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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Marathon Classic Photo Gallery

Just returned from The Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. As has been the case in just about every tournament this year, it went down to the very last shot. Beatriz Recari sank her four foot par putt on the 72nd hole to come out victorious by one shot over Paula Creamer. I followed the final group, which also includied Lexi Thompson, and was treated to some of the finest golf you will see on any tour. All three players played 18 holes without a single blemish on their scorecard. In fact Lexi won a car when she aced the 14th hole!

Here are some pictures and videos from this very exciting event.


So Yeon Ryu

Brooke Pancake

Natalie Gulbis

Lexi Thompson

Maude Aimee Leblanc & Yours Truly

Kathleen Ekey

Sydnee Michaels


Kathleen Ekey

Paula Creamer

Sandra Gal

Lexi Thompson

Thompson, Ryu, and Lewis

Ryann O'Toole

Belen Mozo

Sydnee Michaels

Other Tidbits:
With her 7th place finish, Stacy Lewis now has 11 top tens this year. No one else has more than eight.
Yani Tseng missed the cut for the third consecutive time.

Titleholders Update:
Jacqui Concolino, Se Ri Pac, and Chella Choi are the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player on the LPGA Priority List not to qualify.

Rolex Movers of the week:
Beatriz Recari leaps from #26 to #18, Paula Creamer jumps up from #14 to #11, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff moves from # 59 to #44. Lee-Anne Pace, who won the Spanish Open on the L.E.T., moves from #78 to #61. Yani Tseng drops for a 5th consecutive week, falling from #10 to #12.

Who's Hot:
Angela Stanford has finished 4th, 2nd, and 5th, in her last 3 starts.

Who's Not:
Brittany Lincicome has missed 7 cuts in her last 12 starts.

Monday, July 15, 2013

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. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Preview

After a one week break the LPGA moves to Canada and resumes its schedule with the playing of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. This is a full field, 72 hole tournament. It is tournament #16 of 28 on the schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Grey Silo Golf Course
Location:  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lang
Winning Score:  69-65-67-67= 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35=71
Yardage:  6,330
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 72.5%, which ranks it the third weakest of the tournaments played this year so far.
Key players that are missing this week include: Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Beatriz Recari, Se Ri Pak, Pornanong, Phatlum, Caroline Hedwall, Carlotta Ciganda, and Moriya Jutanugarn.

Here are the telivision times:
Jul 11 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST
Jul 12 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST
Jul 13 - GC 2:30 PM-5:30 PM EST
Jul 14 - GC 2:30 PM-5:30 PM EST

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
  1- Paula Creamer
  2- Inbee Park
  3- Jessica Korda
  4- Lexi Thompson
  5- Chella Choi
  6- Na Yeon Choi
  7- So Yeon Ryu
  8- Anna Nordqvist
  9- Stacy Lewis
10- Shanshan Feng
11- Suzann Pettersen
12- I.K. Kim

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the final results:
1 x-Hee Young Park -26 F
1 Angela Stanford -26 F
3 Catriona Matthew -23 F
4 Meena Lee -20 F
5 Karine Icher -19 F
6 Na Yeon Choi -18 F
6 Haeji Kang -18 F
6 Stacy Lewis -18 F
6 Suzann Pettersen -18 F
6 Austin Ernst -18 F
6 Gerina Piller -18 F
6 Amy Yang -18 F
13 Hanna Kang -17 F
14 Jessica Korda -16 F
14 Inbee Park -16 F
16 Irene Cho -15 F
16 Jennifer Johnson -15 F
16 Michelle Wie -15 F
16 Chella Choi -15 F

For the complete scoreboard see the link on the top of this place.

Other Tidbits:

The LPGA had its second and final reshuffle of its Priority List this past 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 players who gained the most places are:
Irene Cho - from 139 to 90
Chie Arimura - 124-89
Lisa McCloskey - 125-99
Jennifer Rosales - 110-91
Kristy McPherson - 109-98

The players that made the most important jumps, as they went from having difficulty getting into events to now having a much better chance are:
Alena Sharp - 153-147
Lisa Ferrara - 160-150

The players dropping the most places are:
Juli Inkster (medical exemption expired) - from 38 to 72
Song-Hee Kim (medical exemption expired) 34-134
Jacquai Concolino - 93-118
Austin Ernst - 95-134
Rebecca Lee Bentham - 98-123

The players that get hurt the most as they now will have a hard time getting into tournaments are:
Meaghan Francella - 145-155
Reilly Rankin - 146-154
Victoria Tanco - 150-161
Cydney Clanton - 158-165

Monday, July 8, 2013

Solheim Cup Update - Players Fighting For Spots

Only three 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 points 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 - 25.5 points, all the way down to a 20th place finish worth 3 points.
The reason for the increased points for the last part of the term is to give an advantage to the players who are hot going into the match.

