Monday, August 11, 2014

Wegmans LPGA Championship Preview & Pairings

First let me start out by congratulating Mirim Lee for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic. Mirim became the third first time winner this year, joining Lizette Salas and Mo Martin.

This week the LPGA moves to Rochester, New York for the playing of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. This will be the year's fourth major championship.

2013 Wegmans LPGA Champion Inbee Park

This will be tournament #20 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Monroe Golf Club
Location:  Pittsford, New York
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  72-68-68-75 = 285 (-5)

Final Field:  150 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,717
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is 81% making it the 6th strongest field of the year. Seventy-four of the top 80 players on the LPGA priority list and 17 of the top 20 players from the current Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up.

Here are the  pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Aug 14 - GC 12:30 PM-3:00 PM ET
Aug 15 - GC 12:30 PM-3:00 PM ET
Aug 16 - GC 3:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Aug 17 - GC 3:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1-Suzann Pettersen
2-Stacy Lewis
3-Cristie Kerr
4-Lydia Ko
5-Inbee Park
6-Mirim Lee
7-Shanshan Feng
8-So Yeon Ryu
9-Na Yeon Choi
10-Lexi Thompson
11-Azahara Munoz
12-Paula Creamer
After the first 19 tournaments, I am currently in 7th place among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis has now made 62 consecutive cuts.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Mirim Lee vaults up from #71 to #29 this week while Haru Nomura jumps from #84 to #68.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Stacy Lewis increases her lead with 3,791 points. She is followed by Michelle Wie with 2,588 and Lydia Ko with 2,546.

Who's Hot:
Kris Tamulis has finished 7th and 9th in her last two tournaments.

Who's Not:
Irene Coe has made it to the weekend in only 3 of her 15 starts this season.

Be sure to check back here daily for updates. Links to live scoreboards to all ladies' tours are always available on the top of this page.

Update #1 - The Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless is attending this event, and is blogging from there. Be sure to check there for his insight on this tournament.

Here are the final results:
1Inbee Park-1172666970277$337,500
2Brittany Lincicome-1167687171277$207,791
3Lydia Ko-870697170280$150,737
T4Azahara Munoz-671707170282$105,231
T4Anna Nordqvist-669736971282$105,231
T6Stacy Lewis-571737168283$58,816
T6Julieta Granada-575657271283$58,816
T6Shanshan Feng-568727172283$58,816
T6Mirim Lee-569716974283$58,816
T6Suzann Pettersen-571696776283$58,816










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3 comments:

  1. I always wonder about the posted yardage of courses in pro events. they never seems to play close to that. For example, in the U S Women's Open, they listed Pinehurst #2 at over 6,600 yards as a par 70. I know that it never played over 6,250 yards on any of the four days. Do they post the actual yardages for rounds at this event?

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  2. Dave, you are absolutely correct. I always notice the same thing. I take the yardages from the official LPGA site. The problem is even when you attend tournaments the scorecards they give you are not accurate either. They change the length on some holes but don't change info they give out to the people attending. You have to be a caddy to get the accurate yardages.

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  3. It gives the impression to the average fan that they are playing a longer course than they actually are. I think the same is true at most PGA events, although I don't follow that very closely. It's no big deal, I guess, but I don't think they would ever post a yardage that is shorter than one they actually play... haha

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