Leave it to the women, demonstrably more clever in all things than men in general, to put on the first major of the professional goffin’ season.
Officially, it’s the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, but you can call it the Dinah.
Eun-Hi Jee stamped herself a contender with a victory last weekend at the Kia Classic, her second victory in five months after going nearly nine years without a win since the South Korean claimed the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.
Around here, we like Cristie Kerr, T2 behind Jee at the Kia after taking a five-stroke lead to the weekend. Lexi Thompson, World No. 2, will be motivated after a rules official’s call on Saturday of last year’s ANA cost her four penalty strokes and the lead on Sunday. She lost in a playoff.
Meanwhile, the PGA Tour is fighting the annual phenomenon that finds the global sporting public distracted and looking past the Masters to the looming spectacle of the Bent Shaft Classic, the season lid-lifter of the Grey Goatee Golf Association. Hey, don’t hate us. You should be thanking us: We could have scheduled the Bent Shaft on the very same weekend.