Who will take the plunge?

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When Inbee Park won the Kraft Nabisco last year, little did she know it would be the first of three majors in a row.

Some may think of the Kraft Nabisco Championship as the first major of the year on the LPGA Tour, the tournament where the winner makes the traditional leap into Poppie's Pond, or a course where, with few exceptions, the best rise to the top (12 Hall of Fame champions in 43 years).

But for the players themselves, and certainly those who were there last year when the tournament set into motion an Inbee Park cyclone, this year's return to Rancho Mirage presents the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.

Among the many candidates to take the title this year, here are some players to watch:

Inbee Park: We may as well begin with the defending champ, who sank 20 birdies last season and never gave up her second-round lead to win her second major championship and fifth LPGA title. The victory was a springboard to an historic year in which Park became the first player in the modern era to win the LPGA's first three major championships, taking over the No. 1 ranking in the process.

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Anna Nordqvist is fresh off a win at the Kia Classic -- her second LPGA title of the season.

Anna Nordqvist: Nordqvist is perhaps playing better than anyone on tour, shooting a 5-under 67 to win the Kia Classic on Sunday -- her second title of the season. She also won in Thailand in February, ending a five-year victory drought. She traditionally has done well at the Kraft Nabisco, with three top-10 finishes in four appearances.

Karrie Webb: With two wins and a third-place finish already in 2014, Webb has made a Hall of Fame career out of doing well at the Kraft Nabisco, winning in 2000 and 2006.

Stacy Lewis: Another former Kraft Nabisco champion, Lewis also happens to be playing exceptionally well this year, with a tie for second at the JTBC Founders Cup and a second at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Lydia Ko: With two LPGA Tour victories as an amateur, Ko, 16, is perhaps the player to watch this year as she pursues her first LPGA title since turning pro. At the JTBC Founders Cup, she had an impressive but disappointing runner-up finish, missing birdie putts on 16 and 17. But she already has two top-3 finishes in 2014.

Lizette Salas: Salas is coming off her best finish of the year, runner-up at the Kia Classic. She was the early-round story at the Kraft Nabisco last year, going into the third round one shot behind leader Inbee Park. The former USC All-American and Southern California native will have a big fan following again this year and would love nothing more than to score her first tour victory there.

Michelle Wie: Wie has been consistent this year with a tie for 12th at the Founders Cup, a tie for ninth at Singapore, a fourth at Thailand, a tie for 13th at the Bahamas LPGA Classic and a tie for 16th at the Kia Classic. She tied for third at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco.

Jessica Korda: She was tied for second going into the final round of the Kraft Nabisco last year and won the Bahamas LPGA Classic in January.

Azahara Munoz: When Paula Creamer drained a 75-foot putt for eagle on the second playoff hole in Singapore, it was Munoz who could only watch as she finished second. She followed that up with a tie for second at the JTBC Founders Cup.

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