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Preview: Ko makes pro debut at CME Group Titleholders

Preview — LPGA Tour – CME Group Titleholders — Twin Eagles Golf Club — Naples, Florida –

The top players from women’s golf compete this week in the LPGA Tour finale for 2013 at the CME Group Titleholders in Southwest Florida.

The event, which features champions who qualified during the season along with other high-finishers from each tournament, returns to Naples, Florida and the Twin Eagles Golf Club where Na Yeon Choi captured the title a year ago by two shots.

The week is headlined by a battle for the Rolex Ranking No. 1 spot with Inbee Park – the Rolex Player of the Year – trying to fend off Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis.

The tournament serves as the professional debut for Lydia Ko, who has multiple LPGA Tour victories and boasts a Top 5 world ranking.

Golf Channel has the coverage all week.

FANTASY: Lewis comes in hungry and angry after a one-stroke loss last week to Lexi Thompson at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Look for Lexi to continue her late-season run. With two victories in her last four starts, Thompson is one of the four top favorites to win this week.

BETTING: Pettersen (5-to-1 odds) is the favorite to win, according to Ladbrokes.com followed by Lewis (7-1) and Park (9-1). Take a look at Hall of Famer Karrie Webb in this spot. The underdog here at 33-1 seems to find a way to contend in big moments. She finished fourth at this tournament last year just four back of the champion.

Other Golf News:

  • Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Graeme McDowell – three Top 11 players in the world – headline the field at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.
  • The European Tour’s 2013-2014 wrap-around season begins this week at the South African Open. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is the outright betting favorite at 4-1 odds. A tired Henrik Stenson — winner of both the FedEx Cup and Race To Dubai title — withdrew earlier this week.
  • One year ago Yani Tseng was the Rolex Ranking No. 1 player in the world.
  • Peter Uilhein became the first American-born player to capture the European Tour’s Rookie of the Year honors. He won the Madeira Islands Open and two other runner-up efforts on his season — finishing 14th in the Race To Dubai Standings.
  • Jordan Spieth, 20, replaces the injured Brandt Snedeker in the upcoming Northwestern Mutual World Challenge – Tiger’s tournament in Southern California. Spieth became the first teen player in more than 80 years to win on the PGA Tour earlier this year. He finished 10th on the Money List and was runner-up at the TOUR Championship.
  • Edwin Watts Golf Shops filed for bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.