While we cry into our homemade hot whiskeys and mourn the loss of the European and PGA Tours, there is one shining light that brings us a little bit of joy here on the golfing trading floor. The Cactus Tour is a feeder tour for female professional golfers and it goes ahead, teeing off tomorrow – praise the lord.
Their limited field event this week has been put on at short notice to give a playing opportunity to LPGA & Symetra Tour players a chance to scrape off the competitive rust.
Anna Nordqvist is the class act in the field. She competed in the Moon Valley Classic last week, an event on the historically all-male Outlaw Tour and led after Round One. Not only did she compete from 7,250 yards but she shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 among a field of 80 men, so she is fully familiar with the setup already.
“I’ve never really played the back tees before, so it was a little bit longer than I’m used to. But I was striking the ball really well,” said the 32-year-old Swede.
In the form she is in, she should be a class apart and think she deserves to top the betting market.
The value may be in Sophia Popov at 14/1. The German had a really solid year on the Symetra Tour (LPGA 2nd tour). She has also finished second and sixth in her last two Cactus Tour events so should go close.