What to Watch For: Round 1 McDonald's LPGA Championship

Thursday June 11th, 2009

I won't be able to make to the McDonald's LPGA Championship until Sunday, but in the meantime I'll be able to follow it on ... Golf Channel. All four rounds are on GC, Thursday and Friday 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend. I'm lucky enough to get Golf Channel. What's that? You don't get Golf Channel? You're accustomed to watching the women play their majors on network TV? You're not alone. Four rounds of the women's second major on cable TV is an experiment of the Carolyn Bivens administration, one that I don't pretend to understand.In any event, it's a great event, as are all the women's majors. In the Thursday opening round I'll be eager to see what Se Ri Pak can do. The Hall of Famer had her only top-10 of the year last week, a second-place finish at the State Farm, when she closed with a 66, and I hope she can pick up where she left off. I think Pak still has one of the most good-looking swings in all of golf, in the tradition of Ernie Els, and there is much to learn from it. I first covered her as a LPGA rookie sensation when she spoke no English and was on a short leash by her father. Now she expresses herself beautifully in English and she's a role model for the scores and scores of elite South Korean women golfers, both on the circuit and those trying to get there. It's inspiring to see what she has been able to accomplish. Pak's too good not to contend often and win again. Maybe this will be one of those weeks.McDonald's LPGA Championship: Round 1 Scores | Preview

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