Sunday, August 3, 2014

Meijer LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

The LPGA resumes its schedule this week and moves to the state of Michigan for the playing of the Meijer LPGA Clasic presented by Kraft. This will be the first time that the LPGA has played in Michigan since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic ended its nine year run.

This is tournament #19 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Blythefield Country Club
Location:  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural playing of this tournament
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  71
Yardage:  6,414
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is 67%, ranking it 12th of the 19 fields so far this year. Thirty-seven of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 16 of the top 20  players on the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up this week. Players not in attendance include: So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Hedwall, Lizette Salas, Se Ri Pak, Mika Miyazato, Yani Tseng, Carlotta Ciganda, Jenny Shin, and Natalie Gulbis.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times
Aug 7 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Aug 8 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Aug 9 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Aug 10 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Suzann Pettersen
4- Inbee Park
5- Lydia Ko
6- Cristie Kerr
7- Anna Nordqvist
8- Chella Choi
9- Pornanog Phatlum
10- Azahara Munoz
11- Michelle Wie
12- Paula Creamer
I am currently in 7th place among the 21 participants.

Other Tidbits:
This will be the start of 4 consecutive tournaments without a break. The year's 4th major will be played next in Rochester. That will be followed by stops in Canada and Portland, Oregon.

Stephanie Meadow has been given a sponsors exemption in Rochester, and Charley Hull has been given one in Canada. Both non LPGA players are trying to attain their cards by earning enough money in LPGA events this year that would put them in the top 40 on the LPGA money list. Currently, Meadow's earnings would rank her #29 on the LPGA money list, although she has only played in 2 tournaments. Hull's current earnings would place her 41st. She has played in 6 LPGA tournaments this year.

I am posting this a bit early this week as my wife and I are flying out to Grand Rapids for this tournament.

Be sure to check back here periodically for updates. Links to live scoreboards to all ladies tours are always available at the top of this blog.

Update!  Here are some pictures taken during Monday & Tuesday's Practice rounds:

Update #2 - Here are some more pictures I just posted:

Here Are the final results:

1x-Mirim Lee-14F
2Inbee Park-14F
3Suzann Pettersen-13F
4Haru Nomura-10F
5Sandra Gal-9F
5Amy Yang-9F
5Line Vedel Hansen-9F
8Shanshan Feng-8F
9Kris Tamulis-7F
9Cristie Kerr-7F

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