Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ShopRite LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. This is the third week of a four week stretch that will lead to a one week break and then take us to the U.S. Open.

Defending Champion Karrie Webb

This is tournament #13 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, New Jersey
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  72-69-68 = 209 (-4)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  37/34=71
Yardage:  6,155
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating this week is a very strong 75%.  Fifty-Four of the top 60 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. The biggest names skipping this week include: Beatriz Recari, Caroline Hedwall, Amy Yang, Pornanong Phatlum, and Sun Young Yoo.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds


Here are the television times:
May 30 - GC 12:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
May 31 - GC 2:30 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jun 1 - GC 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Michelle Wie
4- Inbee Park
5- Jessica Korda
6- Lizette Salas
7- Lydia Ko
8- Suzann Pettersen
9- Paula Creamer
10- Seo Yeon Ryu
11- Chella Choi
12- Karrie Webb
I am now currently in a tie for 3rd place (in a field of 19), in the Pak Picker standings.

Other tidbits:
As explained in a previous blog, a non LPGA member can become one by finishing the season with earnings equal to or greater than the amount of official money won by the member who was in 40th place on the money list. Charley Hull is attempting to do just that. Although she has teed it up just 4 times this year in LPGA events, she has already made $136,612. That figure currently would place her #33 on the current LPGA money list. This is very difficult to accomplish as most LPGA players will be playing in about 30 tournaments this year. Although I don't know Charley's schedule, I believe between sponsor exemptions and tournaments she has qualified for, she might get into about ten. This certainly bears watching.

I.K. Kim missed the cut this past weekend and her streak was stopped at 32. Inbee Park also missed the cut and her streak was stopped at 22. Reilly Rankin made the cut for the first time in her last 12, meaning Christine Song and Sue Kim have the longest missed cut streaks at 10 in a row.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Jessica Korda makes the most important move this week leaping from #26 to #16. Anna Nordqvist moves from #13 to #9, Michelle Wie from #12 to #10, and Charley Hull jumps from #43 to #33.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis leads with 2,119 points, followed by Michelle Wie (1,730), and Lexi Thompson (1,525).

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson has finished in the top 7 in her last 5 starts.
Michelle Wie has finished in the top 9 in her last 5 starts, and has finished top 16 in all 10 of her starts.
Jenny Shin has quietly totaled 3 top tens, and 7 top twenties this year.

Who's Not:
Mika Miyazato has 3 missed cuts in her last 4 starts. Hee-Won Han has missed 4 consecutive cuts. Vicky Hurst has 7 missed cuts, 1 withdrawal, and 1 disqualification in her last 9 starts.

Be sure to check back here for any updates. I will post the leaders after each round.
Live scoreboards to all tournaments on all tours are available at the top of this page. 

I will be attending this event over the weekend. Hope to see some of you there.

Here are the final results:
1Stacy Lewis-16F
2Christina Kim-10F
3Haeji Kang-9F
3Gerina Piller-9F
3Anna Nordqvist-9F
3Jennifer Johnson-9F
7Julieta Granada-8F
8Meena Lee-7F
8Azahara Munoz-7F
8Shanshan Feng-7F
8Karrie Webb-7F
8Inbee Park-7F
 





Sunday, May 25, 2014

American Dominance in 2014 Totally Unexpected

First let me congratulate Jessica Korda for winning the Airbus LPGA Classic. Jessica defeated Anna Nordqvist by 1 stroke in another incredibly exciting LPGA finish. At one point on the back nine, six players were tied for 1st place. Jessica birdied the 18th hole to secure her victory.
  • Jessica Korda wins 2014 Airbus LPGA Classic


I have been critical at times on this blog the past couple of years, voicing my disappointment at the results of the American players'  finishes at the Solheim Cup, and especially major championships.  Going into the British Open last season, Asian players had won 11 consecutive major championships. American players won only 7 times last year in 28 tournaments. There was really no reason coming into the 2014 season to think that things would dramatically change. My reasoning was the following:

Stacy Lewis - Sure she has been getting her wins, but she seems to let many more get away. Look at all those second and 3rd place finishes.

