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Marathon Classic Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Mo Martin for winning the 2014 Ricoh British Open . It seems like a different American player wins each week, but this one was totally unexpected. It was the first victory for the 31 year old Martin. Ironically, it comes after just recently switching from using an anchored putter.

This week the LPGA moves back to the United States and the state of Ohio, for the playing of the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-1.

Beatriz Recari holds up 2013 Marathon Classic Trophy

This will be tournament #18 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Highland Meadows Golf Club
Location:  Sylvania, Ohio
Defending Champion:  Beatriz Recari
Winning Score:  69-65-67-66 = 267 (-17)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  34/37 = 71
Yardage:  6,512
Purse:  $1,400,000

My strength of field rating is 56%, making it the third weakest field of the year. Twenty-three of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 11 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Some of the top players missing this week include: Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, I.K. Kim, Hee Young Park, Karrie Webb, Lizette Salas, Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, Jessica Korda, Sandra Gal, Se Ri Pak, Yani Tseng, and Natalie Gulbis.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Jul 17 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jul 18 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jul 19 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jul 20 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Michelle Wie
2- Lydia Ko
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Lexi Thompson
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Paula Creamer
7- Chella Choi
8- Angela Stanford
9- Gerina Piller
10-  Jenny Shin
11-  Na Yeon Choi
12-  Cristie Kerr
I currently remain in 5th place this year among the 21 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
Michelle Wie had her cut streak stopped at 22, while Karrie Webb's was halted at 20.
Ai Miyazato could not finish higher than 45th, extending her major championship appearances without a victory to 40.
Charley Hull's 12th place finish increased her earnings  in LPGA events to $187,869. That would rank her #37 on the LPGA money list. She has played in just 6 LPGA tournaments.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Mo Martin leaps from #99 to #26, while Charley Hull breaks into the top 30 at #30. On the downside, Yani Tseng drops out of the top 50, dropping from #48 to #52.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis has a huge lead with 3,675 points, followed by Michelle Wie with 2,588, and Lydia Ko with 1,981.

Who's Hot:
Almost all the American players. Seven American players have won 11 tournaments this year. No other country has more than one winner.

Who's Not:
I.K. Kim has not finished better than 30th in her last 6 starts, with two missed cuts.

My wife and I have arrived in Ohio and will be in attendance this week. Be sure to check back here for any updates.

Live scoreboards to all women's tours are always available at the top of this page.

Here are the final results:

1Lydia Ko-15F
2So Yeon Ryu-14F
3Cristie Kerr-12F
4Kelly Tan-11F
4Katherine Kirk-11F
4Lee-Anne Pace-11F
7Pernilla Lindberg-10F
7Julieta Granada-10F
7Lindsey Wright-10F
7Kris Tamulis-10F
7Mo Martin-10F

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  1. Surprised to see Se Ri is skipping the event considering she's owned it but she did WD from the British. I thought IK was back with her win at the European Masters. The more LPGA events are back to back US Open-Arkansas, British-Toledo-International Crown, Japan-Mexico. The harder it is to get quality fields.

  2. Wild card to keep your eye on... Marissa Steen who Monday qualified. She is currently #2 on the Symetra Tour money list and virtually assured of earning her LPGA card for next year. She is very solid and keeps improving.

  3. Michelle Wie. If you are playing badly one week, I think it can be better to miss a cut and move on than it is to struggle for four rounds. I wonder how much it might have hurt Wie to play all 4 rounds at the no cut 2012 HSBC when she was playing so badly instead of just two rounds and go home.

  4. Wie, Stanford, and Piller did not make the cut.


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