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Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko this week for winning the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. She did it by winning in a playoff over Stacy Lewis. It was a very unusual finish, as the winner did not make a single birdie over the last 16 holes on Sunday, and won the playoff with a par. So Yeon Ryu shot a final round 64, but fell one shot short of the playoff.

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Mi Jung Hur won this tournament last year shooting a final round 66, to defeat runner-up Stacy Lewis by 4 strokes.

Mi Jung Hur holds her her 2014 Yokohama Tire Classic trophy

This will be tournament #23 of 31 on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  RTJ Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, Senator Course
Location:  Prattville, Alabama
Defending Champion: Mi Jung Hur
Winning Score:  64-70-67-66 = 267 (-21)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,599
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very weak 42%, although that is 5% higher than last year. Most of the key players have chosen to make it a two week break before the Evian Championship. Twenty-two of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list, and 15 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up this week.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC Aug. 27 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET
GC Aug. 28 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET
GC Aug. 29 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET
GC Aug. 30 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Minjee Lee
8- Mi Jung Hur
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Charley Hull
11- Brittany Lincicome
12- Brittany Lang
I finished first last week with my Canadian Pacific Open picks. I am now in first place overall for the 2015 season among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
The combined age of the last 2 LPGA winners is 35 years old. Brooke Henderson (17), and Lydia Ko (18), have won the last 2 events.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
There was very little movement inside the top twenty this week. Outside the top 20, Alison Lee jumps up from #34 to 29, Candie Kung from #86 to #69, and Jaye Marie Green from #112 to #101.

Race to the CME Globe:    (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park still leads with 3,726 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko (3268) and Stacy Lewis (2604).

Who's Hot:
So Yeon Ryu has finished in the top 15 in each of her last 6 tournaments. Jaye Marie Green has finished in the top 20 in 4 of her last 5 starts.

Who's Not:
Mirim Lee has failed to register a top 25 finish in her last 7 starts.

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

Here are the final results:

1Kris Tamulis-17F
2Yani Tseng-16F
2Austin Ernst-16F
4Sydnee Michaels-14F
4Lexi Thompson-14F
6Stacy Lewis-12F
6Jaye Marie Green-12F
8Wei Ling Hsu-11F
9Nannette Hill-10F
9Sei Young Kim-10F
9Julieta Granada-10F
12Alena Sharp-9F
13Shanshan Feng-8F
13Hee Young Park-8F
13Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-8F
13Xi Yu Lin-8F
13Hyo Joo Kim-8F
13Brittany Lang-8F
13Tiffany Joh-8F

Links to all live scoreboards appear at the top of this page. 

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  1. They even dipped into the Symetra Tour to fill the field this week. They ran out of players with LPGA status.


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