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Cambia Portland Classic Preview, Pairings, & More

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko for winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She did it in pretty convincing style, with a 3 stroke victory over runner-ups Candie Kung and Morgan Pressel.

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Oregon for the playing of the Cambia Portland Classic. Usually played in late August, this tournament was moved back to this week to accommodate the summer Olympic games in Rio. Founded in 1972, this tournament is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA tour.

Brooke Henderson blew away the field last year, winning by 8 strokes. In doing so, she became the first Monday qualifier to win an LPGA event since Laurel Kean at the 2000 State Farm Classic. She also became the 3rd player in LPGA history to win before her 18th birthday (Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko were the other two). It was also the first win by a Canadian player since Lori Kane in 2001.

This will be tournament #19 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the key details:

Course:  Colu…

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Championship Presented by P&G. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Na Yeon Choi eagled the par four 16th hole, and then birdied the seventeenth hole, in route to a 2 shot victory over runner-up Mika Miyazato. This is a 54 hole tournament.

This will be tournament #18 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score: 66-63-69 = 201 (-15)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,386
Purse: $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a solid 72.5% (down from last year's 81%). Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Headlining the field will be the #1 player in the world Lydia Ko, and the #2 player Brooke Henderson. The field will also include the f…