Paula Creamer - She may break a record before she is finished for the most top 20 finishes, but I was really starting to doubt she would ever win again.

Lizette Salas - Contended often for 54 holes, but didn't always break 80 on Sunday.

Jessica Korda - So much potential but hadn't won since the first tournament of 2012.

Cristie Kerr - Well into her thirties now, her famous putter wasn't as magical as often as it used to be.

Michelle Wie - I gave up on her.

Lexi Thompson - Won twice late in the 2013 season and was my biggest hope.

The Brittany's - Solid players that seemed to be going in the wrong direction.

Gerina Piller - Getting better results every year, but can she win?

My wife and I might be the biggest LPGA fans on the planet. We attend many LPGA  tournaments during the year, including long distance flights to Carnoustie and St. Andrews. We started the 2014 season hopeful, but weren't holding our breaths. The results this year have been a dramatic turn around from the past few years. No one could have possibly expected this.
  • Jessica Korda opens up the season winning the Pure Silk LPGA Classic.
  • Paula Creamer sinks a miracle 75 foot eagle putt in a sudden death playoff to win in Singapore.
  • Lexi Thompson wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year.
  • Michelle Wie wins the LPGA Lotte Championship in her home state.
  • Stacy Lewis trounces the field in winning the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
  • Lizette Salas makes amends for her previous 4th round collapses, winning the Kingsmill Championship
  • Jessica Korda becomes the first American 2 time winner by winning the Airbus LPGA Classic.
WOW! Seven wins by six different players. No other country has had more than one player win this year. The Americans have now matched their entire win total of 2013. They have now also won two of the last three major championships. 

The LPGA has so many great players that could win on any given week (Lydia Ko, Anna Nordqvist, and Karrie Webb have also won this year), that dominance by any one country I believe will be rare, and should be enjoyed while it lasts. With great players like Suzann Pettersen, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Ai Miyazato, Shanshan Feng, etc., fans from all over the world will get their chance to smile soon. That is what has always been Commissioner Michael Whan's vision, and what makes the LPGA such an exciting tour. 

That said, with four of the next eleven LPGA events being major championships, the American fans have to be smiling from ear to ear.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Breaking News! LPGA Announces a 2014 Return to Portland, OR.


                              Breaking News!



The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will return to Portland for the 43rd year with its original name and a new sponsor, Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) announced today. The Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions will feature the world’s top professional golfers at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR, from August 28-31, 2014.

Known as the Safeway Classic for the last 18 years, the 72-hole tournament features a purse of $1.3 million with international coverage broadcast on the Golf Channel. 

  Presenting sponsor Cambia Health Solutions, a Portland-headquartered total health solutions company, helped secure the event for 2014, and is returning the Classic back to its original “Portland” title from 1972.
“Cambia’s leadership is the key to keeping the LPGA in Portland,” says Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “Our mission is to bring world-class golf to Portland so we can raise money for charity.  Fortunately, Cambia’s vision of a new locally-based sponsorship model to help us meet that mission is shared by other Portland area companies ESCO Corp. and BBSI, which have also made commitments to support the tournament this year.
“Safeway was a great title sponsor for 18 years and we appreciate all that we were able to accomplish during that partnership.”

“Cambia is proud to play a leading role in keeping this iconic event in Portland for the benefit of our business and charitable communities,” said Mark Ganz, President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions. “Hosting the world’s best women’s golfers in our backyard is tremendous exposure for the Pacific Northwest, and a fantastic way to showcase the power of health and wellness.”

