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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.


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 P…

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.


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 …

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.Fortu…

Airbus LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

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%, wh…

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:


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, M…

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:
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 hir…

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 playin…