Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA moves to Canada for the playing of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
Lydia Ko will be trying to win this tournament for the third consecutive year. Lydia won in 2012 in Vancouver, and followed that up by winning again in 2013 in Edmonton.

Last year's Canadian Open Champion Lydia Ko

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  London Hunt and Country Club
Location:  London, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  65-69-67-64 (-15)

Final Field:  156 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6656
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is 81% making it the 6th strongest field of the year. The entire top 30 players on the LPGA Priority list will be teeing it up along with 25 of the top 30 from the Rolex Rankings.

Charley Hull, Brooke Henderson, Stephanie Meadow, and Ariya Jutanugarn will be among the sponsor exemptions.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Aug 21 - GC 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 21 - TSN 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 21 - TSN 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
Aug 22 - GC 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 22 - TSN 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Aug 22 - TSN 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
Aug 23 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Aug 23 - TSN 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Aug 24 - GC 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Aug 24 - TSN 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Lydia Ko
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Cristie Kerr
7- Shanshan Feng
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Jessica Korda
11- Gerina Piller
12- Na Yeon Choi
I currently remain in 7th place among the 22 participants playing the Pack Picker.

Other Tidbits:
Karine Icher's missed cut stopped her streak at 22.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Inbee Park jumps up a notch to the #2 position. Azahara Munoz leaps from #21 to #16, while Brittany Lincicome vaults from #61 to #30.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis leads with 3,916 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 2,903 and Lydia Ko with 2,784.

Who's Hot:
Inbee park has 3 consecutive finishes in the top 4. Suzann Pettersen has 4 consecutive finishes in the top 6.

Who's Not:
Sun Young Yoo has made only one cut in her last 7 starts. Ai Miyazato has missed five cuts in her last 7 starts. Mika Miyazato does not have a top 20 finish this year and has missed the cut in five of her last 9 starts.

My wife and I will be attending this tournament. Be sure to check back daily for any updates. Links to live scoreboards to all ladies events are always available at the top of this page.

Update #1 - Here are some photos taken during the practice rounds.

Here are the final results:
1So Yeon Ryu-23F
2Na Yeon Choi-21F
3Inbee Park-18F
4Azahara Munoz-17F
5Kim Kaufman-15F
5Danielle Kang-15F
7Suzann Pettersen-13F
7Cristie Kerr-13F
7Brittany Lincicome-13F
7Anna Nordqvist-13F

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1 comment:

  1. Have a great time there. If you get a chance, say hi and wish Rebecca Lee-Bentham good luck for me. Her threesome on Thursday and Friday is all Canadians... herself, Jennifer Kirby, and young Brooke Henderson. I'll be curious to see if Henderson turns pro before ever going to college. That would be my guess.