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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 211
THE LPGA had its fair share of doubters when it announced in 2011 that the Evian Masters would be named the Evian Championship from 2013 and become the tour’s fifth major. Could they just create a new major? Apparently so, and just a few short years after eschewing tradition in favour of progress, the Evian seems right at home as an LPGA-LET co-sanctioned major. INBEE Park clearly played the Olympics through gritted teeth. The gold medal winner hasn’t been seen on tour since the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in early June, as she continues to battle a seemingly chronic thumb injury. It makes her performance in Rio all the the more impressive, but it always begs the question as to whether the former world No.1 – now ranked fifth – will ever be the same again. THERE’S no such thing as earning your stripes on the LPGA Tour anymore. Tour rookies and young guns expect to win, and they expect to win now. Only three players over 23 years old have won on the tour this year, in a sure sign the sport’s new guard is well and truly entrenched at the top. IT’S been an impressively consistent season for our No.1 player Minjee Lee, who’s missed just one cut all year. But after winning the LOTTE Championship the WA native registered only two more top 10s, until last week’s Manulife Championship where she finished tied for second and should have won, if not for nine frustrating back nine pars. Win or not, she’s back in form on the eve of a major where she clearly feels comfortable, having finished T11 last year. IT’S ALL GROWN UP NOW A GOLD WON’T STOP PAIN IT’S A KIDS’ WORLD STARS ALIGN FOR LEE?
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