1. Will this be the LPGA Tour's final stop at Kingsmill?Could be, though we won't know for sure until this summer at the earliest. Anheuser-Busch's two-year contract with the LPGA expires after this week's event, and it's unclear whether its parent company in Belgium (InBev) wants to continue sponsoring sporting events. What does seem clear is that A-B wants to keep what is often called "the LPGA's fifth major" at Kingsmill.
2. Is this going to be Lorena Ochoa's year?At the very least, she's among the favorites. Ochoa, right, has two wins in 2009, including last week's Corona Championship. Her worst finish is a tie for 15th and (big shock) she's No. 1 on the money list — by more than $150,000. Though she never has won a championship at Kingsmill, Ochoa has tied for second three times. And she's won $525,886 in her six trips here — third behind former champs Cristie Kerr and Karrie Webb.
3. If not Lorena Ochoa, who will win this week?It'll probably be a name you know – or will know. All six of Michelob's past champions have won at least one major in their careers. And three of them — Annika Sorenstam (2008), Karrie Webb ('06) and Se Ri Pak ('04) — are in the LPGA Hall of Fame. So to continue this theme, how's this for a prediction: Brittany Lincicome, left, who won her first major five weekends ago at the Kraft Nabisco.
4. Will either of the two teenage amateurs, Roanoke's Meredith Swanson and Argentina's Victoria Tanco, make the cut?It's only happened twice before at Kingsmill, but those were no ordinary amateurs. Morgan Pressel, right, (then 16) did so in 2005 and ended up finishing tied for 19th at 4-over. And 14-year-old Michelle Wie did it the year before, ending up tied for 12th at even par. Blacksburg's Courtney Ellenbogen, who threatened in '08 with a first-round 70, pulled out this year.
5. Will anybody be able to match what Annika did here last year?Never say never, but it would take one heck of a week. Not only did Sorenstam, left, shoot four consecutive sub-70 rounds, not only did she make five birdies on Sunday's back nine, she obliterated the tournament record by five shots by finishing at 19-under. Heck, she was 20-under before making bogey — only her third all week — on the 72nd hole. Quite an act to follow.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times