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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 in action will include: Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Azahara Munoz, Jessica Korda, Catriona Matthew, Anna Nordqvist, Julie Inkster, Pornanong Phatlum, Caroline Hedwall, Carlotta Ciganda, and Caroline Masson.

Here are the television times:
Jul 18 - GC 2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST
Jul 19 - GC 2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST
Jul 20 - GC 2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST
Jul 21 - GC 2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Na Yeon Choi
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- I.K. Kim
6- Gerina Piller
7- Paula Creamer
8- Lizette Salas
9- Amy Yang
10- Chella Choi
11- Ryan O'Toole
12- Lexi Thompson

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the final results:
1 Beatriz Recari -17 F
2 Paula Creamer -16 F
3 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -13 F
3 Lexi Thompson -13 F
5 Angela Stanford -10 F
5 Jacqui Concolino -10 F
7 Meena Lee -9 F
7 Stacy Lewis -9 F
7 a-Lydia Ko -9 F
7 Jennifer Johnson -9 F
7 Chie Arimura -9 F
12 Se Ri Pak -8 F
12 Haeji Kang -8 F
12 Brittany Lang -8 F
12 So Yeon Ryu -8 F
16 In-Kyung Kim -7 F
16 Mo Martin -7 F
16 Chella Choi -7 F

For full scoreboard see link on top of this page.

Titleholders Update:
Austin Ernst, Meena Lee, and Hanna Kang are the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player yet to qualify.

Rolex Movers Of the Week:
Hee Young Park moves from #37 to #31, while Yani Tseng slips 2 more spots to #10.

Who's Hot:
Na Yeon Choi has finished in the top 18 in 5 consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not:
Azahara Munoz has failed to finish in the top 30 in her last 6 tournaments.
Yani Tseng missed the cut for the second consecutive tournament and third time over her last six. Over that period she has finished better than 57th just once.

My wife and I will be on the road quite a bit in the next few weeks. We have arrived in Ohio, and at tournament's end will be traveling to Scotland for the British Open. We will then spend a short time at home before flying to Edmonton for the Canadian Open. I will try my best to keep everyone updated, although Internet access in Scottish hotels can be spotty and extremely expensive.
Remember you can always get live leaderboard updates for all tours at the links on the top of this blog.
I also highly recommend to all my readers to follow the reports by the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless. 


  1. How are you going to the Marathon Classic AND THEN the British Open. They're both this week?

    1. The Women's British Open. This is a blog on women's golf. That will take place later in the month.

  2. So excited for tomorrows game til it ends, who might gonna win?hmm. Still looking forward for Inbee to get it again!

  3. Six Americans amongst your twelve picks? Maybe that'll work out for you this week, but that's perhaps wishful thinking for a tournament and course that's been absolutely dominated by the Koreans since the late 90s.


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