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Alistair Tait
Carin Koch was named captain of Europe's Solheim Cup team on Friday.
Carin Koch was named captain of Europe's Solheim Cup team on Friday.

Carin Koch will spearhead Europe’s defense of the Solheim Cup in Germany next year, the Ladies’ European Tour announced today. Koch becomes the fifth Swede to captain the European side.

Koch served as vice captain to Lotte Neumann when Europe defeated the United States for the first time on American soil last year. The 43-year-old will attempt to give Europe an unprecedented third consecutive victory when the teams meet at St. Leon Rot Golf Club September 18-20 next year.

The two-time LPGA winner wasted no time in naming Annika Sorenstam as one of her vice captains. Sorenstam was also ...

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Brentley Romine
Lexi Thompson during the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Lexi Thompson during the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The jump into Poppie's Pond after her victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship wasn't the only leap Lexi Thompson made Sunday.

Her first major title also vaulted her to sixth in the latest Rolex Rankings. She moved up three spots while runner-up Michelle Wie improved 14 spots to No. 24.

Thompson is now 17th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Click here to check out the full rankings.

Here's how the top 10 looks:

  • 1. Inbee Park . . . 10.01
  • 2. Suzann Pettersen . . . 9.14
  • 3. Stacy Lewis . . . 8.93
  • 4. Lydia Ko . . . 7.91
  • 5. Karrie Webb . . . 7 ...

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Golfweek Staff
Joost Luiten got a picture of No. 16 at Augusta National as Masters practice was halted Monday because of storms.
Joost Luiten got a picture of No. 16 at Augusta National as Masters practice was halted Monday because of storms.

With rain setting in at Augusta National and cutting short Masters practice, several players took to Twitter earlier than usual on Monday – not to mention having tweeted Sunday on all things golf as well. Here's a sampling of tweets from players' accounts amid Monday's storm, as well as more:

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Graham DeLaet, @GrahamDeLaet: "First annual Masters cribbage tourney with the boys! #rainymonday pic.twitter.com/MeYWCjFoxd"

Trevor Immelman, @TrevorImmelman: "Rain delay at The Masters. Still working on the putting..... vine.co/v/M5ujhaMLK2m"

Mark Calcavecchia, @MarkCalc: "Rae's Creek has risen 3 ft. If it rises 3 more ft ...

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Beth Ann Nichols

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – As Lexi Thompson enjoyed a beer bath on the 18th green, Michelle Wie took a lonely walk back over the bridge, past the waving arm of Dinah Shore. At 19, Thompson can’t legally sip that beer, but she’s already won more titles than most players earn in a career.

“It was everything I imagined,” said Thompson of her cannonball into Poppie’s Pond.

Thompson’s romp at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6 gives her four LPGA titles at the tender age of 19. She played near flawless golf Sunday, obliterating what was supposed ...

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Golfweek Staff
Lexi Thompson during the final round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Lexi Thompson during the final round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie brought a two-shot lead into Sunday at the LPGA's first major of 2014, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. By the turn, though, Thompson opened up a four-shot lead while playing at a pace no other golfer in the field has bettered Sunday and hung on to win her first major title.

Wie took second, with veterans Se Ri Pak third and Stacy Lewis fourth.

Recap the highlights right here to see who will jump into Poppie's Pond – and scroll down for our previous coverage this week!

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Update No. 24: 9:09 p.m. EDT ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Michelle Wie during Saturday's third round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Michelle Wie during Saturday's third round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Fans have waited years for this. Michelle Wie, the biggest star in the women’s game, shares a lead going into the final round of a major for the first time since the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open. And she’s playing Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship alongside another LPGA giant, 19-year-old Lexi Thompson, a phenom in her own right.

It’s a blockbuster pairing that’s been a long time coming.

“I probably won’t sleep tonight,” Wie said. “You want something so badly. I dreamed about this all my life, so I’m ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Lexi Thompson during the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Lexi Thompson during the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Co-leaders Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie will anchor the final round of the first major of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Thompson and Wie will start the day two shots ahead of the players in the group ahead, Charley Hull and Se Ri Pak. Other top pairings Sunday include defending champ Inbee Park with So Yeon Ryu and the T-5 pairings of Cristie Kerr and Catriona Matthew.

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Complete tee times and pairings for Sunday's final round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Mo Martin of the LPGA
Mo Martin of the LPGA

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Mo Martin received a standing ovation on the Walk of Champions as she approached the 18th green. After crossing over the bridge, she heard fans start cheering again. A confused Mo looked back and saw they were clapping for her grandfather, Lincoln Martin, who was coming behind in a scooter.

