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Kingsmill Championship Preview

Before I get to this week's tournament, let me say once again if you missed last week's event , you missed another thriller. Congratulations goes out to Inbee Park for winning the North Texas LPGA Shootout. Inbee came from behind and pulled out a one stroke victory over runner up Carlotta Ciganda. It sure seems every week is a nail biter. Every tournament seems to go down to the final shot on the final hole. Who could ask for more? For a full recap on last week's tournament, the Constructivist did a great recap over at Mostly Harmless.

The LPGA moves to Virginia this week for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship. Who could ever forget last year's championship when Jiyai Shin defeated Paula Creamer in a 9 hole playoff?

This will be tournament #9 of 28 on this year's schedule.
Here are the key details:

Course:  Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Location:  Williamsburg, Va.
Defending Champion: Jiyai Shin
Winning Score:  62-68-69-69 = 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 Play…

North Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings

Before we get to this week's topic, let me say if you missed last week's tournament, you missed one of the best finishes you will ever see. Congratulations goes out to Suzann Pettersen for winning the LPGA Lotte Championship in a playoff over Lizette Salas. Lizette may have been the bigger story as she shot a 29 on the back nine for a round of 62, only to come up short in the playoff.

The LPGA travels to Texas this week for the  inaugural playing of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
This will mark the first LPGA tournament in the North Texas region in more than 20 years. The tournament has attracted a very strong field. My strength of  field rating is a very strong 84.5, making it the third strongest field of the year. Among the missing  this week are: Karrie Webb, Chie Arimura, Jimin Kang, Jeong Jang, Ayaka Uehara, and Seon Hwa Lee.

One very interesting note, Madison Pressel has been given a sponsor exemption for this event. Madison 21, is the younger sister of LPGA star Morga…

LPGA Lotte Championship Preview & Pairings

Last year's winner Ai Miyazato


After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule with the playing of the LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf. This will start a stretch of six tournaments over a seven week period, that will be capped off by the year's second major championship.

There will be a pretty solid field, with newly crowned Kraft Nabisco champion Inbee Park, and the world's number one player Stacy Lewis, leading the way.
Although there are a few key players sitting it out, my strength of field rating is still a very solid 80.5%.
Among the players sitting it out this week are: Amy Yang, Catriona Matthew, Lexi Thompson, Chie Arimura, Ayaka Uehara, and Jimin Kang.

This will be tournament number 7 of 28 to be played this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club
Location:  Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Defending Champion:  Ai Miyazato
Winning Score:  71-65-70-70=276 (-12)

Final Field:  144 Player…

Players Fighting for Spots on Solheim Cup Team

Only twelve more tournaments remain for the U.S. players to get themselves into position to qualify for the 2013 Solheim Cup, which will be played this year at the Colorado Club, in Parker Colorado. Players started accumulating points at the completion of the last Solheim Cup, in 2011.

The United States has changed the qualifications for entry. In previous years it was the top ten players who accumulated the most points, and then two captain's picks. They have now changed that to the top eight players off the point list, the 2 highest Rolex ranked players not already in, and 2 captain's picks.

Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2011 through the end of the 2012 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2013 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - …

Inbee Park Eases Her Way to Kraft Nabisco Championship Victory

Before the 2013 season started I posted my top 30  predictions for LPGA Player of the Year.
My pick as winner was none other than Inbee Park. Inbee is making me look very good now, winning her second tournament already this year.

Inbee won this season's first major championship quite easily, with a 4 stroke victory over So Yeon Ryu.
The issue was never in doubt. Starting the day with a 3 stroke lead over Lizette Salas, and a 6 stroke lead over six other golfers, Inbee put an end to this championship very early. Inbee birdied the first hole while Salas would record a double bogey, and the three stroke lead became six very quickly. From there on in everyone else would be playing for second place. The only question was how many strokes ahead of the field she would be when she jumped into Poppie's Pond.

Inbee would finish with a 3 under par 69 for the day, which left her 15 under for the tournament.
Lizette Salas would falter, shooting a 79, which would leave her in a tie for 25…

Inbee Park Extends lead in 3rd Round of Kraft Nabisco Championship

Will anyone be able to catch Inbee Park? Inbee extended her Kraft Nabisco Championship lead to three shots, shooting her second consecutive 67 for a three day total of 12 under par. Lizette Salas, who shot a 69, is her closest pursuer 3 shots back.

It was a mistake free round for Inbee as she made 5 birdies without making a single bogey. She will be very difficult to catch if she continues to play the mistake free golf that she has played in the last 2 rounds.
Other than Salas, no one else is closer than six shots back, so it will take a very low round for anyone to come from behind.

It was ideal conditions, as the winds that have wreaked havoc on this course failed to materialize the entire day.
It was ideal scoring conditions and Inbee took full advantage. Angela Stanford who had the low round of the day, shot a 6 under par 66. If the wind stays away in the final round the tournament record of 13 under par will probably be shattered. On the other hand if the wind becomes a factor, …

Big Names Rise to the Top in Second Round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship

It started out as a nice calm day out at Mission Hills Country Club, but before the day ended it became hot and very windy. The afternoon pairings had to deal with the vicious Rancho Mirage winds, and as usually is the case, the cream has risen to the top of the leader board.

Inbee Park shot the day's low score, a five under par 67, to take a one stroke lead into the weekend.
Lizette Salas (68), is one shot back. Caroline Hedwall (68), and Guilia Sergas (69), enter the weekend two shots behind the leader. It is the players directly behind them that could cause lots of trouble in the last 2 rounds. There are 20 players within 5 shots of the lead, including such stars as: Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Se Ri Pak, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, and Michelle Wie. Paula Creamer and Ai Miyazato's 68's were bested only by Park.

After Park birdied the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes giving her a 2 stroke lead, it looked like it might be the start of a runaway. That would change quickly as she…

Kraft Nabisco Championship Preview & Pairings

After a very exciting start to the season, the LPGA will be staging its first major championship this week with the playing of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

This will be the first of five major championships this year. The United States will be trying to break Asia's streak of seven consecutive major championship victories. For more on that see my blog on Asian dominance.

Winning a major championship can go a long way towards achieving the LPGA's most prestigious awards at season's end. Player of the Year points and Rookie of the Year points are doubled for major championships.

This will be tournament number 6 of 28 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  Sun Young Yoo
Winning Score:  69-69-72-69 = 279 (-9)

Final Field:  112 players
Par: 72
Yardage: 6738 Yards
Purse: $ 2.0 Million

Here are the Pairings for the first 2 rounds>


Here are the tele…