Monday, July 17, 2017

Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-l Preview, Parings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to Sung Hyun Park for winning the U.S. Women's Open. Park shot a final round 67 to win by 2 strokes over amateur Hye-Jin Choi. It was Park's first win on the LPGA tour, and her first Major Championship.

In case anyone missed it, here are the links to the pictures I posted during U.S. Women's Open week.
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This week the LPGA travels to the state of Ohio for the playing of the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I. Lydia Ko will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she defeated Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee in a playoff. It was Ko's second win at this event in the last 3 years. It was also Ko's last victory on the LPGA tour.

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Lydia Ko will be trying to win this championship for the third time.

This will be tournament #20 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Highland Meadows Golf Club
Location:  Sylvania, Ohio
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  68-66-67-69 = 270 (-14)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  34/37 = 71
Yardage:  6,512
Purse:  $1,600,000

My strength of field rating is a very low 44% (down from 52% last year). Just 27 of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 17 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Headliners in the field include: Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Sung Hyun Park, In Gee Chun, and Brooke Henderson. Players skipping the event this week include: Ariya Jutanugarn, Shanshan Feng, Sei Young Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Jessica Korda, Inbee Park, and Cristie Kerr.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
July 20 - GC 8:00 PM-10:00 PM ET (tape delay)
July 21 - GC 8:00 PM-10:00 PM ET (tape delay)
July 22 - GC 7:00 PM- 9:00  PM ET (tape delay)
July 23 - GC 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET (tape delay)
As you can see from the above, there will be no live broadcast of this event.

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
Lexi Thompson - The top player in the field this week
Lydia Ko - Still struggling to find her "A" game 
Sung Hyun Park - Coming off her first LPGA victory

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
In Gee Chun - Could this be her week?
Brooke Henderson - Will be there on Sunday
Stacy Lewis - Will have home field advantage

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Marina Alex - Fighting for a Solheim Spot and playing well
Nelly Korda - Could hang in there against this weak field

Other Tidbits:
Shanshan Feng is the first player since Helen Alfredsson in 1993 to lead after each of the first three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open, but not win.

Hye-Jin Choi's 9-under 279 is the lowest 72 hole score by an amateur in U.S. Women's Open history.

So Yeon Ryu's tie for third was her fourth top 5 finish in the U,S, Women's Open in the last five years. Ryu, the 2011 champion, has never finished outside the top 25 in her eight championship appearances.

Amy Yang's tie for eighth is her sixth top 10 finish in her last seven appearances in the U.S. Women's Open. She has yet to win a major championship, but has 17 top 10 finishes. This finiah was her fifth top ten finish in her last six majors she has played in.

While 21 players from the United States made the cut, there were no Americans in the top 10 for the first time in the championship's history.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sung Hyun Kim makes the most important move this week jumping from #11 to #5. M.J. Hur moves from #25 to #18. Amateur and non LPGA player Hye-Jin Choi leaps up from #62 to #24. Marina Alex continues her steady climb up the rankings moving from #68 to #59.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
So Yeon Ryu widens her lead with 2,504 points. Lexi Thompson is next with 2,254 points, followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,177. Sung Hyun Park (1,894) and Brooke Henderson (1,771) fill out the top five.

Who's Hot:
So Yeon Ryu's 3rd place finish this week at the U.S. Women's Open was her 10th top ten finish of the year, which leads the LPGA tour.

M.J. Hur has quietly become one of the most consistent players on the LPGA tour this season. She has 4 top fives, 5 top tens, and 11 top twenty-five finishes in her 15 starts this year.

Who's Not:
Hyo Joo Kim has missed the cut in her last 3 starts. Morgan Pressel has not seen the weekend in 4 of her last 5 starts.


This Week's Trivia Question:

Who are the oldest and youngest players to make the cut in an LPGA event?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

Update #1 - Alison Walsh and Meghan Maclaren are the Monday local qualifiers. Both shot 67.

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1 Nelly Korda -15
2 In-Kyung Kim -13
3 Sandra Changkija -12
3 Sung Hyun Park -12
3 Aditi Ashok -12
3 Pei-Yun Chien -12
3 Lexi Thompson -12
3 Gerina Piller -12
9 Brittany Lincicome -11
10 Chella Choi -10
11 Emily Pedersen -9
11 Kelly Shon -9
11 Alison Lee -9
11 Eun-Hee Ji -9
15 Katie Burnett -8
15 Angel Yin -8
15 Amy Yang -8
15 Laura Diaz -8
19 Alena Sharp -7
19 Jacqui Concolino -7
19 Kim Kaufman -7
19 Hyo Joo Kim -7
19 Lydia Ko -7

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More 2017 U.S. Women's Open Photos

Here are some more photos that my wife and I have taken over the last few days at the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster, N.J.

