The time is upon us. Just days after the Independence Day festivities, the best of the best in Women’s golf head to sunny Cordevalle Country Club in Central California for the ultimate test nestled between wineries, mountain ranges, oh and a staggering 68 bunkers. The notorious “CordeValle Curve,”, the stretch of the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes is known for its ability to turn rounds upside down in a matter of minutes. At the forefront of the headlines surround this year’s U.S. Open? The power-packed Thurs/Fri grouping of World #1 Lydia Ko, #2 Brooke Henderson, and #4 Lexi Thompson.
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Ko will be looking for redemption after losing out to Henderson at the last major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and Henderson is hot off a win at the Cambia Portland Classic, and will look to keep the momentum rolling.
Ko wasn’t in the field in Portland, as she came back to her home base at the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Orlando, to fine-tune a few things before the major. She worked with coach Sean Hogan, and just gave her body a bit of a break before making the trip to California, and is feeling rested and ready to play at her peak performance.
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Lydia also visited with a few of her friends (and admirers) at the Academy, celebrating her recent win in Arkansas.
The U.S. Open has a history of not being just another stop on Tour. Men’s U.S. Open scores in the past years have rarely been over par, and the USGA seems to make it their duty to have the course playing as difficult as they can, which makes for great viewership, and the ultimate test of being able to adapt to the conditions of the course.
Nine former champions will also be in the field this year, including defending champion In Gee Chun, who’s had six top-10’s so far in ’16. Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu, Se Ri Pak, back-to-back winner Karrie Webb, Eun-Hee Ji, Christie Kerr, Paula Creamer, and Michelle Wie will all be battling to take back the trophy.