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May 17--Groups to watch
Michelle Wie, Jessica Korda, So Yeon Ryu, 8:21 a.m.
One of the most famous golfers on the LPGA Tour, Wie is playing some of her best golf in years. She won the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore -- her first win since 2014 -- earlier in the season.
Perhaps the casual golf observer doesn't know of Korda. That's a shame. She's the second highest ranked American -- behind only Lexi Thompson and ninth overall in the world -- and already has five career wins, including the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament in February. The 25-year-old daughter of former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda seems close to breaking through as a major champion.
Ryu is ranked fifth in the world -- only Thompson is ranked higher among Kingsmill competitors -- and was the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year in 2017 after winning a major at the ANA Inspiration. She also has five straight top 10s at Kingsmill.
Another one to watch: Pernilla Lindberg, Minjee Lee, Emma Talley, 8:32 a.m.
Nelly Korda, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, 1:05 p.m.
Two former Kingsmill champions highlight this afternoon grouping. Jutanugarn won the 2016 Kingsmill Championship on her way to five victories -- including a major win at the British Open -- in that season. She comes to Kingsmill with five top-seven finishes in her past seven tournaments.
No golfer can equal Kerr's success at Kingsmill. The 10th ranked player in the world won here in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
The group is rounded out by one of the most exciting young players on tour. Jessica Korda's 19-year-old sister Nelly Korda tied for second in Singapore and has jumped from 137th in the world this time last year to 40th.
Another one to watch: In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Moriya Jutanugarn, 1:27 p.m.
-- Jonathan Heeter
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