Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Portland Classic Preview & Pairings

Let me start this week by congratulating So Yeon Ryu for her victory at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. Her score of -23 was 2 strokes better than runner up Na Yeon Choi.

The LPGA moves to the state of Oregon this week for the playing of the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions.
Defending Champion Suzann Pettersen

This will be tournament #22 of  32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score:  68-63-70-67 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,465
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of  field rating is 56%, making it the fourth weakest field of the year. Fourteen of the top 25 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 7 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in action. Players not teeing it up this week include: Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Amy Yang, Jessica Korda, Pornanong Phatlum, Azahara Munoz, Brittany Lincicome, and the injured Michelle Wie. Charley Hull has received a sponsor exemption and Ariya Jutanugarn was a Monday qualifier.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the television times:
Aug 28 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM ET
Aug 29 - GC 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ET
Aug 30 - GC 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ET
Aug 31 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- Anna Nordqvist
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Chella Choi
7- Jenny Shin
8- Charley Hull
9- Julieta Granada
10- Lizette Salas
11- Meena Lee
12- Carlotta Ciganda

Other Tidbits:
Ai Miyazato has now gone 38 consecutive tournaments without a top ten finish.
Kim Kaufman's score of -15, was the lowest of her young career. Her 5th place finish was the second only to her 4th place finish at the North Texas Shootout earlier this year.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
So Yeon Ryu jumps up from #9 to #5, while Na Yeon Choi Leaps from #20 to 15. Outside the top 100, Danielle Kang vaults from #138 to #106, and Kim Kaufman soars from #200 to #124. On the downside Ariya Jutanugarn drops four more spots to #54. Paula Creamer drops out of the top 15 for the first time in many years. She drops 3 spots to #16.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a very large lead with 3,964 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 2,993 and Lydia Ko with 2,800.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has four consecutive top 4 finishes. Suzann Pettersen has finished in the top seven in five consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not::
Moriya Jutanugarn has played in 20 tournaments this year. Her best finish was a tie for 27th.
Ryann O'Toole has missed 8 consecutive cuts.

Here are the final results: (Austin Ernst wins playoff)

1x-Austin Ernst-14F
2In-Kyung Kim-14F
3Chella Choi-12F
3So Yeon Ryu-12F
5Karine Icher-11F
5Na Yeon Choi-11F
5Line Vedel Hansen-11F
5Eun-Hee Ji-11F
9Paula Reto-10F
9Ilhee Lee-10F
9Lizette Salas-10F
9Laura Diaz-10F
9Mariajo Uribe-10F
9Xi Yu Lin-10F
9Mi Jung Hur-10F

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  1. Ai Miyazato's Rolex Ranking is going down as fast as Yani Tseng this year.

  2. Ai Miyazato's Rolex Rankings is going down as fast as Yani Tseng this year.

  3. Lydia Ko also among the notables not teeing it up.

  4. to many big names not playing. wonder why?