THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS | The older you get the harder change becomes. But youngsters adapt to a new environment like they’re putting on a new pair of shoes. Maybe that’s why younger players on the LPGA Tour, even those who had the privilege of jumping into Poppie’s Pond in the California desert in the past, have either embraced the Chevron Championship’s move to Texas or shrugged it off as a fact of life.
“I can't lie and say I don't miss Palm Springs, just because I've been going there for so long and the history of the place, but so far, my time here has been amazing,” Nelly Korda said after playing a couple of rounds at Carlton Woods, the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that now hosts the Chevron Championship, formerly called the ANA (and the Kraft and the Colgate — but always known as the Dinah Shore after the woman who started it).
There’s an illustration of Dinah along with a list of the past champions on a sad little board behind the 18th green grandstands, but other than that, the page has been turned...
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