Columbia-Edgewater has played host to the LPGA tournament 27 times and has been consistently rated as the player’s favorite course on tour.  Columbia Edgewater first hosted the tournament in 1974 and has produced great champions including World Golf Hall of Fame members JoAnne Carner, Judy Rankin, Donna Caponi, Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Ayako Okamoto, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam. 
The event draws one of the top fields on Tour annually.  Suzann Pettersen, currently 4th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, won the 2013 tournament with a two-stroke margin over Stacy Lewis, currently 2nd in Rolex Rankings.

Proceeds from the Portland Classic benefit children’s charities in Oregon. Through 2013, the event has raised over $17 million for a variety of local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Oregon Junior Golf, Easter Seals of Oregon and Evans Scholars Foundation. 




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Airbus LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Defending Champion Jennifer Johnson

Let me start by saying congratulations to Lizette Salas for winning last week's Kingsmill Championship. It was the first LPGA win for Salas, but it surely will not be her last.

It has been a great year so far for American players, as Lizette was the sixth U.S. player to win this year. No other country has had more than one player win this year. Jessica Korda, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis, and Lizette Salas were all part of last year's losing Solheim Cup team, but have started this year with a vengeance.

This week the LPGA tour moves to the state of Alabama for the playing of the Airbus LPGA Classic.

This will be tournament #12 of 32 on the LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  RTJ Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings
Location:  Mobile, Alabama
Defending Champion:  Jennifer Johnson
Winning Score:  67-70-65-65 = 267 (-21)

Final Field:  144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,521
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 66%, which is the same as last week. Thirty-one of the top 40 players on the Priority List, and 15 of the top 20 players on the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. The biggest names skipping this week's event include: Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Hedwall, Lizette Salas, Cristie Kerr, Gerina Piller, Ai Miyazato, Morgan Pressel, and Sandra Gal.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are this week's TV times:
May 22 - GC 6:30 PM-9:00 PM ET
May 23 - GC 6:30 PM-9:00 PM ET
May 24 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
May 25 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lexi Thompson
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Jessica Korda
4- Michelle Wie
5- Azahara Munoz
6- Suzann Pettersen
7- Pornanong Phatlum
8- Jennifer Johnson
9- Inbee Park
10- Na Yeon Choi
11- Paula Creamer
12- So Yeon Ryu
My totally inept picks last week were only good enough for 14th place. I am now in a tie for 4th place on the year among the 19 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
One of the longest cut streaks in golf history came to a halt as Paula Creamer missed the cut at the Kingsmill Championship. She had made 81 consecutive cuts. Louise Friberg, on the other hand, made the cut for the first time in her last 17 starts. Stacy Lewis now has the longest cut streak making her last 54. Reilly Rankin now leads the tour with 11 consecutive missed cuts.
Christina Song who missed the cut this week with a score of +35, is now an alarming 70 over par in her last 4 rounds. Yes, she will be teeing it up again this week.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lizette Salas jumps into the top 10 this week moving from #16 to #10. Interestingly, she has now passed Cristie Kerr in the rankings, but will not qualify to play in the International Crown because of the earlier cutoff date. Yani Tseng rebounds from #53 to #41, while Sarah Jane Smith's second place finish hurls her past 60 players into the #89 position.

Race to the CMA Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a very large lead with 2,044 points. She is followed by Michelle Wie with 1,540, and Lexi Thompson with 1,435.

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson has finished in the top 6 in each of her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Beatriz Recari has not finished better than 28th this year in 9 starts. She missed 4 cuts and had a WD.
Moriya Jutanugarn has 5 missed cuts and a best finish of 43rd in her last 10 starts.

Here are the final results:
1Jessica Korda-20F
2Anna Nordqvist-19F
3Charley Hull-18F
3Michelle Wie-18F
3Catriona Matthew-18F
6Jenny Shin-17F
7Lexi Thompson-16F
7Eun-Hee Ji-16F
7Jodi Ewart Shadoff-16F
10Brittany Lincicome-15F
10Belen Mozo-15F
10So Yeon Ryu-15F
10Stacy Lewis-15F
Be sure to check back here for any updates. I will post the leaders after each round.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kingsmill Championship Preview & Pairings

After a short one week break the LPGA moves to the East Coast this week for the Kingsmill Championship.

