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LPGA Reshuffles 2018 Priority List For Final Time This Season

The LPGA had its second and final reshuffle of its 2018 Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.

The following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Annie Park - 146 to 83
Sherman Saniwiwattanaphong - 139 to 96
Wichanee Meechai - 143 to 100
Although the jumps mad…

More KPMG Women's PGA Championship Photos

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the pictures I posted yesterday. Unlike yesterday, the sun is shining today and it is a beautiful day. The players are out practicing and it is a good time to take some more pictures.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I have taken the past few days at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to Nasa Hataoka for winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Nasa took control midway through the third and final round and won this one easily. Austin Ernst finished second, six strokes behind Hataoka. It was Hataoka's first win on the LPGA tour. She also became the 4th first time winner on the LPGA tour this year (follwing Pernilla Lindberg, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Annie Park).

The LPGA moves to the state of Illinois for the playing of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Danielle Kang will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she held off a charging Brooke Henderson, and won her first LPGA tournament by a single stroke.

This will be tournament #18 of 33 on the 2018 LPGA schedule, and 3rd of five Major Championships.

Here are the key details:

Race to the CME Globe:  625 points
Course:  Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Location:  Kildeer, IL
Defending Champion:  Danielle Kang
Winning Score:69-66-68-68 = 271 (-13)

Final Field: 156 players
Format:  …

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

A big congratulations goes out to So Yeon Ryu for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic. Ryu, who shot a final round five under par 67, was challenged throughout the back nine by several players but kept her cool and outplayed them all down the stretch. It was her 6th win on the LPGA tour. 

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Arkansas for the playing of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. This tournament has always been known to produce very low scores and last year was no exception. So Yeon Ryu started the final round with a 5 stroke lead and held off a charging Amy Yang (who shot a final round 64) and won by two strokes over Yang and Moriya Jutanugarn. 

This will be tournament #17 of 32 on the 2018 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Race to the CME Globe:  500 points
Course:  Pinnacle Country Club
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score: 65-61-69 = 195 (-18)

Final Field:  144 players
Format:  54 holes
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,33…