Lincoln, who died peacefully at age 102 on March 25 at his ranch home in Porterville, Calif., deserved every bit of attention he received, though he never asked for any of it.

“He was the most peaceful person I've ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Lexi Thompson during Friday's second round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Lexi Thompson during Friday's second round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – There’s been a lot of talk about confidence this week. A pair of 6-foot superstars – Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie – are kicking up dust here at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and golf fans can only hope that bravado carries over to the weekend.

LPGA founder Shirley Spork, a Palm Desert, Calif., resident since 1954, had this to say about confidence: “The Babe was always the best in her mind. She would always say, ‘Well, the Babe’s here, who’s going to be second?’ ”

The tour’s bigs aren’t taking it quite as far as ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Michelle Wie during Thursday's first round of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Michelle Wie during Thursday's first round of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The LPGA no longer revolves around the comings and goings of Michelle Wie. She has probably answered as many questions about Lydia Ko in the last two years as she has about herself.

But when the name Wie starts moving up toward the top of a leaderboard, as it did Thursday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with a 5-under 67, there’s frankly nothing better for the LPGA.

Wie, 24, still moves the needle like no other.

“This wasn't a flukey round today,” said longtime swing instructor David Leadbetter. “You could see it coming."

Wie said ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Angel Yin during the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship on the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Angel Yin during the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship on the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Angel Yin had lunch with Katherine Kirk earlier in the week. When the veteran player said hello, a nervous Yin looked away.

The 15-year-old found it impossible to hide during Round 1 of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, however, as she was paired with Kirk. Things must have gotten comfortable fast for Yin, who posted a 4-under 68 to take solo second after the morning wave.

A chance meeting with Michelle Wie, however, might not go as smoothly.

“If (Michelle) sat next to me and said hi to me, I’d probably run,” Yin said.

That wide-eyed, youthful ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says the tour's first major of the year will remain at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., whoever its new sponsor might be (shown here during last year's Solheim Cup).
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says the tour's first major of the year will remain at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., whoever its new sponsor might be (shown here during last year's Solheim Cup).

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond.

“As I said to the GM (Garret Kriske) here a couple nights ago, we’re coming back,” Whan said. “And if I come back without a sponsor, I come back without a sponsor.”

Whan met with the media Thursday morning to discuss the future of the year’s first major after Kraft Nabisco’s run as tournament sponsor ends Sunday. Whan said there are three potential sponsors on site this week: two based in ...

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April 2, 2014 | 6:44 p.m.

LPGA creates new Rolex Annika Major Award

Beth Ann Nichols
LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam (right), Rolex Director of Communication Arnaud Boetsch (center) and LPGA Commiishioner Michael Whan talk at a press conference announcing the Rolex Annika Majors Award.
LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam (right), Rolex Director of Communication Arnaud Boetsch (center) and LPGA Commiishioner Michael Whan talk at a press conference announcing the Rolex Annika Majors Award.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Annika Sorenstam’s presence at the majors is building in strength despite retirement. On the eve of the year’s first major, the LPGA announced a new Rolex Annika Major Award that recognizes the LPGA player who performs the best in all five major championships.

“Anytime there’s an award, I think we all want to win the first year,” said Stacy Lewis, winner of two majors.

To be eligible to win the Annika Major Award, a player must win a major in the current season. Players receive points for top-10 finishes, with a first-place finish receiving ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Karrie Webb, left, helps Stacy Lewis celebrate her 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship win.
Karrie Webb, left, helps Stacy Lewis celebrate her 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship win.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – This year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the pond is wide open. That one-size-fits-all white robe could be wrapped around the shoulders of any number of players come Sunday.

LPGA Founder Shirley Spork likes Lexi Thompson this week. This year’s champion will be a proven player, Spork said. It’s easy to believe, considering how well so many of the tour’s brightest are playing right now.

While World No. 1 Inbee Park is among the favorites, she’s not a runaway pick. Stacy Lewis has finished top-6 or better at five of six events so ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Inbee Park celebrates after making the final putt to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Inbee Park celebrates after making the final putt to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Among the top groups in this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist will play early Thursday and late Friday – as will defending champ Inbee Park, alongside Sun Young Yoo – while Lexi Thompson and Azahara Munoz will play late Thursday and early Friday.

Other top pairings include Jessica Korda and Brittany Lincicome early Thursday and late Friday, as well as Paula Creamer and Sandra Gal late Thursday and early Friday.

Here are more facts and figures about the first major of the LPGA season:

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday-Sunday at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

AT STAKE ...

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