Let’s savor our last taste of the Kraft Nabisco Championship

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The best international field awaits Pro-Am Day

The best international field awaits Pro-Am Day

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to get the majors going on both golf tours. Next week I’ll be covering The Masters for the first time (even without the injured Tiger Woods) but now it’s time to focus on the LPGA’s greatest tradition, the 43rd annual Kraft Nabisco Championship which is now in it’s 32nd edition as a major championship and in it’s final year with Kraft as it’s sponsor. And it’s my 6th year as the 18th green announcer–introducing the players as they approach the Dinah Shore statue and the bridge that goes over Poppy’s Pond (the water that every female golfer wants to leap into after winning this great tournament).

My amazing office view on Saturday and Sunday

My amazing office view on Saturday and Sunday

I attended the final day of the LPGA’s Kia Classic at beautiful Aviara Country Club in Carlsbad, California on Sunday and got several of the best women’s golfers (including 6 of the top 10 players on the planet) to comment on the Kraft and what that tournament means to them. I also sat down with LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan during the Kraft Pro-Am pairing party in Rancho Mirage and we discussed the tour and the future of this special event which annually is golf’s first major of the year.

with LPGA commish Mike Whan

Michael Whan with Ted Sobel:

With Inbee just after her jump into Poppy's Pond

With Inbee just after her jump into Poppy’s Pond

Kraft defending champ Inbee Park world #1 for the 51st straight week with Ted Sobel on Pro-Am Wednesday:

Inbee Park with Ted Sobel on Media Day in February (edited due to technical recording problems):

Two-time Kraft champion (2000-2006) and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb with Ted Sobel:

with Stacy and dad Dale after 2012 KNC title

with Stacy and dad Dale after 2012 KNC title

2011 Kraft champ and world #3 Stacy Lewis with Ted Sobel:

World #8 Paula Creamer with Ted Sobel:

World #9 Lexi Thompson with Ted Sobel:

World #10 Anna Nordqvist with Ted Sobel just after winning last weekend’s Kia Classic:

Anna Nordqvist with Ted Sobel after Wednesday’s Kraft Pro-Am:

With Lizette at last year's KNC

With Lizette at last year’s KNC

USC’s Lizette Salas world #14 with Ted Sobel after finishing 2nd in the Kia Classic:

World #19 Azahara Munoz with Ted Sobel:

Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak with Ted Sobel on seeking her first jump into Poppy’s Pond:

UCLA’s Mariajo Uribe with Ted Sobel:

UCLA’s Mo Martin with Ted Sobel:

Chella Choi with Ted Sobel my former KNC Pro-Am partner and native South Korean who was kind enough to do an English interview with me and she smiled all the way through it:

Chatting with Annika at her newsconference  (photo by Paul Lester)

Chatting with Annika at her newsconference (photo by Paul Lester)

3-time Kraft Champ Annika Sorenstam with Ted Sobel on her newly named Rolex Annika major award:

With Yoo after winning the Kraft 2 years ago

With Yoo after winning the Kraft 2 years ago

And I found out tonight that I’ll be playing with 2012 Kraft champion Sun-Young Yoo in Wednesday’s Pro-Am…so that gets this week off to a great start—and of course always looking forward to Championship Sunday (the final one for this tournament as we know it). But as the ‘Commish’ says—you can still book your hotel for Rancho Mirage next April because this tournament is going nowhere. And Dinah would be very very proud to know that!

With Dinah at Poppy's Pond

With Dinah at Poppy’s Pond

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