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GolfWRX is live from the Kia Classic at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. This is the last event for players to tune-up their games before next week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the season, which takes place in nearby Rancho Mirage, Calif.

A strong field is headlined by Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen (No. 2), Stacy Lewis (No. 3), LPGA Rookie Lydia Ko (No. 4) and a resurging Karrie Webb (No. 5). Pettersen can overtake the top spot with a win this week, upheaving Park’s 50-week No. 1 reign.

In last year’s event, defending champion Beatriz Recari held off I.K. Kim in a two hole playoff to capture her second LPGA Tour victory. Both players are back in the field this week.

Keep an eye on the featured groups, which consist of Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park (7:55 a.m. Thursday), Suzann Pettersen, Lizette Salas and Lexi Thompson (8:05 a.m Thursday), and Lydia Ko, Karrie Webb and Azahara Munoz (12:55 p.m Thursday).

See our photos below from the Kia Classic in Carlsbad.

Thursday

LPGA Kia Classic: Thurs. Pt. 1
LPGA Kia Classic: Thurs. Pt. 2
LPGA Kia Classic: Thurs. Pt. 4
LPGA Kia Classic: Thurs. Pt. 5

Friday

LPGA Kia Classic: Fri. Pt. 3
LPGA Kia Classic: Fri. Pt. 4
LPGA Kia Classic: Fri. Pt. 5

Saturday

LPGA Kia Classic: Sat. Pt. 1
LPGA Kia Classic: Sat. Pt. 2
LPGA Kia Classic: Sat. Pt. 3

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  1. RG

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    How refreshing! I have to give it up, there are a lot more interesting bags here than out on the mens tour. Wonder why that is?

    • Rich

      Mar 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      I agree. I reckon it’s because they are not paid by companies as much or as often to play their clubs so they get to play what they want. Kind of gives you an idea of what’s good at the moment.

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USGA, R&A to roll out new World Handicap System in 2020

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

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