Sunday, August 20, 2017

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start off today by congratulating Team USA for winning the 2017 Solheim Cup. They did it by a convincing 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 score. Don't let the score fool you, both teams played some of the most exciting golf we have seen in a very long time. The Sunday singles matches included an epic battle between Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson that we will not be forgetting anytime soon. There were no losers out there this week, but this was a big win for the LPGA and women's golf.

Now on to this week's subject.

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After a well deserved week off (they had played 12 consecutive weeks), the LPGA resumes its schedule this week in Ontario, Canada for the playing of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she coasted to a 4 shot victory over runner-up Sei Young Kim.

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Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to defend the Canadian Pacific Women's Open she won quite easily in 2016.

This will be tournament #23 of 34 on the 2017 LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:

Course:  The Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning Score: 68-64-67-66 = 265 (-23)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage: 6,419
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is a very high 76.5% (down from 80% last year). This tournament is always amongst the strongest of the non-major championships. It is down slightly this year largely caused by the injuries to both Suzann Pettersen and Jessica Korda. Forty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List and Twenty of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing the event this week include: Lexi Thompson, Gerina Piller, I.K. Kim, Lizette Salas, and the above mentioned Korda and Pettersen.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC August 24 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET
GC August 25 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET
GC August 26 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
GC August 27 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in Rolex Rankings)
So Yeon Ryu - The Current #1 player in the world
Lexi Thompson - Not in field
Ariya Jutanugarn - Hasn't played well but is still #3

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Brooke Henderson - She would certainly love to win this one in front of home crowd
Sung Hyun Park - You almost have to put her here every week
Lydia Ko - Slumping badly, but plays well in Canada

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Alena Sharp - Playing in front of her home crowd
Michelle Wie - Maybe not so much of a longshot
Angel Yin - Her first victory will be coming soon

I will be driving to Ottawa and will be posting pictures from this tournament in a couple of days. 

Here are the final results:

1 Sung Hyun Park -13
2 Mirim Lee -11
3 Marina Alex -10
3 Shanshan Feng -10
3 Cristie Kerr -10
3 In Gee Chun -10
3 Nicole Broch Larsen -10
8 Jane Park -9
8 Hyo Joo Kim -9
8 Mo Martin -9
11 Beatriz Recari -8
12 So Yeon Ryu -7
12 Mi Jung Hur -7
12 Stacy Lewis -7
12 Brooke Henderson -7
16 Jennifer Song -6
16 Chella Choi -6
16 Caroline Masson -6
16 Brittany Lincicome -6
20 Megan Khang -5
20 Amy Yang -5

This Week's Trivia Question:

We all know that Lydia Ko won the Canadian Open three times (2012,2013,2015).
What other two LPGA players have also won the tournament 3 times?

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

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  1. Thanks for providing the links to the other golf tours. I noticed Hye Jin Choi, the 17 year old amateur that finished runner up at the U.S. Women's Open, won her second tournament of the season on the KLPGA. I've heard she is going to turn pro this year. Do you think she will take a shot at Q-school and LPGA membership? With her top-25 ranking (22nd), she should advance automatically to Stage 3. Might be better to try now than wait to see what Michael Whan does to replace Q-school and emphasize the Symetra Tour and possible LET as the pathway to the LPGA.
    Sports medic

  2. I understand she will turn 18 next week. I don't know what her plans involving Q-school are.

  3. How impressed were with you in the crowds this week?