Points are doubled for major championships.

With many players fighting to get into a position to make the team, lets look at where they stand.

Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders as of today:

1- Stacy Lewis - 810.5 points
2- Paula Creamer - 496.5
3- Cristie Kerr - 484.6
4- Angela Stanford - 351
5- Brittany Lincicome - 269
6- Jessica Korda - 235.5
7- Lexi Thompson - 232.5
8- Brittany Lang - 226
The above 8 players would make the team on points.

 9 - Lizette Salas - 174
10- Morgan Pressel - 164.5
11- Jennifer Johnson - 153.5
12- Michelle Wie - 151.5
13- Gerina Piller - 150
The above 5 players would fail to qualify via the point system.

Here are the highest Rolex Ranked players that would not have already qualified:

1- Lizette Salas - #18

2- Morgan Pressel - #51
The above 2 players would make the team via the Rolex Rankings.

3- Jennifer Johnson - #56
4- Gerina Piller - #60
5- Nicole Castrale - #73
6- Danielle Kang - #74
7- Mo Martin - #79
8- Michelle Wie - #84
The above 6 players would fall short of making the team via the Rolex Rankings.

That is a very different look from the 2011 team. Thompson, Korda, and Salas would be Solheim Cup rookies.

Now is where it gets even more interesting. Captain Meg Mallon will have to choose 2 players to add to the team. In a Golf Channel interview earlier in the season, she seemed to make it clear that with at least 3 rookies already on the team, she would be leaning towards experienced veterans.

Here is my thinking on who the picks should be: I disagree that her picks have to be experienced players. What experienced players are playing well and deserve to be picked?  With Stacy, Paula, Cristie, Angela, Morgan, and the Brittany's on the team, it already has plenty of veterans with Solheim experience. I say just pick the players that are playing well.

1- Pick Gerina Piller. This is a no-brainer! Gerina already has a top 5, two top tens, and 5 top 20 finishes this year. Her massive length off the tee would serve the U.S. well.

2- The second pick is much more difficult, as no other player has really stepped up. Cristina Kim has proven to be a leader, but has not played well for a number of years now. Michelle Wie, with two top tens last month does deserve some consideration, but I would take Jennifer Johnson as my second pick. Jennifer, although she hasn't played great as of late, broke through for her first victory this year and has contended a couple of other times.

To sum this up: Gone from the 2011 team would be Vicki Hurst, Christina Kim, Julie Inkster, Ryann O'Toole, and Michelle Wie.

They would be replaced by Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, and Jennifer Johnson.

I sure like that 2013 team better than the team the U.S. fielded in 2011. What do you think?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Paula Creamer becomes 2nd Fastest to 10 Million Mark!

If you watch the LPGA regularly I am sure you hear it mentioned at least once every broadcast that Paula Creamer has not won since winning the U.S. Open in 2010. That of course is true, but doesn't tell the entire story of the level of golf Paula is playing. When a top player doesn't win for 3 years it usually means that they are in some kind of playing slump. Looking at Paula's record, she really has not had a period in her career where she has ever played poor golf. In fact, I can't find where she has ever had three bad tournaments in a row. It seems that in spite of the fact that she has been absent from the winner's circle for 3 years, she is always on the first or second page of the leader board. In fact she has finished in the top twenty 11 times this year already. That is more times than Inbee, Yani, Suzann, and Stacy. That is more times than anyone on the LPGA this year.  She has also made 56 consecutive cuts.

Paula's 4th place finish in last week's U.S. Open put her over the 10 million dollar mark in career earnings. She is the 8th player to achieve that feat. She did it in 194 tournaments. Only Lorena Ochoa accomplished it quicker.

How does that stack up against some of today's brightest stars? Let's take a look.

Cristie Kerr - $14,867,000 (396 starts)
Se Ri Pak - $11,903,000 (323 starts)
Suzann Pettersen - $10,197,000 (213 starts)
Paula Creamer - 10,096,000 (194 starts)
Yani Tseng - $9,244, 985 (133 starts)
Na Yeon Choi - $8,119,000 (137 starts)
Angela Stanford - $7,695,000 (295 starts)
Ai Miazato - $7,451,000 (166 starts)
Inbee Park - $7,374,000 (148 starts)
Jiyai Shin - $6,005,000 (110 starts)
I.K. Kim - $6,001,000 (154 starts)
Brittany Lincicome - $5,191,000 (191 starts)
Stacy Lewis - 4,947,000 (122 starts)

Those are the current active players highest on the career money list. I left out Juli Inkster because the LPGA stats don't go back to when she first started. It would not be fair to include her anyway because 30 years ago the prize money was very small.

