Adding to the significance of this tournament, is that with only two tournaments remaining (Cambia and the Canadian Pacific) before the the Solheim Cup team is announced, there are several players fighting to capture a spot on the team. Those players include: Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lang, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, Jessica Korda, Mo Martin, Austin Ernst, and Alison Lee. None of the aforementioned players have wrapped up a spot as of this writing.
|Austin Ernst became a first time winner at the Cambia Portland Classic in 2014|
This will be tournament #21 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:
Course: Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location: Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion: Austin Ernst
Winning Score: 69-69-69-67 = 274 (-14)
Final Field: 144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Purse: $1, 300,000
My strength of field rating is 70%, and although it is missing some top players, it is significantly stronger than last year's rating of 56%. Key players not in attendance this week include: Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Amy Yang, Sei Young Kim, Na Yeon Choi, and Charley Hull.
Here are the pairings for the first round:
Here are the television times:
GC Aug. 13 5:00-8:00 p.m.
GC Aug. 14 5:00-8:00 p.m.
GC Aug. 15 4:00-7:00 p.m.
GC Aug. 16 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Hyo Joo Kim
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lydia Ko
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Anna Nordqvist
7- Minjee Lee
8- Lizette Salas
9- Austin Ernst
10- Gerina Piller
11- Alison Lee
12- Cristie Kerr
My solid picking at the British Open was good enough for 3rd place. I am currently tied for second place in the overall standings among the field of 22 players.
Phase one of qualifying school has been completed. Not a lot of fanfare here as most of the big names will be qualifying in Stages 2 and 3. The phase 1 winner was Bertine Strauss with a score of -14 under par. Jessica Korda's younger sister Nelly Korda finished 3rd. Gabby Lopez finished in the 5th spot, while Emma Talley finished tied for 25th. All of those players will advance to phase two. For all the results: http://rts.symetrascoring.com/QSchool/
Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
UPDATE #1 - Brooke Henderson & Doris Chen are the Monday Qualifiers. They both shot 68.
Here are the final scores:
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