Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ShopRite LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. This is the third week of a four week stretch that will lead to a one week break and then take us to the U.S. Open.

Defending Champion Karrie Webb

This is tournament #13 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, New Jersey
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  72-69-68 = 209 (-4)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  37/34=71
Yardage:  6,155
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating this week is a very strong 75%.  Fifty-Four of the top 60 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. The biggest names skipping this week include: Beatriz Recari, Caroline Hedwall, Amy Yang, Pornanong Phatlum, and Sun Young Yoo.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds

Here are the television times:
May 30 - GC 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
May 31 - GC 2:30 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jun 1 - GC 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Michelle Wie
4- Inbee Park
5- Jessica Korda
6- Lizette Salas
7- Lydia Ko
8- Suzann Pettersen
9- Paula Creamer
10- Seo Yeon Ryu
11- Chella Choi
12- Karrie Webb
I am now currently in a tie for 3rd place (in a field of 19), in the Pak Picker standings.

Other tidbits:
As explained in a previous blog, a non LPGA member can become one by finishing the season with earnings equal to or greater than the amount of official money won by the member who was in 40th place on the money list. Charley Hull is attempting to do just that. Although she has teed it up just 4 times this year in LPGA events, she has already made $136,612. That figure currently would place her #33 on the current LPGA money list. This is very difficult to accomplish as most LPGA players will be playing in about 30 tournaments this year. Although I don't know Charley's schedule, I believe between sponsor exemptions and tournaments she has qualified for, she might get into about ten. This certainly bears watching.

I.K. Kim missed the cut this past weekend and her streak was stopped at 32. Inbee Park also missed the cut and her streak was stopped at 22. Reilly Rankin made the cut for the first time in her last 12, meaning Christine Song and Sue Kim have the longest missed cut streaks at 10 in a row.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Jessica Korda makes the most important move this week leaping from #26 to #16. Anna Nordqvist moves from #13 to #9, Michelle Wie from #12 to #10, and Charley Hull jumps from #43 to #33.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis leads with 2,119 points, followed by Michelle Wie (1,730), and Lexi Thompson (1,525).

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson has finished in the top 7 in her last 5 starts.
Michelle Wie has finished in the top 9 in her last 5 starts, and has finished top 16 in all 10 of her starts.
Jenny Shin has quietly totaled 3 top tens, and 7 top twenties this year.

Who's Not:
Mika Miyazato has 3 missed cuts in her last 4 starts. Hee-Won Han has missed 4 consecutive cuts. Vicky Hurst has 7 missed cuts, 1 withdrawal, and 1 disqualification in her last 9 starts.

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. 

I will be attending this event over the weekend. Hope to see some of you there.

Here are the final results:
1Stacy Lewis-16F
2Christina Kim-10F
3Haeji Kang-9F
3Gerina Piller-9F
3Anna Nordqvist-9F
3Jennifer Johnson-9F
7Julieta Granada-8F
8Meena Lee-7F
8Azahara Munoz-7F
8Shanshan Feng-7F
8Karrie Webb-7F
8Inbee Park-7F

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