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RICOH Women's British Open Preview, Pairings and More

Congratulations go out to team USA for winning the UL International Crown. See my full story. You can also find my photo gallery here.

This week the LPGA moves to Milton Keynes, England for the playing of the RICOH women's British Open. Inbee Park won this title last year by 3 strokes over second place finisher Jin Young Ko.

This will be tournament #22 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Woburn Golf and Country Club
Location: Milton Keynes, England
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score: 69-73-69-65 = 276 (-12)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not indicated
Purse:  $3,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 83% (up from 81.5% in 2015). Key players missing from this week's field include both Inbee Park and Amy Yang.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
July 28 - GC    4:30 AM - 7:30 AM ET 
July 28 - GC    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET July 29 - GC    4:30 AM - 7:30 AM ET  July 29 - GC …

Team USA Shuts Up Critics, Wins UL International Crown

Team USA captured the UL International Crown today at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Illinois.

It finally puts to an end the critics who have constantly bashed the USA players, calling them a bunch of individuals who could not come together as a team. They were further criticized during the 2013 Solheim Cup, as a team more interested in painting their fingernails than getting prepared for matches. The USA players did not respond to this with words, but let their play on the golf course do the talking for them.

Just one year ago, they made the greatest comeback in history, in winning the 2015 Solheim Cup.

Still they did not receive the proper credit as their critics pointed out that their victory was just over a European team, and did not include players from Asia and other countries.

That all changed today as the USA team won the UL International Crown, and will now have the title as the world's best team for the next two years.

They now have both the Solheim Cup and International Crow…

International Crown Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I have taken during the International Crown:

UL International Crown Preview & More

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko for winning the Marathon Classic. She birdied the 4th playoff hole to defeat both Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee. It was the fourth time in the last 6 LPGA tournaments, that it took extra holes to determine a winner.

This week the LPGA takes a break from its official tournament schedule, for the playing of the International Crown. This is a biennial event that will take place in even numbered years, as opposed to the Solheim Cup's odd  numbered years. It is a global  matchplay competition  that will feature 8 countries battling for the rights to be called "The World's Best Golf Nation."

Here are the Key details:
Course:  Merit Club Location:  Chicago, IL Defending Champion:  Spain (did not qualify) Winning Score:  15 points
Final Field:  32 Players Par:  36/36=72 Yardage: 6,668 yards Purse:  $1,600,000
I will post the matches/pairings as soon as they are made available.
The final field of eight countries was determined by the combined Rolex Wor…

Marathon Classic Preview. Pairings, and Much More

Huge congratulations go out to Brittany Lang for winning the 2016 U.S. Women's Open Championship. It was Brittany's first major championship victory.

For player photos taken during this championship, see the following links.
Photo Gallery #1
Photo Gallery #2

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Ohio for the playing of the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-l.

Many may remember last year's exciting conclusion when Chella Choi fired a final round 66, to force a playoff with Ha Na Jang. Choi would go on to win the playoff. Lydia Ko and Shanshan Feng finished just 1 shot back.

This will be tournament #21 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Highland Meadows Golf Club
Location:  Sylvania, Ohio
Defending Champion:  Chella Choi
Winning Score:  73-66-65-66 = 270 (-14)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  34/37 = 71
Yardage:  6,512
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is just 52% (down from 63.5% last year). Headlining the …