This full field event of 144 players will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, where defending champion Cristie Kerr will be trying to win it for the fourth time. Kerr has won this event in 2005, 2009, and 2013.

This will be the first of four consecutive tournaments without a break. Tournaments in Alabama, New Jersey, and Ontario, Canada will follow.

This will be tournament #11 of 32 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Defending Champion Cristie Kerr


Course:  Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Location:  Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  68-71-66-69 = 272 (-12)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,379
Purse:  $ 1,300,000

My strength of field rating this week is 66%. Players missing from this week's field include: Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, I.K. Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Hedwall, Karine Icher, Catriona Matthew, Hee Kyung Seo, Mika Miyazato, and Natalie Gulbis.
Charley Hull will be playing as a sponsor invite.

Here are the Television times:
May 15 - GC 8:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
May 16 - GC 8:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
May 17 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
May 18 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Lydia Ko
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Cristie Kerr
6- Paula Creamer
7- Chella Choi
8- Jessica Korda
9- Angela Stanford
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Karrie Webb
I correctly picked the winner of the last tournament, making it 4 times in 11 tries that I have done that this year. It was good enough for me to finish 2nd for the week, and move me into a tie for first place for the year. 

Be sure to check back here for any updates. I will post the leaders after each round.
Live scoreboards to all tournaments on all tours are available at the top of this page. 


Here are the final results:

1Lizette Salas-13F
2Sarah Jane Smith-9F
2Yani Tseng-9F
2Lexi Thompson-9F
5So Yeon Ryu-8F
5Lydia Ko-8F
7Thidapa Suwannapura-7F
8Mina Harigae-6F
8Sandra Gal-6F
8Azahara Munoz-6F
8Pornanong Phatlum-6F

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

What Effect Has Tiger Woods Had on the LPGA?

I have been writing about the LPGA for quite some time now, but never has it been more enjoyable for me than it is now. As readers of this blog can see there have never been any ads on any of these pages. My main objective has always been to keep the LPGA in the news. I have always thought that the LPGA has never gotten the attention that it truly deserves.

What has made this more enjoyable with each passing week, is that things have finally begun to change. There is no doubt that the LPGA in 2014 has reached new heights in popularity that hasn't been seen in many years.
  • Attendance has been up both internationally and here at home.
  • Television ratings have increased dramatically.
  • Media coverage (newspapers, magazines) has increased.
Why this sudden turnaround?  Here are what I think are the main reasons:
  1. First and foremost the LPGA now has a commissioner that has made a commitment to giving its fans the best product he could possibly put out there. He also seems to have a knack of hiring the right people for the right jobs, and because of this he has gotten the results that have led to this turnaround.
  2. With 32 tournaments now on the schedule (there were just 23 a few short years ago), fans don't have to wait through long breaks that potentially decreases interest.
  3. Television coverage has increased to where over 350 hours will be broadcasted in 2014.
  4. The "Race to the CME Globe", and its 1 million dollar first prize has generated interest similar to what the FedEx cup is for the PGA.
  5. With 21 tournaments in North America, and tournaments in Asia, Europe, Australia, and Mexico, the LPGA now has fans all around the world.
  6. This may be my favorite reason for the big surge in 2014. In recent weeks we have seen victories by hugely popular players such as Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis, and Lexi Thompson.
I was very satisfied with my above reasoning until I got  an e-mail from a dear friend who wrote "I do feel the media has focused on the women more because Tiger is not in the equation."

Hmmm. I never really thought about that. Has Tiger's absence from the PGA brought more fans over to the LPGA? The e-mail went on to say (referring to the media), "I hope their mind set will continue with women's golf when he is back playing. Time will tell."

