Tuesday, June 7, 2016

KPMG Women's PGA Championship

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.

Inbee Park holds up her trophy after winning tournament by 5 strokes.

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
Location:  Sammamish, Washington
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  71-68-66-68 = 273 (-19)

Final Field:  156 players
Par = 71
Yardage:  6,624
Purse:  $ 3,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 86.5%, making it the 2nd strongest field of the year, second only to the ANA Inspiration. The only reason that one was rated higher was because that tournament included players from other tours that were very highly ranked in the Rolex Rankings.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
Jun 9  -  GC 7:00 PM-10:00 PM ET
Jun 10 - GC 7:00 PM-10:00 PM ET
Jun 11 - NBC 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jun 11 - GC  5:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
Jun 12 - NBC 4:30 PM-6:00 PM ET
Jun 12 - GC  6:00 PM-8:30 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Ariya Jutanugarn
4- Haru Nomura
5- Stacy Lewis
6- In Gee Chun
7- Sei Young Kim
8- Gerina Piller
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Amy Yang
11- So Yeon Ryu
12- Minjee Lee
My alternates are: Anna Nordqvist, Shanshan Feng, and Hyo Joo Kim.
I continue to hold onto the #1 spot in the overall standings among the 19 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Shanshan Feng (19), and Mo Martin (18) had their cut streaks come to an end.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:

Anna Nordqvist jumps up from #19 to #15, while Karine Icher moves from #58 to #52.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 2,227 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,045, and Haru Nomura with 1,804.

Fight for Olympic Spots:

Anna Nordqvist's surge to #15, knocked Gerina Piller to #16, and out of an Olympic spot. There are still 5 more tournaments before the teams are set.

Who's Hot:

Cristina Kim has finished 2nd and 4th in her last 2 starts.

Who's Not:
Alison Lee has missed 5 consecutive cuts.

Here are the leaders after round 3:

1Lydia Ko-2-1F717070-211
T2Brittany Lincicome-1EF717071-212
T2Gerina Piller-1EF726971-212
T4Amy YangE-5F747366-213
T4Anna NordqvistE-2F737169-213
T4Ariya JutanugarnE-3F707568-213
T4Chella ChoiE-2F717369-213
T4Brooke Mackenzie HendersonE+2F677373-213
T4Mirim LeeE+2F716973-213
T10Suzann Pettersen+1EF707371-214
T10Catriona Matthew+1EF766771-214
T10Su-Hyun Oh+1+1F736972-214
T10In-Kyung Kim+1+1F697372-214
T10Tiffany Joh+1+1F707272-214
T15Minjee Lee+2+1F707372-215
T15So Yeon Ryu+2+2F727073-215
T17Sei Young Kim+3-2F757269-216
T17Hee Young Park+3+1F707472-216
T17Christina Kim+3+2F697473-216
T20Jodi Ewart Shadoff+4-1F727570-217
T20Ha-Na Jang+4+2F747073-217
T20Kelly Tan+4+2F747073-217

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  1. Who's got the longest cut streak right now, Tony?

    1. So Yeon Ryu has the longest current streak. It is at 51.

  2. I find it rather interesting that given all that has happened, they paired Hana Jang and In Gee Chun for the opening 2 rounds.