Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Brooke Henderson for winning the Cambia Portland LPGA Classic. She did it in convincing style, winning by 8 strokes. It was the largest margin of victory in an LPGA event since Jiyai Shin won the British Open in 2012. She becomes the first Canadian golfer to win an LPGA event since Lori Kane in 2001. This now guarantees that Brooke will have full time playing privileges in 2016. With In Gee Chun winning earlier this year, these two young players have certainly given us  all something to look forward to next season.

This week the LPGA moves to Vancouver, Canada for the playing of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. Many of you may remember last year's exciting shootout when So Yeon Ryu shot an amazing 23 under par, which was good enough to finish 2 strokes better than Na Yeon Choi. This will be the second time in the last four years that this tournament will be held in Vancouver. In 2012, Lydia Ko came out on top by 3 strokes over Inbee Park.

So Yeon Ryu will be trying to defend her Canadian Pacific Women's Open championship

This will be tournament #22 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Vancouver Country Club
Location:  Vancouver, Canada
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score:  63-66-67-69 = 265 (-23)

Final Field: 156 players
Par:  35/37 = 72
Yardage:  6,656
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is a super strong 85% (up from 81% last year).  It is the 4th strongest field of the year. All your favorites will be there. The only reason that this is not the number one field of the year is that it lacks some of the stars from other tours that are high up in the Rolex Rankings.

Here are the pairings for round #1

Here are the television times:
GC August 20 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
GC August 21 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
GC August 22 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET
GC August 23 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- So Yeon Ryu
3- Inbee Park
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Lexi Thompson
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Brooke Henderson
9- Shanshan Feng
10- Minjee Lee
11- Alison Lee
12- Ha Na Jang
I am currently in 3rd place in the overall standings among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
With her first place check from the Cambia Portland LPGA Classic, Brooke Henderson has now earned an amazing $661,818 in just 10 events. That average of $66,182 per event, is only topped by Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, and Stacy Lewis. It is even higher than Sei Young Kim ($64,569), who has won twice this year. She becomes just the third player to win before the age of 18, following Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson catapults from #32 to #17. Pornanong Phatlum rises from #43 to #33, while Alison Lee leaps up from #44 to $34.

Race to the CME Globe:    (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park still holds a huge lead with 3,646 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 2,768 and Stacy Lewis with 2,304.

Who's Hot:
Jaye Marie Green is playing the best golf of her young career. Her 8th place finish this past week, gives her 3 top 20 finishes in her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Hee Young Park has missed the cut in 6 of her last 9 starts.

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

UPDATE #1- Brooke Henderson has petitioned Commissioner Michael Whan for immediate membership to the LPGA. It was granted. As a result, she will not eligible for rookie honors in 2016.

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1Lydia Ko-12F
1Candie Kung-12F
3Alison Lee-10F
4Karine Icher-9F
5Azahara Munoz-8F
6Shanshan Feng-7F
6Charley Hull-7F
6Sei Young Kim-7F
6Stacy Lewis-7F
6Xi Yu Lin-7F
11Lexi Thompson-6F
11Jaye Marie Green-6F
11Inbee Park-6F
14Ariya Jutanugarn-5F

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
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