Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I have taken over the past several days at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Danielle Kang

Pornanong Phatlum
Amy Yang
Yes. That is Lindsey Vonn and Michelle Kwan in the press room
Lindsey Vonn
Ryan O'Toole



Hee Young Park


Cheyenne Woods

Lydia Ko


Madelene Sagstrom


Mariajo Uribe
Nelly Korda
Michael Whan announces extension of this tournament through 2023. With purse increase to 3.65 Million in 2018


Inbee Park

Stephanie Meadow


Madelene Sagstrom

Moriya Jutanugarn seems to be praying for her first Major Championship

Cheyenne Woods

In Gee Chun


Hee Young Park

Azahara Munoz

Haru Nomura

Ilhee Lee

In Gee Chun

M.J. Hur

Ariya Jutanugarn

Michelle Wie


Paula Creamer

Sun Young Yoo

Jaye Marie Green



This Week's Trivia Question: (for those who didn't see it earlier in the week)

Since the year 2000, 2 LPGA players over the age of 40 have won Major Championships. Can you name them?


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to So Yeon Ryu for winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and in doing so, becomes the new #1 player in the Rolex Rankings. Ryu is the third different player to hold the #1 ranking this month. That ranking will be up for grabs this week when no less than 4 players (Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko, and Lexi Thompson are the other three), can claim the top spot with a win.

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This week the LPGA moves to the state of Illinois for the playing of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Many may remember last year's exciting finish when Brooke Henderson defeated Lydia Ko in a playoff.

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Brooke Henderson will be trying to defend the KPMG Women's PGA Championship she won at Sahalee last year.
This will be tournament #17 of 34 on the 2017 LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be played this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Olympia Fields Country Club
Location: Olympia Fields, IL.
Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson
Winning Score: 67-73-73-65 = 278 (-6)

Final Field: 156 Players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,581
Purse: $3,500,000


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This year this tournament will be played at beautiful Olympia Fields Country Club


My strength of field rating is a solid 85% (down from 86.5% last year when Ha Na Jang was in the field). All the stars from the LPGA tour will be teeing it up. The only reason the ANA Inspiration was higher, is that this tournament doesn't include stars from other tours (Jiyai Shin is the lone exception).

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
June 29 - GC 12:30 PM-3:30 PM ET 
June 30 - GC 12:30 PM-3:30 PM ET 
July  1 - NBC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
July  2 - NBC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
So Yeon Ryu - Will be looking to solidify her new #1 ranking
Ariya Jutanugarn - Will be looking to regain the top spot she held for just 2 weeks
Lydia Ko - Still looking to regain the form that had her at #1 for so long

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Lexi Thompson - Could become #1 with a win this week
Brooke Henderson - The defending champion, and she has a history of winning on parkland courses 
Inbee Park - A three time winner of this championship

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Moriya Jutanugarn - Suddenly isn't referred to as Ariya's sister
Amy Yang - Has her game in great shape at the right time
Gerina Piller - What a great place to pick up that first win

Other Tidbits:
There are 26 Major Champions, owning a combined 53 major titles, in the field. They are: Na Yeon Choi, In Gee Chun, Paula Creamer, Laura Davies, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Hyo Joo Kim, Lydia Ko, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew, Mo Martin, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Morgan Pressel, So Yeon Ryu, Jiyai Shin, Lexi Thompson, Yani Tseng, Karrie Webb, Michelle Wie, and Sun Young Yoo.

Megan Khang is the only LPGA player to tee it up in all 16 tournaments this year.

So Yeon Ryu becomes the first repeat winner on the LPGA tour this season.

Both So Yeon Ryu and Michelle Wie picked up their 5th top 5 finish this week, Only Lexi Thompson (6) has more.

Sarah Jane Smith had her cut streak stopped at 35 straight. It had been the 4th longest streak on tour.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
So Yeon Ryu moves up to the top spot. Moriya Jutanugarn continues her surge with a move from #39 to #33, while Gaby Lopez rises up from #102 to #92.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
In the tightest race ever, So Yeon Ryu now leads with 2,195 points. She is followed very closely by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,177, and Lexi Thompson with 2,086.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park is the only LPGA player who has finished in the top 25 in every start this year (eleven for eleven).
Marina Alex very quietly recorded her 4th top ten finish this year.

Who's Not:
Julie Yang has missed 10 consecutive cuts.

My wife and I will be attending this tournament. I will be posting pictures in a few days.

