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  • Writer's picturePiers Manktelow

LET- Canberra Classic Preview

Pick 1- LPGA (Pure Silk Bahamas)- Brooke Henderson- 9th

Pick 2- LET (Oates Vic Open)- Georgia Hall- 3rd

This week on the Ladies European Tour (LET) we remain down under in Australia. It is the ActewAGL Canberra Classic at the Royal Canberra Golf Club this week where a strong field has assembled.

After last week’s victory on her home soil Minjee Lee starts as favorite. Its easy to see why after her brilliant display in very blowy conditions. However, this week is set to be a bit calmer which may bring more of the field into contention. She moved up to world number 17 with that victory. World number 36 and last years LET Order of Merit winner Georgia Hall can not be overlooked especially after finishing 3rd last week. Expect another strong finish this week.

The course this week playing at 7000 yards may suit the longest driver of 2017 Anne Van Dam. The Dutch star had a strong finish to last year and she looks like she will enjoy more success in 2018.

The story of the week has to be Adele Douglas (below), who was a real estate agent with no golfing experience five years ago. She had her first golf lesson in 2013 and reached a scratch handicap in three years. On Tuesday, she was playing a practice round with last week’s Oates Vic Open winner Minjee Lee, Cheyenne Woods and the 2019 European Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew. We will keep an eye on her progress.

If you are looking for a nation to do well, then look no further than Sweden. Caroline Hedwall, Pernilla Lindberg and Jenny Haglund were all let down by one round last week finishing 5th, 5th and 11th respectively. They will be worth watching if they can banish the bad round. Continuing the Swedish theme 2 youngsters made their professional debuts last week. One of them was Swedish rising star 16-year-old Julia Engstrom (below bottom) who finished in 37th place. Now settled into life on the tour she could be one to watch this week. The other rising star and new professional is fellow Scandinavian, Norwegian Karoline Lund (below top). The 19-year-old finished her first event as a pro in 14th place!! Those 2 will be worth keeping an eye on this season as potential future stars of the European Solheim Cup Team.

However, our tip this week is….. Usa player Cheyenne Woods. This will be Cheyenne’s 3rd event of 2018 already after playing at the Pure Silk Bahamas on the LPGA finishing 49th after a slow opening round. Last week she made the trip down under and managed an 8th place finish with surly a bit of jet lag. Her rounds were 68, 80, 69 and 70. We believe she will banish the 80 and really make a challenge for victory continuing her great form at the end of 2017.

Follow along with the Tournament to see how all the women get on this week, it should be great!! as long as we can get them away from the zoo...

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