Monday, June 27, 2016

Cambia Portland Classic Preview, Pairings, & More

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko for winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She did it in pretty convincing style, with a 3 stroke victory over runner-ups Candie Kung and Morgan Pressel.



This week the LPGA travels to the state of Oregon for the playing of the Cambia Portland Classic. Usually played in late August, this tournament was moved back to this week to accommodate the summer Olympic games in Rio. Founded in 1972, this tournament is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA tour.

Brooke Henderson blew away the 2015 field by 8 strokes.

Brooke Henderson blew away the field last year, winning by 8 strokes. In doing so, she became the first Monday qualifier to win an LPGA event since Laurel Kean at the 2000 State Farm Classic. She also became the 3rd player in LPGA history to win before her 18th birthday (Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko were the other two). It was also the first win by a Canadian player since Lori Kane in 2001.

This will be tournament #19 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the key details:

Course:  Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson
Winning Score:  66-67-65-69 = 267 (-21)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,476
Purse:  $1, 300,000

My strength of field rating is a 39%. With the U.S. Women's Open being played next week, many players are taking this week off to prepare for that event. The field will be led by defending champion Brooke Henderson. Other highly ranked players include: Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, and last week's runner-ups Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung.

Stanford graduate Mariah Stackhouse will be making her professional debut this week. See story.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
June 30 - GC 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET (Tape)
July  01 - GC 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET (Tape)
July  02 - GC 5:00 PM -  7:00 PM ET
July  03 - GC 5:00 PM -  7:00 PM ET

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

1- Brooke Henderson
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Anna Nordqvist
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- Morgan Pressel
6- Candie Kung
7- Carlota Ciganda
8- Chella Choi 
9- Cristie Kerr
10- Angela Stanford
11- Austin Ernst
12- Mo Martin
My alternates are: Alena Sharp, Karine Icher, Mo Martin
After the first 18 tournaments of the season, I continue to hold on to my first place position.

Other Tidbits:
Brooke Henderson missed her first ever LPGA cut, stopping her streak at 24. Azahara Munoz had her cut streak halted at 19.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Morgan Pressel jumps up from #33 to #28, while Candie Kung vaults from #37 to #30. 

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko extends her lead with 3,237 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,363, Sei YoungKim with 2,037, and Brooke Henderson with 2,019.

Fight for Olympic Spots:

Gerina Piller remains one spot short of qualifying. She is not playing in this week's event, leaving just the U.S. Women's Open as her final chance to move up to #15 in the Rolex Rankings. 

Who's Hot:

Lydia Ko has finished in the top five in 8 of the 13 tournaments she has played this season. 

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie's last top ten finish was at the CME Championship in 2014. She has now gone 40 tournaments without one. 

UPDATE 1: Mariel Galdiano (a) 69 and Tracy Stanford 72, are the local qualifiers.

Here are the final results:


1Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-14F
2Stacy Lewis-10F
3Suzann Pettersen-9F
4Austin Ernst-8F
4Mariajo Uribe-8F
6Lee-Anne Pace-7F
6Christina Kim-7F
6Cheyenne Woods-7F
6Lee Lopez-7F
10Sakura Yokomine-6F
10Vicky Hurst-6F
10Carlota Ciganda-6F
13In-Kyung Kim-5F
13Mo Martin-5F
13Pernilla Lindberg-5F
13Anna Nordqvist-5F
13Karine Icher-5F
13Catriona Matthew-5F
19Sarah Jane Smith-4F
19Brittany Altomare-4F
19Gaby Lopez-4F
19Kelly Shon-4F
19Chella Choi-4F
19Ayako Uehara-4F

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Championship Presented by P&G. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Na Yeon Choi eagled the par four 16th hole, and then birdied the seventeenth hole, in route to a 2 shot victory over runner-up Mika Miyazato. This is a 54 hole tournament.


Na Yeon Choi holds up winner's trophy

This will be tournament #18 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score: 66-63-69 = 201 (-15)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,386
Purse: $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a solid 72.5% (down from last year's 81%). Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Headlining the field will be the #1 player in the world Lydia Ko, and the #2 player Brooke Henderson. The field will also include the following highly ranked players: Sei Young Kim (#5), In Gee Chun (#6), Ariya Jutanugarn (#7), Amy Yang (#8), and Stacy Lewis (#10). Players missing from this week's field include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Ha Na Jang, Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, and Suzann Pettersen.

Here are the pairings for round 1.

Here are the television times:
June 24 - GC 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET
June 25 - GC 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET 
June 26 - GC 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- In Gee Chun
3- Ariya Jutanugarn
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Sei Young Kim
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Minjee Lee
8- Amy Yang
9- Haru Nomura
10- Stacy Lewis
11- Gerina Piller
12- Carlotta Ciganda

My spot on picking of last week's tournament brought me my 4th victory in the last eight weeks. I currently reside in first place for the season among the 21 participants.



Other Tidbits:
In spite of Stacy Lewis' current struggles, she has made the cut in 111 of her last 112 tournaments. 

Brooke Henderson has never missed a cut as an LPGA member. She has made the cut in all 20 of the tournaments she has played in.


Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:

Carlotta Ciganda soars up 19 spots this week to #35.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 2,737 points. She is followed closely by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,336, Sei Young Kim with 2,087, and Brooke Henderson with 2,019.

Fight for Olympic Spots:

Gerina Piller drops from #15 to #16 in the Rolex Rankings this week, dropping her off the American team. She still has 3 more tournaments to regain the top 15 position needed to qualify.

Who's Hot:

Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson both had top ten finishes this past week. It was the eighth of the year for both players. That is only topped by Brooke Henderson's ten. In spite of her problems "finishing the job" on Sunday afternoons, So Yeon Ryu has 6 top ten finishes in her last 8 starts.  

Who's Not:

Ilhee Lee has failed to finish in the top 30, in her last 13 starts.

UPDATE #1 - The Monday Local Qualifiers were - Alena Uriell (a) who shot a round of 64, and Regina Plasencia (a) who shot a 69.


Here are the final results:

1Lydia Ko-17F
2Candie Kung-14F
2Morgan Pressel-14F
4Angela Stanford-13F
4Moriya Jutanugarn-13F
4Sandra Gal-13F
4Jing Yan-13F
8Sydnee Michaels-12F
8Minjee Lee-12F
8Sun Young Yoo-12F
8Giulia Molinaro-12F
8Alena Sharp-12F
13Chella Choi-11F
13Brittany Lincicome-11F
13Lee-Anne Pace-11F
13Brittany Altomare-11F
13So Yeon Ryu-11F
18Brittany Lang-10F
18Carlota Ciganda-10F
20Alison Lee-9F
20Gerina Piller-9F
20Xi Yu Lin-9F
20Nontaya Srisawang-9F
20Haeji Kang-9F

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