By petedirenzo
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Of course the woman to watch at the Dinah Shore is defending champ Lorena Ochoa. I followed her a bit last week in Phoenix – she controlled her ball beautifully but couldn’t score on the bumpy greens. Expect her to find her touch at Mission Hills, a course she has been going low at since she was an amateur. Ochoa is off this morning in a blockbuster pairing with Jiyai Shin, the relentless “rookie” who has already established herself as the second-best player on the LPGA. If Shin wins this week her stated goal of reaching No. 1 will get a huge boost.As always, it’s impossible to ignore Michelle Wie, especially since she played in the final group on Sunday at the Dinah as an awkward 13 year old. She has the power to exploit the demanding par-5s here and lots of good memories to draw on. I’ll be interested to see if she can get herself back in contention. Based on her ragged play last week, I’m not sure her game is ready.

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