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LPGA Player Profile: Michelle Wie

With the LPGA taking a two week break before resuming its schedule with the playing of the U.L. International Crown in South Korea,  I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen is still one of the biggest names in golf today. That player is:

Michelle Wie
Born: 10/11/89
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Resides:  Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2009

Michelle has won five times on the LPGA tour, including one major championship. 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational2010 CN Canadian Women's Open2014 Lotte Championship2014 U.S. Women's Open2018 HSBC Women's World Championship
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - 2nd in 2014 KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 2nd in 2005 (as a non member) U.S. Women's Open - 1st in 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open - 3rd in 2005 and 2017 The Evian Championship - 16th in 2015

Career Stats: 275 starts204 cuts made (74.2%)62 top tens (22.5%)Has earned $6,781,224 in career earnings (37th on the all …

The Evian Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

This week the LPGA moves to France for the playing of The Evian Championship.

Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend the title she won last year in a playoff over Brittany Altomare. Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk, and Moriya Jutanugarn, all fell one stroke short of joining the playoff.

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. It will also be the 5th and final Major Championship of the year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Resort Golf Club
Location:  Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score: 66-72-66 = 204 (shortened to 54 holes)

Final Field:  120 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,479
Purse:  $3,850,000 (Increase of $200,000 from last year)

My strength of field rating is a solid 78% (down slightly from 79.5% last year). Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing from the field this week include: I.K. Kim (injury), Mich…

LPGA Player Profile: Lydia Ko

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in France, I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today is not just a big fan favorite throughout the world, but a player that has accomplished more at her age than any other player in LPGA history. The player I have chosen is:

Born: 4/24/97
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2014

Lydia has won 15 times on the LPGA Tour, including 2 major championships.
2012 CN Canadian Women's Open (as an amateur and non-member)2013 CN Canadian Women's Open (as an amateur and non-member)2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic2014 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & OI2014 CME Group Championship2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open2015 Evian Championship2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan2016 Kia Classic2016 ANA Inspiration2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship pre…

Michelle Wie Withdraws From Evian Championship with Wrist Injury

Michelle Wie announced today that she is withdrawing from the LPGA's final major of the year - The Evian Championship.

Michelle withdrew from the Ricoh British Open early last month after playing just 12 holes. She has not played an LPGA event since. After a month of rest an rehab, Wie announced that her wrist has not recovered enough for her to take part in next week's major championship.

“After going through an evaluation with my doctors and my Physio team,” wrote Wie, “we have all concurred that my right hand is not quite ready for competition yet. So unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from the Evian Championship next week. I’m extremely disappointed, but right now rehabbing my right hand back to pain free is my absolute first priority!! Thank you all for staying patient with me and for all the words of encouragement!!!”

Her instructor David Ledbetter said that "it is nerve damage due to bone spurs."

Michelle got off to a flying start this season when she won…

Stats & Facts - Vol. 38

With the LPGA taking a one week break, I think it is as good a time as any to take a look at some key player statistics after the first 25 tournaments of the season. The LPGA will resume its schedule next week with the playing of the Evian Championship, the year's final major championship.

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn- 198 points
2- Sung Hyun Park - 127 
3- Brooke Henderson - 108 
4- Minjee Lee - 101 
5- So Yeon Ryu - 83 

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 69.337 strokes per round
2- Jin Young Ko - 69.557
3- Minjee Lee - 69.671
4- Brooke Henderson - 69.730
5- Amy Yang - 69.737

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 3,468 points
2- Minjee Lee - 2,469
3- Brooke Henderson - 2,420
4- Sung Hyun Park - 2,088
5- Jin Young Ko - 1,987

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Jin Young Ko - 986 points
2- Georgis Hall - 678
3- Yu Liu - 436
4- Emma Talley - 434
5- Hannah Green - 261

Most Victorie…

Marina Alex Wins Cambia Portland Classic For First LPGA Victory!

At the start of the day no one would have figured this tournament would end up the way it did. With Georgia Hall two strokes ahead of Minjee Lee, and no other player closer than six strokes back, it figured to be matchplay between the two leaders.

If that is what you figured ( I surely did), we all figured wrong. This one turned around quickly. If you weren't watching the scoreboard online, and turned on your television at the beginning of the broadcast, you would have been shocked at what took place the first nine holes.

Marina came out on fire! When she birdied the 2nd hole and Hall bogeyed the first, the 6 shot deficit was quickly down to just 4 strokes. Alex would then birdie the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th holes to take a 2 stroke lead at the turn. Alex would shoot a 30 on the front nine while Hall shot a 2 over par 38. When Alex birdied the 12th and 15th holes, and Hall bogeyed the 14th, it was all over. Alex went on to win by 4 shots. Meanwhile, Minjee Lee would never find …

Cambia Portland Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start out today by giving a huge congratulations to Brooke Henderson for winning the CP Women's Open. Brooke entered the final round with a 1 stroke lead and had to hold off some of the best players in the world. Midway through the round she had top players Sung Hyun Park and Nasa Hataoka just one shot behind her. Ariya Jutanugarn was just one shot further back. Brooke then took things into her own hands, birdying the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 18th holes. She would win by four strokes over runner-up Angel Yin. It was Brooke's seventh LPGA victory in just under three years on tour!
This week the LPGA travels to the state of Oregon for the playing of the Cambia Portland Classic. Founded in 1972, this tournament is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA tour. 

Stacy Lewis won this tournament in 2017, but will not be able to defend this year as she is out on maternity leave.

This will be tournament #25 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the key details:
Course: …