PRATTVILLE, Ala. – The LPGA returns to action this week in Prattville, Ala., for the fourth playing of the Navistar Classic. With a diminished schedule, the tour has been stop-start in 2010, but not for the next six weeks.
The tour hits the road for a stretch of tournaments which begins with two events in the United States, then has them crossing the Pacific for three events in the Far East before finishing the stretch in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Ochoa departed the game in her last week as the No. 1 ranked player in the Rolex Women's World Rankings, and since her departure the battle to replace her as the dominate force on this tour has been on-going. With the tour embarking on this six week stretch, three of the top-5players in the world have decided to skip this tournament, but No. 1 Ai Miyazato is here, as is No. 3 Cristie Kerr.
Kerr was surprisingly absent from Wednesday's pro-am in Prattville, but is still scheduled to tee it up in Thursday's first round. She'll play alongside Brittany Linicicome and Sophie Gustafson in one of our featured groups for Thursday's telecast on Golf Channel.
Laura Davies is also in Alabama this week, having won twice on the LET in the month of September. Davies, now with 76 win worldwide, is tops on the LET's Money List. Paula Creamer has also made the trip this week, thankfully being re-united with her luggage – which arrived late – giving the U.S. Women's Open champion a brief scare.