Monday, June 20, 2016

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.


Na Yeon Choi holds up winner's trophy

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 following highly ranked players: Sei Young Kim (#5), In Gee Chun (#6), Ariya Jutanugarn (#7), Amy Yang (#8), and Stacy Lewis (#10). Players missing from this week's field include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Ha Na Jang, Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, and Suzann Pettersen.

Here are the pairings for round 1.

Here are the television times:
June 24 - GC 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET
June 25 - GC 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET 
June 26 - GC 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- In Gee Chun
3- Ariya Jutanugarn
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Sei Young Kim
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Minjee Lee
8- Amy Yang
9- Haru Nomura
10- Stacy Lewis
11- Gerina Piller
12- Carlotta Ciganda

My spot on picking of last week's tournament brought me my 4th victory in the last eight weeks. I currently reside in first place for the season among the 21 participants.



Other Tidbits:
In spite of Stacy Lewis' current struggles, she has made the cut in 111 of her last 112 tournaments. 

Brooke Henderson has never missed a cut as an LPGA member. She has made the cut in all 20 of the tournaments she has played in.


Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:

Carlotta Ciganda soars up 19 spots this week to #35.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 2,737 points. She is followed closely by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,336, Sei Young Kim with 2,087, and Brooke Henderson with 2,019.

Fight for Olympic Spots:

Gerina Piller drops from #15 to #16 in the Rolex Rankings this week, dropping her off the American team. She still has 3 more tournaments to regain the top 15 position needed to qualify.

Who's Hot:

Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson both had top ten finishes this past week. It was the eighth of the year for both players. That is only topped by Brooke Henderson's ten. In spite of her problems "finishing the job" on Sunday afternoons, So Yeon Ryu has 6 top ten finishes in her last 8 starts.  

Who's Not:

Ilhee Lee has failed to finish in the top 30, in her last 13 starts.

UPDATE #1 - The Monday Local Qualifiers were - Alena Uriell (a) who shot a round of 64, and Regina Plasencia (a) who shot a 69.


Here are the final results:

1Lydia Ko-17F
2Candie Kung-14F
2Morgan Pressel-14F
4Angela Stanford-13F
4Moriya Jutanugarn-13F
4Sandra Gal-13F
4Jing Yan-13F
8Sydnee Michaels-12F
8Minjee Lee-12F
8Sun Young Yoo-12F
8Giulia Molinaro-12F
8Alena Sharp-12F
13Chella Choi-11F
13Brittany Lincicome-11F
13Lee-Anne Pace-11F
13Brittany Altomare-11F
13So Yeon Ryu-11F
18Brittany Lang-10F
18Carlota Ciganda-10F
20Alison Lee-9F
20Gerina Piller-9F
20Xi Yu Lin-9F
20Nontaya Srisawang-9F
20Haeji Kang-9F

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3 comments:

  1. This is the last event before entries close for Ricoh Women's British Open

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  2. Congrats to Sei Young Kim and Jiyai Shin on their victories this week.

    sports medic

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  3. Unfortunately, Brooke M's cut streak has ended but it will be the beginning of a new one next week at the Cambia. Also, congrats to Jing Yan who hung in there then eagled the 18th to earn a T4!
    Arthur2

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