Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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
Yardage:  6,827
Purse:  $3,250,000

My strength of field rating is 88%, making it the strongest field of the year.

Here are the television times:
Jun 27 - ESPN2 3:00 PM-7:00 PM EST
Jun 28 - ESPN2 3:00 PM-7:00 PM EST
Jun 29 - NBC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
Jun 30 - NBC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST

Here are my picks for this week's major championship:
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- Paula Creamer
3- Inbee Park
4- Jessica Korda
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Jiyai Shin
7- Stacy Lewis
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Karrie Webb
10- Lydia Ko
11- Cristie Kerr
12- Catriona Matthew

Here are the Pairings for the first 2 rounds.
Other Tidbits:
Paula Creamer made the cut last week for the 55th consecutive time. She now is tied with Karrie Webb for the LPGA lead.

Victoria Elizabeth made her first cut in an LPGA event last week, it was on her tenth try.

Jenny Lee became the first LPGA member to miss 10 cuts this year.

Pancake Rises:
Brooke Pancake jumped 145 places in the Rolex Rankings this week, moving from #461 to #315. Meanwhile inside the top 100, Chie Arimura made the most important move jumping from #32 to #26. On the downside, Yani Tseng drops yet another spot to #7.

Titleholders Update:
Brooke Pancake battered her way into the CME Titleholders Championship. She was joined by Juli Inkster and Brittany Lang. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked member of the LPGA Priority List yet to qualify.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has finished in the top 20, six consecutive times. Lydia Ko has finished in the top 25 in all five of her starts, with three top tens.

Who's Not:
Candie Kung's best finish in her last 9 tournaments, is a tie for 44th.

Here are the final results:
1 Inbee Park -8
2 In-Kyung Kim -4
3 So Yeon Ryu -1
T4 Paula Creamer +1
T4 Angela Stanford +1
T4 Jodi Ewart Shadoff +1
T7 Brittany Lang +2
T7 Jessica Korda +2
T9 Shanshan Feng +3
T9 Brittany Lincicome +3

For all the scores see the LPGA scoreboard link on top of page.


  1. No So Yeon Ryu in your pick? She was the champion of 2011.

    Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, and Suzann Pettersen at 7:40am.
    Na Yeon Choi, Lydia Ko, and Brittany Lincicome at 8:02am.
    Beatriz Recari, Catriona Matthew, and Jessica Korda at 1:58pm.

  2. Did Inbee Park got the highest score again? Wow! Congrats to her..She's always my bet : )