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CP Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA travels to Canada for the playing of the CP Women's Open. Brooke Henderson will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she fired a final round 65 to win by four strokes over runner-up Angel Yin.

This will be tournament #24 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course: Magna Golf Club
Location:  Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson
Winning Score: 66-66-70-65 = 271 (-21)
History: This event began in 2001

Final Field:  156 players
Par:  71
Yardage: 6,675
Purse:  $2,250,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Hole: 14th (Par 5)

My strength of field rating is a solid 78% (up from 70% last year). Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list and 37 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top five ranked players: Jin-Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee, and Ariya Jutanugarn. Players skipping the event this week inc…

Rating the 2019 LPGA Rookies - Part 2.

It has been 3 months since I last did a report card on this year's rookies. At that time the LPGA had only played 11 tournaments, they have now completed 23 events. So much has changed. 

The Year 2018 was a very poor year for LPGA rookies. Only seven out of thirty rookies finished in the top 100 on the LPGA money list and retained their full time playing privileges. It appears that this year's rookies should top that number.

I would like to change this up a bit this time, by strictly rating these girls on their chances of retaining LPGA cards for the 2019 season. Any successes or failures on other tours (except Symetra Tour) are not considered here. My only concern here is, are they safe for the 2020 season, or will they have to participate in the Q-Series to earn back their playing privileges.

The LPGA Qualifying Tournament will be held in 3 stages with the final stage being named  "The Q-School Series". The Q-Series will be made up of  two four round tournaments sched…

LPGA Surprises and Disappointments 2019 - Part 2

Let me start off today by congratulating M.J. Hur for winning the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. Hur was one of four players tied for the lead going to the back nine, but took control with birdies on six of the last nine holes to win easily. Her final score of 20 under par was a new tournament record. Moriya Jutanugarn and Jeongeun Lee6 tied for second place four shots back. For Hur it was her third victory on the LPGA Tour and first in five years. It was the 11th win this year by a player from South Korea. They have thoroughly dominated the tour this year.

Now on to this week's subject:

Back in early April I wrote who I thought were the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments of the year. The LPGA had only played 8 tournaments at that point. So much has changed since then. The LPGA has now played 23 of the 32 tournaments on this year's schedule, and I think it is time to take another look.

Biggest Surprises:
1-  Jin Young Ko - Jin Young had a fine rook…

Michelle Wie Gets Married!

Michelle Wie has gotten married!

The LPGA star married Jonnie West in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

Wie (29) and West (31) had announced their engagement via instagram back in March.

Jonnie is the son of Hall of Fame basketball star Jerry West. The groom's father was in attendance along with Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry and LPGA pros Danielle Kang, Jessica Korda and Marina Alex.

While Wie has a home in Jupiter, Fla., she is expected to make her home in San Francisco where her husband is based.

Wie, a five time winner on the LPGA Tour, announced back in mid-June that she would be taking the rest of the year off. She had surgery last fall to repair an avulsion fracture, bone chips and nerve entrapment in her hand. She struggled with pain in her four starts this season.

Gabriela Ruffels wins 119th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

In one of the most entertaining final matches in U.S. Women's Amateur Championship history, Gabriela Ruffels birdied both the 17th and 18th hole (her 35th and 36th hole of the day) to defeat Albane Valenzuela by a single stroke. 

Gabriela got off to a flying start, and took a 3 hole lead early in the match. She then lost four of the next five holes, and Albane took a one hole lead. They would go back and forth, back and forth, and when Gabriela birdied the 18th hole, they were all even at the break. The second eighteen holes went much the same way with neither player able to take more than a one stroke lead. When Valenzuela birdied the 30th hole and continued on to hole number 33 with a one stroke lead, it looked like she was in the driver's seat. To make matters worse for Ruffels, her caddie had to leave with four holes remaining, to catch a flight because of a death in the family. It didn't stop her though. She made birdie on the 33rd hole to square the match. When she bi…

Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Before I get started with this week's preview, I want to give a big congratulations to Hinako Shibuno (nicknamed "Smiling Cinderella") for winning the AIG Women's British Open. Shibuno birdied the 72nd and final hole for a one stroke victory over runner-up Lizette Salas. Shibuno became the 6th first time winner on the LPGA Tour this year. Should she accept, she will now have full time playing privileges on the LPGA Tour in 2020. Did we just get a glimpse of next year's Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year?

This week the LPGA moves to Scotland for the playing of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. This is the third year that this tournament has become an LPGA event. It is also the third different venue. The first two years have brought us nail biting finishes, as both tournaments were decided by just one stroke. Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she edged out Minjee Lee.

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on t…