Here are the final results:
1 Danielle Kang -13 F
2 Brooke Henderson -12 F
3 Chella Choi -10 F
4 Mi Hyang Lee -9 F
4 Sei Young Kim -9 F
4 Amy Yang -9 F
7 Inbee Park -7 F
7 Lexi Thompson -7 F
9 Kelly Shon -6 F
9 Stacy Lewis -6 F
11 Lizette Salas -5 F
11 Madelene Sagstrom -5 F
11 Jiyai Shin -5 F
14 Brittany Lincicome -4 F
14 Jessica Korda -4 F
14 Sarah Jane Smith -4 F
14 So Yeon Ryu -4 F
14 Gerina Piller -4 F
14 Sung Hyun Park -4 F
20 Carlota Ciganda -3 F
20 Nelly Korda -3 F
20 Moriya Jutanugarn -3 F
20 Michelle Wie -3 F
20 Candie Kung -3 F

This Week's Trivia Question:

Since the year 2000, 2 LPGA players over the age of 40 have won Major Championships. Can you name them?

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to Brooke Henderson for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic. Her final round 66 was good enough to finish 2 strokes better than both Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie. Madelene Sagstrom, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Su Oh all finished one stroke further back in a fourth place tie. As I stated in my preview to the tournament, the course fit Brooke's game to a tee. She has always said she loves park land courses, and she proved it once again. It was the fourth LPGA victory for the 19 year old Henderson.

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This week the LPGA moves to the state of Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. Last year this tournament was won by Lydia Ko, when she shot a final round sixty-eight to win by 3 strokes over both Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung.

Besides Ko's victory, this tournament has been won by some very big LPGA stars. They Include: Na Yeon Choi, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Ai Miyazato, Yani Tseng (twice), and former LPGA star Jiyai Shin.

This tournament is just 54 holes.

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Lydia Ko holds up her 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship trophy.
This will be tournament #16 of 34 on the 2017 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score: 66-62-68 = 196 (-17)

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



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The Gatorade 17th hole is considered the loudest hole on the LPGA tour.


My strength of field rating is a middle of the road 69% (down from 72% last year). Forty-one of the top 50 players from the current LPGA Priority List, and 17 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players skipping this event include: Brooke Henderson, In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson, I.K. Kim, and Cristie Kerr.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
June 23 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM ET 
June 24 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
June 25 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
Ariya Jutanugarn - Currently #1 in the world
Lydia Ko - #2, but her A game has not shown up
So Yeon Ryu - #3, and well rested

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Michelle Wie - She's been knocking at the door
Sung Hyun Park - Because she can't disappear every Sunday can she?

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Jacqui Concolino - Because she is playing the best golf of her life
Danielle Kang - Overdue
Madelene Sagstrom - Because I want to see how many times I can mention her name this week

Other Tidbits:
Golf Canada Communications announced recently that the 2018 Canadian Pacific Women's Open will be held at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, Saskatchewan. This will be the first time that this championship will be held in the Province of Saskatchewan.

Lexi Thompson moves into the #1 spot on the 2017 LPGA money list. She also leads the tour in scoring average. 

There has not been a repeat winner on the LPGA Tour yet this year. There has been 15 different winners in 15 weeks.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson moves a couple of spots from #15 to #13, while Michelle Wie continues her surge leaping up from #48 to #33. Moriya Jutanugarn rises up from # 46 to #39, and Madelene Sagstrom now becomes a part of my field ratings, catapulting from #129 all the way up to #95.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Ariya Jutanugarn leads with 2,177 points. Lexi Thompson is closing in fast with 2,086. They are followed by So Yeon Ryu (1,695), In Gee Chun (1,515), and Cristie Kerr (1,282).

Who's Hot:
Rookie Madelene Sagstrom has been on quite a run. She finished 7th at the Kingsmill Championship, her final round 65 on Sunday at the ShopRite Classic blew her by 40 players that day, and she tied for 4th this week at the Meijer LPGA Classic. 

Who's Not:
Christina Kim has failed to register a top 30 finish in 13 starts this year. Xi Yu Lin has missed 6 cuts in her last 7 starts. 


This Week's Trivia Question:

Seven players have won LPGA Major Championships as teenagers. How many can you name?

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

Update #1 - Ariya Jutanugarn is no longer in the field.
Update #2 - Regina Plasencia (66) and Julieta Granada (67) are the Monday local qualifiers.

