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U.S. Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start out today by giving a big congratulations to Bronte Law for winning the Pure Silk Championship. Law's final total of 267 (-17) was 2 shots better than Madelene Sagstrom, Brooke Henderson, and Nasa Hataoka. For Bronte it was her first LPGA victory. The victory was not a big surprise to anyone who has followed the tour for the past 2 years. Bronte has had several close calls, including a playoff loss in the previous LPGA tournament (The LPGA Mediheal Championship).
I will also give myself a pat on the back for picking her as my longshot pick before the tournament started.
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This week the LPGA travels to the state of South Carolina for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the 2nd Major Championship of the 2019 season.

Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year at Shoal Creek in a playoff over Hyo Joo Kim.

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Defending Champion Ariya Jutanugarn

This will be tournament #13 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be held this year.

Here are the Key Details:
Course: Country Club of Charleston
Location:  Charleston, South Carolina
Defending Champion: Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning Score: 67-70-67-73 = 277 (-11)
History: This event began in 1946

Final Field:  156 players

Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,732
Purse:  $5,500,000
Race to the CME Globe: 625 points
Aon Risk Reward Challenge Hole: 11th (Par 3)

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Country Club of Charleston

My strength of field rating is a very strong 84.5% (down from last year's 87%), making it the second strongest field of the year (Behind the ANA Inspiration). Forty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 44 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Top players not in the field this week (lowering the field rating) include: Brittany Lincicome, Mo Martin, Michelle Wie, and I.K. Kim. There are also a number of top players from the JLPGA tour that will be teeing it up (raising the field rating) which include: Ai Suzaki (#28 in Rolex Rankings), Minami Katsu (#46), Mamiko Higa (#49), Misuzi Narita (#63), Hina Arakaki (#83), and Eri Okayama (#99).

Here are the pairings for the first two rounds.

Here are the Television Times:
May 30 - FOX Sports1 2:30 PM-7:30 PM ET 
May 31 - FOX Sports1 2:30 PM-7:30 PM ET 
June   1 - FOX 2:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 
June   2 - FOX 2:00 PM-7:00 PM ET 

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field).
1- Jin Young Ko - No. 1 player in the world rankings.
2- Minjee Lee - A win here would put her at the top
3- Sung Hyun Park - Former #1 usually raises her game for the Major Championships.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week).
1- Brooke Henderson - Has played well all year.
2- Jin Young Ko - Yes she is listed above, but I am also feeling it!
3- Nelly Korda - Time to break out of her mini slump.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible).
1- Jeongeun Lee6 - Will her first win be a major?
2- Jennifer Song - Ditto.
3- Azahara Munoz - Quietly having the best season of her career.

Other Tidbits:
Jeongeun Lee's 26th place finish this past week, was the first time she finished outside the top 20 this year.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson makes the most important move this week jumping up to the No. 6 position. Bronte Law surges from the No. 41 position to No. 27, while Madelene Sagstrom makes the biggest move, leaping from No. 149 to No. 92.

Race to the CME Globe:   (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize)
Jin Young Ko still leads with 2,171 points. She is followed by Minjee Lee with 1,637 and Nelly Korda with 1,300. Brooke Henderson is now fourth with 1,284, and she is followed by Eun-Hee Ji with 1,279.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars)
Lee-Anne Pace continues to lead with a score of -1.1. She is followed by Hyo Joo Kim -097 and Carlota Ciganda -0.90

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson (2nd place) and Azahara Munoz (6th place) both earned their 6th top ten of the year at the Pure Silk Championship. They are now tied for first place in that category with Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko.

Who's Not:
Su Oh has missed the cut five consecutive events.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who is the oldest and youngest players to win this event?

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

Here are the final results:

1 Jeongeun Lee6 -6 F
2 Angel Yin -4 F
2 So Yeon Ryu -4 F
2 Lexi Thompson -4 F
5 Gerina Piller -3 F
5 Mamiko Higa -3 F
5 Jaye Marie Green -3 F
5 Yu Liu -3 F
5 Celine Boutier -3 F
10 Ally McDonald -2 F
10 Jessica Korda -2 F
12 Maria Fassi -1 F
12 Gina Kim -1 F
12 Sung Hyun Park -1 F
12 Minjee Lee -1 F
16 Inbee Park E F
16 Pornanong Phatlum E F
16 Charley Hull E F
16 Jin Young Ko E F
16 Sei Young Kim E F
16 Nanna Madsen E F
22 Minami Katsu 1 F
22 Jing Yan 1 F
22 Carlota Ciganda 1 F
22 Ai Suzuki 1 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).  


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