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NASCAR Venue & LPGA Tour Collide

This week's LPGA Tour venue weaves inside the famed Indy 500 track - Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Neither the prospect of cross-Atlantic travel on the immediate eve of the year's final major or playing the last four holes of each round inside a world-famous motor racing track have deterred a stellar field from assembling at the LPGA Tour's inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indiana.

With the Evian Championship in France just one week away, last week’s winner Stacy Lewis, World No. 2 Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and Sei Young Kim will all compete at the 54-hole event at Brickyard Crossing Golf Club, which has been rerouted to feature holes 15-18 within the boundary of famed NASCAR venue, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Typically, holes 7-10 at Brickyard Crossing are played inside the 4-kilometre oval-shaped race track, but when the first Indy Women in Tech Championship winner is crowned on the 54th green on Saturday local time, she will be standing inside the confines of a facility that routinely attracts close to a quarter of a million motor sport fans each May for NASCAR's annual Indy 500. 

Brickyard Crossing - designed by Pete Dye - has previously held PGA Tour and Champions Tour events in the past but this will be the first occasion it has played host to the LPGA Tour, and with a US$2 million purse, it has begun with a bang.

Indy Women In Tech is a facility which provides education and career opportunities for women in Indiana.

The Indy Women In Tech Championship is the LPGA's final full-field event in North America for the year and its last 54-hole tournament, which gives players an extra day to get to France for the Evian Championship.  

Those battling to retain their playing rights for season 2018 have only this week and the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open to move inside the top 100 on the money list and earn the right to play the LPGA Tour in 2018.

Sarah Kemp faces a steep uphill battle to regain her LPGA Tour card.

Five Australians will tee it up but amongst them only Sarah Kemp has any real concerns about her standing on the LPGA Tour.  

Kemp would need something very special in her next two starts, as she is currently US$73,000 short of the top 100.

Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith and Su Oh are also competing in Indiana.

Fresh off her first win in three years last week in Portland, Lewis will be both exhausted and exhilarated and her consistency should see her again doing well.

Thompson has been brilliant in 2017 and despite a performance in Portland that was below what she had been producing for much of the year, her class will take her a long way.

Ko’s recent efforts have been below what she has become known for and just three weeks and two events away from essentially hosting the New Zealand Women’s Open in Auckland, she will be keen to find form ahead of what promises to be a huge week in front of her adoring home fans.

The 20-year-old has missed two of her last three cuts and is in need of form ahead of her tilt at a second Evian Championship title.      

JOE MILLER: SWING PATH

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Bruce Young
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A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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