This week the LPGA travels to the state of California for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted By The USGA. This is the third Major Championship of the season.
In Gee Chun will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she birdied the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes, for a 2 stroke victory over both Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis.
I will be at this tournament all week and hope to get the latest news and photos out to everyone promptly.
|In Gee Chun won this tournament last year as a non LPGA member.|
This will be tournament #20 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #3 of 5 to be played in 2016.
Here are the key details:
Location: San Martin, California
Defending Champion: In Gee Chun
Winning Score: 68-70-68-66 (-8)
Final Field: 156 players
Par = 36/36 = 72
Purse: $ 4,500,000
My strength of field rating is a very strong 88%, down slightly from 90.5% last year. Inbee Park's absence is the difference (she would have raised the total 3.5%). All the majors players from the LPGA are here. Some major players from other tours include: Bo-Mee Lee (#14 RR), Sung Hyun Park (#17), Teresa Lu (#26), Sun Ju Ahn (#35), Jung Min Lee (#40), and Shiho Oyama (#41),
Here are the pairings for the first round:
Here are the television times:
July 07 - Fox Sports 1 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
July 08 - Fox Sports 1 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
July 09 - Fox 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET
July 10 - Fox 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET
Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Sei Young Kim
3- Brooke Henderson
4- Sung Hyun Park
5- Minjee Lee
6- Lexi Thompson
7- So Yeon Ryu
8- Gerina Piller
9- In Gee Chun
10- Stacy Lewis
11- Ariya Jutanugarn
12- Suzann Pettersen
My alternates are: Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, and Shanshan Feng.
My solid finish again this week has me holding on to my first place lead among the 21 participants.
Lee-Anne Pace announced that she is dropping out of the Olympic Games because of the threat of the Zika Virus in Rio de Janeiro.
Vicky Hurst's top ten finish this week was her first since August 2012, covering 68 tournaments.
Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Not much movement this week. Austin Ernst jumps four places to #64, while Sakura Yokomine moves up four places to #84.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko still leads with 3,237 points, while Brooke Henderson takes over second place with 2,519. Ariya Jutanugarn follows next with 2,363.
Fight for Olympic Spots:
Gerina Piller remains #16 in the Rolex Rankings. She will have one last chance this week to move up a spot and qualify.
Anna Nordqvist has 6 consecutive top 20 finishes.
Ilhee Lee does not have a top 30 finish in her last 15 starts, and has missed 8 cuts.
Here are the leaders after round 3:
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