Mi Hyang Lee
Lexi Thompson



Amy Yang
Mariajo Uribe
Juli Inkster


Chella Choi
Stacy Lewis
Brooke (L) and Brittany Henderson
Madelene Sagstrom

Nelly Korda (talking with Juli Inkster)


In Gee Chun
Moriya Jutanugarn


Ai Miyazato

The only girl from New Jersey....Marina Alex

I am going to keep taking them until she takes a bad one (Danielle Kang)





Kim Kaufman

Hee Young Park

In the event that anyone missed the photos I published earlier in the week press here.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

U.S. Women's Open Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I have taken over the last few days at the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster, N.J.

Suzann Pettersen smiling?

Azahara Munoz

Mi Hyang Lee

Ariya Jutanugarn

Cheyenne Woods

So Yeon Ryu

Mo Martin

Gaby Lopez

Inn Gee Chun

Allison Lee

Danielle  Kang as usual takes my best pictures
Someone asked me for a closeup?


Moriya Jutanugarn

Sarah Jane Smith has Ai Miyazato and So Yeon Ryu hanging on her every word

Carly Booth

Jenny Shin

Michelle Wie

Charley Hull

Haru Nomura

Stephanie Meadow (with Annika Sorenstam in background)

Sandra Gal

Jessica and Nelly Korda with coach David Whelan

Hyo Joo Kim

Hee Young Park

Hee Young Park (for Mr.3putt)


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Monday, July 10, 2017

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

Before I start on this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Katherine Kirk for winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. It was her first win in seven years. It was also her third win on the LPGA tour. Leading most of the way, Kirk made it tougher than it had to be, but her birdie on the 18th and final hole clinched it. Ashleigh Buhai, who also birdied the final hole, finished just one stroke back.

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This week the LPGA travels to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the third Major Championship of the season.

Brittany Lang will be trying to defend the title she won last year in a playoff over Anna Nordqvist.

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Brittany Lang holds up her 2016 U.S. Open Championship trophy


This will be tournament #19 of 34 on this year's LPGA Schedule. It is also the 3rd of five Major Championships to be played this year.

Here are the key details:

Course: Trump National Golf Club
Location:  Bedminster, N.J.
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lang
Winning Score:  68-75-68-71 = 282 (-6)

Final Field: 156 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,752
Purse: $5,000,000

My strength of field rating is a mighty 91% ( up from 88% last year). Not only is it by far the strongest field of the year, but it is the strongest field rating that I have ever given an event in the 5 years I have been doing these ratings. The entire top 75 on the LPGA Priority List, and 45 of the top 50 players on this week's Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. What makes this field so extraordinarily high is the inclusion of so many high ranked players from other tours (especially the KLPGA).

Here are the pairings for the first two rounds.

Here are the television times:
July 13 - FOX Sports1 2:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
July 14 - FOX Sports1 2:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
July 15 - FOX 2:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
July 16 - FOX 2:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
So Yeon Ryu - World's #1 player has won this before
Ariya Jutanugarn - In a slump, but has the tools to win here
Lexi Thompson - A win here could put her #1

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Amy Yang - Always dangerous
Brooke Henderson - Has been playing well
Lexi Thompson...If she can drop a few putts......

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Michelle Wie - Maybe it is her time again
Cristie Kerr - Her game appears in good shape
Jeong Eun Lee - Just a gut feeling
Danielle Kang - Why not again?

Other Tidbits:
Haru Nomura had her cut streak stopped at 29. The past few weeks have not been kind to cut streaks. Stacy Lewis currently has the longest streak with 52. It then drops way down to M.J. Hur at 25.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Not much movement within the top 100 this week. Katherine Kirk skyrockets 69 places from #139 to #70.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
So Yeon Ryu leads with 2,266 points. She is followed closely by Lexi Thompson with 2,199, and Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,177. Brooke Henderson (1,696) and In Gee Chun (1,580) fill out the top five.

Who's Hot:
Cristie Kerr and Sei Young Kim picked up their 5th top five finish of the year. Only Lexi Thompson (6) has more.

Moriya Jutanugarn has entered 17 tournaments this year and has 15 top 25 finishes. No other player on the LPGA tour has more than 13.

Who's Not:
Ssu-Chia Cheng has missed 11 straight cuts. Stephanie Meadow has missed her last nine, while Nasa Hatoaka has missed her last six.

My wife and I will be attending this tournament this week. I will be posting pictures throughout the week.

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