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Ricoh Women's British Open Preview & Pairings

The LPGA moves to Scotland next week for the playing of the Ricoh Women's British Open.
This will be the fourth of five majors on the 2013 schedule. Inbee Park has captured the first 3 majors so far this year, and will be trying to make history by winning number four.
This tournament also has added importance, as it is the last chance for those players on the bubble of making the Solheim Cup team to step up and earn their spot. Captain Meg Mallon will also announce her 2 captains' picks at the completion of play.

This will be tournament #18 of 28 on the LPGA schedule this year.

This is an early preview as I will be flying out to Scotland in a few hours.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland
Location:  Fife, Scotland
Defending Champion:  Jiyai Shin
Winning Score:  71-64-71-73 = 279 (-9)
Winning Score when last played on this course in 2007:  67-73-73-74 = (-5) Lorena Ochoa

*Final Field:  144 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,672
Purse: $2,750,000

Marathon Classic Photo Gallery

Just returned from The Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. As has been the case in just about every tournament this year, it went down to the very last shot. Beatriz Recari sank her four foot par putt on the 72nd hole to come out victorious by one shot over Paula Creamer. I followed the final group, which also includied Lexi Thompson, and was treated to some of the finest golf you will see on any tour. All three players played 18 holes without a single blemish on their scorecard. In fact Lexi won a car when she aced the 14th hole!

Here are some pictures and videos from this very exciting event.


Kathleen Ekey
Paula Creamer
Sandra Gal

Lexi Thompson

Thompson, Ryu, and Lewis
Ryann O'Toole

Marathon Classic Preview & Pairings

Let me start out by congratulating Hee Young Park for her very exciting victory over Angela Stanford on the 3rd playoff hole of the Manulife Financial Classic. What an incredible season this has been so far. Almost every tournament this year has been decided on the final hole or has gone into a playoff.

The LPGA moves back to the United States this week for the playing of the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning O-1.

This will be tournament # 17 of 28 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:   Highland Meadows Golf Club
Location:  Sylvania, Ohio
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score:  67-67-68-62=264 (-20)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  34/37=71
Yardage:  6,428
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is only 65.5%, making it the second weakest field of the season. With the next tournament being a major championship (The Ricoh Women's British Open), it is not all that unusual for players to take the week off. Notable players missing …

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Preview

After a one week break the LPGA moves to Canada and resumes its schedule with the playing of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. This is a full field, 72 hole tournament. It is tournament #16 of 28 on the schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Grey Silo Golf Course
Location:  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lang
Winning Score:  69-65-67-67= 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35=71
Yardage:  6,330
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 72.5%, which ranks it the third weakest of the tournaments played this year so far.
Key players that are missing this week include: Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Beatriz Recari, Se Ri Pak, Pornanong, Phatlum, Caroline Hedwall, Carlotta Ciganda, and Moriya Jutanugarn.

Here are the telivision times:
Jul 11 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST Jul 12 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST Jul 13 - GC 2:30 PM-5:30 PM EST Jul 14 - GC 2:30 PM-5:30 PM EST

Here are my picks for this week's tou…

Solheim Cup Update - Players Fighting For Spots

Only three more tournaments remain for the U.S. players to get themselves into position to qualify for the 2013 Solheim Cup, which will be played this year at the Colorado Club in Parker, Colorado. Players started accumulating points at the completion of the last Solheim Cup, in 2011.

The United States has changed the qualifications for entry. In previous years it was the top ten players who accumulated the most points, and then two captain's picks. They have now changed that to the top eight players off the points list, the 2 highest Rolex ranked players not already in, and 2 captain's picks.

Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2011 through the end of the 2012 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2013 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - …

Paula Creamer becomes 2nd Fastest to 10 Million Mark!

If you watch the LPGA regularly I am sure you hear it mentioned at least once every broadcast that Paula Creamer has not won since winning the U.S. Open in 2010. That of course is true, but doesn't tell the entire story of the level of golf Paula is playing. When a top player doesn't win for 3 years it usually means that they are in some kind of playing slump. Looking at Paula's record, she really has not had a period in her career where she has ever played poor golf. In fact, I can't find where she has ever had three bad tournaments in a row. It seems that in spite of the fact that she has been absent from the winner's circle for 3 years, she is always on the first or second page of the leader board. In fact she has finished in the top twenty 11 times this year already. That is more times than Inbee, Yani, Suzann, and Stacy. That is more times than anyone on the LPGA this year.  She has also made 56 consecutive cuts.

Paula's 4th place finish in last week's…

Surprises & Disappointments 2013 - Part 2

Way back in March I sat down and wrote who I thought were my biggest surprises and disappointments of the year. The LPGA had only played 5 tournaments at that point. So much has changed since then. The LPGA has now completed 15 of its 28 tournaments, and I would like to take another look.

Biggest Surprises:

1- Inbee Park - I didn't have her on my earlier list because I picked her before the season started to be the player of the year. The fact that she had an early victory wasn't really surprising. What has happened since has been just plain astonishing. Inbee has not only won 6 times already this year, but she has won the first 3 major championships of the year.

2- Jessica Korda - It sure seems like she has been on the first page of the leader board in just about every tournament she has played this year. She has not been able to play back to back tournaments as of late because of a sore wrist, but that hasn't hampered her results. In only 12 starts, Jessica has 3 top five…

Comparing Inbee Park & Yani Tseng

First let me once again say congratulations to Inbee Park for not only making history in winning her third consecutive major championship, but also winning three consecutive LPGA tournaments. Inbee has now won 6 tournaments already this year. No one else has won more than two.

Inbee has become,without a doubt, the most dominant player on the LPGA tour. People are already calling her a future Hall of Famer, and the next great player to follow in the footsteps of Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, it was about this time last year when we were all writing about Yani Tseng.

What Inbee has accomplished this year is bound to draw comparisons to what Yani was doing until the middle of last year, when she went into a slump that she is still yet to recover from.

The truth of the matter is that they are two completely different kinds of players. Yani, with her huge drives and very confident personality (at that time), was extremely exciting to watch. I…