The 2018 LPGA ANA Inspiration Golf Tournament has begun at the Mission Hills Country Club in the City of Rancho Mirage. With the best golfers in the world gathered this week, the 2018 Ana Inspirational promises to be an exciting week as we watch this year’s field of women golfers compete.
Last year’s defending champion So Yeon Ryu from South Korea is back to defend her 2017 title and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world. So Yeon Ryu is a five-time LPGA winner and was also the LPGA’s Co-Player of the year in 2017.
Michelle Wie is back and is looking for her first victory since taking the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open title. “I plan to have fun this week,” said Wie. “If I have fun out there, I play my best golf, and for me that’s a really important component for my success.”
Last year, Lexi Thompson lost to So Yeon Ryu in a playoff. Thompson left the ANA Inspiration stunned when a trophy that seemed to be hers instead ended up with So Yeon Ryu after a four-stroke penalty on Sunday.
“I had to dig deep,” Thompson said. “Honestly, at every tee shot there was water in my eyes. My caddie provided inspiration, but the fans were the only reason why I finished the way I did”.
Thompson also made a major contribution to golf by prompting the USGA and the pro tours to eliminate viewer call-in penalties. The USGA also eliminated the “wrong scorecard penalty”. Thompson was penalized a second two-strokes for not recording a score she didn’t know she made.
“I don’t look at myself that I changed the rule,” Lexi says. “I’m just happy that the rule changed so nobody else can be put through what I was put through last year.”
There seems to be more success to come for Lexi in 2018.