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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.

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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).

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Lexi Thompson is given a bath after winning the 2017 Kingsmill Championship.

This will be tournament #12 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  River Course at Kingsmill Resort
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  65-65-69-65 = 264 (-20)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,430
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 63% (down from 72% last year). Thirty-four of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 28 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Top ten players in this week's field include: Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, In Kyung Kim, Jessica Korda, and Cristie Kerr. Players skipping the event this week include: Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, Sung Hyung Park, Lydia Ko, and Jin Young Ko.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
May 17 - GC 10:30 AM-12:30 PM ET 
May 18 - GC 10:30 AM-12:30 PM ET 
May 19 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
May 20 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Lexi Thompson - Lexi is the highest ranked player in the field this week.
2- So Yeon Ryu - Always dangerous, and due to put four good rounds together.
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - Most consistent player on tour this year but still hasn't won.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Jessica Korda - Seems to contend every week.
2- Minjee Lee - Ditto
3- In Gee Chun - Time to show us that new haircut this weekend on TV.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Marina Alex - Look for her to contend this weekend.
2- Lindy Duncan - She will continue to stay hot.
3- Hanna Green - Just a hunch.

Other News:
Emily Tubert and Dorsey Addicks are the Monday Local Qualifiers for this week's tournament.

Vicky Hurst was a winner this week on the Symetra Tour. She won the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic. Vicky's final score of -9 under par was one shot better than runner-up Dottie Ardina.

This Week's Trivia Question: 
This will be the 14th year for this tournament. Only one player has won this tournament more than once. That player has won it three times! Can you name her?

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

Here are the final results:
1 **Ariya Jutanugarn -14 F
2 Nasa Hataoka -14 F
2 In Gee Chun -14 F
4 Brooke Henderson -13 F
5 Megan Khang -12 F
6 Austin Ernst -10 F
7 Eun-Hee Ji -9 F
7 Sher. Santiwiwatthanaphong -9 F
7 Caroline Masson -9 F
10 Mariajo Uribe -8 F
10 Katelyn Dambaugh -8 F
10 Moriya Jutanugarn -8 F
10 Ayako Uehara -8 F
10 Anna Nordqvist -8 F
10 Sandra Gal -8 F
10 Catriona Matthew -8 F
17 Danielle Kang -7 F
17 Mina Harigae -7 F
19 Daniela Holmqvist -6 F
19 Minjee Lee -6 F
19 Amy Olson -6 F
19 Azahara Munoz -6 F
19 Karrie Webb -6 F
19 Jessica Korda -6 F
25 Marina Alex -5 F
25 Cydney Clanton -5 F
25 Su-Hyun Oh -5 F
25 Lindy Duncan -5 F
25 Laetitia Beck -5 F
25 Brittany Lang -5 F
25 Gaby Lopez -5 F
25 Jacqui Concolino -5 F
25 Jaye Marie Green -5 F
25 Celine Boutier -5 F
25 Robynn Ree -5 F
** Won on 2nd playoff hole.

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