Golf Digest WomanJune 20, 2011

LPGA players channel Rory for this week's Wegman's

Rory McIlroy's slaughter of Congressional CC at last week's U.S. Open seems to have served as great motivation for many of the LPGA Tour players gearing up for their second major of the season.

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Michelle Wie, Karen Stupples and Karin Sjodin were only a few of the LPGA Tour stars who took to Twitter Sunday to express their admiration for McIlroy.

The Wegman's LPGA Championship gets underway Thursday at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., and after only having played three official events since their last major (the Kraft-Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in late March), the world's top women golfers are more than ready to get back to business. Especially second-ranked American Cristie Kerr, who comes off three straight second-place finishes and doesn't need any Rory inspiration. Kerr, this week's defending champion, can just think back to last year's event, where she lapped the field and won by a record-breaking 12 strokes. (In case anyone's iffy at math, that's four more strokes than McIlroy just bested his second-place finishers by. Just sayin'.)

--Stina Sternberg