Skip to main content

CP Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start out by congratulating Sung Hyun Park for winning the Indy Women In tech Championship. Park finished regulation play tied with Lizette Salas at 23 under par. When Park birdied the first playoff hole, she had her third victory of the season.

It has been a very strange year for Sung Hyun Park. She is tied for the LPGA lead with Ariya Jutanugarn with three wins this year. The strange part is that she has managed just four top ten finishes. That ranks 21st on tour. Ariya Jutanugarn leads the LPGA with 13 top ten finishes. Park has also missed six cuts in 17 starts this year (35.3%), an extremely high percentage for a player of her caliber. That said, wins are the most important statistic and she certainly knows how to accumulate them.

Image result for 2018 cp womens open

This week the LPGA travels to Canada for the playing of the CP Women's Open. Sung Hyun Park will be trying to defend the title she won last year, when her final round sixty-four was good enough to win by two strokes over Mirim Lee.

Image result for sung hyun park wins cp open
Sung Hyun Park rallied in the fourth round to win the 2017 CP Women's Open.

This will be tournament #24 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Wascana Country Club
Location:  Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Yardage:  6,419
Par:  71
History:  This event began in 2001.

Final Field:  144 players
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score:  70-68-69-64 = 271 (-13)
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is a strong 70% (down from 76.5% last year). Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by LPGA stars Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Shanshan Feng, Minjee Lee, and Jessica Korda. Players not teeing it up this week include: So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, I.K. Kim, Michelle Wie, Lizette Salas, and Eun-Hee Ji.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC August 23 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET
GC August 24 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET
GC August 25 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
GC August 26 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Sung Hyun Park - She could win or miss the cut. Which player will show up?
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - The best player this year will be trying to regain the number 1 spot.
3- Lexi Thompson - Can she get that elusive first win of the year? Or a better question might be, "Can she avoid another penalty?"

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Brooke Henderson - She will win this open eventually, why not this week?
2- Minjee Lee - Will be dangerous coming off a rare missed cut.
3- Shanshan Feng - Overdue to get her first win this year.


Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Carlota Ciganda - Has played well most of the year.
2- Marina Alex - Don't overlook this player.
3- Brittany Marchand - This Canadian is a real longshot.

Other Tidbits:
The last 16 LPGA events have resulted in 7 playoffs. Four other during that period have been decided by one stroke.
Sung Hyun Park becomes the third player this year to cross the 1 million dollar mark in 2018 official earnings. She joins Ariya Jutanugarn and So Yeon Ryu. Jutanugarn has already crossed the 2 million dollar mark.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sung Hyun Park takes over the top spot this week for the second time in her young career. She moves up from #3 to #1. Lizette Salas jumps up from #27 to #22, and Mi Hyang Lee leaps up from #58 to #52.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Ariya Jutanugarn continues to have a huge lead with 3,413 points. Minjee Lee is a distant second with 2,199 points. Sung Hyun Park moves into third place with 2,003. They are followed by Moriya Jutanugarn (1,964), Jin Young Ko (1,939) and Brooke Henderson (1,870).

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn has finished 1st, 4th, and 7th in her last three starts. Brooke Henderson has finished 3rd, 11th, and 7th in her last three starts.

Who's Not:
Haru Nomura's missed cut this past week was her 9th in 16 starts. She does not have a top 30 finish this year.
Mirim Lee has just one top ten this year and has missed eight cuts.

This Week's Trivia Question: 
Although this tournament has been played since 2001, there have been only two multiple winners. Can you name them?

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

Here are the final results:

1 Brooke Henderson -21 F
2 Angel Yin -17 F
3 Jennifer Song -15 F
4 Amy Yang -14 F
4 Minjee Lee -14 F
4 Su-Hyun Oh -14 F
4 Austin Ernst -14 F
8 Maria Torres -13 F
8 Anna Nordqvist -13 F
8 Lydia Ko -13 F
8 Sung Hyun Park -13 F
8 Nasa Hataoka -13 F
13 Shanshan Feng -12 F
13 Mo Martin -12 F
13 Mariah Stackhouse -12 F
16 Mariajo Uribe -11 F
16 Ariya Jutanugarn -11 F
16 Bronte Law -11 F
19 Caroline Inglis -10 F
19 Jaye Marie Green -10 F
21 Sei Young Kim -9 F
21 Mirim Lee -9 F
23 Charley Hull -8 F
23 Megan Khang -8 F
23 Lindy Duncan -8 F
23 Thidapa Suwannapura -8 F
23 Jin Young Ko -8 F

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.  They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog. 
Tournament results will be posted here at the end of each round. Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found on the right side of this page 
(or on pull down menu on mobile website).

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS
Born: 1/7/83 (36 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:   (Updated through the 2018 season)

329 career starts238 cuts made (72.3%)37 top tens (11.2%)Has $4,898,508 in career earnings through the 2018 season (67th on the all time LPGA career money list).


Other Career Highlights: A three time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (2005, 2…

My Top Ten LPGA Blogs of All-Time

Let me start out today by saying that I am looking forward to next week when the LPGA resumes it's schedule for real this time. They will play four consecutive weeks before the next break that will take them back to the USA. 
Needless to say with all the off time, I have been running out of things to write about. 
This week is the 9th anniversary of my blogging about the LPGA!


Those of you that have been with me from the beginning will remember that the first 3 years I blogged for Mostly Harmless. I created Tony's LPGA Report in 2013.

Over that period of time I have published over 750 blogs. Most have turned out to be quite successful, some have fallen flat. But one thing that you can be sure of is that I have always tried my best to be the "go to" resource for up-to-date and accurate news about the LPGA.

I recently went back through all of my blogs and made a list of the ten most popular. The results were quite surprising. It seems like the pieces that I spend the most t…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

1/24/19 Bonus photos added at bottom of page.

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2018. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#17
#16
#12

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.





Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.



Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for successfully defending her ShopRite Classic title. She came from behind, shooting a final round 64, which turned out to be one stroke better than runner-up Haru Nomura.



This week the LPGA travels to the state of Washington for the the playing of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship. This is the second Major Championship of the season. It is also the start of an extremely important part of the 2016 LPGA schedule that will include 3 Major Championships and the UL International Crown in the next 8 weeks.

This tournament was won last year in run-away fashion, when Inbee Park smoked the field by 5 strokes. She has won this championship 3 years in a row, and will be trying for a very rare four-peat. However, a recent injury to her thumb, will make that highly unlikely.


This will be tournament #16 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #2 of 5 to be played in 2016.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sahalee Country Club

LPGA Announces its 2019 Schedule!

The LPGA officially announced its 2019 schedule today, and it well worth the wait!

Here are the highlights:
1- The schedule features 34 events (33 official + The Solheim Cup). There were 33 last year (32 + UL International Crown).

2- The season will start one week earlier than last year, and kick off with two new tournaments.

3- There are a total of four tournaments:
     a) Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Jan 17-20)
     b) Vic Open (Feb 7-10)
     c) Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 17-20)
     d) BMW Ladies Championship (October 24-27)

     Tournaments that are no longer on the LPGA schedule:
     a) Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Pure Silk will be sponsoring the Virginia Event)
     b) LPGA Volvic Championship
     c) LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
     d) Blue Bay LPGA

     There will be another tournament announced at a later date, that will take place Nov 14-17.

4- Will feature a record setting $70.55 million in prize money (up from 65.35 last year).

5- There w…