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KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to Brooke Henderson for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and breaking a Canadian record for most wins on  either the LPGA or PGA Tour. You can find the full story here.

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The LPGA moves to the state of Minnesota for the playing of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Sung Hyun Park will be trying to defend this championship that she won last year in a playoff over Nasa Hataoka and So Yeon Ryu.

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Sung Hyun Park

**This will be tournament #16 of 32 on the 2019 LPGA schedule, and 3rd of five major championships.

**I have reduced the number of tournaments from 33 to 32. The tournament that was originally on the LPGA schedule as "to be announced" for the week of 11/11/19, is no longer on the schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Hazeltine National Golf Club
Location: Chaska, Minnesota
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score: 66-72-71-69 = 278 (-10)
History:  This tournament began in 1955.

Final Field:  156 players
Format:  72 holes
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,741
Purse: $3,850,000

Race to the CME Globe = 625 points
Aon Risk/Reward Challenge Hole: 16th (Par 4)

My strength of field rating is a super 86% (exactly the same as last year). All of your favorite LPGA players will be here. The only reason that this field rating may be lower than some of the other major championships, is that it does not invite top players from other tours. Seventy-two of the top 75 players from the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up. The three missing players (Brittany Lincicome, Sarah Jane Smith, and Suzann Pettersen) are all out on maternity leave. The field will also include 41 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings. 

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the Television Times:
June 20 - GC     6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET 
June 21 - GC     6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET 
June 22 - NBC  3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET 
June 23 - NBC  3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Jin Young Ko - Her No. 1 Rolex ranking will be in jeopardy this week.
2- Lexi Thompson - Hottest player on tour right now; can take over the top spot with a victory.
3- Minjee Lee - Always plays well in the majors.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Brooke Henderson - Loves this type of course layout.
2- Jeongeun Lee6 - Has been showing signs of fatigue but don't bet against her.
3- Sung Hyun Park - Always comes up big in the majors.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Jennifer Kupcho - Faded on Sunday this past week. Chalk it up to experience.
2- Maria Fassi - Rested and is a threat in only her third LPGA start.
3- Kristin Gillman - Plays well every week.

Other Tidbits:
Eun-He Ji's missed cut at the Meijer LPGA Classic was her first in her last 17 starts.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson makes the most important move this week jumping up from No. 8 to No. 5. Brittany Altomare rises 9 spots to #45, while rookie Kristen Gillman continues her climb moving up 7 more spots to #68. After a long absence, Morgan Pressel now becomes part of my field rating this week. She leaps up from No. 102 to No. 80.

Race to the CME Globe:   (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize).
Jin Young Ko continues to lead with 2,288 points. Brooke Henderson surges into second place with 1,896. They are followed by Minjee Lee with 1,773, Jeongeun Lee6 with 1,755, and Lexi Thompson with 1,695.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars)
**Lee-Anne Pace barely hangs on to the top spot this week with a score of -.929. She is followed closely by Ariya Jutanugarn -.846 and Charley Hull -.800.

** Players must have a recorded 40 scores by the end of the season in order to qualify to win. Lee Anne Pace has only recorded 14 to date. Ariya Jutanugarn (26) and Charley Hull (20) should have no problem reaching the minimum requirement. 

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson has finished 2nd, 1st, and 2nd, in her last three starts.
Brooke Henderson and Nelly Korda both recorded their 7th top ten finish of the year. No one else has more than six.
Brooke Henderson also leads the LPGA Tour with ten top 20 finishes (in 13 starts).
Minjee Lee has not finished outside of the top sixteen in her last six starts.

Who's Not:
Laura Davies has missed the cut in her last11 starts.

Flying Under the Radar:
With everyone paying attention to Jeongeun Lee6's rookie season (and rightfully so), Kristen Gillman is having quite a rookie season herself. Gillman has recorded two top tens and six top 20 finishes in just 10 starts. She should definitely be gettting some Solheim Cup consideration.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who won this Major Championship in back to back to back years in 2013, 2014, and 2015?

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

Here are the leaders after round 3:

1 Hannah Green -9
2 Ariya Jutanugarn -8
3 Lizette Salas -5
3 Nelly Korda -5
5 Sei Young Kim -4
5 Sung Hyun Park -4
7 Inbee Park -3
7 Lauren Stephenson -3
7 Danielle Kang -3
7 Amy Yang -3
7 Angel Yin -3
12 Jin Young Ko -2
12 Hyo Joo Kim -2
12 Moriya Jutanugarn -2
15 Megan Khang -1
15 Sarah Schmelzel -1
15 Mirim Lee -1
15 Pornanong Phatlum -1
15 In-Kyung Kim -1
15 Brittany Lang -1
15 Pajaree Anannarukarn -1
15 Lexi Thompson -1
23 Georgia Hall E
23 Annie Park E
23 Melissa Reid E

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

  1. How does Jimmin Kang qualify for entry into the KPMG Championship when she is a Category 16 She and 8 others unknowns are listed as CP
    What does CP stand for. I am glad you are a Natalie Fan.

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    1. Players such as Kang and Nicole Jeray are there as "teaching proffessinals". That is also done at the men's PGA championship.

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