Well that is certainly food for thought, so I went on some of the golf forums around the world. I asked people who were new fans of the LPGA to tell my why. I went to forums in the US, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, and mainland China.

I was surprised that the most popular answer I got was that the PGA is suddenly very boring and the LPGA has been a pleasantly surprising alternative. Most elaborated even further saying that they were surprised at the high quality of  the women's game.

So what conclusions can we draw from the above?

I still think that all my reasons listed above are very valid and have contributed to the LPGA's resurgence. Those reasons will continue to draw more and more people to the LPGA.

Will things change when Tiger returns? I think only to a certain extent. Yes, people will still want to see what Tiger is doing whether they love him or hate him. But the key here is that the "Tiger effect" was a positive one. The new fans that came over in Tiger's absence enjoyed what they have seen and are not just going to abandon the LPGA.

Tiger or no Tiger, the LPGA is here to stay. I see it growing more and more in the coming years, which will keep this blogger smiling.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rating the Rookies 2014 - Part 1

With the LPGA season about 1/3 complete (10 of 32 tournaments have been played), I would like to take a look at how the rookies are faring so far this year. I will do this again at the 2/3 mark and a final time at the end of the season. These ratings are strictly based on how they fared in LPGA events only. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My main objective here is to analyze the chances of these rookies retaining their LPGA cards next season. Ideally you would like to finish in the top 80 on the money list. That will guarantee you a priority list ranking good enough to compete in all full-field events. If you finish further down the money list you then have to worry about the top 10 ladies coming off the Symetra Tour, and qualifying school graduates getting to play ahead of you. If you finish in the top 100 on this year's money list, you will still play in most events next year. Further down the list than that, there are no guarantees about playing time. Players can also earn full time playing cards by finishing in the top 10 on the Symetra Tour.  Let us see how they are doing so far.

In alphabetical order:

Brittany Altomare - Brittany has not played on the LPGA at all this year. She is currently the #11 ranked player on the Symetra money list. Grade Incomplete

Anya Alverez -  Has played in only 2 tournaments this year because of her poor  position on the LPGA Priority List. She has failed to take advantage of these opportunities (like some others have), missing both cuts. She is not playing well at all on the Symetra tour either. Grade F

Amy Anderson - Amy broke just about every college  golf record at North Dakota State. Although that is not a big school, she came to the LPGA with big expectations. She has not disappointed. In just 7 tournaments, she already has finished 7th, 14th, and 25th. She is currently all the way up to #47 on this year's money list. Her card for next year appears to be secure. Grade B+

Dottie Ardina - Has not played this year. Grade Incomplete

Lindy Duncan - Lindy missed the cut in her only tournament this year. Grade Incomplete

Cindy Yueer Feng - She seems to have chosen to get a full Symetra Tour season in this year as she has passed up the few opportunities she would have had to play an LPGA event. It is working so far as she is #1 on the Symetra money list and will get her full playing card for 2015 by that route. Grade Incomplete (but we will see her next year)

Jaye Marie Green - Very young but has all the tools to make it at this level. Her finishes of 19th at the Founders Cup and 24th at the HSBC have given us a sample of what she is capable of. Currently #90 on the money list, look for her to keep improving. Grade C+

Megan Grehan - Finally broke through this week with a 19th place finish in Texas. Really struggled before that with 5 missed cuts and a 70th place finish.  Currently # 110 on this year's money list. Grade D

Dani Holmqvist - Finished 75th in her only start this year. Grade Incomplete

Emma Jandel - Has not taken much advantage of a couple of opportunities, finishing 59th and missing a cut in her 2 tournaments. Currently #142 on the money list. Grade D-

Kim Kaufman - Talk about great timing, with the pending reshuffle following the  Texas tournament, Kim went out and finished in 4th place. She has made the cut in both the tournaments she has played. She has now moved up from #164 to #93 on the Priority List, so she will be playing all full field events. She is currently #54 on the money list.  Grade B+

