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LPGA Volvik Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start off by giving a big congratulations to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Kingsmill Championship. Ariya has been the most consistent player on tour this year, but coming into the Kingsmill event she did not have a victory. She changed that by defeating both In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka in a playoff. All three players were tied at -14 under par after the rain shortened 54 hole tournament was completed. Chun, who parred the first playoff hole, was eliminated when both Nasa and Ariya birdied it. When Ariya birdied the second playoff hole, she had her first win of the season and eighth of her career. Ariya now leads the LPGA in Official Earnings, The Race to the CME Globe, and The Rolex Player of the Year Race. She also leads the tour in top fives, top tens, and total birdies. In fact, the only major award that she is not leading is for the Vare Trophy (Jessica Korda leads there).




This week the LPGA moves to the state of Michigan for the playing of the LPGA Volvik Championship.…
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Kingsmill Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC.



The LPGA has been known to provide us with very close exciting finishes week in and week out. The majority of the tournaments seem to go to the very last hole before the championship is decided. Sometimes it isn't even decided then, as extra holes are needed to determine the winner. That was not the case for this tournament last year. Lexi Thompson grabbed the lead in round one and never relinquished it, winning "wire to wire" by five strokes over In Gee Chun.

This tournament has a long history of big name winners including: Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson, and Annika Sorenstam.

This will be the start of 9 tournaments being played in 9 consecutive weeks. It will include 2 Major Championships (KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open).


This will be tournament #12 of 33 on this year's LPG…

Rating the 2018 LPGA Rookies - Part 1

With the LPGA season about 1/3 complete I would like to take a look at how the rookies are faring so far this year. I will do this again at the 2/3 mark and a final time at the end of the season.

 These ratings are strictly based on how they fared in LPGA events only. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My main objective here is to analyze the chances of these rookies retaining their LPGA cards next season.

 Depending on the player's priority rating, some have played up to 9 events this year, others haven't teed it up at all. I have given grades to all players that have played in at least 2 tournaments, otherwise they have been marked incomplete.

You might think that some of these grades I have given are harsh, but this is the big time now, and these players have to take advantage of every opportunity, or risk losing their cards. 

 Ideally, you would like to finish in the top 80 on the money list. That will guarantee you a priority list ranking good e…

LPGA Announces First Team Event in History!

Commissionser Michael Whan and the LPGA announced today the first official team event in LPGA history.

The new Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will be held at the Midland Country Club, in Midland, Michigan.


The new tournament will be held July 17-20 in 2019. The sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical Company is for five years.

The format is similar to the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on the PGA Tour. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says "players and fans have consistently asked about a team event."

The tournament, which will have a $2 million purse, will feature 72 two-person teams competing in both foursomes and four-balls. Further details will be announced at the start of the 2019 season.

“We are so thrilled to bring this event to the region to further showcase all that the Great Lakes Bay area has to offer,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer-elect of Dow. “The impact of this event will extend far beyond the golf course, as this unique partnership offers a great platform t…

LPGA Reshuffles 2018 Priority List

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.


The following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Bronte Law - 108 to 86
Amy Olson - 112 to 88
Nasa Hataoka - 116 to 92
Caroline Inglis - 126 to 93
Hee Young Park - 106 to 94
Mariajo…