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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

A big congratulations goes out to So Yeon Ryu for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic. Ryu, who shot a final round five under par 67, was challenged throughout the back nine by several players but kept her cool and outplayed them all down the stretch. It was her 6th win on the LPGA tour. 

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. This tournament has always been known to produce very low scores and last year was no exception. So Yeon Ryu started the final round with a 5 stroke lead and held off a charging Amy Yang (who shot a final round 64) and won by two strokes over Yang and Moriya Jutanugarn. 

This will be tournament #17 of 32 on the 2018 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Race to the CME Globe:  500 points
Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score: 65-61-69 = 195 (-18)

Final Field:  144 players
Format:  54 holes
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,33…
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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Annie Park for winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Annie shot a final round -8 under par 63 to squeak out a one stroke victory over Sakura Yokomine, who tied the course record with a final round 61. For Park it was her first LPGA victory. 

This week the LPGA moves back to the state of Michigan for the playing of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. I'm sure that many of my readers will remember last year's shootout, when Brooke Henderson's winning score of -21 under par was 2 strokes better than Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson. Brooke's opening round 63 is a tournament record, as is her final score of 263.

This is the fifth year for the event.

This will be tournament #16 of 32 on the 2018 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:
Course:  Blythefield Country Club
Location:  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson
Winning Score:  63-67-67-66 = 263 (-21)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,451
Purse:  $2,000,000

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ShopRite LPGA Classic Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that and I have taken the past few days at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented By Acer. Not many big stars are playing this week as it's the week following the U.S. Women's Open Championship. This might be a good opportunity to get more familiar with some of the players who aren't household names.

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Preview, Pairings and More

Before I start with this week's tournament, I want to give a big congratulations to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the U.S. Women's Open. It sure looked like this one was going to be a snoozefest as Ariya jumped out to a seven stroke lead with nine holes to play. But this is the LPGA (yes I know it's a USGA event) and nothing is ever over until it is actually over. Ariya had a complete meltdown over the final nine holes and wound up in a playoff with the charging Hyo-Joo Kim. It was still tied after the 2 hole aggregate playoff, and then it was off to sudden-death. They parred the first sudden death hole (#14), and when Kim bogeyed the second it was all over. 

For Ariya, it was her tenth LPGA victory and second Major Championship.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite Classic Presented by Acer. This tournament has a long history dating back to 1986 when it was then called the Atlantic City LPGA Classic. Winners of this tournament i…