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

Before I get started on this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Minjee Lee for winning the LPGA Volvik Championship. Minjee's final round -4 under par 68, was good enough to win by one stroke over runner-up In Kyung Kim.


This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the second Major Championship of the 2018 season.

Sung Hyun Park will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year at Trump National Golf Club by two strokes over Hye Jin Choi.



This will be tournament #14 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be held this year.

Course:  Shoal Creek
Location:  Shoal Creek, Alabama
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score:  73-70-67-67 = 277 (-11)

Final Field:  156 players
Cut: Top 60 and ties
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,732
Purse:  $5,000,000



My strength of field rating is a mighty 87% (down from 91% last year). The re…

LPGA Volvik Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start off by giving a big congratulations to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Kingsmill Championship. Ariya has been the most consistent player on tour this year, but coming into the Kingsmill event she did not have a victory. She changed that by defeating both In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka in a playoff. All three players were tied at -14 under par after the rain shortened 54 hole tournament was completed. Chun, who parred the first playoff hole, was eliminated when both Nasa and Ariya birdied it. When Ariya birdied the second playoff hole, she had her first win of the season and eighth of her career. Ariya now leads the LPGA in Official Earnings, The Race to the CME Globe, and The Rolex Player of the Year Race. She also leads the tour in top fives, top tens, and total birdies. In fact, the only major award that she is not leading is for the Vare Trophy (Jessica Korda leads there).




This week the LPGA moves to the state of Michigan for the playing of the LPGA Volvik Championship.…

Kingsmill Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC.



The LPGA has been known to provide us with very close exciting finishes week in and week out. The majority of the tournaments seem to go to the very last hole before the championship is decided. Sometimes it isn't even decided then, as extra holes are needed to determine the winner. That was not the case for this tournament last year. Lexi Thompson grabbed the lead in round one and never relinquished it, winning "wire to wire" by five strokes over In Gee Chun.

This tournament has a long history of big name winners including: Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson, and Annika Sorenstam.

This will be the start of 9 tournaments being played in 9 consecutive weeks. It will include 2 Major Championships (KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open).


This will be tournament #12 of 33 on this year's LPG…

Rating the 2018 LPGA Rookies - Part 1

With the LPGA season about 1/3 complete I would like to take a look at how the rookies are faring so far this year. I will do this again at the 2/3 mark and a final time at the end of the season.

 These ratings are strictly based on how they fared in LPGA events only. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My main objective here is to analyze the chances of these rookies retaining their LPGA cards next season.

 Depending on the player's priority rating, some have played up to 9 events this year, others haven't teed it up at all. I have given grades to all players that have played in at least 2 tournaments, otherwise they have been marked incomplete.

You might think that some of these grades I have given are harsh, but this is the big time now, and these players have to take advantage of every opportunity, or risk losing their cards. 

 Ideally, you would like to finish in the top 80 on the money list. That will guarantee you a priority list ranking good e…