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

Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. Ariya finished one stroke better than runner-up Minjee Lee. For Jutanugarn it was her tenth win on the LPGA Tour, and her third win this year.

This week the LPGA travels to England for the playing of the Ricoh Women's British Open. I.K. Kim will be trying to defend the title she won last year in Fife, Scotland. I.K.'s final round 71 was good enough to top a charging Jodi Ewart Shadoff (she shot a final round 64) by two strokes.

This will be tournament #22 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fourth of five major championships scheduled for this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Links
Location:  Lancashire, England
Defending Champion: I.K. Kim
Winning Score:  65-68-66-71 = 270 (-18)

Final Field: 144 players
Par: 72
Yardage:  6,697
Purse: 3,250,000

My strength of field rating is a solid **82% (down from 84% last year). Forty…

Breaking News: Lexi Thompson Withdraws From Ricoh Women's British Open

Lexi Thompson announced today via Instagram that she has withdrawn from the Ricoh Women's British Open. She released the following statement:

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I am officially withdrawing from the 2018 Ricoh Women's British Open.  It is extremely difficult for me not to play in this prestigious Major, but I realized recently that I need to take some time to work on myself. The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time. I am therefore taking this time to recharge my mental batteries, and to focus on myself away from the game of professional golf.  Thank all so much for your continued support. I hope to see everyone soon as I plan to defend my title at the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi
It has been a tough past couple of years for Lexi. She lost the 2017 ANA Inspiration in a playoff when she was given a 4 s…

Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA moves to Scotland for the playing of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. This is the second year that this tournament is on the LPGA schedule. Last year, in its inaugural season, Mi Hyang Lee's -6 under par score of 282 was one shot better than both Mi Jung Hur and Karrie Webb. The tournament will be played at a different venue this year.

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course: Gullane Golf Club
Location:  East Lothian, Scotland
Defending Champion:  Mi Hyang Lee
Winning Score: 73-75-68-66 = 282 (-6)

Final Field:  156 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,390
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is 57% (up from 56% last year). Thirty of the top fifty players from the LPGA Priority List, and 24 of the top 50 players from the Rolex World Rankings will be teeing up. The field will be led by top ten players: Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim, and Moriya Ju…

LPGA Surprises and Disappointments 2018 - Part 2

Let me start off by congratulating Thidapa Suwannapura for winning the Marathon Classic. Suwannapura completed 72 holes with a score of -14 under par, tying her with Brittany Lincicome. When she birdied the first playoff hole, the trophy was hers. It was the first LPGA victory of her career.

Now on to this week's subject:

Back in early April I wrote who I thought were the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments of the year. The LPGA had only played 7 tournaments at that point. So much has changed since then. The LPGA has now played 20 of the 32 tournaments on this year's schedule, and I think it is time to take another look.

Biggest Surprises:
1- Pernilla Lindberg - Pernilla winning the ANA Inspiration has definitely been the biggest surprise of the year so far. I say "so far" because we still have a dozen tournaments still to be played (two of them majors), and this has been a crazy season. Pernilla followed up her major victory with another top ten and has five t…

LPGA Player Profile: Paula Creamer

I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile. These profiles have proven to be very popular with my readers.

The player I have chosen today has been a fan favorite ever since she became an LPGA member some thirteen years ago. To this day she still draws some of the biggest crowds in LPGA history.
She is nicknamed the Pink Panther. I have chosen:

Born: 8/5/86 (32 years old)
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.
Resides: Windermere, Fla
Rookie Year: 2005

Paula has won 10 times on the LPGA Tour, including 1 Major Championship. 2005 Sybase Classic2005 Evian Masters2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay2007 The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions2008 Fields Open2008 SemGroup Championship2008 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic2008 Samsung World Championship2010 U.S. Women's Open2014 HSBC Women's Champions
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - 13th in 2013 KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 3rd in 2005, 2013 U.S. Women's Open - 1st in 2010 Ricoh Briti…

Marathon Classic Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I have taken the past few days at the Marathon Classic.

Keep in mind that most of the big stars have taken the week off and are preparing for the next two tournaments that will be held in Europe. Many of these photos are of players that aren't household names, but some of them will be soon.