Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Portland Classic Preview & Pairings

Let me start this week by congratulating So Yeon Ryu for her victory at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. Her score of -23 was 2 strokes better than runner up Na Yeon Choi.

The LPGA moves to the state of Oregon this week for the playing of the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions.
Defending Champion Suzann Pettersen

This will be tournament #22 of  32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score:  68-63-70-67 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,465
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of  field rating is 56%, making it the fourth weakest field of the year. Fourteen of the top 25 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 7 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in action. Players not teeing it up this week include: Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Amy Yang, Jessica Korda, Pornanong Phatlum, Azahara Munoz, Brittany Lincicome, and the injured Michelle Wie. Charley Hull has received a sponsor exemption and Ariya Jutanugarn was a Monday qualifier.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the television times:
Aug 28 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM ET
Aug 29 - GC 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ET
Aug 30 - GC 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ET
Aug 31 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- Anna Nordqvist
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Chella Choi
7- Jenny Shin
8- Charley Hull
9- Julieta Granada
10- Lizette Salas
11- Meena Lee
12- Carlotta Ciganda

Other Tidbits:
Ai Miyazato has now gone 38 consecutive tournaments without a top ten finish.
Kim Kaufman's score of -15, was the lowest of her young career. Her 5th place finish was the second only to her 4th place finish at the North Texas Shootout earlier this year.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
So Yeon Ryu jumps up from #9 to #5, while Na Yeon Choi Leaps from #20 to 15. Outside the top 100, Danielle Kang vaults from #138 to #106, and Kim Kaufman soars from #200 to #124. On the downside Ariya Jutanugarn drops four more spots to #54. Paula Creamer drops out of the top 15 for the first time in many years. She drops 3 spots to #16.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a very large lead with 3,964 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 2,993 and Lydia Ko with 2,800.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has four consecutive top 4 finishes. Suzann Pettersen has finished in the top seven in five consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not::
Moriya Jutanugarn has played in 20 tournaments this year. Her best finish was a tie for 27th.
Ryann O'Toole has missed 8 consecutive cuts.

Here are the final results: (Austin Ernst wins playoff)

1x-Austin Ernst-14F
2In-Kyung Kim-14F
3Chella Choi-12F
3So Yeon Ryu-12F
5Karine Icher-11F
5Na Yeon Choi-11F
5Line Vedel Hansen-11F
5Eun-Hee Ji-11F
9Paula Reto-10F
9Ilhee Lee-10F
9Lizette Salas-10F
9Laura Diaz-10F
9Mariajo Uribe-10F
9Xi Yu Lin-10F
9Mi Jung Hur-10F

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Photos

As many of you may know, my wife and I have driven up to London, Ontario, Canada for the Canadian Pacific Women's open.

The course is spacious and beautiful. The weather forecast looks terrific. 

These girls are better than you can imagine, and oh so friendly. If you are in the area, take the time to stop by. If you haven't experienced an LPGA tournament you are in for a treat. Try it once and I guarantee you will want to come back again.

Here are some photos taken during the practice rounds:

Canadian Brooke Henderson

Hee Young Park

Canadian Alena Sharp

Na Yeon Choi

Canadian Lorie Kane

Lee-Anne Pace

Charley Hull

Brooke Henderson

Kim Kaufman

Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn

Canadian Rebecca Lee Bentham

Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc

I.K. Kim

Brittany Lincicome

Hee Young Park

So Yeon Ryu


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA moves to Canada for the playing of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
Lydia Ko will be trying to win this tournament for the third consecutive year. Lydia won in 2012 in Vancouver, and followed that up by winning again in 2013 in Edmonton.

Last year's Canadian Open Champion Lydia Ko

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  London Hunt and Country Club
Location:  London, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  65-69-67-64 (-15)

Final Field:  156 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6656
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is 81% making it the 6th strongest field of the year. The entire top 30 players on the LPGA Priority list will be teeing it up along with 25 of the top 30 from the Rolex Rankings.

