Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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.

Chella Choi wins her first LPGA tournament.

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 field this week are the #1 and #2 players in the world rankings (Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson). Other major stars include: Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Haru Nomura, Mirim Lee, Brittany Lang, Ha Na Jang, and Anna Nordqvist. Players skipping the event this week include: Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang, Sei Young Kim, Cristie Kerr, So Yeon Ryu, In Gee Chun, and Gerina Piller.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
July 14 - GC   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET (tape)
July 15 - GC   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET (tape)
July 16 - GC   6:00 PM -  8:00 PM ET
July 17 - CBS 4:00 PM -  6:00 PM ET

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

1- Lydia Ko
2- Ariya Jutanugarn
3- Brooke Henderson
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Haru Nomura
6- Mirim Lee
7- Brittany Lang
8 -Ha Na Jang
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Hyo Joo Kim
11- Angela Stanford
12- Chella Choi
My alternates are: Gaby Lopez, Sydney Michaels, and Jenny Shin

Other Tidbits:
Gerina Piller moves up to the #15 spot in the world rankings and has qualified for the Olympic team.

Charley Hull missed the cut at the U.S. Women's Open, stopping her cut streak at 18.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:

Amy Yang makes the most important jump this week moving from #9 to #6. Brittany Lang leaps up 20 spots from #40 to #20, while Anna Nordqvist jumps from # 15 to #11. Further down the list, Gaby Lopez continues to make huge strides, catapulting from #132 to #98. 

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko widens her lead with 3,475 points. She is followed by Brooke Henderson with 2,528, and Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,431.

Who's Hot:

Lydia Ko has four consecutive top four finishes.

Who's Not:
Julieta Granada has not had a top 25 finish in her last 26 starts, dating back to last season. She has missed 11 cuts this year.

UPDATE #1 - The Monday local qualifiers are: Jennifer Ha (70) and Sara Detelfsen.

Here are the final results:

1x-Lydia Ko-14F
2Mirim Lee-14F
2Ariya Jutanugarn-14F
4Hyo Joo Kim-13F
5Stacy Lewis-11F
6Beatriz Recari-10F
6Alison Lee-10F
8Ha-Na Jang-9F
9Azahara Munoz-8F
9Kelly Shon-8F
11Maude-Aimee Leblanc-7F
11Moriya Jutanugarn-7F
11Alena Sharp-7F
11Ayako Uehara-7F
11Celine Herbin-7F
11Kim Kaufman-7F
11Hee Young Park-7F
11Jenny Shin-7F
19Angela Stanford-6F
19Eun-Hee Ji-6F

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3 comments:

  1. why do you post on a crap site like Seoul Sisters Tony? It's a sad little site that resembles a knitting circle, where people just sit around and complain about the world...In thise case how whitey is out to get their perfect little Korean darlings.

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  2. First let me say that if you are going to make a statement like that, don't do it posting as anonymous. At least let us know who you are.

    Do most members on that website favor the Korean players? Of course they do. The name of the site is SEOUL SISTERS. Don't we all favor the players from our own country. I find that most of the posters their are huge women's golf fans. I also find that most are very knowledgeable of the goings on, on not only the LPGA tour but also the Asian tours. Yes, there are certainly times that I feel that they don't give the American golfers a fair shake, but I am sure a few of them feel that I don't weigh everything evenly on my blog. I have made many friends there (especially my Pak Picker friends), and will continue to post there.

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  3. Ok Tony, fair enough, there are some decent posters on the site, but there is a handful of sad sacks that drive the hatred beyond the pale, but I'll leave it at that. Enjoy your site very much, at least I can say that.

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