Here are the leaders after round 1:

1 Sung Hyun Park -8 F
2 Ally McDonald -6 F
2 Melissa Reid -6 F
2 So Yeon Ryu -6 F
5 Katherine Kirk -5 F
5 Stacy Lewis -5 F
5 Juli Inkster -5 F
5 Moriya Jutanugarn -5 F
5 Felicity Johnson -5 F
10 Lee-Anne Pace -4 F
10 Gerina Piller -4 F
10 Mi Hyang Lee -4 F
10 Austin Ernst -4 F
10 Pornanong Phatlum -4 F
10 Megan Khang -4 F
10 Jeong Eun Lee -4 F
10 Celine Herbin -4  


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Preview, Pairings and more

Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Manulife LPGA Classic in a playoff over Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun. For Lexi Thompson (who blew a 4 shot lead with 7 holes to play), it was her third playoff loss this year. For Ariya, it was her first victory of the 2017 season, and she did it without making a single birdie over the last 6 holes of regulation. We now have had 14 different winners in 14 tournaments this year.

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This week the LPGA moves back to the state of Michigan for the playing of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Sei Young Kim defeated Carlota Ciganda in a playoff. This is year number four for this tournament on the LPGA schedule. Each year it has come down to the final putt on the final hole. In 2014 the tournament was won by Mirim Lee in a playoff over Inbee Park, and in 2015 Lexi Thompson came out on top by one stroke over two players.

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Sei Young Kim holds up her 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic trophy

This will be tournament #15 of 34 on the 2017 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Blythefield Country Club
Location:  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Defending Champion:  Sei Young Park
Winning Score:  65-69-65-68 = 267 (-17)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,414
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 64 % (down from 69.5 last year). Thirty five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 20 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up.
The field will be led by the new #1 player in the world, Ariya Jutanugarn. It will also include Lydia Ko (#2), Lexi Thompson (#4), and In Gee Chun (#5). Key players skipping this week's event include: So Yeon Ryu, Anna Nordqvist, Amy Yang, and Minjee Lee.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
June 15 - GC 4:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
June 16 - GC 4:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
June 17 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
June 18 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
Ariya Jutanugarn - The new #1 player in the world
Lydia Ko - Well rested after taking off the last 3 tournaments
Lexi Thompson - Has won here before

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
In Gee Chun - Because she seems to be near the top every week
Brooke Henderson - This course fits her game
Mirim Lee - Has also won here before

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Emily Pedersen - Finally getting a chance to play, her worst finish has been 23rd
Laura Gonzalez Escallon - This rookie has been a major surprise
Danielle Kang - She is quietly having a very good year

Other Tidbits:
Congratulations to Amy Anderson on her recent marriage. She will now be known as Amy Olson.

Brittany Lang had her cut streak stopped at sixteen.

Lexi Thompson has taken over the lead for the Vare Trophy. Her 69.079 per round average has her in the lead for that Hall of Fame point.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Ariya Jutanugarn becomes the new #1 player in the world. She is the first player from Thailand to hold that ranking. Jodi Ewart Shadoff jumps up from #47 to #40.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Ariya Jutanugarn takes over the top spot with 2,128 points. Lexi Thompson jumps up to second with 1,786. They are followed by So Yeon Ryu (1,695), In Gee Chun (1,515), and Cristie Kerr (1,233). Keep in the mind that the rule change this year now has the top five players (it was previously three) controlling their own fate for the million dollar bonus.

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn, Lexi Thompson, and In Gee Chun all picked up their 5th top five finish this year, which leads the LPGA tour.

Who's Not:
Ssu-Chia Cheng has missed nine consecutive cuts, the most on the LPGA tour.


This Week's Trivia Question:

What player had by far and away the best rookie season in LPGA history?

Here are the Final Scores:

1 Brooke Henderson -17 F
2 Michelle Wie -15 F
2 Lexi Thompson -15 F
4 Su-Hyun Oh -14 F
4 Madelene Sagstrom -14 F
4 Moriya Jutanugarn -14 F
7 Danielle Kang -13 F
7 Carlota Ciganda -13 F
7 Hyo Joo Kim -13 F
10 Jacqui Concolino -12 F
10 Mi Jung Hur -12 F
10 Lydia Ko -12 F
13 Jane Park -11 F
13 Jenny Shin -11 F
13 Sung Hyun Park -11 F
13 Lee-Anne Pace -11 F
17 Cydney Clanton -10 F
17 Haru Nomura -10 F
17 Kim Kaufman -10 F
17 Lizette Salas -10 F
17 Shanshan Feng -10 F
22 Azahara Munoz -9 F
22 Beatriz Recari -9 F
22 Sei Young Kim -9 F
22 Inbee Park -9 F
22 In-Kyung Kim -9 F
22 Mi Hyang Lee -9 F
22 Ariya Jutanugarn -9 F
22 Emily Pedersen -9 F
22 Stacy Lewis -9 F
22 Cristie Kerr -9 F

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