In California Patty Tavatanakit with 135 (66 69, -9) remained at the top of the Ana Inspiration rankings, the first 2021 women’s golf major.
Patty Tavatanakit at Ana Inspiration
At Rancho Mirage, the 21-year-old Thai has only one shot ahead of Chinese Shanshan Feng, always second with 136 (-8). While in 3 / a position (137, -7) there is another Thai proette, Moriya Jutanugarn. At the Mission Hills Country Club, on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course (par 72), the ranking is very short. The English Charley Hull and the Swedish Anna Nordqvist share the 4 / a square (138, -6). While the South Korean Inbee Park (world number 2, fresh from the success at the Kia Classic) is 6 / a (139, -5) alongside her compatriots Jin Young Ko (queen of women’s golf) and Mirim Lee (reigning champion). Same score for New Zealander Lydia Ko, British Charley Hull and German Sophia Popov. Only 20 / a (141, -3) Nelly Korda. Instead Michelle Wie West has left the scene. Sixteenth after the first lap, the American with a partial of 79 (+7) out of a total of 149 (+5), did not pass the cut.
The LPGA Tour announced several changes to its upcoming 2021 competitive schedule. Kapolei Golf Club in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii, will host the ninth playing of the LOTTE Championship on April 14-17. This marks the venue’s first return to the LPGA Tour schedule since hosting the 1996-2001 Hawaiian Ladies Open. The following week, the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open will move to a Wednesday-Saturday schedule, to be held April 21-24 at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. Both tournaments will feature a field of 144 players, with Brooke Henderson (2018 and 2019 LOTTE Championship winner) and Minjee Lee (2019 HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open winner) set to defend their titles after the tournaments were not held in 2020.
The schedule adjustment in California will facilitate easier travel to the following two tournaments – the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong Course in Singapore on April 29 to May 2, and the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course in Chonburi, Thailand, on May 6-9. Both events are returning to the LPGA Tour schedule after being postponed in 2020, and will be conducted under strict health protocols. Sung Hyun Park and Amy Yang are expected to defend their 2019 titles in Singapore and Thailand, respectively.
Finally, a final decision on the status of the Blue Bay LPGA, to be held on Hainan Island in the People’s Republic of China, will be announced in the coming weeks, as the LPGA continues to fully assess the situation with its partners in China.