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U.L. International Crown Preview

This week the LPGA takes a break from its official tournament schedule, for the playing of the International Crown. This is a biennial event that will take place in even numbered years, as opposed to the Solheim Cup's odd  numbered years. It is a global matchplay competition that will feature 8 countries battling for the rights to be called "The World's Best Golf Nation."

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea Location:  Incheon, South Korea Defending Champion:  United States Winning Score:  13 points
Final Field:  32 players Par:  36/36=72 Yardage: 6,455 yards Purse:  $1,600,000

Here are final results:
Republic of Korea - 15 points
United States - 11 
England 11 
Thailand - 10
Sweden - 9

Teams previously eliminated:
Austrailia - 7 points
Japan - 5
Taipei - 0

Here are the television times: GC Wednesday October 4  8:00 PM  - 3:00 AM ET  GC Thursday     October 5  9:00 PM  - 3:00 PM ET  GC Friday          October 6  9:00 PM  - 3:00 PM ET  GC Saturday      Oct…

LPGA Player Profile Cheyenne Woods

With the LPGA still on its two week break before resuming next week with the playing of the UL International Crown in South Korea, it gives me the opportunity to do another player profile.

The player I have chosen today has not been as successful as many of the other players I have profiled on here, but is a very popular player who has a famous uncle you might have heard of. That player is:
                      Cheyenne Woods

Born: 7/25/90
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Resides:  Phoenix, Arizona
Rookie Year: 2015

Cheyenne has not yet won on the LPGA tour. Here are her best finishes: Finished 6th at the 2016 Cambia Portland ClassicFinished 8th at the 2017 MCKAYSON New Zealand OpenFinished 15th at the 2017 Indy Women In Tech Championship
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - Has never competed in this tournamentKPMG Women's PGA Championship - finished 43rd in 2016U.S. Women's Open  - Has failed to make a cut in four triesRicoh British Open - Has failed to make a cut i…

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

Let me start out today by congratulating Angela Stanford for winning The Evian Championship. She carded a final round 3 under par 68, to win by one stroke over Amy Olson, Sei Young Kim, Mo Martin, and Austin Ernst. It was Stanford's 6th LPGA victory and first major championship.

With the LPGA taking a two week break, I would like to take this opportunity to take a look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2018. 

I lastdid this back in Aprilwhen the LPGA had completed just 25% of its schedule. Now they have completed about 75% of their schedule and things have changed quite dramatically.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligib…

LPGA Player Profile: Michelle Wie

With the LPGA taking a break before resuming its schedule with the playing of the Indy Women in Tech Championship,  I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen is still one of the biggest names in golf today. That player is:

Michelle Wie
Born: 10/11/89 (29 years old)
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Resides:  Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2009

Michelle has won five times on the LPGA tour, including one major championship. 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational2010 CN Canadian Women's Open2014 Lotte Championship2014 U.S. Women's Open2018 HSBC Women's World Championship
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - 2nd in 2014 KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 2nd in 2005 (as a non member) U.S. Women's Open - 1st in 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open - 3rd in 2005 and 2017 The Evian Championship - 16th in 2015

Career Stats: 281 starts206 cuts made (73.3%)62 top tens (22.1%)Has earned $6,801,108 in career earnings (40th on the all ti…

The Evian Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

This week the LPGA moves to France for the playing of The Evian Championship.

Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend the title she won last year in a playoff over Brittany Altomare. Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk, and Moriya Jutanugarn, all fell one stroke short of joining the playoff.

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. It will also be the 5th and final Major Championship of the year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Resort Golf Club
Location:  Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score: 66-72-66 = 204 (shortened to 54 holes)

Final Field:  120 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,479
Purse:  $3,850,000 (Increase of $200,000 from last year)

My strength of field rating is a solid 78% (down slightly from 79.5% last year). Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing from the field this week include: I.K. Kim (injury), Mich…