Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ricoh Women's British Open Preview & Pairings

After a one week break the LPGA moves to Lancashire, U.K., for the playing of the Ricoh Women's British Open.

This will be the third major championship of five to be played this year.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis won last year at St. Andrews.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis will not only be trying to defend her title, but will also be trying to win for the fourth time in her last eight starts.

This will be tournament # 17 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule, and will mark the beginning of the second half of the season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location:  Southport, Lancashire, U.K.
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  67-72-69-72 = 280 (-8)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not noted
Purse:  $3,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 83%, making it the 4th strongest field of the year.  Forty-five of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 28 of the top 30 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The most notable players not teeing it up this week include: Jennifer Johnson, Moriya Jutanugarn, Katherine Kirk, Natalie Gulbis, and Juli Inkster.

The field is also filled with non LPGA members who are very highly ranked in the Rolex Rankings. They Include: Sun-Ju Ahn (#21), Jiyai Shin (#31), Charley Hull (#32), Ariya Jutanugarn (#42), Rikako Morita (#45), Shiho Oyama (#59), Misuzi Narita (#62), Mamiko Higa (#65), Miki Saiki (#70), Minjee Lee (#71), and Stephanie Meadow (#81).

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Jul 10 - ESPN 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Jul 11 - ESPN 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Jul 12 - ESPN 8:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Jul 13 - ESPN 8:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Michelle Wie
3- Suzann Pettersen
4- Na Yeon Choi
5- Karrie Webb
6- Catriona Matthew
7- Paula Creamer
8- Inbee Park
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Cristie Kerr
11- Jiyai Shin
12- Charley Hull
My accurate picking at the Walmart Championship was good enough for 2nd place. It moved me up from #7 to #5 amongst the 20 participants in the Pak Picker standings for the year.

Other Tidbits:
 In a remarkable showing of consistency, Stacy Lewis has four wins, seven second place finishes, twelve top fives, and 23 top tens in her last 25 starts. 

Michelle Wie has played 54 rounds of golf this year and has not shot a round higher than 73.

Stephanie Meadow continues her remarkable rise in the Rolex Rankings. Stephanie, who just turned pro a couple of weeks ago, finished 3rd at the U.S. Open, vaulting her from #601 to #95. She followed that up by finishing 3rd this past week on the L.E.T. tour. She now jumps up from #95 to #81.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. Live scoreboards to all women's tours are always available from the link on top of this page.

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1Inbee Park-4-4F727268-212
T2Suzann Pettersen-3-4F727368-213
T2Shanshan Feng-3-3F737169-213
T2Sun Ju Ahn-3-1F756771-213
T5Amelia Lewis-2-1F727171-214
T5Julieta Granada-2EF727072-214
T7Charley Hull-1-6F737666-215
T7Stacy Lewis-1-2F717470-215
T7Eun-Hee Ji-1-1F747071-215
T7Amy Yang-1EF717272-215
T7So Yeon Ryu-1+2F717074-215
T7Mo Martin-1+5F696977-215
T7Beatriz Recari-1+2F746774-215

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  1. Skybet gives Wie a 44% chance of a top 10 finish and an 80% chance of a top 5.

  2. Are those percentages reversed?

  3. No. 12/1 for a win 1/4 for a top 5 and 5/4 for a top 10. Either a misprint on the site, or some parimutual weirdness. I clicked on the 1/4 and it was still 1/4.

    1. That is a 25% chance of a top 5. Not 80% as you stated.

    2. 1/4 means a payoff of 1 for a bet of 4. You would need to win such a bet 80% of the time to break even. But I think it was supposed to be 11/4 as a payoff which would be 4/15 probability or 26.67% which is indeed close to 25%.

  4. Hi Tony, are you able to please confirm who is caddying for Lydia Ko this week? Is it Greg Johnston? Wo I understand did it in Arkansas? Thanks

    1. Sorry, I have no idea. I am not attending tournament. I will be in Ohio next week and might get a feel what she is up to while I am there.

    2. thanks for responding, did Greg do the job in Arkansas last week?

    3. Would appreciate if you guys would register a name so I know who I am talking to.

    4. Yes, It has been confirmed that Gregg is on Lydia's bag.