Skip to main content

ShopRite Classic Preview, Pairings, & More

Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the LPGA Volvic Championship. Ariya blew away the field on the back nine Sunday, and won by 5 strokes over Christina Kim. Ariya is the first LPGA player since Inbee Park to win three LPGA tournaments in a row.  She also became the first player in Tour history to have the first 3 wins of her career come in consecutive tournaments.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite Classic. This has been a mainstay on the LPGA schedule now since 1992. This tournament has been won by
several players that once had the #1 world ranking. These winners include Stacy Lewis (twice), Ai Miyazato, and Annika Sorenstam. Many may remember last year's exciting finish when Anna Nordqvist was victorious by a single shot over runner-up Christel Boeljon.

Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend her ShopRite title.

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. If the winds are up, we could see a repeat of 2013, when the cut was +6 (it was +4 last year).

This will be tournament #15 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Course, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, NJ.
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score:  67-69-69 = 205 (-8)

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

My strength of field rating is 43%. The field will be led by defending champion Anna Nordqvist, and and two time champion Stacy Lewis. The field will also include Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson, Gerina Piller, Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi, and Haru Nomura, who has won twice already this season.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
June 3 - GC 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
June 4 - GC 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET 
June 5 - GC 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Gerina Piller
3- Anna Nordqvist
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Shanshan Feng
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Jenny Shin
8- Haru Nomura
9- Karrie Webb
10- Charley Hull
11- Mo Martin
12- Kim Kaufman
My solid picking last week resulted in a 4th place finish. I am currently #1 this year in the overall standings among the 18 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
Candie Kung's streak of 21 consecutive cuts made came to a screeching halt.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Ariya Jutanugarn storms into the top ten this week, jumping from #13 to #10. Christina Kim leaps from #121 to #77.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko still leads with 2,172 points, but Ariya Jutanugarn is a close second with 2,045.

Fight for Olympic Spots:
On the American side, Gerina Piller continues to hold onto that #15 position by the narrowest of margins. On the South Korean side, Ha Na Jang passes Amy Yang this week in the rankings, knocking Amy out of an Olympic spot. 

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson's 3rd place finish was her 9th top ten of the year. Lexi Thompson and Gerina Piller are next with seven. Brooke also has made 21 consecutive cuts, and has never missed a cut as an LPGA member (17 for 17).

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has not seen the weekend in her last 6 starts. Sun Young Yoo has missed the cut in her last five starts, and Ilhee Lee her last four.

I will be at this tournament for the entire week, and will be attending all press conferences and player interviews.

1Anna Nordqvist-17F
2Haru Nomura-16F
3Karine Icher-14F
4Christina Kim-13F
5Jing Yan-11F
6Mika Miyazato-10F
6Brittany Lang-10F
6Annie Park-10F
6In-Kyung Kim-10F
6Christel Boeljon-10F
11Danielle Kang-9F
11Jacqui Concolino-9F
11Na Yeon Choi-9F
14Charley Hull-7F
14Beatriz Recari-7F
14Jennifer Song-7F
14Sakura Yokomine-7F
14Kim Kaufman-7F
14Samantha Richdale-7F
14Jodi Ewart Shadoff-7F
14Mariajo Uribe-7F

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.

Follow @tonyjesselli  on Twitter (Currently 1,470 followers)


  1. I think Inbee Park's injury is serious enough she will not be able to play in the IC or the Rio Olympics so that leave the possibility that the fifth ranked Korean golfer will be representing Korea in those competitions.

    sports medic

  2. I think Charley Hull has got to be a good candidate and perheps even for a major in the not too distant future. She hits it a long way, attacks the course and has a nice touch around the greens. If she sinks a few putts, so must be in with a shout.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

Born: 1/7/83 (36 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002

Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:   (Updated through the 2018 season)

329 career starts238 cuts made (72.3%)37 top tens (11.2%)Has $4,898,508 in career earnings through the 2018 season (67th on the all time LPGA career money list).

Other Career Highlights: A three time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (2005, 2…

My Top Ten LPGA Blogs of All-Time

Let me start out today by saying that I am looking forward to next week when the LPGA resumes it's schedule for real this time. They will play four consecutive weeks before the next break that will take them back to the USA. 
Needless to say with all the off time, I have been running out of things to write about. 
This week is the 9th anniversary of my blogging about the LPGA!

Those of you that have been with me from the beginning will remember that the first 3 years I blogged for Mostly Harmless. I created Tony's LPGA Report in 2013.

Over that period of time I have published over 750 blogs. Most have turned out to be quite successful, some have fallen flat. But one thing that you can be sure of is that I have always tried my best to be the "go to" resource for up-to-date and accurate news about the LPGA.

I recently went back through all of my blogs and made a list of the ten most popular. The results were quite surprising. It seems like the pieces that I spend the most t…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

1/24/19 Bonus photos added at bottom of page.

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2018. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.


LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.

Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.

Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for successfully defending her ShopRite Classic title. She came from behind, shooting a final round 64, which turned out to be one stroke better than runner-up Haru Nomura.

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Washington for the the playing of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship. This is the second Major Championship of the season. It is also the start of an extremely important part of the 2016 LPGA schedule that will include 3 Major Championships and the UL International Crown in the next 8 weeks.

This tournament was won last year in run-away fashion, when Inbee Park smoked the field by 5 strokes. She has won this championship 3 years in a row, and will be trying for a very rare four-peat. However, a recent injury to her thumb, will make that highly unlikely.

This will be tournament #16 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #2 of 5 to be played in 2016.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sahalee Country Club

LPGA Announces its 2019 Schedule!

The LPGA officially announced its 2019 schedule today, and it well worth the wait!

Here are the highlights:
1- The schedule features 34 events (33 official + The Solheim Cup). There were 33 last year (32 + UL International Crown).

2- The season will start one week earlier than last year, and kick off with two new tournaments.

3- There are a total of four tournaments:
     a) Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Jan 17-20)
     b) Vic Open (Feb 7-10)
     c) Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 17-20)
     d) BMW Ladies Championship (October 24-27)

     Tournaments that are no longer on the LPGA schedule:
     a) Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Pure Silk will be sponsoring the Virginia Event)
     b) LPGA Volvic Championship
     c) LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
     d) Blue Bay LPGA

     There will be another tournament announced at a later date, that will take place Nov 14-17.

4- Will feature a record setting $70.55 million in prize money (up from 65.35 last year).

5- There w…