Stacey Keating - Her 19th place finish this week was enough to move her from from #175 to #145 on the new Priority List. That was her first made cut in 3 tournaments. She will get many more chances now. Currently #113 on the money list, she will have to take advantage of those opportunities. Grade D

Jennifer Kirby - Has had plenty of opportunities, but minimum success. She has made just 2 of 7 cuts, with a best finish of 36th. Currently #106 on money list means it's time to get going. Grade D

Joanna Klatten - Played one tournament and finished 72nd. Grade Incomplete


Lydia Ko - Already an elite player, Lydia has made all of her 9 cuts this year. The LPGA website does not have her results for tournaments she played  in before this year. I show that unofficially she has never missed a cut in an LPGA event ever. My count is 24 of 24 (If The Constructivist is reading this I would like to hear his count). Lydia has won already this year and is #6 on the money list. Grade A+

Mirim Lee - Mirim has come to the LPGA from the KLPGA where she was a three time winner. She finished 2nd at the Founders Cup, but that was her only top 20 finish. She has made 6 of 7 cuts and is #30 on the money list. Grade A-

Xiyu Lin - She has made 3 of her 5 cuts, but has finished no better than 35th. Needs to step it up a bit to avoid a return to Q-School. Currently #101 on the money list. Grade C-

Megan McChrystal - Megan has made 2 cuts in her 3 appearances this year with a best finish of 45th. She moved up from #159 to #147 on the new Priority List, so she will get many more chances to compete in the coming weeks. She is currently #6 on the Symetra money list, giving her a couple of ways to keep her card next year. Grade C+


Giulia Molinaro - She has struggled so far this year. She has made 3 of her 7 cuts, but her best finish is 55th. Currently #117 on the money list she needs to turn that potential into results. Grade D

Erica Popson - Having the same year as Giulia above. She has also made 3 of 7 cuts, her best finish is 44th, and is currently #112 on the money list. Grade D

Paula Reto - She has made only 1 cut in 7 attempts, although it was a good one, a 22nd place finish. Currently #107 on the money list, she must do better. Grade D


Natalie Sheary - She has played in only 1 tournament this year, missing the cut. Grade Incomplete

Marta Silva - Has not played. Grade Incomplete

Kristie Smith - She has played in only 1 tournament this year, missing the cut. Grade Incomplete

Jackie Stoelting - Currently a finalist on the Big Break television show, she has not played on the LPGA this year. She is currently #8 on the Symetra Tour money list, so she might a get her 2015 full time playing card by that route. Grade Incomplete

Kelly Tan - Kelly has made the cut in 3 of 7 tournaments this year, with a best finish of 45th. She needs to do better. Currently #113 on the money list. Grade D


Line Vedal - Another rookie with plenty of experience. Coming over from the LET where she was already a winner, she has made 5 of 7 cuts this year. Her best finish was a 4th at the Swinging Skirts tournament. Currently #35 on the money list she is very secure. Grade B+

Caroline Westrup - Has not made a cut in her 2 opportunities this year. Grade F

This 2014 rookie crop could turn out to be one we will look back on as a very good one. Ko is a star, and Vedel, Lee, and Anderson are future stars. Kaufman is a real dark horse, and Jaye Marie needs to gather some experience, but I think she is a future star. There are several other players on this list that may not get the opportunity now, but will soon, and we will hear more from them.

Other Tidbits:
The Carrolton, Texas, U.S. Open sectional qualifier was played earlier this week and Jaye Marie Green (Winner of the 2013 Q-School final) came out on top. Also qualifying, and joining her at Pinehurst this year will be Maria Hernandez, Belen Mozo, Katie Burnett, and Lisa McCloskey. Players that failed to qualify include Ariya Jutanugarn, Ryann O'Toole, Thidapa Suwannapura , and Vicky Hurst. For a more in depth report see The Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless.



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