THE Kraft Nabisco from Mission Hills in California is upon us. Despite strong representation from British professionals for the last 25 years or so, this is the one women’s Major no British player has yet won!
Laura Davies came close in 1994, when she bogeyed the final hole to finish runner-up to Donna Andrews.
Three years ago, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew narrowly missed out when she also bogeyed the last, and two years ago, Karen Stupples led going into the final round.
So who, if any, of the British players have a realistic chance to win this year? There is no doubt in my mind that Catriona is very capable of winning.
I’ve mentioned it several times recently that I believe that Catriona is playing the best golf of her career, and she could very well add to her other major victory – the 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open.
I also expect Karen to have a good showing and Mel Reid has played a couple of times and got onto the leaderboard last year on the first day.
Mission Hills is certainly a course that you need to know, which means that Mel, although unlikely to win, has a very real chance of improving on her two previous performances there.
And if there’s any justice Suzann Pettersen, runner-up twice, must be in with a great chance if her putter behaves.