Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

The LPGA moves to the state of Alabama this week for the playing of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. This tournament was last played in 2012 when it was called the Navistar Classic.

This will be the last stop for the tour in the United States until the final tournament of the season. After a one week break, the next 7 tournaments will be played in China, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico. The season will then conclude in Florida with the CME Championship.

Stacy Lewis at the Navistar LPGA Classic
Defending Champion Stacy Lewis

This will be tournament #24 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  RTJ Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, Senator Course
Location:  Prattville, Alabama
Defending Champion: Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  66-70-65-69= 270 (-18)

Final Field:  144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not shown
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 37%, making it the weakest field of the year so far.
Defending Champion Stacy Lewis will be headlining a field that will also include highly ranked players: Lexi Thompson, Christie Kerr, Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, I.K. Kim, and Chella Choi.

Here is the final field listing.

Here are the television times:
Sep 18 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Sep 19 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Sep 20 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Sep 21 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Here are my  Pak Picker Picks for this for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Chella Choi
4- Cristie Kerr
5- Lizette Salas
6- Julieta Granada
7-Angela Stanford
8- Jenny Shin
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- M.J. Hur
11- Beatriz Recari
12- Jodi Ewart Shadoff
I finished in 5th place last week and remain in 5th place among the 19 participants currently playing.

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi is the only LPGA player to play in all 24 tournaments so far this year.
Paula Creamer's top ten finish was her first since her win in Singapore. 

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Karrie Webb makes this week's most important move, jumping from #9 to #5. M.J. Hur leaps up from #212 to #94. Non LPGA member Hyo-Joo Kim surges up ten spots to #10. On the downside a pair of former # 1's continue their decline as Yani Tseng drops down to #65, and Ai Miyazato to #74.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,033 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,087 and Lydia Ko with 2,986.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has 5 consecutive top 10 finishes, while Suzann Pettersen has 6 in her last 7 starts.

Who's Not:
Giulia Sergas has missed 5 consecutive cuts.

Here are the final results:
1Mi Jung Hur-21F
2Stacy Lewis-17F
3Paula Reto-14F
4Kris Tamulis-13F
5Jodi Ewart Shadoff-12F
5Moriya Jutanugarn-12F
7Cydney Clanton-11F
7Alison Walshe-11F
9Kim Kaufman-10F
9Karin Sjodin-10F

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    1. Not sure what your question is. Stephanie Meadow is playing on a sponsor exemption.