The best ladies golfers in the world will take part in the Kia Classic this week. A field of 144 players, including the top 18 in the Rolex Rankings, will contest the tour’s sixth event of the season, which began Thursday at the Aviara Golf Club just north of San Diego. All of the winners from the 2016 official LPGA tournaments and each of the top 100 players on the 2016 LPGA Tour’s money list will compete in this week’s event.
23 of the top-25 on the LPGA Tour will take part in the final tune up for the first major championship of the season. The Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California is returning as the host course. The tournament has taken place at the Aviara every year since 2013. There is a strong mix of talent and experience among the top contenders for this year’s event. Once again, all eyes will be on World No. 1 Lydia Ko. Lydia Ko, the world’s top-ranked women’s professional golfer, is set to defend her title as the LPGA Tour heads to Carlsbad, Calif., for the eighth edition of the tournament. Ko is coming off a tie for eighth at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She held off a hard-charging Inbee Park last year to claim the Kia Classic. It was her first win of the year in 2016 and she’ll be aiming for more of the same this year. She has yet to win an event as she has two eighth-place results, but hasn’t done better than that. Ko won last year’s event by four shots, making it the 11th of her career. This will be the eighth year of the Kia Classic event.
Ko is listed at +1200 odds to win, which surprisingly matches her with Shanshan Feng for third on the list of sports betting favorites. Ariya Jutanugarn will once again be the sports betting favorite this week. Jutanugarn is listed at +800 odds. Meanwhile, Inbee Park is also listed ahead of Ko at +1000 odds to win outright. Ha Na Jang, Sung Hyun Park and In Gee Chun are all in the mix as well among the sports betting favorites to win.
A Good Matchup To Bet: Brooke Henderson over Cristie Kerr
Kerr won this tournament back in 2015. However, she has struggled on the LPGA Tour so far this season. Kerr failed to make the cut at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She finished tied for 48th at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Kerr has the experience and enjoyed success here in the past but clearly she is not in form. Meanwhile, Henderson followed up a fourth place finish at the HSBC Women’s Champions with a 13th place finish at the Bank Of Hope Founders Cup. Henderson is in excellent form and looking to make a statement this week. She represents a strong value pick in the head-to-head sports betting matchup. Sign up now at Heritagesports