Monday, May 30, 2016

ShopRite Classic Preview, Pairings, & More


Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the LPGA Volvic Championship. Ariya blew away the field on the back nine Sunday, and won by 5 strokes over Christina Kim. Ariya is the first LPGA player since Inbee Park to win three LPGA tournaments in a row.  She also became the first player in Tour history to have the first 3 wins of her career come in consecutive tournaments.









This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite Classic. This has been a mainstay on the LPGA schedule now since 1992. This tournament has been won by
several players that once had the #1 world ranking. These winners include Stacy Lewis (twice), Ai Miyazato, and Annika Sorenstam. Many may remember last year's exciting finish when Anna Nordqvist was victorious by a single shot over runner-up Christel Boeljon.


Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend her ShopRite title.

This tournament will have a Friday start as it is only 54 holes. Weather is always such a big factor here as the winds can turn this golf course from a lamb to a lion. If the winds are up, we could see a repeat of 2013, when the cut was +6 (it was +4 last year).

This will be tournament #15 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Course, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, NJ.
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score:  67-69-69 = 205 (-8)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  37/34 = 71
Yardage:  6,177
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is 43%. The field will be led by defending champion Anna Nordqvist, and and two time champion Stacy Lewis. The field will also include Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson, Gerina Piller, Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi, and Haru Nomura, who has won twice already this season.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
June 3 - GC 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
June 4 - GC 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET 
June 5 - GC 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Gerina Piller
3- Anna Nordqvist
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Shanshan Feng
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Jenny Shin
8- Haru Nomura
9- Karrie Webb
10- Charley Hull
11- Mo Martin
12- Kim Kaufman
My solid picking last week resulted in a 4th place finish. I am currently #1 this year in the overall standings among the 18 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
Candie Kung's streak of 21 consecutive cuts made came to a screeching halt.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Ariya Jutanugarn storms into the top ten this week, jumping from #13 to #10. Christina Kim leaps from #121 to #77.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko still leads with 2,172 points, but Ariya Jutanugarn is a close second with 2,045.

Fight for Olympic Spots:
On the American side, Gerina Piller continues to hold onto that #15 position by the narrowest of margins. On the South Korean side, Ha Na Jang passes Amy Yang this week in the rankings, knocking Amy out of an Olympic spot. 

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson's 3rd place finish was her 9th top ten of the year. Lexi Thompson and Gerina Piller are next with seven. Brooke also has made 21 consecutive cuts, and has never missed a cut as an LPGA member (17 for 17).

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has not seen the weekend in her last 6 starts. Sun Young Yoo has missed the cut in her last five starts, and Ilhee Lee her last four.

I will be at this tournament for the entire week, and will be attending all press conferences and player interviews.


1Anna Nordqvist-17F
2Haru Nomura-16F
3Karine Icher-14F
4Christina Kim-13F
5Jing Yan-11F
6Mika Miyazato-10F
6Brittany Lang-10F
6Annie Park-10F
6In-Kyung Kim-10F
6Christel Boeljon-10F
11Danielle Kang-9F
11Jacqui Concolino-9F
11Na Yeon Choi-9F
14Charley Hull-7F
14Beatriz Recari-7F
14Jennifer Song-7F
14Sakura Yokomine-7F
14Kim Kaufman-7F
14Samantha Richdale-7F
14Jodi Ewart Shadoff-7F
14Mariajo Uribe-7F

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Monday, May 23, 2016

LPGA Volvik Championship Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Kingsmill Championship. Ariya's final round 67 was was good enough to win by a single stroke. It was Ariya's 2nd consecutive victory, and vaulted her to #2 on the year's money list.

The biggest winner this past weekend however, may have been the runner-up Su Oh. She is a player with limited playing status, who shot a final round 65 to take home the second place purse of almost $120,000. The LPGA will have a second reshuffle in 2 weeks, and Oh (from Australia) will then get to play much more regularly. It also means that she will finish in the top 80 this year, and have full playing privileges in 2017.

LPGA Player Victoria Elizabeth was on hand to announce this new event.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Michigan for the inaugural playing of the Volvik Championship. Michigan will now be the host to two tournaments on the LPGA schedule. This tournament will be played in Ann Arbor, while the Meijer Classic will be held in Grand Rapids in a few weeks.

This will be tournament #14 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Travis Pointe Country Club
Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural event
Winning score:  N/A

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,709
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a mediocre 63%. Thirty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 28 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. The field will include such big names as Lydia Ko, Inbee Park (who is still in the field as of now), Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Brooke Henderson, and Ariya Jutanugarn (trying to win her 3rd straight tournament). Missing from this week's field include: Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist, Morgan Pressel, Ha Na Jang, Na Yeon Choi, Jenny Shin, and Gerina Piller.

Here are the pairings for round 1.

