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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Stacy Lewis birdied the 18th hole to defeat Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr, and Angela Stanford by one stroke. It was Stacy's third win of the season, and her last victory on the LPGA tour.

This will be tournament #16 of 32 tournaments on the LPGA schedule. It is a 54 hole event. This will mark the completion of the first half of the LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score: 70-66-65 = 201 (-12)
Note: 12 under par has been the exact winning score in each of the past 4 seasons.

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,386
Purse: $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 81% (the same as it was last year), making it the 5th strongest field this year. Forty-six…

Brooke Henderson Gets Symetra Tour Card After Winning Four Winds Invitational

Brooke Henderson can now play the remainder of the season as a Symetra Tour member after winning the Four Winds Invitational this past weekend.

Immediately following her victory, the 17 year old Canadian petitioned the LPGA for a waiver of its rule requiring tour members to be at least 18 years of age. LPGA commissioner Michael Whan immediately granted the request.

Henderson is trying to gain LPGA membership for 2016 without having to go to Q-School this winter.
This will give her 2 additional ways to achieve that goal. She can accomplish this by:

1- Winning an LPGA event
2- Finishing with the equivalent or better of the 40th place player on the 2015 money list at season's end. She would currently rank #20 on the LPGA money list.
3- Finish in the top 10 of the Symetra Tour money list. Her $22,500 check she received this week will not count. Only earnings going forward. There are still 12 events left on the Symetra Tour schedule.
4- Win 3 Symetra tour events.

Henderson is planning …

Stats & Facts - Volume 24

With the LPGA taking the week off, it is a good time to take a look at some of the key player statistics after the first 15 tournaments of the year.

Rolex Player of the Year: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point) 1- Inbee Park- 154 points
2- Sei Young Kim - 111 points
3- Lydia Ko - 102
4- Brittany Lincicome - 81
5- Stacy Lewis  - 69
Vare Trophy: (Winner receives Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 69.451 strokes per round
2- Hoo Joo Kim - 69.723
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.878
4- Lydia Ko - 69.913
5- Sei Young Kim - 70.125
5- Anna Nordqvist - 70.098
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Inbee Park - 2,671
2- Lydia Ko - 2,134
3- Sei Young Kim - 2,057
4- Stacy Lewis - 1,707
5- Anna Nordqvist 1,392
Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sei Young Kim - 886 points
2- Hyo Joo Kim - 794
3- Minjee Lee - 551
4- Ha Na Jang - 418
5- Ariya Jutanugarn - 348
Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut: 1- Shanshan Feng - 48
2- So Yeon Ryu - 27 2- Inbee Park - 27 4- Anna Nordqvist - 26 5- Hyo Joo Kim - 22

Most Victo…

Solheim Cup Update - Players Fighting For Remaining Spots

While the LPGA is taking a one week break, I think this is a good time to take a look at the United States players who are fighting for spots on the 2015 Solheim Cup team.

Qualifications For Entry: 1- A player must finish in the top 8 on the Solheim Cup points list. 2- The top 2 players in the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified. 3- There will be 2 captain's picks.
Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2013 through the end of the 2014 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2015 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - 25.5 points, all the way down to a 20th place finish worth 3 points.
The reason for the increased points for the last part of the term is to give an advantage to the players who are hot going into the match. Points are doub…

Pre Tournament Photos From KPMG Women's PGA Championship

As many of you may know, I have driven up to Harrison, NY., for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. 

This is the second of five major championships on the LPGA schedule this year.

The course is spacious and beautiful. The weather forecast looks terrific.
I have said it many times, and I will say it again, "These girls are better than you can imagine, and oh so friendly." If you are in the area, take the time to stop by. If you haven't experienced an LPGA tournament you are in for a treat. Try it once and I guarantee you will want to come back again.
Here are some videos and photos taken during the practice rounds:

Hee Young Park on the practice tee

Se Ri Pak on the practice tee

Alison Lee getting in some practice on the greens

Brooke Henderson sharpens up her short game

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KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Suzann Pettersen for winning the Manulife LPGA Classic. She came out on top by one shot over Brittany Lang. Suzann shot a final round 69, to finish 22 under par. Her 25 foot eagle putt on the 12th hole turned out to be the difference.

The LPGA moves to New York this week for the playing of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. This will be the second major championship of the year.

Although Inbee Park will be trying to defend her title which she won last year in a playoff over Brittany Lincicome, this tournament will not resemble that tournament in any way, shape, or form. This major championship tournament now has a new name (formerly Wegmans LPGA Championship), a new sponsor, and will be played at a new venue. 

This will start a very important stretch in the LPGA schedule that will see the players play four major championships among the next ten events. The ten tournaments will have ten different defending champions.

This will be tournament #15 of 32 on the LP…

Manulife LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for winning the Shoprite Classic. Anna's score of eight under par was good enough to top Christel Boeljon by one stroke.

This week the LPGA moves to Canada for the playing of the Manulife LPGA Classic. Many of you may remember last year's tournament when Inbee Park shot a final round 61 to defeat Cristie Kerr by 3 strokes.

This will be tournament #14 of 32 on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Whistle Bear Golf Club
Location:  Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  69-66- 65-61 = 261 (-23)

Final Field: 150 players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage: 6,613
Purse: $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 79.0 %, making it the fourth strongest field of the year. This is a complete turn around from last year when the field rating was a very weak 50.5%. Sixty-eight of the top 75 players on the LPGA priority list, and 20 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing …