Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Manulife LPGA Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. It was Ariya's second consecutive victory, and fifth of the year. She has clearly become the most dominant player on the LPGA tour the second half of the season. With ten tournaments still remaining on the LPGA schedule, she now has to be considered the new favorite for the Rolex Player of the Year Award.



This week the LPGA moves to Ontario, Canada for the playing of the Manulife Classic. This is a tournament where you will see lots of birdies made. Many may remember last year's exciting finish, when Suzann Pettersen was victorious by one stroke over Brittany Lang. Her 22 under par total is typical for this golf course.

Suzann Pettersen will be trying to defend her title.

This will be tournament #24 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Whistle Bear Golf Club
Location:  Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score: 66-65-66-69 = 266 (-22)

Final Field: 150 players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage: 6,613
Purse: $1,600,000

My strength of field rating is 67% (down from 79% last year ). The top 3 players in the world rankings (Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Brooke Henderson) will all be teeing it up this week. The field will include 19 of the top 25 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 15 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings. Players skipping the event this week include: Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Amy Yang, Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller, Haru Nomura, and Jessica Korda.

The first round pairings have now been posted.

Here are this week's television times:
Sept 1 - GC  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
Sept 2 - GC 12.00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Sept 3 - GC  9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET (tape)
Sept 4 - GC  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Lydia Ko
3- Sei Young Kim
4- Stacy Lewis
5- In Gee Chun
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Brooke Henderson
8- Suzann Pettersen
9- Minjee Lee
10- Mirim Lee
11- Hyo Joo Kim
12- Ha Na Jang
My three alternates are: Alena Sharp, Cristie Kerr, and Gaby Lopez.
I am currently solidly in first place after the first 23 weeks of the season.

Other Tidbits:
Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to win her 3rd consecutive tournament, for the second time this season.
Jodie Ewart Shadoff has now made 17 consecutive cuts.
Although In Gee Chun has not won this year, she has 3 second and 3 third place finishes.
Lydia Ko's huge lead in the Rolex Player of the Year award (winner gets a Hall of Fame point), has all but evaporated. Lydia has 241 points, Ariya has 236.
Ariya Jutanugarn became the second player this year to cross the 2 million dollar mark in 2016 earnings.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
In Gee Chun makes the most important move, jumping from #9 to #7. Alena Sharp jumps 24 more spots this week, leaping from #79 to #55.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko leads with 4,104 points. Ariya Jutanugarn has now closed in with 3,856 points. Brooke Henderson is third with 2,644.

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn has won 5 of the last 10 tournaments she has played in.

Who's Not:
Na Yeon Choi has missed the cut in her last 5 starts. Ilhee Lee has missed the cut in her last 5 starts, and ten of her last 12.

Here are the final results:


1 Caroline Masson -16
2 Karine Icher -15
2 Minjee Lee -15
2 Mi Hyang Lee -15
5 Suzann Pettersen -14
5 Lydia Ko -14
5 Ariya Jutanugarn -14
8 Austin Ernst -13
8 Nontaya Srisawang -13
8 Marina Alex -13
8 Ryann O'Toole -13
8 In Gee Chun -13
8 Hyo Joo Kim -13
14 Mi Jung Hur -12
14 So Yeon Ryu -12
16 Charley Hull -11
16 Brittany Lang -11
16 Chella Choi -11
16 Kris Tamulis -11
16 Lizette Salas -11
16 P.K. Kongkraphan -11

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2 comments:

  1. How do you get the yardage at 6613? Will they use a hybrid of white and gold, or just move up some tee's from the golds. Just curious.

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  2. The yarage cmes directly from the LPGA sight. They will vary from day to day when they move the tees on certain holes.

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