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U.S. Open Preview & Pairings

Before I get started with the preview of the LPGA's biggest major tournament, let me congratulate Inbee Park for winning the Walmart NW Arkansaw Championship in a playoff over So Yeon Ryu. It was Inbee's 5th win of the season, and her 2nd consecutive victory via the playoff route. Inbee has clearly established herself as the number one player on the planet.

This week the tour moves to New York for the playing of the United States Open. This will be the third of five major championships on the schedule this year, and generally regarded by the players, press, and fans, as the most prestigious.

This is tournament #15 of 28 on this year's schedule and will mark the beginning of the second half of the season. The LPGA will have their final player reshuffle at tournament's end.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sebonack Golf Club
Location:  Southampton, N.Y.
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score:  71-72-65-73 = (281) (-7)

Final Field:  156 players
Par:  35/37=72

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G.

Another strong field will be teeing it up, this time in the state of Arkansas. My strength of field rating is a solid 81%. Nineteen of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 17 of the top 20 players on the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance.

This tournament will mark the completion of the first half of the season. This will be tournament #14 of 28 to be played this year, and is a 54 hole event.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  Ai Miyazato
Winning Score:  68-68-65=201 (-12)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35=71
Yardage:  6,389
Purse: $2,000,000

The three big names missing from this week's tournament are Karrie Webb, Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson.

Here are the television times:
Jun 21 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST Jun 22 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM EST Jun 23 - GC 5…

Stats & Facts - Volume 14

The LPGA is taking a break this week before moving on to Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. That tournament will mark the halfway point in the season.

I think now is a good time to look at some of the key statistics and notes covering the first 13 tournaments:

Rolex Player of the Year Standings:(winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1-  Inbee Park - 131 points
2-  Suzann Pettersen - 87
3-  Stacy Lewis - 85
4-  Jiyai Shin - 57
5-  Karrie Webb - 54
6-  Cristie Kerr - 46
6-  Beatriz Recari - 46
8-  So Yeon Ryu - 43
9-  Ilhee Lee - 39
10- Catriona Matthew - 39

Vare Tropy:(winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.830 average strokes per round
2- Inbee Park - 69.846
3- Na Yeon Choi - 70.205
4- Suzann Pettersen - 70.306
5- Jiyai Shin - 70.326
6- Lizette Salas - 70.463
7- Karrie Webb - 70.488
8- Jessica Korda - 70.525
9- Beatriz Recari - 70.696
10- Paula Creamer - 70.795

Rolex Rookie of the Year Standings:
1- Moriya Jutanugarn - 3…

Rating the Rookies 2013 - Part 1

With the LPGA season about 50% complete (13 of 28 tournaments have been played),I would like to take a look at how the rookies are faring so far this year. I will do this again at the 75% 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. Ideally you would like to finish in the top 80 on the money list. That will guarantee you a priority list ranking good enough to compete in all full-field events. If you finish further down the money list you then have to worry about the top 10 ladies coming off the Symetra Tour, and qualifying school graduates getting to play ahead of you. If you finish in the top 100 on this year's money list, you will still play in most events next year. Further down the list than that, there are no guarantees about playing…

It's Time For the U.S. Ladies to Step it Up.

I started writing about the LPGA a couple of years back. The fact that this blog has been as successful as it is (it has spent many weeks as the #1 golf blog on the Internet), is a tribute to the loyalty of the hard core LPGA fans. I am of the opinion that the LPGA is the best kept secret in the world of sports. All the girls are so incredibly cooperative with the fans. There is no other sport that you can go to where you are practically guaranteed of getting your favorite player's signature on any hat, ball, or whatever item you would like signed. The girls are always very fan friendly. I always urge everyone to go to a tournament. I feel that if they do, they will want to go back again and again.  My wife and I still have Ohio, St. Andrews, Scotland, and Edmonton to look forward to attending on this year's schedule. As you all can see, I never advertise on my blog, or make a single penny. My main objective here is to promote the LPGA, the game I truly love.

The problem I am…

First Round of Wegman's LPGA Championship Cancelled!

The second major championship of the year is not off to a great start. Play has been cancelled today due to heavy rain.

First and second round pairings will remain the same. A cut will be made at the conclusion of the second round on Saturday and officials intend to complete both the third and fourth rounds (36 holes) on Sunday.

Rain is also in the forecast for tomorrow, which would complicate things even further. According to one LPGA official, play could extend into Monday.

I will post any further updates at this location.

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Ariya Jutanugarn Injures Shoulder During Practice Round

Seventeen year old Ariya Jutanugarn has injured her shoulder during Monday's practice round at the Wegman's LPGA Championship, and will have to withdraw. Ariya was playing a practice round with her older sister Moriya, when she fell down a hill after teeing off on the 12th hole.

Ariya who has finished in the top 5 in all 5 tournaments on the LPGA tour this year, certainly would have been one of the favorites.

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Wegman's LPGA Championship Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA will hold its second major championship of the year, with the playing of the Wegman's LPGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y. This will be the second of five major championships that will be played in 2013. Four of the next nine tournaments will be major championships, so this would be a great time for these ladies to get their games in tip top shape.

Before I go on with this week's tournament, I would like to look back at the past week's championship.
Once again we had a very exciting finish with Karrie Webb, who shot a final round 68 (only equaled by Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr), defeating Shanshan Feng by 2 strokes. Shanshan, who shot a final round 75, had a chance to win when she birdied the 16th hole, but her bogey on 17 eliminated any realistic chance of overtaking Webb.

The bigger story though, might have been the course itself. The average winning score for this 54 hole tournament over the past 6 years was 15 under par. That would not be the cas…