Monday, July 4, 2016

U.S. Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Brooke Henderson for successfully defending the Cambia Portland Classic title she won last year. Last year she won this championship by 8 strokes. This year it was slightly more difficult, but she won it going away by a four stroke margin over runner-up Stacy Lewis. It was Brooke's 2nd win in the last month, and third in the last calendar year. For Lewis, it was her 3rd runner-up finish of the year. The victory solidifies Brooke's 2nd place world ranking, and moves her up to #2 on this year's money list.

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:

Course:  CordeValle
Location:  San Martin, California
Defending Champion:  In Gee Chun
Winning Score:  68-70-68-66 (-8)

Final Field:  156 players
Par = 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,625
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.

Other Tidbits:
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.

Who's Hot:

Anna Nordqvist has 6 consecutive top 20 finishes.

Who's Not:
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:

1Lydia Ko-7F
2Eun-Hee Ji-6F
2Sung Hyun Park-6F
4Brittany Lang-5F
4Amy Yang-5F
6Angela Stanford-4F
7Danielle Kang-3F
8Ariya Jutanugarn-2F
8Stacy Lewis-2F
8Gaby Lopez-2F
8Kris Tamulis-2F
8Cristie Kerr-2F
8Haru Nomura-2F
8Mirim Lee-2F
15Hyo Joo Kim-1F
15Chella Choi-1F
15Sei Young Kim-1F
15Anna Nordqvist-1F
15Jessica Korda-1F
20Catriona MatthewEF
20Ayaka WatanabeEF
20Lee LopezEF
20Gerina PillerEF
20Jodi Ewart ShadoffEF
20Sydnee MichaelsEF

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.

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  1. Looks like perfect weather out there this week. Should be a great one. No PGA Tour event, so hopefully a lot more viewers.

  2. Thanks Tony, for taking the time in the midst of a very busy week to keep us up to date. I look forward to your updates as the tournament progresses. I am wishing we were there,

    Jet Jockey

  3. I wonder why Jiyai Shin doesn't play. She has USWO exemptions from JLPGA money list as well as her win at the 2011 WBO. Plus she is ranked in the Rolex rankings top 25. She has a couple of wins on the JLPGA this year. Would like to see her play.