Skip to main content

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 give a special mention and thanks to Kelly Thesier and Meghan Flanagan who work very hard to fulfill the needs of the media. Your contributions week in and week out do not go unnoticed.

Here are some pictures and videos of some of the players I followed:
Lexi Thompson

Ryann O'Toole

Paula Creamer
                                                               Sydnee Michaels
                                                             
                                                                 
Lydia Ko


Kathleen Ekey

Now it's time to get on with this week's story. The LPGA moves to Portland, Oregon this week for the playing of the Safeway Classic Presented By Coca-Cola. This tournament expands to 72 holes this year.

This will be tournament #20 of 28 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Columbia Edgewater
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion:  Mika Miyazato
Winning Score:  65-68-70= 203 (-13)

Final Field:   144 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,465
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 70% making it the 4th weakest field of the year. Thirty-two of the top 40 on the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance. The missing include: Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Catriona Matthew, Brittany Lincicome, Hee Kyung Seo, Karine Icher, Haiji Kang, Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, Mindy Kim, and Ayaka Uehara.

Here are the television times:
Aug 29 - GC 5:30 PM-8:30 PM ET
Aug 30 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM ET
Aug 31 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM ET

Sep 1 -   GC 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- I.K. Kim
3- Paula Creamer
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Hee Young Park
7- Mika Miyazato
8- Jiyai Shin
9- Ai Miyazato
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Carlotta Ciganda
12- Karrie Webb

Here are the Pairings for the first 2 rounds:

For all the scores, all the time, see the link on top of this page.

Other Tidbits:
The first round of LPGA Qualifying School is underway. Use this link for results.

Karrie Webb who had made 57 consecutive cuts, has now missed 2 in a row.

Beatriz Recari who had her cut streak halted at 46, has now missed 3 of her last 4. The one cut she made was a victory at the Marathon Classic.

Titleholders Update:
Lydia Ko, Stacy Prammanasudh, and Caroline Masson are the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player yet to qualify.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lydia Ko leaps from # 19 to #7, and Karine Icher jumps from #24 to #20.

Who's Hot:
Paula Creamer has finished in the top 11 in 6 of her last 7 events. She leads the tour with 14 top 20 finishes, and has made 60 straight cuts, which also leads the tour.

Who's Not:
Julia Sergas has failed to finish higher than T44 in her last 8 appearances, with 6 missed cuts.
Azahara Munoz has failed to finish higher than T30 in her last 8 events.
In 13 appearances this year, Se Ri Pak has yet to have a top 10 finish.

Here are the final results:
1 Suzann Pettersen -20 F
2 Stacy Lewis -18 F
3 Lizette Salas -17 F
4 Cristie Kerr -16 F
5 Caroline Masson -15 F
6 Gerina Piller -14 F
6 Sandra Gal -14 F
8 Karrie Webb -13 F
9 Dewi Claire Schreefel -12 F
9 Lexi Thompson -12 F
9 Austin Ernst -12 F
9 Sandra Changkija -12 F
9 Pornanong Phatlum -12 F
9 Yani Tseng -12 F
15 Ai Miyazato -11 F
15 Sun Young Yoo -11 F
15 Heather Bowie Young -11 F
15 Jiyai Shin -11 F
15 Na Yeon Choi -11 F
15 Beatriz Recari -11 F
15 Angela Stanford -11 F
15 Anna Nordqvist -11 F
For complete scoreboard see link on top of this page.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the state of Texas, I want to take this opportunity to do my fifth player profile.

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS


Born: 1/7/83 (34 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:

ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:

318 career starts237 cuts made (74.5%)37 top tens (11.6%)Has $4,892,233 in career earnings through the 2016 season (57…

LPGA Reshuffles 2018 Priority List

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this 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 following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Bronte Law - 108 to 86
Amy Olson - 112 to 88
Nasa Hataoka - 116 to 92
Caroline Inglis - 126 to 93
Hee Young Park - 106 to 94
Mariajo…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2017

1/9/18 - Bonus pics added at bottom of this page!


As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2017. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#18
#17
#16
#15
#14
#13
#12
#11
#10
#9

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

U.S. Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Before I get started on this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Minjee Lee for winning the LPGA Volvik Championship. Minjee's final round -4 under par 68, was good enough to win by one stroke over runner-up In Kyung Kim.


This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the second Major Championship of the 2018 season.

Sung Hyun Park will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year at Trump National Golf Club by two strokes over Hye Jin Choi.



This will be tournament #14 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be held this year.

Course:  Shoal Creek
Location:  Shoal Creek, Alabama
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score:  73-70-67-67 = 277 (-11)

Final Field:  156 players
Cut: Top 60 and ties
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,732
Purse:  $5,000,000



My strength of field rating is a mighty 87% (down from 91% last year). The re…

LPGA Player Profile: Belen Mozo

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the United States, I thought it would be a good time to do my third LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen this time around, may not be a household name like the first two were, but I have received a number of requests to do this profile.


Belen Mozo




Pronounced: (bay-LEN moh-thoh) Born: 9/25/88 (28 years old) Hometown: Cadiz, Spain Resides: Cartagena, Colombia College: USC Rookie Year: 2011 2016 Earnings: $76,263 (104th)

Belen has not yet won on the LPGA tour: Here are her best finishes: Finished 5th at the 2016 LPGA Volvik ChampionshipFinished 4th at the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA ClassicFinished 10th at the 2014 Airbus LPGA ClassicFinished 5th at the 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration (formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship) - Finished 41st in 2013KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 58th in 2013U.S. Women's Open - Finished 55th in 2014Ricoh …

118th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Preview

The LPGA is taking a one week break this week before resuming their schedule in Indianapolis.

I would like to take this time to preview a very important USGA event that is taking place this week.

The 118th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Many of my readers may remember last year's championship when University of Texas senior Sophia Schubert, 21, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., became the first player over the age of 19 to win the championship in nine years with her 6-and-5 victory over Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela, of Switzerland, at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

Here are the Key Details:
Championship Venue:  Golf Club of Tennessee
Location:  Kingston Springs, Tenn.
Architect:  Tom Fazio
Par:  71
Yardage: 6,275


Dates of Championship:  August 6-12
Field:  156 players
Eligibility: Any female amateur whose handicap index does not exceed 5.4
Defending Champion: Sophia Schubert
Winning Margin: 6 and 5 over runner-up Albane Valenzuela

Championship Field
A starting field o…