The most prestigious tournament of the LPGA season is underway at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin, but rather than discuss the provenance of an as-yet incoherent leaderboard, I’ve elected to craft something a little more worthwhile: a summary of the narratives most likely to inform coverage over the coming days.
- World No1 Yani Tseng, untouchable for most of 2011, arrives at the year’s third major in the midst of a (relatively) severe dip in form: her most recent competitive appearances have yielded a 59th-place finish and *gasp* a missed cut. Anxious to implement a series of technical changes and rediscover the confidence that elevated her to the summit of the women’s game, the 23-year-old has spent the week in the company of coach Gary Gilchrist. [JS Online]
- Should Tseng reproduce something approaching her best form this weekend and, in doing so, claim her sixth major title, she’ll become the youngest player – male or female – to complete a career Grand Slam. Already labouring (see above) under the weight of history and expectation, Tseng’s path to the title is complicated somewhat by the esteem in which she holds the tournament itself: “Every year when I come to the US Open I always feel more nerves and more pressure.” [AFP]
- Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne, formerly of Wake Forest University, makes the second major championship start of her fledgling professional career this afternoon. Though accustomed to fevered media attention, the 21-year-old has yet to make a competitive cut. [Irish Independent]
- A return to Blackwolf Run, the scene of her breakthrough major victory, has occasioned in Se Ri Pak a rare opportunity for reflection and reminiscence. [Washington Post]
- Herb Kohler and his minions at the American Club Resort hope coverage of the event will remind America’s golfing public – particularly its dwindling population of wealthy, green-fee-hungry travellers – that when it comes to Wisconsin, Whistling Straits isn’t the only game in town. [Crain’s Chicago Business]
- Lexi Thompson, the LPGA’s all-American heroine in-waiting, is ready for Destiny to come calling. [Chicago Tribune]