Charley Hull, Brooke Henderson, Stephanie Meadow, and Ariya Jutanugarn will be among the sponsor exemptions.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Aug 21 - GC 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 21 - TSN 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 21 - TSN 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
Aug 22 - GC 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 22 - TSN 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 22 - TSN 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
Aug 23 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Aug 23 - TSN 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Aug 24 - GC 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Aug 24 - TSN 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Lydia Ko
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Cristie Kerr
7- Shanshan Feng
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Jessica Korda
11- Gerina Piller
12- Na Yeon Choi
I currently remain in 7th place among the 22 participants playing the Pack Picker.

Other Tidbits:
Karine Icher's missed cut stopped her streak at 22.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Inbee Park jumps up a notch to the #2 position. Azahara Munoz leaps from #21 to #16, while Brittany Lincicome vaults from #61 to #30.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis leads with 3,916 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 2,903 and Lydia Ko with 2,784.

Who's Hot:
Inbee park has 3 consecutive finishes in the top 4. Suzann Pettersen has 4 consecutive finishes in the top 6.

Who's Not:
Sun Young Yoo has made only one cut in her last 7 starts. Ai Miyazato has missed five cuts in her last 7 starts. Mika Miyazato does not have a top 20 finish this year and has missed the cut in five of her last 9 starts.

My wife and I will be attending this tournament. Be sure to check back daily for any updates. Links to live scoreboards to all ladies events are always available at the top of this page.

Update #1 - Here are some photos taken during the practice rounds.

Here are the final results:
1So Yeon Ryu-23F
2Na Yeon Choi-21F
3Inbee Park-18F
4Azahara Munoz-17F
5Kim Kaufman-15F
5Danielle Kang-15F
7Suzann Pettersen-13F
7Cristie Kerr-13F
7Brittany Lincicome-13F
7Anna Nordqvist-13F

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Wegmans LPGA Championship Preview & Pairings

First let me start out by congratulating Mirim Lee for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic. Mirim became the third first time winner this year, joining Lizette Salas and Mo Martin.

This week the LPGA moves to Rochester, New York for the playing of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. This will be the year's fourth major championship.

2013 Wegmans LPGA Champion Inbee Park

This will be tournament #20 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Monroe Golf Club
Location:  Pittsford, New York
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  72-68-68-75 = 285 (-5)

Final Field:  150 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,717
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is 81% making it the 6th strongest field of the year. Seventy-four of the top 80 players on the LPGA priority list and 17 of the top 20 players from the current Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up.

Here are the  pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Aug 14 - GC 12:30 PM-3:00 PM ET
Aug 15 - GC 12:30 PM-3:00 PM ET
Aug 16 - GC 3:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Aug 17 - GC 3:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1-Suzann Pettersen
2-Stacy Lewis
3-Cristie Kerr
4-Lydia Ko
5-Inbee Park
6-Mirim Lee
7-Shanshan Feng
8-So Yeon Ryu
9-Na Yeon Choi
10-Lexi Thompson
11-Azahara Munoz
12-Paula Creamer
After the first 19 tournaments, I am currently in 7th place among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis has now made 62 consecutive cuts.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Mirim Lee vaults up from #71 to #29 this week while Haru Nomura jumps from #84 to #68.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Stacy Lewis increases her lead with 3,791 points. She is followed by Michelle Wie with 2,588 and Lydia Ko with 2,546.

Who's Hot:
Kris Tamulis has finished 7th and 9th in her last two tournaments.

Who's Not:
Irene Coe has made it to the weekend in only 3 of her 15 starts this season.

Be sure to check back here daily for updates. Links to live scoreboards to all ladies' tours are always available on the top of this page.

Update #1 - The Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless is attending this event, and is blogging from there. Be sure to check there for his insight on this tournament.

Here are the final results:
1Inbee Park-1172666970277$337,500
2Brittany Lincicome-1167687171277$207,791
3Lydia Ko-870697170280$150,737
T4Azahara Munoz-671707170282$105,231
T4Anna Nordqvist-669736971282$105,231
T6Stacy Lewis-571737168283$58,816
T6Julieta Granada-575657271283$58,816
T6Shanshan Feng-568727172283$58,816
T6Mirim Lee-569716974283$58,816
T6Suzann Pettersen-571696776283$58,816










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