This week marks the fourth major of the LPGA season, as players head to Monroe Country Club for the Wegman's LPGA Championship. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.
Group 1: Stacy Lewis: With Michelle Wie on the DL with an injury, this is the world No. 1’s chance to reassert herself as the game’s undisputed top player.
Group 2: Paula Creamer: Winless since February, the American could use a strong finish as the season winds down.
Group 3: Yani Tseng: It’s been a largely forgettable year for the former world No. 1, but she has a solid history at the Wegmans LPGA (she won the event in 2011).
Group 4: Mirim Lee: The rookie won last week’s Meijer LPA Classic and finished runner-up at the JTBC Founders Cup.
Group 1: Lydia Ko: About the only thing she hasn't done in her rookie year on the LPGA Tour is win a major. In fact, when compared to the rest of her freshman season, she's been downright awful in the majors (T29 at the Kraft, T15 at the U.S. Open, T29 at the British). So here's to Ko changing up that trend with a statement-making victory at the Wegmans.
Group 2: Amy Yang: Unlike Ko, this veteran is quietly having a strong season in the majors. She was T-10 in the Kraft and fourth in the U.S. Women's Open after a final-round 74 knocked her out of the lead. She was also T-5 at the Meijer Classic a week ago, and I expect her solid play to continue.
Group 3: Mina Harigae: She had made nine straight cuts on Tour (including the U.S. and British Opens) before missing the weekend in Grand Rapids. She was also T-25 at the Wegmans a year ago, which makes her one of the more solid choices in this group.
Group 4: Kris Tamulis: This group is loaded with players trending in the wrong direction, so when you come across a player like Tamulis you have to take notice. She has only made five cuts this year, but in her last two starts she was T-7 at the Marathon Classic and T-9 at the Meijer Classic in her home state of Michigan.