Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kingsmill Championship Preview & Pairings

After a short one week break the LPGA moves to the East Coast this week for the Kingsmill Championship.

This full field event of 144 players will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, where defending champion Cristie Kerr will be trying to win it for the fourth time. Kerr has won this event in 2005, 2009, and 2013.

This will be the first of four consecutive tournaments without a break. Tournaments in Alabama, New Jersey, and Ontario, Canada will follow.

This will be tournament #11 of 32 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Defending Champion Cristie Kerr

Course:  Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Location:  Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  68-71-66-69 = 272 (-12)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,379
Purse:  $ 1,300,000

My strength of field rating this week is 66%. Players missing from this week's field include: Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, I.K. Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Hedwall, Karine Icher, Catriona Matthew, Hee Kyung Seo, Mika Miyazato, and Natalie Gulbis.
Charley Hull will be playing as a sponsor invite.

Here are the Television times:
May 15 - GC 8:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
May 16 - GC 8:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
May 17 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
May 18 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Lydia Ko
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Cristie Kerr
6- Paula Creamer
7- Chella Choi
8- Jessica Korda
9- Angela Stanford
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Karrie Webb
I correctly picked the winner of the last tournament, making it 4 times in 11 tries that I have done that this year. It was good enough for me to finish 2nd for the week, and move me into a tie for first place for the year. 

Be sure to check back here for any updates. I will post the leaders after each round.
Live scoreboards to all tournaments on all tours are available at the top of this page. 

Here are the final results:

1Lizette Salas-13F
2Sarah Jane Smith-9F
2Yani Tseng-9F
2Lexi Thompson-9F
5So Yeon Ryu-8F
5Lydia Ko-8F
7Thidapa Suwannapura-7F
8Mina Harigae-6F
8Sandra Gal-6F
8Azahara Munoz-6F
8Pornanong Phatlum-6F

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  1. The 2 top rookies of last year didn't do well in this round at all.

  2. 3 out of 12 people you picked were in the top 10 list.

  3. Tony, any idea what's going on with Christine Song? Go back the last 3 or 4 events and look at her scores. Doesn't the LPGA have a limit as to what you can shoot without losing your card for the year?

  4. No. You can't lose your card because of bad scores. As far as what is going on with Song, it's anybody's guess.