Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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 5:00 PM-7:00 PM EST

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Suzann Pettersen
4- Catriona Matthew
5- Jiyai Shin
6- Paula Creamer
7- Cristie Kerr
8- Amy Yang
9- Mika Miyazato
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Hee Kyung Seo
12- Na Yeon Choi

Other Tidbits:
The Wegmans LPGA Championship was not kind to current LPGA cut streaks. Karina Icher (20), Lizette Salas (19), So Yeon Ryu (17), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (15), and Hee Kyung Seo (15), all missed the cut.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
With no tournament last week, the most significant move by an LPGA player was So Yeon Ryu moving up a spot to #5. Yani Tseng was the victim of Ryu's good fortune. Yani slipped yet another spot to #6.

Warming Up?
Michelle Wie has finished in the top 10 in the last two tournaments.

Ice Cold:
Eun Jung Yi has missed the cut in her last 8 tournaments.

Here are the final results:
1x-Inbee Park-12F
1So Yeon Ryu-12F
3Mika Miyazato-11F
4a-Lydia Ko-10F
4In-Kyung Kim-10F
4Stacy Lewis-10F
7Suzann Pettersen-9F
7Paula Creamer-9F
7Chie Arimura-9F
7Beatriz Recari-9F
11Haeji Kang-8F
11Ai Miyazato-8F
13Shanshan Feng-7F
13Brittany Lang-7F
13Brooke Pancake-7F
13Juli Inkster-7F

For complete results see link on top of this page.

1 comment:

  1. My picked was Inbee Park and Paula Creamer. Nice game guys!