It’s time to see who can play tough on the women’s tour.
At least, that’s the hope with the year’s first major arriving this week at the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Here’s hoping the rough is up on the Dinah Shore course, that the greens are firm and fast and that conditions are grueling, because we’ve seen enough marshmallow setups to start the year.
I like birdie-fests almost as much as anyone else, but enough is enough. As a steady diet, it’s like being served candy and doughnuts for almost every entrée.
It’s time for a lean, mean course.
Three of the six LPGA events played this year were won with 72-hole tournament record scores.
Four of the six have been won at 20 under or better, five of them at 19 under or better.
The only exception so far this year was Ha Na Jang’s win at Royal Adelaide in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. She won at 10 under.
The average winning score this year is 20 under par.
Yes, it’s fun to watch the women go low, but the courses look like they are set up way too easy.
Brittany Lincicome opened the year blitzing the Ocean Club on Paradise Island, winning the Pure Silk Bahamas with a tournament record score of 26 under par.
Mirim Lee just won the Kia Classic at a tournament record 20 under. Aviara Country Club doesn’t look that easy, but Lee was the fourth of six winners this year to post four consecutive rounds in the 60s.
Anna Nordqvist won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club at 25 under. It’s time for some pain and suffering in the women’s game. It’s time for a real major championship test, a setup that wipes the smiles off players’ faces, that forces the best to dig deep for their most clever shotmaking.
It’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff.
It’s time to test every element of a player’s game, including temperament,…