Now let's look at those same players and rank them by the average prize money they have made per tournament:

1- Yani Tseng - $69,353
2- Na Yeon Choi - $59,263
3- Jiyai Shin - $54,591
4- Paula Creamer - $52, 041
5- Inbee Park - $49,824
6- Suzann Pettersen - $47,873
7- Ai Miyazato - $44,904
8- Stacy Lewis - $40,549
9- I.K. Kim - $38,967
10- Brittany Lincicome - 27,178
11- Angela Stanford - 26,084

I dropped Kerr and Pak from the above list because they started much earlier than the rest of the players. Prize money was much smaller then, and the numbers would be distorted. They wouldn't reflect the great Hall of Fame career of Se Ri.

All of those players I listed above have been playing on the tour a minimum of 5 years (Jiyai), to a maximum 10 years (Pettersen).  Paula is in her 9th season. Prize money, although it has increased some, has not changed all that drastically over that 5 year span. Certainly not like the PGA. So although studies like this one are never perfect, we ARE comparing apples to apples here.

Getting back to Paula (this is an article about Paula), her $52,000 plus per tournament stands up to any active player in the game today, even without winning in 3 years.

Yani Tseng's numbers, although looking quite impressive, are dropping quite quickly. She has failed to win in her last 32 outings and has averaged under $20,000 per event over that period. Although Paula hasn't won during that time frame either, she has averaged over $40,000 per event.

Paula would be the first to tell you that winning is what she wants more than anything. Winning is what she is out there to do. Sure, I agree with that, but the fact remains she is putting some big career numbers on the board. She has put up very impressive numbers for 9 years now (and isn't even 27 yet). You wonder if the big new stars on the LPGA can sustain a high level of play for that long. I guess only time will tell.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Surprises & Disappointments 2013 - Part 2

Way back in March I sat down and wrote who I thought were my biggest surprises and disappointments of the year. The LPGA had only played 5 tournaments at that point. So much has changed since then. The LPGA has now completed 15 of its 28 tournaments, and I would like to take another look.

Biggest Surprises:

1- Inbee Park - I didn't have her on my earlier list because I picked her before the season started to be the player of the year. The fact that she had an early victory wasn't really surprising. What has happened since has been just plain astonishing. Inbee has not only won 6 times already this year, but she has won the first 3 major championships of the year.

2- Jessica Korda - It sure seems like she has been on the first page of the leader board in just about every tournament she has played this year. She has not been able to play back to back tournaments as of late because of a sore wrist, but that hasn't hampered her results. In only 12 starts, Jessica has 3 top fives, 5 top tens, and 7 top twenty finishes. At the very young age of 20, she is this year's most improved golfer.

3- Beatriz Recari - In my opinion, Beatriz has now taken over the title of Spain's best player.
Three top 5's, 4 top tens, and 8 top twenties this season is the reason why.

4- Lizette Salas - Has cooled off just a bit as of late, resulting in a drop from #2 on my earlier list. A sure shot to qualify for this year's Solheim Cup via her #19 world ranking, Lizette has 2 top fives, 4 top tens, and 7 top twenties so far this year.

5- Caroline Hedwall - After splitting her time between the LPGA and the L.E.T last year, Caroline has increased her LPGA play this year with delightful results. In 14 starts she has a top five, 3 top tens, and 5 top twenty finishes.

Honorable mentions go out to Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Gerina Piller.

Biggest Disappointments:

1- Momoko Ueda - As she was on my earlier list, Momoko is easily the biggest disappointment of the year, as her results have been just plain awful. In 11 starts this year she has yet to finish in the top 35. It has gotten worse as the season has progressed. In her last 5 starts she has missed 3 cuts, with her best finish being a tie for 60th place. Currently she is struggling to stay in the top 100 on the money list.

2- Yani Tseng - After a good start to the season, Yani has become just another player in the field, and not a very good one at that. In her last 11 starts her best finish has been a tie for 19th place. She started the year with the number one ranking in the world, and has now dropped to #8. A ranking outside the top 10 is a very realistic scenario in the very near future.

3- Vicky Hurst - Came onto the LPGA in 2009 with the "can't miss" label, but hasn't come close to living up to those expectations. In 15 tournaments this year she has just one finish in the top twenty. Still young enough to figure it out, but will she?

4- Azahara Munoz - Azahara had been improving with each season, until this year. In 15 starts she has only managed one top ten. It has gotten worse as of late; a tie for 32nd is her best finish in her last 5 starts.

5- Candie Kung -  After a decent start it has all gone wrong for Candie. In her last 10 starts she has missed 5 cuts, and her best finish is a tie for 44th place.

