Objective Hills. She connected for 2nd in case in 2020.

” Water is way more in play today I would state, entirely various turf,” Korda stated. “This is a Bermuda turf. I do not understand precisely what the turf remained in Palm Springs, however the rough isn’t as thick as it would be, let’s state, in Palm Springs. However it’s still a terrific golf course. You’re still going to need to play actually well. I would state there’s more difficulty off the tee and the greens are smaller sized, and if it gets company, it’s going to play actually difficult since it is still long.”

Lewis’ homecoming

Lewis, whose moms and dads still live about 3 miles from the Nicklaus Signature Course, is intending to commemorate for a 2nd time today.

On Sunday, her other half, Gerrod Chadwell, led Texas A&M’s ladies’s golf group to its 2nd SEC champion in Hoover, Alabama. Lewis flew house from Hawaii and viewed the last holes of the champion match at her moms and dads’ house.

” Simply to see his group get it done, I was stressed,” Lewis stated. “It’s method harder viewing than it is playing.”

She had actually prepared to welcome the group at the airport in College Station, Texas, however the Aggies’ flight was postponed. She figured it would be far too late for her 4-year-old child to go. Then she could not withstand.

” I had actually informed him that I wasn’t going to come even if it was late, and with Chesnee, I didn’t wish to screw up bedtime and all that,” Lewis stated. “I simply got to believing, I stated, ‘It’s not that frequently you win an SEC champion, so I got Chesnee out of bed and we went and shocked him at 11 p.m. There were tears, and I believe Garrett had, I would state, most likely 25, 30 individuals that wound up appearing to cheer on the women.”

Including another prize today would be additional unique for Lewis, who will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup groups in 2023 and 2024.

” It’s a little odd staying at my moms and dads’ home and coming and playing a golf competition,” Lewis stated. “It’s something that certainly maturing here I believed would never ever occur, to bring a champion like this to the Woodlands. However it’s been incredible.”

Another newbie winner

There have actually been 7 newbie winners at the Chevron Champion, consisting of 3 in the previous 5 years: Pernilla Lindberg in 2018, Patty Tavatanakit in 2021 and Kupcho in 2015. Who might be next?

Thailand’s Natthakritta Vongtaveelap, among 13 novices in the field, was runner-up at the Honda LPGA Thailand and connected for 6th at the Lotte Champion in Hawaii recently. She would end up being just the 3rd novice to win the Chevron Champion; Juli Inkster (1984) and Tavatanakit (2021) were the others.

Another turning point for Zhang

Stanford sophomore Rose Zhang isn’t in the field today, however she reached another historical turning point on Wednesday. Zhang, who won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur previously this month, has actually now been ranked the world’s No. 1 ladies’s amateur golf enthusiast for 136 weeks. She went beyond the previous record of 135 weeks set by Leona Maguire in 2018.

” It’s an amazing honor and a testimony to a great deal of effort not simply by me however by my group also,” Zhang stated in a declaration. “Passing names like Lydia [Ko] and Leona on any list is amazing; they have actually both gone on to have such excellent expert professions and are terrific good example in golf. I’m grateful for all the assistance I have actually gotten and anticipate continuing to pursue my dreams in this video game.”

Zhang was completing in the last round of the Pac-12 ladies’s champion in Phoenix on Wednesday.

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