MOBILE, Ala. – I got here for the Bell Micro LPGA Classic that begins Thursday at The Crossings at Magnolia Grove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which underwent an extensive rebuild and just opened in October of last year.
In spite of a short grow-in it seems to be in very good shape. There are a few rough edges, but that is to be expected. The golf course has plenty of width and the rough is down a bit. Because the greens are brand new they are quite firm. I think the longer players will have quite an advantage this week. Coming in to these firm greens with more loft and more spin will allow the longer players to attack hole locations that shorter players will have to play away from.
Because of this, Michelle Wie should have a great week. I spoke with her on the putting green and had planned to ask her about the course. She was so pumped about getting to see Zac Brown Band perform recently that I couldn't steer the conversation to golf. Like me, she has a strong affinity, or as they say here in Alabama 'liking', for country music. She even had Zac Brown sign her cell phone. The signature was starting to fade out, but she was still very proud of it.
I found it interesting that someone who signs plenty of her own autographs was so excited about getting someone else's. I've got a feeling that she'll be autographing the back of a large check with her name on the front this Sunday evening.