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Pure Silk Championship Presented by Visit Williamsburg Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia for the playing of the Pure Silk Championship Presented by Visit Williamsburg.

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I am sure that most of my readers will have noticed that this tournament has a new name this year. For many years it was known as the Kingsmill Championship. This tournament also has had a history of big name winners including: Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson, and Annika Sorenstam.

Last year's tournament brought us one of the most exciting finishes of the entire season. Ariya Jutanugarn defeated both In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka in a playoff. Brooke Henderson missed the playoff by just one shot. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes because of rain.

This will be the first of twelve consecutive tournaments to be played in twelve consecutive weeks. It will include four Major Championships.

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Ariya Jutanugarn won in a 3-way playoff in 2018.

This will be tournament #12 of 33 tournamnets on this year's LPGA  schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  River Course at Kingsmill Resort
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning Score:  66-67-66 = 199 (-14)
History: This is the 15th year for this event.

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,445
Purse:  $1,300,000
Race to the CME Golobe: 500 points
Aon Risk Reward Challenge Hole: 17th (Par 3)

My strength of field rating is a solid 73% (way up from 63% last year). Forty-two 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 include top ten players Jin-Young Ko, Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Brooke Henderson, Sei Young Kim, and Nasa Hataoka. Players skipping the event this week include: Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Eun-Hee Ji, and Lydia Ko.

The first round pairings have now been posted.

Here are the Television Times:
May 23 - GC 7:30 PM-9:30 PM ET (Tape delay)
May 24 - GC 7:30 PM-9:30 PM ET (Tape delay)
May 25 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
May 26 - GC 4:00 PM-7:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Jin-Young Ko - Number one player in the world
2- Minjee Lee - A win could put her on top
3- Sung Hyun Park - Trying to break out of mini slump

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Nelly Korda - Coming off a rare missed cut
2- Brooke Henderson - Course fits her game
3- Jeongeun Lee6 - Has done everything but win

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Kristen Gillman - Has been playing well enough to be a Solheim Cup pick
2- Bronte Law - That first win could be coming soon
3- Azahara Munoz - Has played well all year

Other Tidbits:
The first eleven tournaments this year have produced ten different winners.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who are the four players that have played this tournament all fourteen times that it has been played?

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

Here are the final results:
1 Bronte Law -17
2 Madelene Sagstrom -15
2 Brooke Henderson -15
2 Nasa Hataoka -15
5 Wei Ling Hsu -14
6 Azahara Munoz -13
6 Carlota Ciganda -13
8 Jennifer Song -12
9 Cristie Kerr -11
9 Katherine Perry -11
11 Caroline Masson -10
11 Ashleigh Buhai -10
13 Shanshan Feng -9
13 Hee Young Park -9
13 Jessica Korda -9
13 Amy Olson -9
13 Minjee Lee -9
13 Gaby Lopez -9
13 Mi Jung Hur -9
13 Charley Hull -9
21 Gemma Dryburgh -8
21 Hannah Green -8
21 Austin Ernst -8
21 Jin Young Ko -8
21 Haru Nomura -8

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).


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