Has it been quiet on the LPGA Tour? Seems that way. But next week, it will get quite a bit noisier. That is because not only will Annika Sorenstam return from her back injury, but teen phenom Michelle Wie is also slated to make her season debut. Wie, of course, has been out with a wrist injury. Her return means she will skip her high school graduation.
Jim Furyk might be the most successful player everyone forgets about. The native of West Chester, Pa., just quietly goes about his business, posts a few victories each year and has the respect of his peers. This might be one of those weeks for him to get a win as he is the highest-ranked player (No. 3) in the field this week at Colonial. No. 14 Trevor Immelman is the only other member of the top 15 playing here.
While things might be kinda quiet in America before heating up next week, Europe has the big action. The BMW PGA Championship is the European Tour’s marquee event and has drawn seven of the world’s top 15 players. Ernie Els will have plenty of support as the tournament is played in Wentworth, England, where the South African lives. Defending champ David Howell had to withdraw due to a back injury.
OK, so things aren’t totally quiet on this side of the Pacific. But — with all due respect to the over-50 crowd — when the Senior PGA Championship can lay some sort of claim to the biggest event of the week, that says something. And the biggest news about the course came courtesy of a kitchen explosion last week that injured four construction workers. Take a good look at the layout, though. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be home to the 2012 PGA Championship.
EVENT: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
WHERE: Fort Worth, Texas
COURSE: Colonial Country Club, par 70
DEFENDING CHAMP: Tim Herron
EVENT: LPGA Corning Classic
WHERE: Corning, N.Y.
COURSE: Corning Country Club, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: Hee-Won Han
EVENT: Senior PGA Champ-ionship
WHERE: Kiawah Island, S.C.
COURSE: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jay Haas
EVENT: Melwood Prince George’s County Open
WHERE: Mitchelville, Md.
COURSE: Country Club at Woodmore, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: Inaugural event
EVENT: BMW PGA Champ-ionship
WHERE: Virginia Water, England
COURSE: Wentworth Club, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: David Howell