After six months without competitive golf to suddenly return to a full schedule, it’s certainly understandable that players, even the pros, can feel a little tired. Although Rolex Rankings No.5 Minjee Lee admits she feels a little tense, her results were consistent with her top 10 finish at the Drive On Championship, Marathon Classic presented by Dana and last week’s AIG Women’s Open.
“I haven’t had this kind of long periods of time and especially with changes in weather and just in terms of travel,” Lee said of his recent trip. “I think my body is adjusting and my mind is adjusting a little. I feel fine, but probably a little tired.”
It goes without saying that playing golf well leads to more birdie and eagle opportunities. Having had four eagles this season, Lee shows up in the first round as one of the championship statistic leaders this week.
“I looked at the two [eagles] in Marathon because I was tagged on Twitter. It is always fun to see the ball go into the pocket. I think when you hit the shot you are trying to get as close as possible, so if it happens to get in, that’s some luck and some skill. But it’s always nice to have an eagle on paper. “
Lee will start his first round on Friday at 7:44 am from the tenth tee alongside world number 2 Danielle Kang and number 4 Nelly Korda.
GABY LOPEZ IN SEARCH OF A VICTORY IN HIS “SECOND HOUSE”
Gaby Lopez clinched her second career LPGA Tour title at the first event of the 2020 season, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, and returned to play after the COVID-19 break at the AIG Women’s Open, where she finished T59. At this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship hosted by P&G, Lopez is remarkably relaxed and happy to be back in such a familiar place and playing the game she loves.
“This is one of my all-time favorite spots on the LPGA,” Lopez said. “I am very lucky to be part of the Razorbacks community. We have great people. The LPGA loves to come back, every friend out there on the LPGA, every player. They have accommodations and they have such welcoming people and so willing to have us back here at Pinnacle Country Club. It’s just great to be back in Arkansas once more, where it’s my second home. “
This week is made even more special for Lopez, who will play the first two rounds alongside world number 6 Sei Young Kim and fellow Razorback Stacy Lewis.
“I can’t wait to play with her,” Lopez said of Lewis. “It was a dream come true for me to be able to play on the LPGA, be a champion here and play on this golf course with one of the best players the tour has ever had, and at home. I mean, I couldn’t improve. I’m really happy to have the opportunity for tomorrow, and I think it’s really cool to see when you play with players as good as Sei Young Kim and Stacy Lewis, to see a lot of putts fall. When putts fall and when you see the ball come in, I think it’s easier for you to visualize when your ball will come in. “
The trio will start the first tee on Friday at 1:21 pm