CARLSBAD, Calif. — The tournament before a major championship usually has a strong field, but the Kia Classic could almost be billed as the fifth major.

The top 49 out of 50 golfers from last year’s LPGA money list are at La Costa Resort and while they are preparing for this event, next week’s first major championship, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, is not far from their minds.

The only top-50 golfer not in the field is Juli Inkster. The 36th ranked player on the 2011 money list is recuperating from nerve surgery on her right elbow, Jan. 27 and won’t rejoin the tour until the end of summer.

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