Dishonorable mentions go out to Belen Mozo, Sophie Gustafson, and Katherine Hull-Kirk.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Comparing Inbee Park & Yani Tseng

First let me once again say congratulations to Inbee Park for not only making history in winning her third consecutive major championship, but also winning three consecutive LPGA tournaments. Inbee has now won 6 tournaments already this year. No one else has won more than two.

Inbee has become,without a doubt, the most dominant player on the LPGA tour. People are already calling her a future Hall of Famer, and the next great player to follow in the footsteps of Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, it was about this time last year when we were all writing about Yani Tseng.

What Inbee has accomplished this year is bound to draw comparisons to what Yani was doing until the middle of last year, when she went into a slump that she is still yet to recover from.

The truth of the matter is that they are two completely different kinds of players. Yani, with her huge drives and very confident personality (at that time), was extremely exciting to watch. Inbee on the other hand, can almost put you to sleep. She doesn't wow you with her driving ability, and has a very laid back personality.
What Inbee does have though is the hottest putter that I have ever seen on any tour. She seems to always be on top of the leader board, even though many times she doesn't appear to be playing all that well. Her ability to drop long putts at crucial times is uncanny.

Comparing Inbee's 2013 season to Yani's 2011 season:

Towards the end of the 2011 season I did a blog showing how dominant Yani was that year. Here are some of those numbers:

Money Leaders:
1- Yani Tseng - $2,396,838.00
2- Cristie Kerr - $1,359,093
3- Stacy Lewis - $1,218,443

Scoring Average:
1- Yani Tseng - 69.59
2- Cristie Kerr - 70.53
3- Stacy Lewis - 70.77

Greens In Regulation:
1- Yani Tseng - 76%
2- Paula Creamer - 75.5%
3- Suzann Pettersen 75.3%

Driving Distance:
1- Yani Tseng - 268.6 yards
2- Maria Hjorth - 266.7
3- Michelle Wie - 266.1

Putts per greens in regulation:
1- Cristie Kerr - 1.75
T2- Yani Tseng - 1.76
T2- I.K. Kim 1.76

As you can see Yani was dominating every facet of the game.

Now let us look at the current year's stats:

Money Leaders:
1- Inbee Park - $2,106, 827
2- I.K. Kim - $877,964
3- Stacy Lewis - $854,098

Scoring Average:
1- Inbee Park - 69.67
2- Stacy Lewis - 70.093
3- Na Yeon Choi - 70.435

Greens In Regulation:
1- Suzanne Pettersen 74.4%
2- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 73.8%
3- Paula Creamer - 73.7%
15 - Inbee Park - 71.4%

Driving Distance:
1- Brittany Lincicome - 271.875
2- Maude-Aimee Leblanc - 270.045
3- Lexi Thompson - 270.043
82- Inbee Park - 246.935

Driving Accuracy: (percentage of drives in the fairway)
1- Jiyai Shin - 85%
2- Mo Martin - 84.4%
3- I.K. Kim - 82.4%
45- Inbee Park - 73.6%

Putts per greens in regulation:
1- Inbee Park - 1.702
2- Stacy Lewis - 1.749
3- Jiyai Shin - 1.760

The above figures show me two things:
1) Inbee has not been dominant in all facets of the game the way Yani was in 2011.
2) It sure is true that "Driving is for show, and putting is for dough."

Time will tell us if Inbee is going to be that great next player. We don't know yet how she will handle all the pressures she is about to face. Will she still be able to win when the putter cools off?
I do know one thing, I am not going to bet against her winning the British Open.

Other Tidbits:
Lost in all the Inbee talk this week was the fact that two of the longest cut streaks in recent years came to an end. Jiyai Shin (48 straight cuts made), and Beatriz Recari (46), both missed the cut. Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb continued their amazing streaks, increasing their total to 56.

In spite of playing well, she tied for 11th, Ai Miyazato is now 0 for 35 in major championships.

Asian players have now won 10 consecutive major championships.

Paula Creamer's 4th place finish at the U.S. open was her 11th top 20 finish this year. That leads the tour.

Titleholders Update:
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lincicome, and Lexi Thompson are the latest players to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player not yet to qualify.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
I.K. Kim jumps into the top 10, moving up 5 places from #15 to #10. Jessica Korda leaps up from #38 to #31, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff  leapfrogs over 24 players and lands in the #57 position. Yani Tseng drops a spot for the 4th week in a row, and now is ranked #8.

Who's Hot:
It's Inbee, Inbee, Inbee. No one else deserves to share the headlines this week.

Who's Not:
Katherine Hull-Kirk has missed 4 consecutive cuts, and 8 of her last 11. Vicky Hurst has not finished better than 38th in her last 8 tournaments.

Inbee's Quest:
Since there are 5 major championships this year we can not call it the Grand Slam. So I suggest we call Inbee's quest to win them all, "The Drive For Five."