I’m really looking forward to the LPGA’s second Major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which will take place June 8-14 at the prestigious Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. This “new” Championship replaces the former LPGA Championship and offers a purse that is among the highest in women’s golf at $3.5 million. On Wednesday I will take part in the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit by participating on a panel titled “Achieving Your Personal Best: A Conversation with Women in Sports.” Stacy Lewis and Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Coach, Ann “Muffet” McGraw, will join me. I will then be guest analyst for a segment of Golf Channel’s Thursday and Friday tournament coverage, before joining Dan Hicks and Gary Koch all weekend on NBC.
This was always one of my favorite Majors and I was fortunate to win it three years in a row, from 2003-2005. This year’s field will face a stern test at Westchester Country Club, which for years hosted the Westchester Classic on the PGA TOUR. Considered one of the best golf courses in the United States, the Walter Travis-designed West Course is hilly and heavily wooded, rolling through thick stands of pine, oak and maple. The terrain is dotted with rocky outcroppings, some of which create blind spots, which add to the complexity and difficulty of the course. Holes 2, 3, 6, and 17 were consistently rated among the most difficult on Tour.
This week is also the second chance for the ladies to earn points for the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. Established last year, the award goes to the player who accumulates the best record in the five majors while also winning one. Brittany Lincicome currently leads, after winning the ANA Inspiration, Stacey Lewis is second, with Morgan Pressel in third place. Morgan has been playing well and I think this course will suit her game. I think Lydia Ko could also be poised to put her name on a Major Championship trophy for the first time! Check out the latest standings here.
As with any Major Championship, or even your own Club Championship, it is very important to have a good pre-shot routine. This will keep you focused when under pressure. My pre-shot routine was 24 seconds and by keeping with my routine, I was able to perform consistently even when my heart was pounding! Watch the video below to help you with your pre-shot routine.
Good luck and be sure to tune into the action this week!