To Resume Today
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS | The weather-plagued LPGA State Farm Classic will
resume play this morning at 7:30 CT after
numerous lightning and rain delays throughout the weekend eventually forced officials
to suspend play at 6: 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Co-leaders Anna Nordqvist and Cristie Kerr
were tied at 20-under par, with Kerr on the
eighth hole and Nordqvist on the ninth of
their final rounds.
The third round was suspended at 1:44
p.m. on Saturday because of lightning and the
players never returned to the course. Play
resumed Sunday morning but players again
were called off the course at 2:46 p.m. Of-
ficials halted play for good at 6: 10 p.m.
Thompson’s Pro Debut This Week
After a stuttering start to its 2010 season
in which it has had more off-weeks than on-weeks, the LPGA embarked on an important
five-week run that began with last week’s LPGA
State Farm Classic and will conclude with the
U.S. Women’s Open July 8-11. With the pro
debut of 15-year-old Alexis Thompson and
two majors occurring in this stretch, the Tour
should command some added attention.
Thompson, coming off a strong performance in leading the U.S. to victory against
Great Britain and Ireland in last week’s Curtis
Cup outside Boston, will make her first start as
a pro this week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic
in Galloway, N.J., where she received a sponsor’s exemption.
After that, it’s off to Pittsford, N. Y., for the
Tour’s second major of the season, the LPGA
Championship June 24-27. The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic follows July 1-4 in Sylvania,
Ohio, and the LPGA concludes its mid-summer
trek with the Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club July 8-11.
World No. 1 Jiyai Shin was forced to withdraw from the State Farm Classic Wednesday
after undergoing emergency appendectomy
surgery. She was released from the hospital
Friday and returned to her Atlanta home. She
hopes to be ready to resume play in time for the
LPGA Championship later this month. l