LPGA: 5 Players to Keep an Eye On at the Evian Masters

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2011

LPGA: 5 Players to Keep an Eye On at the Evian Masters

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    The last two rounds of the 2011 Evian Masters are about to start, and the field includes those who made the cut, top 70 and ties.

    Even with a star-studded field, there are five ladies you should keep an eye on because, regardless of weather conditions and the toughness of this course, they have shown that they have what it takes to hoist the trophy.

Angela Stanford

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    Angela Stanford knows how to manage herself under pressure. On Thursday, she posted a two under par round, with windy and cold conditions. On Friday she blew the field away after shooting 66, the lowest round of the day, along with Sweden's Caroline Hedwall.

    Stanford trails Miki Saiki by one shot, at eight under, but she knows how to work coming from behind. In 2009, she surprised everyone by winning the season opener SBS Open for a 10 under 206 total.

    This year she also came from behind to hold the lead of the Founders Cup after two rounds, but she lost to Karrie Webb. 

    She isn't a long player, but she's pretty talented with the short game. This week she's hit 29 of 36 GIR and has made 56 putts.

Paula Creamer

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    The Pink Panther has been successful in this tournament before. In 2005, her rookie year, she managed to beat Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa by eight shots to claim the title.

    After that edition, she has posted three top 10 finishes and this year seems like she's ready to repeat as champion. On Thursday, Creamer was consistent and shot two under, but she made a statement on Friday after hitting 12 of 14 possible fairways and 16 of 18 greens.

    She currently sits at the top 10, with a seven under overall, but if her putter gets hot, expect her to be atop. 

Stacy Lewis

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    If scoliosis didn't come in Stacy Lewis' way, a star-studded field won't either.

    The 26-year-old is fighting hard to hoist her second champion trophy, the first one came four months ago when she secured the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a major of the LPGA schedule.

    Lewis has grown confidence since that victory and has posted three top 10 finishes in her last six events. This week, Stacy has played strong in the front nine but faltered in the back. Nevertheless, she's 29/38 in GIR.

    The Ohio native knows how to make her way to the top and with a bit of focus on the closing holes, she might become a serious threat.

Cristie Kerr

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    She's one of the most experienced players on tour. Kerr already knows what it means being atop the Rolex Rankings.

    Cristie has always been a fierce competitor, and when the closing time is nearby, she charges with all she has. With 68 and 69 rounds, the American is inside the top 10 entering the weekend and has a good chance of becoming the champion. Her tee shots tend to be accurate, as she's 22/28 in fairways hit in this year's event. 

    This season she's been runner-up twice, after losing to Suzann Pettersen in the Sybase Match Play and to Yani Tseng at the LPGA State Farm Classic by three shots.

Ai Miyazato

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    Japan's favorite women's golfer is close to the top at the Evian Masters. Miyazato knows this course like the palm of her hand; she won her first LPGA title here, back in 2009.

    This year she's poised to win her first title of the season in France, and she's getting there, even when she's one of the shortest hitters on tour with a 249 average driving distance.

    But Miyazato's strength is accuracy; this year she has hit 85 percent of the fairways and 69 percent GIR, which is key at the Evian Masters due to the narrow fairways and big greens.