Monday, June 27, 2016

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 2015 field by 8 strokes.

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:  Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson
Winning Score:  66-67-65-69 = 267 (-21)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,476
Purse:  $1, 300,000

My strength of field rating is a 39%. With the U.S. Women's Open being played next week, many players are taking this week off to prepare for that event. The field will be led by defending champion Brooke Henderson. Other highly ranked players include: Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, and last week's runner-ups Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung.

Stanford graduate Mariah Stackhouse will be making her professional debut this week. See story.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
June 30 - GC 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET (Tape)
July  01 - GC 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET (Tape)
July  02 - GC 5:00 PM -  7:00 PM ET
July  03 - GC 5:00 PM -  7:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:

1- Brooke Henderson
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Anna Nordqvist
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- Morgan Pressel
6- Candie Kung
7- Carlota Ciganda
8- Chella Choi 
9- Cristie Kerr
10- Angela Stanford
11- Austin Ernst
12- Mo Martin
My alternates are: Alena Sharp, Karine Icher, Mo Martin
After the first 18 tournaments of the season, I continue to hold on to my first place position.

Other Tidbits:
Brooke Henderson missed her first ever LPGA cut, stopping her streak at 24. Azahara Munoz had her cut streak halted at 19.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Morgan Pressel jumps up from #33 to #28, while Candie Kung vaults from #37 to #30. 

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko extends her lead with 3,237 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,363, Sei YoungKim with 2,037, and Brooke Henderson with 2,019.

Fight for Olympic Spots:

Gerina Piller remains one spot short of qualifying. She is not playing in this week's event, leaving just the U.S. Women's Open as her final chance to move up to #15 in the Rolex Rankings. 

Who's Hot:

Lydia Ko has finished in the top five in 8 of the 13 tournaments she has played this season. 

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie's last top ten finish was at the CME Championship in 2014. She has now gone 40 tournaments without one. 

UPDATE 1: Mariel Galdiano (a) 69 and Tracy Stanford 72, are the local qualifiers.

Here are the final results:

1Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-14F
2Stacy Lewis-10F
3Suzann Pettersen-9F
4Austin Ernst-8F
4Mariajo Uribe-8F
6Lee-Anne Pace-7F
6Christina Kim-7F
6Cheyenne Woods-7F
6Lee Lopez-7F
10Sakura Yokomine-6F
10Vicky Hurst-6F
10Carlota Ciganda-6F
13In-Kyung Kim-5F
13Mo Martin-5F
13Pernilla Lindberg-5F
13Anna Nordqvist-5F
13Karine Icher-5F
13Catriona Matthew-5F
19Sarah Jane Smith-4F
19Brittany Altomare-4F
19Gaby Lopez-4F
19Kelly Shon-4F
19Chella Choi-4F
19Ayako Uehara-4F

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