The LPGA Tour breaks new ground by staging a regular event in the Bahamas. The full-field standard eligibility tournament will be played on the Paradise Island course and the new location has attracted a strong field and the quality of the entry list is almost of major championship standard. Current world number one, Inbee Park, will be competing against another eight players from the top 10 in the current standings.
Park did not play last week and that provided Stacy Lewis with an opportunity to get closer to her in the standings. Lewis did pick up some ranking points for a top 10 finish but two double bogeys over the course of her two rounds proved costly as she eventually finished just four shots off the pace.
The Bahamas Classic is a new tournament so there is no course form to assess. However, there is plenty of recent form to collate and the key skills for good scoring at Paradise Islands have been written into our overall assessment of the potential contenders this week. Women’s professional golf is not as open as the men’s game and the same names appear at the top of leaderboards from week to week.
Park and Lewis are the market leaders with the bookmakers and exchanges and our Ratings comply with that assessment of this tournament. Suzann Peterson is the most in-form golfer on the LPGA Tour and she figures towards the top of the bookmaker’s lists and our Ratings.
Cristie Kerr won the Ladies’ US Open in 2007 and she has contended in several other majors. She won the Kingsmill Championsgip three weeks ago and looks to have a game well suited to this week’s host course. Pornanong Phlatum came back to form last week after two missed cuts and is one of just four players in the top 50 for the key skills of driving accuracy, greens in regulation and average putts.