ANA Inspiration Canadian Preview

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You don’t have to wait until The Masters next weekend to watch major championship caliber golf. The first major of the professional golf season starts this week on the LPGA  Tour with the ANA Inspiration.

Canadians competing this week are Alena Sharp and Broke Henderson.  A Canadian has never won this event when it has been recognized as a major, though Sandra Post won this event in 1978 and 1979 before it was recognized as a major.

Last season Sharp and Henderson were also the only Canadians to compete in the event, Henderson finished T14, while Sharp failed to make the cut.

Henderson comes into this week with three top 10’s on the year, and a T22 last week.  Comparatively, Sharp’s best finish this year is a T18 in the first event of the season, since then she has only made two cuts in five starts.

This event is most well known for Poppies Pond, a pond in front of the 18th green which has become famous for the champion diving into it upon winning the event.

The ANA Inspiration takes place in Rancho Mirage California at Mission Hills Country Club. Henderson starts today at 8:06 pacific time. Sharp starts at 12:10 pacific time.

LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup Canadian preview

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The Course: Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa

Canadians in the Field: 

Brooke Henderson: Finished T13 in last years tournament with four rounds in the 60’s. Henderson has made the cut in three out of the four events she has played this season and has not finished outside 10th in any events thus far. Henderson looks to be a strong contender in this weeks field.

Thursday Tee Time: 12:45

Alena Sharp: A resident of Phoenix, this hometown advantage should give Sharp a bit of an edge this week.  Since a T18 in the first event of the season in the Bahamas, Sharp has struggled not finishing higher than T56  in any of the last three events. Sharp missed the cut in last seasons tournament.

Thursday Tee Time: 7:22

Maude-Aimee Leblanc: Enters this event having only competed in one other LPGA Tour event this season, finishing with a T66. Leblanc missed the cut in last seasons tournament, though she will look to build off her second round 64 from last year.

Thursday Tee Time: 8:28

Anne-Catherine Tanguay: Finished eighth on the Symetra Tour money list last season to earn her LPGA Tour membership. Has yet to make a cut in the two events she has played this season.

Thursday Tee Time: 8:28