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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 tournament:
  1- Paula Creamer
  2- Inbee Park
  3- Jessica Korda
  4- Lexi Thompson
  5- Chella Choi
  6- Na Yeon Choi
  7- So Yeon Ryu
  8- Anna Nordqvist
  9- Stacy Lewis
10- Shanshan Feng
11- Suzann Pettersen
12- I.K. Kim

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the final results:
1 x-Hee Young Park -26 F
1 Angela Stanford -26 F
3 Catriona Matthew -23 F
4 Meena Lee -20 F
5 Karine Icher -19 F
6 Na Yeon Choi -18 F
6 Haeji Kang -18 F
6 Stacy Lewis -18 F
6 Suzann Pettersen -18 F
6 Austin Ernst -18 F
6 Gerina Piller -18 F
6 Amy Yang -18 F
13 Hanna Kang -17 F
14 Jessica Korda -16 F
14 Inbee Park -16 F
16 Irene Cho -15 F
16 Jennifer Johnson -15 F
16 Michelle Wie -15 F
16 Chella Choi -15 F

For the complete scoreboard see the link on the top of this place.

Other Tidbits:

The LPGA had its second and final reshuffle of its Priority List this past week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation.
Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.

The players who gained the most places are:
Irene Cho - from 139 to 90
Chie Arimura - 124-89
Lisa McCloskey - 125-99
Jennifer Rosales - 110-91
Kristy McPherson - 109-98

The players that made the most important jumps, as they went from having difficulty getting into events to now having a much better chance are:
Alena Sharp - 153-147
Lisa Ferrara - 160-150

The players dropping the most places are:
Juli Inkster (medical exemption expired) - from 38 to 72
Song-Hee Kim (medical exemption expired) 34-134
Jacquai Concolino - 93-118
Austin Ernst - 95-134
Rebecca Lee Bentham - 98-123

The players that get hurt the most as they now will have a hard time getting into tournaments are:
Meaghan Francella - 145-155
Reilly Rankin - 146-154
Victoria Tanco - 150-161
Cydney Clanton - 158-165


  1. Congrats to Hee Young Park! That was really a good fight with Angela Stanford..good luck to her next game!


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