Here are the television times:
May 26 - GC 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET (Tape)
May 27 - GC 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET (Tape)
May 28 - GC 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
May 29 - GC 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- In Gee Chun
2- Lydia Ko
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Ariya Jutanugarn
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Minjee Lee
7- Amy Yang
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Shanshan Feng
10- Brooke Henderson
11- Hyo Joo Kim
12- M.J. Hur
My streak of excellent picking continued last week with my 2nd consecutive win (and 3rd in 5 weeks). After the first 13 weeks of the season, I am currently tied for first place among the 18 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
So Yeon Ryu has now made 50 consecutive cuts. 
Carlotta Ciganda had her cut streak stopped at 19.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sei Young Kim makes the most important move, jumping from #7 to #4. Ariya Jutanugarn leaps from #21 to #13, while Su Oh catapults from #165 to #61.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko still leads with 2,172 points, but Ariya Jutanugarn has now moved into second place with 1,545. Haru Nomura is third with 1,502.

Fight for Olympic Spots:
Gerina Piller moves into the #15 spot in the world rankings, which now qualifies her for an Olympic spot. There were no changes on the South Korean side, as Inbee Park, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, and Amy Yang continue to hold onto spots. That leaves Ha Na Jang (by the smallest of margins), So Yeon Ryu, and Hyo Joo Kim on the outside.

Strange Stat of the week
Seven of the last eight LPGA winners are neither from the USA or South Korea.

Symetra Tour:
Madelene Sagstrom fell one stroke short of getting immediate LPGA playing privileges. She finished second at the Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy Classic. A win would have been her third of the season. She did set a new Symetra Tour record for money earned in a season ($103,181), and incredibly she did it in just 7 starts. Look for her to be up in the big show very soon.  

Who's Hot:
Gerina Piller now has 6 top 10 finishes in a row, and 7 in her last 8 starts. Only Brooke Henderson (8) has more top tens this year.

Who's Not:
Alison Lee has missed 4 straight cuts (in spite of leading the tour in putting average). Kris Tamulis has missed 8 cuts in 11 starts.

Here are the Final Results:

1Ariya Jutanugarn-15F
2Christina Kim-10F
3Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-9F
3Suzann Pettersen-9F
3Jessica Korda-9F
6Lexi Thompson-7F
6Azahara Munoz-7F
6Marina Alex-7F
6Hyo Joo Kim-7F
10Angela Stanford-6F
11Brittany Altomare-5F
11In Gee Chun-5F
11Gaby Lopez-5F
11Lindy Duncan-5F
11Sadena Parks-5F

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Kingsmill Championship Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship.

Minjee Lee will be trying to defend her title at the Kingsmill Championship

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Minjee Lee and So Yeon Ryu made the turn on Sunday tied for the lead. Minjee's eagle on the par five 15th hole, led to her shooting a back nine total of 31. It was enough to win by 2 shots.

This tournament has a long history of big name winners including: Cristie Kerr (3 times), Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, and Annika Sorenstam.

This will be tournament #13 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  River Course at Kingsmill Resort
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Minjee Lee
Winning Score:  68-67-69-65 = 269 (-15)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,379
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 78% (up from 77% last year). Forty-four of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 19 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players that will be skipping the event include: Shanshan Feng, Ha Na Jang, and Charley Hull.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
May 19 - GC 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET (Tape)
May 20 - GC 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET (Tape)
May 21 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
May 22 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- In Gee Chun
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Minjee Lee
5- Stacy Lewis
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Ariya Jutanugarn
8- Amy Yang
9- Gerina Piller
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Sei Young Kim
12- Suzann Pettersen
My alternates are: Haru Nomura, Candie Kung, and Inbee Park
My spot on picking gave me the victory at the Yokohama Classic. After the first 1/3 of the season, I am in a tie for first place among the 19 participants.

On other tours:

Shanshan Feng was the winner of the Buick Championship. She successfully defended her championship by winning in a playoff over Na Yeon Choi.

Jiyai Shin was the winner of the Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies tournament on the JLPGA.

Su Yeon Jang was the winner of the NH Investments & Securities Ladies Championship on the KLPGA.

On the Symetra Tour, Erica Popson was the winner of the Symetra Classic.

UPDATE #1 - Danielle Kang no longer appears on the field list.

UPDATE #2 - The Monday qualifiers are: Emee Herbert (73), and Britney Yada (75).

UPDATE #3 - Third round tee times pushed back 2 hrs 20 minutes do to rain.

Here are the Final Results:


1Ariya Jutanugarn-14F
2Su-Hyun Oh-13F
3Gerina Piller-12F
3Sei Young Kim-12F
5Mi Jung Hur-10F
5Lexi Thompson-10F
5Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8Anna Nordqvist-9F
8Brittany Lincicome-9F
10Caroline Masson-8F
10Jessica Korda-8F
10Minjee Lee-8F
10So Yeon Ryu-8F
10In Gee Chun-8F
15Mo Martin-7F
15Amelia Lewis-7F
15Mika Miyazato-7F
18Austin Ernst-6F
18Brittany Altomare-6F
18Lydia Ko-6F
18Chella Choi-6F
18Cristie Kerr-6F
18Laetitia Beck-6F

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