LPGA stands for ‘Ladies Play Golf Again’ (in L.A.) prepping for the Kraft Nabisco

It’s the first time in 7 years that the LPGA Tour has played a tournament in Los Angeles and it’s only fitting that it’s the lead-in for their first major of the year-the Kraft Nabisco Championship next week in Rancho Mirage. I spent the day roaming the grounds of Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms trying to get you the top players thoughts (before the heavy rains came) on this important stretch of tournament play which starts tomorrow (Thursday) in the Kia Classic. But first LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan gave me his time and the state of the tour in these rehabbing financial times…

LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan:

It’s always great to see Cali native Paula Creamer back in the neighborhood and the ‘Pink Panther’ was all smiles when telling me about finally being 100% healthy and ready to win more majors, hopefully next week on the Dinah Shore course…

Paula Creamer:

And then I spoke with Michelle Wie who’s still looking for her first major and the senior at Stanford wasn’t overly talkative when it came to how her game is now, while juggling it with her school work…

Michelle Wie:

I also ran into two great Scandinavian born players on the practice putting green and Norway’s Suzanne Pettersen shared her thoughts on how great it would be to win the Kraft after finishing 2nd there 3 times including last year…

Suzanne Pettersen:

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist is just 23 years old but she already has a major trophy and told me she can’t help but think how awesome it would be to be the next champion to jump into Poppy’s Pond a week from Sunday…

Anna Nordqvist:

And finally America’s top ranked women’s player is Christie Kerr who told me it’s nice to visit L.A. again on this beautiful layout before she goes for a personal career grand slam next week in the desert…

Christie Kerr:

But first things first, the LPGA Kia Classic on the ‘Ike and Babe’ courses at Industry Hills Golf Club where the current rain will make it a long day for every pro. And where Ms. Zaharias might just be looking down to see how her old tour is progressing just down the freeway from where she won 2 gold medals and 1 silver in the 1932 L.A. Olympic games? Good luck ladies!

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