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ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey this week for the playing of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.


Many of you may remember last year's tournament when Stacy Lewis pulled away from the field and won by six strokes. Christina Kim finished in second place.

This tournament will have a Friday start as it is only 54 holes. Weather is always such a big factor here as the winds can turn this golf course from a lamb to a lion. Last year the winds were not a big factor and the 36 hole cut was +2. In 2013 it was quite a different story when the wind brought the field to its knees and the cut was a major championship like +6.

This will be tournament #13 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.


Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Course, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, NJ.
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  67-63-67 = 197 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  37/34 = 71
Yardage:  6,177
Purse:  $1,500,000

My …

Rating the 2015 LPGA Rookies - Part 1

With the LPGA season about 1/3 complete I would like to take a look at how the rookies are faring so far this year. I will do this again at the 2/3 mark and a final time at the end of the season. These ratings are strictly based on how they fared in LPGA events only. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My main objective here is to analyze the chances of these rookies retaining their LPGA cards next season. Ideally you would like to finish in the top 80 on the money list. That will guarantee you a priority list ranking good enough to compete in all full-field events. If you finish further down the money list you then have to deal with the top 10 ladies coming off the Symetra Tour, and qualifying school graduates getting to play ahead of you. If you finish in the top 100 on this year's money list, you will still play in most events next year. Further down the list than that, there are no guarantees about playing time.  Let's take a look at how they …

Kingsmill Championship Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia this week for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship.


Many of you may remember last year's tournament when Lizette Salas ran away from the field and her final score of -13 was four strokes better than a trio of players.

This tournament has a long history of big name winners including: Cristie Kerr (3 times), Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, and Annika Sorenstam.

This will be tournament #12 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  River Course at Kingsmill Resort
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Lizette Salas
Winning Score:  66-68-65-71 = 271 (-13)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,379
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 77%, up from 66% last year. Forty-four of the top 50 players on the new reshuffled LPGA priority list (see my recap), and 19 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will b…

Rolex Rankings Movers - Part 1 / LPGA Priority List Reshuffle Recap

Now that we have completed about 1/3 of the LPGA season, I would like to look at the players that have made the biggest leaps, and taken the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings this year.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. 
A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 
I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2015 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)

The Year&…