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Kingsmill Championship Preview

Before I get to this week's tournament, let me say once again if you missed last week's event , you missed another thriller. Congratulations goes out to Inbee Park for winning the North Texas LPGA Shootout. Inbee came from behind and pulled out a one stroke victory over runner up Carlotta Ciganda. It sure seems every week is a nail biter. Every tournament seems to go down to the final shot on the final hole. Who could ask for more? For a full recap on last week's tournament, the Constructivist did a great recap over at Mostly Harmless.

The LPGA moves to Virginia this week for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship. Who could ever forget last year's championship when Jiyai Shin defeated Paula Creamer in a 9 hole playoff?

This will be tournament #9 of 28 on this year's schedule.
Here are the key details:

Course:  Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Location:  Williamsburg, Va.
Defending Champion: Jiyai Shin
Winning Score:  62-68-69-69 = 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  36/35=71
Yardage:  6,379
Purse: $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 81%, which puts it smack in the middle of the 9 tournaments this year.
Players missing from this week's field include: Mika Miyazato, Karine Icher, Carlotta Ciganda, Jessica Korda, Karen Sjodin, Jimin Kang, Ayaka Uehara, and Katie Futcher.

Here are the television times:
May 2 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST
May 3 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST
May 4 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
May 5 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are my picks for this week:
1- Paula Creamer
2- Jiyai Shin
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Inbee Park
5- Lizette Salas
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Suzann Pettersen
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Shanshan Feng
10- Ariya Jutanugarn
11- Cristie Kerr
12- Gerina Piller

Other Tidbits:
Beatriz Recari sunk a 4 foot put on the final hole of the second round to keep her cut streak alive at 41 in a row. She would miss the second cut on Saturday, but that does not go in the books as a missed cut as she did receive prize money for making the first cut.

When Nicole Jeray made Friday's cut, it was the first cut she has made in her last 17 tournaments.

Stacy Lewis' 7th place finish was her 6th top ten of the year. Nobody else has more than four.

Titleholders Update:
Carlotta Ciganda, Hee Young Park, and Karine Icher are the latest to qualify.

Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Paula Creamer has now made 50 consecutive cuts.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Carlotta Ciganda catapults from #48 to #28. Hee Young Park leaps from #42 to #36.

Who's Hot:
Julia Sergas has 3 top tens and 4 top twenties in her last 5 starts.

Who's not:
Mika Miyazato, who missed the cut, has not finished better than T33 this year.
Katie Future missed her 4th consecutive cut this week. Her 5 missed cuts ties her for the lead on the tour.
Sophie Gustafson has now missed 4 cuts this year. Her best finish is T63.
Yani Tseng's best finish in the last 5 tournaments she has entered is T29.

Symetra Tour:
Former LPGA player Christine Song defeated Isabelle Boineau in a playoff. Highly touted 18 year old rookie Jaye Marie Green tied for 3rd place.

Update - Final Results:

Cristie Kerr defeated Suzann Pettersen on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
Here are the Final Results:
1Suzann Pettersen-12F
1x-Cristie Kerr-12F
3Ariya Jutanugarn-10F
3Ilhee Lee-10F
5Angela Stanford-9F
5Stacy Lewis-9F
7Inbee Park-8F
8So Yeon Ryu-5F
9Gerina Piller-4F
9Anna Nordqvist-4F
9Sandra Gal-4F
12Paula Creamer-3F
12Na Yeon Choi-3F
12Amy Yang-3F
12Caroline Hedwall-3F
12Katie Burnett-3F
17Alison Walshe-2F
17Chella Choi-2F
17Lizette Salas-2F







Comments

  1. The last couple playoffs Petterson has won, her opponents have dunked their approach shots in the water. Good for Cristie to keep the pedal to the metal and finish with a win.

    I was surprised to hear that no matter how much money Ariya makes in her sponsor exemptions and monday qualifiers, as a 17 year old, it does not count to get her out of Q school. I hope Whan does not go hard on her next year.

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  2. pearshapedhuman, from one to another, I can hopefully answer about Ariya Jutanagarn's situation.

    She turns 18 the Saturday of the CME Group Titleholders. Therefore, as long as she goes successfully through the qualifying process-and based on her play in LPGA events, there's no reason to believe that she won't, but you never know-she will be a LPGA member next year.

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