Wednesday, July 29, 2015

RICOH Women's British Open Preview & Pairings

Let me start off this week by congratulating Lexi Thompson for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi was victorious by one shot over both Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas. It was the 5th LPGA victory for the 20 year old superstar.

The LPGA moves to Scotland this week for the playing of the RICOH Women's British Open. This will be the third time in the last 5 years that the tournament will be held in Scotland. It was held in Carnoustie in 2011, and in St. Andrews in 2013.

Mo Martin will be trying to the defend the title she won last year when her eagle on the 72nd hole was good enough to win by one stroke over Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng.

Mo Martin shocked us all with her win last year at Royal Birkdale

This will the tournament #20 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule. It will also be the 4th of 5 major championships.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Trump Turnberry Resort
Location:  Turnberry, Scotland
Defending Champion:  Mo Martin
Winning Score:  69-69-77-72 = 287 (-1)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not available
Purse:  $3,000,000

My strength of field rating is 81.5%. Although this is a very strong field, it is weaker than the previous 3 majors played this year. Forty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list, and 61 of the top 75 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players not teeing it up this week include: Mirim Lee and I.K. Kim. Part of the reason my field rating isn't higher is that the criteria for getting into this event is very different than a normal LPGA event, and as a result many players did not qualify. There will be several highly ranked non LPGA members teeing it up. They include: In Gee Chun (#9), Jung Min Lee (#24), Jin-Young Ko (#28), Teresa Lu (#30), Brooke Henderson (#32), and Shiho Oyama (#39),

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
ESPN2 July 30 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
ESPN2 July 31 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
ESPN2 Aug. 1 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
ESPN2 Aug. 2 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
ABC Aug. 2 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Tape)

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1-Stacy Lewis
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Inbee Park
4- Lydia Ko
5- Anna Nordqvist
6- Shanshan Feng
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Charley Hull
9- So Yeon Ryu
10- Angela Stanford
11- Lexi Thompson
12- Catriona Matthew
I am currently tied for third place among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
The Reignwood Pine Valley Classic, scheduled for later this fall in Beijing, has been removed from this year's schedule. That reduces the number of official LPGA tournaments on the 2015 schedule to 31.

Rolex Movers of the Week
Lexi Thompson bursts into the top ten this week, jumping up from #13 to #9. Gerina Piller vaults up from #49 to #35.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park continues to lead with 3,021 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 2,505, and Sei Young Kim with 2,205.

Who's Hot:
Brittany Lang has finished in the top 6 in three of her last six events.

Who's Not:
Pornanong Phatlum has missed four consecutive cuts.


Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.

Here are the leaders after round 1:
1Hyo Joo Kim-7-7F65---65
T2Lydia Ko-6-6F66---66
T2Cristie Kerr-6-6F66---66
T4Kyu Jung Baek-5-5F67---67
T4So Yeon Ryu-5-5F67---67
T6Shiho Ohyama-4-4F68---68
T6Mika Miyazato-4-4F68---68
T6Florentyna Parker-4-4F68---68
T6Teresa Lu-4-4F68---68
T6Katie Burnett-4-4F68---68
T6Jin Young Ko-4-4F68---68
T6Suzann Pettersen-4-4F68---68
T6Azahara Munoz-4-4F68---68

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Meijer LPGA Classic Photos

The weather out here in Michigan is just fantastic. Probably the best of any tournament this year. If you're in the area come on out.

Here are some photos my wife & I took during the first 3 days.

Natalie Gulbis

Morgan Pressel addresses the media

Xi Yu Lin

Ai Miyazato

Moriya Jutanugarn

Kim Kaufman

Mirim Lee

Ryann O'Toole

Pernilla Lindberg

Danielle Kang sports her new red hair

Amy Yang

Victoria Elizabeth

Eun Hee Ji

Ha Na Jang

Hee Young Park

Sydnee Michaels & Natalie Gulbis

Sandra Gal

Chella Choi

Gerina Piller

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Meijer LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

The LPGA moves to the state of Michigan this week for the playing of the Meijer LPGA Clasic presented by Kraft.

The LPGA returned to Michigan last year for the first time since 2000, and it did so in spectacular fashion. In a very exciting finish, Mirim Lee defeated Inbee Park in a playoff.

Mirim Lee proudly holds up her 2014 Meijer Championship trophy

This will be tournament #19 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. Here are the key details:

Course:  Blythefield Country Club
Location:  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Defending Champion:  Mirim Lee
Winning Score:  70-64-67-69 = 270 (-14)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,414
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 59% (down from 67% last year). With the British Open being played next week it appears that many players are taking this week off. The players not teeing it up this week include: Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Jessica Korda, Paula Creamer, Hyo Joo Kim, Sei Young Kim, I.K. Kim, and Charley Hull.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC July 23 12:30-2:30 p.m.
GC July 24 12:30-2:30 p.m.
GC July 25 3:00-6:00 p.m.
GC July 26 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Inbee Park
2- Amy Yang
3- Anna Nordqvist
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Ha Na Jang
6- Chella Choi
7- Azahara Munoz
8- Cristie Kerr
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Minjee Lee
11- Mirim Lee
12- Morgan Pressel

Other Tidbits:
Jennifer Song finished T39 this week and Brooke Pancake T48. Both had missed their last 9 cuts.

