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Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start out by congratulating I.K. Kim for winning the Marathon Classic. She took just 28 strokes in her first 9 holes, and really made the final 9 holes of this tournament quite boring. She would ultimately win by 4 strokes over Lexi Thompson. This was a very impressive victory.

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This week the LPGA moves to Scotland for the playing of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. This is the inaugural season for this event. It will be played at the Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire, Scotland. This event is co-sanctioned by both the LPGA and the LET (Ladies European Tour). This will be the first of two consecutive tournaments in Scotland on this year's LPGA Schedule. It will be followed by the Ricoh Women's British open which will be played at Kingsbarns Golf Links in  Fife.

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Dundonald Links

This will be tournament #21 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course: Dundonald Links
Location:  North Ayrshire, Scotland
Defending Champion:  This the inaugural event
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  156 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,660
Purse:  $1,500,000

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My strength of field rating is a not particularly strong 56%. Thirty-one of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 25 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Heading up the field will be the current #1 player in the world, So Yeon Ryu. Other major stars teeing it up this week include: Ariya Jutanugarn (#2), Lydia Ko (#4), Shanshan Feng (#7), Sei Young Kim, Cristie Kerr, Minjee Lee, and Stacy Lewis. Players skipping the event this week include: Lexi Thompson (#3), Sung Hyun Park (#5), In Gee Chun (#6), Amy Yang (#9), Brooke Henderson (#10), Anna Nordqvist, Danielle Kang, Gerina Piller, and both Jessica and Nelly Korda.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
July 27 - GC 9:30 AM-11:30 AM ET 
July 28 - GC 9:30 AM-11:30 AM ET 
July 29 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET (Tape delay)
July 30 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET (Tape delay)

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
So Yeon Ryu - Well rested and always a threat to win.
Ariya Jutanugarn - Needs to start hitting more fairways.
Lydia Ko - Only in this category because Lexi Thompson took the week off.

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Inbee Park - Will be getting ready for British Open next week.
Carlota Ciganda - Just a real strong hunch.
Mo Martin - Hitting fairways will be big here, and nobody does it better.

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Emily Pedersen - Watch out for her this week!
Angel Yin - Is not playing like a rookie.
Aditi Ashok - Her game is rounding into tip top shape.

Other Tidbits:
Lexi Thompson's 2nd place finish was her 5th of the year. Her seven top five finishes leads the tour.

I.K. Kim becomes the 2nd player this year to win twice on the LPGA tour (So Yeon Ryu was the first).

Lexi Thompson leads in the race for the Vare Trophy with a per round average of 68.944. No Player in LPGA history has ever finished a season under 69 strokes per round. 

Nanna Koertstz Madsen won for the third time this year on the Symetra Tour. She will now be included in category 13 on the LPGA Priority List. I believe that will put her at #137 on that list and qualify her for full field events. This does not give her LPGA membership for 2017, however the fact that she will finish in the Symetra top 10 this year will give her full (Category 9) membership in 2018. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
I.K. Kim makes the biggest move this week leaping from #28 to #20. Aditi Ashok moves up seven spots to #86, while Kim Kaufman now becomes part of my field rating moving up from #104 to #96. Karrie Webb dropped out of the top 100 this week.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Lexi Thompson surges into the lead with 2,554 points. She is followed closely by So Yeon Ryu with 2,504. Ariya Jutanugarn (2,177), Sung Hyun Park (1,994), and Brooke Henderson (1,777) fill out the top five that will have their destiny in their own hands in November.

Who's Hot:
Sung Hyun Park has had seven consecutive top 20 finishes.

Who's Not:
Cheyenne Woods has missed the cut in her last 7 starts.

This Week's Trivia Question:

What current LPGA player has 14 top 25 finishes on the LPGA this year, but only has finished in the top ten 4 times?

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

Here are the final results:
1 Mi Hyang Lee -6
2 Mi Jung Hur -5
2 Karrie Webb -5
4 Carlota Ciganda -4
4 Cristie Kerr -4
6 Sun Young Yoo -3
6 Sei Young Kim -3
8 Minjee Lee -2
9 In-Kyung Kim -1
9 Caroline Masson -1
9 Georgia Hall -1
12 Cydney Clanton E
13 Emily Pedersen 1
13 Lina Boqvist 1
13 Ai Miyazato 1
13 Paula Creamer 1
13 Jacqui Concolino 1
13 Olafia Kristinsdottir 1
19 Michelle Wie 2
20 Pornanong Phatlum 3
20 Wichanee Meechai 3
20 Chella Choi 3

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