Monday, July 20, 2015

Meijer LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

The LPGA moves to the state of Michigan this week for the playing of the Meijer LPGA Clasic presented by Kraft.

The LPGA returned to Michigan last year for the first time since 2000, and it did so in spectacular fashion. In a very exciting finish, Mirim Lee defeated Inbee Park in a playoff.

Mirim Lee proudly holds up her 2014 Meijer Championship trophy

This will be tournament #19 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. Here are the key details:

Course:  Blythefield Country Club
Location:  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Defending Champion:  Mirim Lee
Winning Score:  70-64-67-69 = 270 (-14)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,414
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 59% (down from 67% last year). With the British Open being played next week it appears that many players are taking this week off. The players not teeing it up this week include: Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Jessica Korda, Paula Creamer, Hyo Joo Kim, Sei Young Kim, I.K. Kim, and Charley Hull.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC July 23 12:30-2:30 p.m.
GC July 24 12:30-2:30 p.m.
GC July 25 3:00-6:00 p.m.
GC July 26 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Inbee Park
2- Amy Yang
3- Anna Nordqvist
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Ha Na Jang
6- Chella Choi
7- Azahara Munoz
8- Cristie Kerr
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Minjee Lee
11- Mirim Lee
12- Morgan Pressel

Other Tidbits:
Jennifer Song finished T39 this week and Brooke Pancake T48. Both had missed their last 9 cuts.

Although only 18 tournaments have been played this year, five of them have resulted in playoffs.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Chella Choi leaps up from #40 to #26.

Race to the CME Globe:    (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park remains on top with 2994 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 2505 and Sei Young Kim with 2205.

Who's Hot:
Austin Ernst has very quietly finished in the top twenty 7 times this year. Mi Hyang Lee has done it 6 times.

Who's Not:
Mirim Lee has failed to record a top 25 finish in her last 5 starts.

My wife & I will be attending this tournament. Hope to see some of you there.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
Links to all live scoreboards appear at the top of this page. 

Update #1 - Defending Champion Mirim Lee has pulled out of the tournament due to a bad wrist.

Update #2 - Ji Young Oh, was given a 2 stroke penalty for slow play.

Update #3 - Jenny Shin has withdrawn.

Here are the final results:

1L Thompson-18F
2G Piller-17F
2L Salas-17F
4S Yeon Ryu-15F
4K Tamulis-15F
6B Lang-14F
7B Lincicome-12F
8A Anderson-11F
8X Yu Lin-11F
8H Young Park-11F
8A Lee-11F
12J Marie Green-10F
12I Lee-10F
12K Jung Baek-10F

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1 comment:

  1. not having anything on Ricoh British Open. How did you do with your picks last week.