This week the LPGA returns to the USA and the state of Indiana for the playing of the Indy Women In Tech Championship Driven by Group 1001.
Last year was the inaugural playing of this tournament, and it was played as a 54 hole event to give the players time to get to France for the Evian Championship. Lexi Thompson pulled away from Lydia Ko in the final round and was victorious by a four stroke margin.
|Lexi Thompson won the inagural playing of this event in 2017.|
This year this tournament is a full four day, 72 hole event.
This will be tournament #23 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the Key Details:
Course: Brickyard Crossing Golf Club
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Defending Champion: Lexi Thompson
Winning Score: 63-66-68 = 197 (-19)
Final Field: 144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
My strength of field rating is a very solid 67% (up from 52% last year). This is one of the biggest year to year increases in the eight years I have been doing field ratings. Thirty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 16 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by the world #1 ranked player Ariya Jutanugarn and will include top ten players: So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Shanshan Feng, Minjee Lee, and Jessica Korda. The only top ten players skipping event this week are Anna Nordqvist, I.K. Kim, and Georgia Hall.
I will post the pairings as soon as they are made available.
Here are the television times:
August 16 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
August 17 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ETAugust 18 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
August 19 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - World #1 by a very narrow margin.
2- So Yeon Ryu - Could take over the top spot with a victory.
3- Sung Hyun Park - After a slow start, is back fighting for the #1 spot.
Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Lexi Thompson - Defending champion is well rested.
2- Minjee Lee - She is in the mix every week.
3- Shanshan Feng - Still looking for that first win of the year.
Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)1- Carlota Ciganda - Maybe not such a longshot.
2- Yu Liu - Has been flying under the radar, but watch out for her.
3- Marina Alex - Played well here last year.
This Week's Trivia Question:Only seven players in the history of the LPGA have finished #1 on the year end Rolex Rankings. How many can you name?
For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.
I will be attending this tournament. Look for a photo gallery in a few days.
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