Monday, April 22, 2013

North Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings

Before we get to this week's topic, let me say if you missed last week's tournament, you missed one of the best finishes you will ever see. Congratulations goes out to Suzann Pettersen for winning the LPGA Lotte Championship in a playoff over Lizette Salas. Lizette may have been the bigger story as she shot a 29 on the back nine for a round of 62, only to come up short in the playoff.

The LPGA travels to Texas this week for the  inaugural playing of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
This will mark the first LPGA tournament in the North Texas region in more than 20 years. The tournament has attracted a very strong field. My strength of  field rating is a very strong 84.5, making it the third strongest field of the year. Among the missing  this week are: Karrie Webb, Chie Arimura, Jimin Kang, Jeong Jang, Ayaka Uehara, and Seon Hwa Lee.

One very interesting note, Madison Pressel has been given a sponsor exemption for this event. Madison 21, is the younger sister of LPGA star Morgan Pressel. She currently attends the University of Texas.

There will be two cuts in this tournament. The top 70 and ties will go on after Fridays round, and the top 50 and ties will advance after Saturday's round.

This will be tournament number 8 of 28 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location:  Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Inaugural event
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35=71
Yardage:   6,410 Yards
Purse:  $1,300,000

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the television times:
Apr 25 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST
Apr 26 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST (Taped)
Apr 27 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
Apr 28 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST

I correctly picked Suzann Pettersen as the winner last week. Here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Angela Stanford
3- Suzann Pettersen
4- Ai Miyazato
5- Paula Creamer
6- Inbee Park
7- Na Yeon Choi
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- Lizette Salas
11- Jessica Korda
12- Gerina Piller

Other Tidbits:
Karen Sjodin missed only 4 cuts last year in 23 tournaments. She has missed 4 already this year.

Mindy Kim has missed the cut in all 5 tournaments she has played in this year.

Non LPGA member Ariya Jutanugarn has played in 3 LPGA events this year. She has finished 2nd, 4th, and 3rd.

Titleholders Update:
Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, and Hee Kyung Seo, are the latest to qualify.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Lizette Salas skyrockets from #37 to #22, and Ariya Jutanugarm leaps from #35 to 23.

Who's Hot:
Paula Creamer is the only LPGA member to finish in the top 20 in each of the last 5 tournaments.
Lizette Salas becomes the first player (other than Stacy Lewis who has 5), to have 4 top ten finishes this year.

Who's Not:
Sun Young Yoo, who missed the cut in her last 3 tournaments, finished tied for 72nd.
M.J. Hur has missed 4 consecutive cuts.

3rd round update:

Here are the leaders after 3 Rounds:

1Carlota Ciganda-11F
2Inbee Park-9F
2Caroline Masson-9F
4Na Yeon Choi-8F
5Karine Icher-6F
5Christina Kim-6F
5Jee Young Lee-6F
5So Yeon Ryu-6F
9In-Kyung Kim-5F
9Suzann Pettersen-5F
9Shanshan Feng-5F
12Brittany Lincicome-4F
12Yani Tseng-4F
12Moriya Jutanugarn-4F

Update - Final Results:

1-Inbee Park-13F
2Carlota Ciganda-12F
3Suzann Pettersen-10F
4Hee Young Park-9F
4So Yeon Ryu-9F
6In-Kyung Kim-8F
7Stacy Lewis-7F
7Shanshan Feng-7F
7Karine Icher-7F
7Na Yeon Choi-7F
11Paula Creamer-6F
11Dewi Claire Schreefel-6F
11Cristie Kerr-6F
11Christina Kim-6F
15Giulia Sergas-5F
15Mo Martin-5F
15Jee Young Lee-5F
15Caroline Masson-5F

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