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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview & Pairings

Let me once again congratulate Michelle Wie for winning the 2014 U.S. Women's Open. It was Michelle's second LPGA win of the season, fourth of her career, and first major championship victory. My full recap can be found here.



This week the LPGA moves to the state of Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. This tournament will begin on Friday and is just 54 holes.

This is tournament #16 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule, and will complete the first half of the season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion: Inbee Park
Winning Score:  69-65-67 = 201 (-12)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,389
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 81%, making it the third strongest (non major) of the year.
Seventy-five of the top 80 ladies on the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 20 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The most notable absentees inclu…

Michelle Wie Wins U.S. Open for her First Major Championship

We have all waited for this for such a very long time. Michelle Wie won her first major championship today, by winning the U.S. Open by two strokes over Stacy Lewis.

Michelle started the day in a tie for first place with Amy Yang. At the start it did not appear that this was going to be Michelle's day as she and her playing partner (Yang), both bogeyed the first hole. At that point in the tournament there were 6 players within 3 strokes of the lead. When So Yeon Ryu birdied 1, 2, and 4, she pulled within 2 strokes of the leaders.

Yang then made double bogey on two, followed by bogeys on 4, 7, 12, and 14, ending any chance she had to win.

Meanwhile Michelle would keep her very slim lead by making pars on 8 consecutive holes (2 through 9).

When Michelle eagled the par 5 tenth hole she increased her lead to three strokes. One by one all the players chasing her would fall out of contention with the exception of a charging Stacy Lewis, and Stephanie Meadow who was making her profes…

U.S. Women's Open Preview & Pairings

After a week off the LPGA will be moving to the state of North Carolina for the playing of the U.S Women's Open. This is the 2nd of 5 majors on the LPGA schedule.

It is also the start of the most important part of the LPGA schedule. The next ten events will bring us four major championships, the Canadian Women's Open, and the International Crown.

This week's tournament will be #15 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule (the International Crown is an unofficial tournament and is not counted in the grand total).


Here are the Key details:

Course:  Pinehurst #2
Location:  Pinehurst NC
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  67-68-71-73 = 281 (-8)

Final Field:  156 players
Par:   35/35 = 70
Yardage:  6549 Yards (will vary on certain days)
Purse:  $3,250,000

My strength of field rating is 85.0% making it the second strongest field of the season. Only the Kraft Nabisco Championship had a slightly higher rating. The reason the field rating isn't higher is that I base my rat…

Stats & Facts - Vol. 19

The LPGA is off this week as the players prepare themselves for the U.S. Women's Open which will be played next week in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The LPGA is now entering the most important part of its schedule. Included in the next 10 tournaments will be 4 major championships and the International Crown.

I thought I would take this time to look at some of the more important statistics that have been compiled over the first fourteen events of the season:

Rolex Player of the Year:  (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 136 points
2- Lexi Thompson 96
3- Michelle Wie - 88
4- Anna Nordqvist - 82
5- Inbee Park - 74

Vare Trophy:  (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.00 strokes per round
2- Michelle Wie - 69.30
3- Inbee Park - 69.63
4- Suzann Pettersen - 69.90
5- Lexi Thompson - 70.05

Race to the CME Globe: (One million dollars)
1- Stacy Lewis - 2,718 points 
2- Michelle Wie - 1,878
3- Anna Nordqvist - 1,763
4- Inbee Park - 1,618
5- Lydia Ko - 1,558

Lou…

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Before I get started with this week's tournament, let me congratulate Stacy Lewis for winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Stacy won it in style, pulling away at the end and winning by six strokes. It was the 4th consecutive win by an American player, and 6th in the last 7 tournaments. It was the 8th U.S. win of the young season. It will be much more difficult to keep that streak going this week as 2014 winners Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and Lizette Salas will not be in attendance.

This week the tour makes its way to Waterloo, Canada for the playing of the Manulife Financial LPGA Championship. Hee young Park won this event in 2013, with a very exciting playoff win over Angela Stanford. You can expect lots of birdies this week as Park and Stanford both shot 26 under par. You would think that playing par golf  this week is not going to be good enough, as the cut last year was -3.


This will be tournament #14 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key detai…