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Ricoh Women's British Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Mi Hyang Lee for winning the inaugural playing of the Aberdeen Assets Management Ladies Scottish Open. While we were all watching the battle that was going on between the three players in the final group (Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, and Sei Young Kim), Lee came out of nowhere to post a final round of 6 under par 66 to take home the trophy. Lee started the weekend in 39th place, and started the final round 6 shots back. It was the second win of her LPGA career.

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This week the LPGA tour will stay in Scotland for the second consecutive week, for the playing of the Ricoh Women's British Open. Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to defend the title she won last year in Milton Keynes, England, when she won her first Major Championship by 3 strokes over Mo Martin and Mirim Lee.

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Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to defend the title she won last year in England.

This will be tournament #22 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fourth of five Major Championships this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kingsbarns Golf Links
Location:  Fife, Scotland
Defending Champion:  Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning Score:  65-69-66-72 = 272 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage: Not noted
Purse:  $3,250,000

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Kingsbarns Golf Links

My strength of field rating is a very solid 84% ( Up from 83% last year ). Sixty-four of the top 75 players from the LPGA Priority List and 40 of the top 50 players from the current Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Aug 3 - GC 6:00 AM-1:00 PM ET
Aug 4 - GC 6:00 AM-1:00 PM ET 
Aug 5 - GC 7:00 AM-11.00 AM ET
Aug 5 - NBC 11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET 
Aug 6 - GC 7:30 AM-11.30 AM ET
Aug 6 - NBC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
1- So Yeon Ryu - Always a threat to win no matter where they are playing.
2- Lexi Thompson - As always, it will come down to her putting.
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - Not playing very well right now, but her power could change things quickly.

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Mo Martin - Because she always seems to play well at this tournament.
M.J. Hur - The most overlooked player on the LPGA tour right now.
Cristie Kerr - Because her ball listens to her screaming more times than not.

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Emily Pedersen - Does she ever finish outside the top 25?
Georgia Hall - Because she just might be the best player on the L.E.T.
Ha Na Jang - Because I haven't written that name down in a while.


Other Tidbits:
Mi Hyung Lee's victory was the 11th win this year by a player from South Korea. What makes that even more impressive is that nine different players from that country have won. Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang, Inbee Park, Mirim Lee, So Yeon Ryu (twice), Sei Young Kim, I.K. Kim (twice), Sung Hyun Park, and Mi Hyung Lee have all won this year.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lexi Thompson passes Ariya Jutanugarn and is now the #2 ranked player in the world.
Sung Hyun Park moves up to #4, pushing Lydia Ko down to the #5 position. Mi Hyang Lee jumps up from #49 to #33, while Karrie Webb vaults from #106 to #67.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
In the closest race in history, Lexi Thompson's 2,554 points are just 2 points better than So Yeon Ryu. Ariya Jutanugarn follows closely with 2,204 points. Sung Hyun Park (1,994) and Brooke Henderson (1,771) fill out the top five that will have their fate in their own hands come tournament time. 

Who's Hot:
Cristie Kerr's 4th place finish this week was her 6th top 5 finish of the year. Only Lexi Thompson (7) has more.

Sei Young Kim has 4 consecutive top 10 finishes.

Carlota Ciganda has eight consecutive top 25 finishes, with five of them being top tens.


Who's Not:
Beth Allen has missed 9 consecutive cuts. Xi Yu Lin has missed the cut 11 times this season in 15 starts, with her best finish to date a tie for 33rd.

UPDATE #1 - 7/31/17 6:00PM
The following players have qualified via today's qualifying tournament:
Pos Player Name Nat. Par Score
1 Ursula Wikstrom FIN -5 67
2 Paula Creamer USA -4 68
2 Ashleigh Buhai RSA -4 68
2 Tiffany Joh USA -4 68
5 Lydia Hall WAL -3 69
5 Ayako Uehara JPN -3 69
5 Min Lee TAI -3 69
5 Jing Yan CHN -3 69
5 Ally McDonald USA -3 69
5 Marissa Steen USA -3 69
5 My Leander (a) SWE -3 69
12 Isi Gabsa GER -2 70
13 Laura Davies ENG -2 70
14 Heather Macrae SCO -2 70
15 Nicole Broch Larsen DEN -2 70
16 Christine Wolf AUT -2 70
17 Amelia Lewis USA -2 70
18 Nicole Garcia RSA -2 70
19 Sally Watson SCO -2 70
20 Vikki Laing SCO -2 70
21 Stacey Peters AUS -2 70
22 Sophie Lamb (a) ENG -2 70

This Week's Trivia Question:

Only two players have successfully defended this British Open Championship. Can you name them?

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

Here are the leaders after round 3:

1 In-Kyung Kim -17
2 Moriya Jutanugarn -11
2 Georgia Hall -11
4 Inbee Park -10
4 Ally McDonald -10
6 Stacy Lewis -9
7 Mi Hyang Lee -8
7 Jaye Marie Green -8
7 Caroline Masson -8
7 Melissa Reid -8
7 Angel Yin -8
7 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -8
13 Ashleigh Buhai -7
13 Hyo Joo Kim -7
13 Mi Jung Hur -7
13 Michelle Wie -7
13 Karine Icher -7
13 Ai Suzuki -7
13 Jenny Shin -7
13 Chella Choi -7
13 Lexi Thompson -7

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates. They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.


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