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Safeway Classic Presented By Coca-Cola

Let me start out by congratulating Lydia Ko for successfully defending her CN Canadian Open Championship. Lydia came out on top by five strokes over 2nd place finisher Karine Icher. Lydia also became the first player this year to defend a title. Some may have thought that last year may have been a fluke, no one is thinking that now.

Before I get to this week's subject I would like to say what a great time my wife and I have had following the LPGA this summer.  We have completed our summer travels after attending the Shoprite Classic in New Jersey, The Marathon Classic in Ohio, The British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, and the CN Canadian Open in Edmonton. I have said it before and I will say it again, everyone should try to attend at least one tournament to see for themselves how friendly these ladies are. They are always willing to sign hats, balls, pictures, or whatever you may want signed. If you attend one tournament, you will be hooked and want to attend again.

I also want to…

CN Canadian Women's Open Preview & Pairings

The LPGA moves to Canada this week with the playing of the CN Canadian Women's Open.
This will be tournament #19 of 28 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Royal Mayfair Golf Club
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  68-68-72-67=275 (-13)

Final Field:  156 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  Not currently stated
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very high 83%, which makes it the 3rd strongest non major championship of the year. Nineteen of the top 20 Rolex Ranked players are in the field, as well as 39 of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority List. The biggest names missing from the field are: Hee Kyung Seo, Lizette Salas, Jennifer Johnson, and Ayaka Uehara.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the final results:
1a-Lydia Ko-15F2Karine Icher-10F3Brittany Lincicome-9F3Caroline Hedwall-9F5Stacy Prammanasudh-8F5In-Kyung Kim-8F7Caroline Masson-7F7Suzann Pettersen-7F9Gerina Piller-6F10Jes…

Solheim Cup Preview

We are just a few days away from the playing of the Solheim Cup, which will be held in Parker Colorado. The U.S. team will be trying to take back the cup they lost in 2011 by a 15-13 score. Just 2 years later, the teams have a very different look. Let's take a look at the 2013 rosters.

United States
1- Christie Kerr - With the absence of Julie Inkster, Christie is now the veteran on this team. This will be her 7th appearance. Her past performances in Solheim Cup play have been mediocre at best. Her record in singles play matches is 1-4-1, while her overall record is 11-12-3.

2- Paula Creamer - This will be Paula's 5th appearance, and her past results have been nothing short of spectacular. A player that rises to the occasion more times than not, her overall record is 11-3-5, which includes a 3-1-0 mark in singles play.

3- Angela Stanford - This will also be Angela's 5th appearance. Her record of 3-7-3 is by far the worst of any player on the current team. She will have to p…

The St. Andrews Photo Gallery

Let me start by saying congratulations to Stacy Lewis for winning the 2013 Ricoh British Open, played on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Stacy birdied the final 2 holes to win by 2 strokes over Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park. Choi, who had a 3 stroke lead on the back nine, bogeyed 3 of the last 6 holes. Stacy's approach shot on the 17th hole, which set up her birdie, will be remembered for a very long time. After the tournament Stacy would say that it was the best shot of her life. Considering the circumstances, I couldn't agree more.

My wife & I arrived in St. Andrews on the Sunday morning before the tournament. We decided to check out the golf course about 9:30 PM that night. We parked our car and walked onto the "Old Course".
I was surprised to see that there was no security and that anyone could walk onto what I consider the most beautiful golf course I have ever seen. I walked behind the 18th green and looked out at the fairway. I pictured Jack Nicklaus wal…