Saturday, July 27, 2013

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
*As of this writing only 125 players are in the field. Nineteen additional players will be added via a qualifying tournament on Monday.

My strength of field rating is a sizzling 87% which makes it the 3rd highest of the year. Just one half point behind the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and one point behind the U.S. Open.

Here are my picks for this week's major championship:

1- Paula Creamer
2- Inbee Park
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Jiyai Shin
5- Catriona Matthew
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- So Yeon Ryu
8- Jessica Korda
9- Karrie Webb
10- Shanshan Feng
11- I.K. Kim
12- Yani Tseng

As previously mentioned, I will be in Europe for the next 10 days and don't know what my situation will be in updating this blog. I remind everyone that all up to date scoreboards for all tours can be linked to from this blog. Once again I highly encourage all readers of this blog to follow the reports of the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless, and Mike Southern at RuthlessGolf.Com. 

I look forward to sharing some pictures and experiences upon my return.


  1. Have a fun and safe trip. You have a busy few weeks coming up! Don't skimp on the raingear or sweaters. I see Catriona very near the top, along with maybe Carlota. Just a feeling.

  2. So excited if whose gonna win! My top pick was also in your top 4 list : Paula Creamer, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Jiyai Shin. Thanks for keeping us updated Tony! : )

  3. Interesting how you put Yani Tseng in the 12th spot.

  4. 2 people didn't make the cut from your list.