Although only 18 tournaments have been played this year, five of them have resulted in playoffs.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Chella Choi leaps up from #40 to #26.

Race to the CME Globe:    (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park remains on top with 2994 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 2505 and Sei Young Kim with 2205.

Who's Hot:
Austin Ernst has very quietly finished in the top twenty 7 times this year. Mi Hyang Lee has done it 6 times.

Who's Not:
Mirim Lee has failed to record a top 25 finish in her last 5 starts.

My wife & I will be attending this tournament. Hope to see some of you there.


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Update #1 - Defending Champion Mirim Lee has pulled out of the tournament due to a bad wrist.

Update #2 - Ji Young Oh, was given a 2 stroke penalty for slow play.

Update #3 - Jenny Shin has withdrawn.

Here are the final results:

1L Thompson-18F
2G Piller-17F
2L Salas-17F
4S Yeon Ryu-15F
4K Tamulis-15F
6B Lang-14F
7B Lincicome-12F
8A Anderson-11F
8X Yu Lin-11F
8H Young Park-11F
8A Lee-11F
12J Marie Green-10F
12I Lee-10F
12K Jung Baek-10F


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Marathon Classic Preview & Pairings


A big congratulations goes out to In Gee Chun for winning the U.S. Women's Open. For most of the day it appeared to be a two player race between Stacy Lewis & Amy Yang, and while everyone was watching those 2 players, In Gee snuck up on us all to claim the major championship. She will be someone to watch next year, as she seems destined to follow in the footsteps of Hyo Joo Kim and Sei Young Kim.

In case anyone missed the photos that I took during the event, here is link #1, and link #2.



    


The LPGA moves to the state of Ohio for the playing of the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-l.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Lydia Ko birdied the final hole to eek out a one stroke victory over So Yeon Ryu. Cristie Kerr finished 2 strokes further back.

Lydia Ko will be trying to defend her Marathon Classic title

The Marathon Classic announced last month a new 3 year agreement with the LPGA that extends through 2018. Since its inception in 1984 the tournament has raised $8.7 million for 140 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children's charities.

This will be tournament #18 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the key details:

Course:  Highland Meadows Golf Club
Location:  Sylvania, Ohio
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  67-67-70-65 = 269 (-15)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  34/37 = 71
Yardage:  6,512
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is 66.5%. That is up from 50.5% last year. The players not teeing it up this week include: Anna Nordqvist, Karrie Webb, Suzann Pettersen, Julieta Granada, Pornanong Phatlum, Lizette Salas, Amy Yang, Charley Hull, Sandra Gal, Catriona Mathhew, Hee Young Park, I.K. Kim, and Mariajo Uribe.

Here are the pairings for round one:

Here are the television times:
GC July 16 2:00-4:00 p.m.
GC July 17 2:00-4:00 p.m.
GC July 18 2:00-4:00 p.m.
GC July 19 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Inbee Park
4- Hyo Joo Kim
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Shanshan Feng
7- Sei Young Kim
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Morgan Pressel
10- Paula Creamer
11- Mo Martin
12- Pernilla Lindberg
I am currently in 2nd place among the 22 participants. 

Other Tidbits:
It was a horrible week for players that had active cut streaks. Shanshan Feng (48), Anna Nordqvist (27), Sandra Gal (24), and Hyo Joo Kim (22), all missed the cut. For Hyo Joo it was her first missed cut in an LPGA event ever. So Yeon Ryu now has the longest active streak with 29.

Brooke Henderson's 5th place finish at the U.S. Women's Open earned her a paycheck of $141,396.00. She has now earned $458,866 for the year in just 8 events. That would rank her #17 on the 2015 LPGA money list. She would have to finish with the equivalent of 40th place money at the end of the season to earn her tour card for 2016 without going to Q-School. Last year's 40th place finisher made $447, 658, so it appears that she may have made enough already. She will have more opportunities to pad her numbers as she will be playing in both the British Open and the Canadian Open. Her average earnings per start of $57,358.00 would rank her #6 on the LPGA. 

The attendance in Lancaster, Pa. for the U.S. Women's Open set an all time record for a USGA women's event. More than 134,000 people were on hand. 

Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Stacy Lewis now has three 2nd place, and three 3rd place finishes this year, but does not have a victory. Her 6 top 3 finishes leads the tour.

Rolex Movers of the Week
In Gee Chun leaps up from #20 to #10, while Amy Yang vaults into the top ten moving up 6 places to #9. Brooke Henderson catapults all the way from #45 to #32.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park continues to lead with 2,909 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 2,315 and Sei Young Kim with 2,148.

Who's Hot:
South Korean golfers have now won 3 consecutive tournaments, and 10 this year. No other country has had more than 2 players win. 

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has missed 3 consecutive cuts and has missed 8 cuts this year. She has fallen all the way down to #83 in the Rolex Rankings.


Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
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Update #1 - Michelle Wie has just withdrawn.

Here are the final results:
1C Choi (won playoff)-14F
1H Jang-14F
3S Feng-13F
3L Ko-13F
5H Joo Kim-11F
5B Lang-11F
5K Jung Baek-11F
8A Munoz-10F
8A Stanford-10F
8I Park-10F

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