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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations goes out to Lexi Thompson for winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. Lexi entered the final round two shots behind leader Jeongeun Lee6. It looked like it was Lee's tournament as she still had a two stroke lead going to the 13th hole. Things changed very quickly then as Lee bogeyed the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes. When Lexi got to the tee on the eighteenth and final hole she was tied for the lead. She would wrap up the match in spectacular fashion by sinking a twenty foot eagle putt. For Lexi it was the 11th win of her career.

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This week the LPGA moves to the state of Michigan for the playing of the Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give. SoYeon Ryu will be trying to defend the championship she won last year when she shot a final round 67 to win by two strokes over Caroline Masson.

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So Yeon Ryu

This will be tournament #15 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Blythefield Country Club
Location:  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score:  64-67-69-67 = 267 (-21)
History: This is the 6th year for this tournament.

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,624
Purse:  $2,000,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Challenge Hole: 17th (Par 4)

My strength of field rating is 57% (up from 56% last year). Thirty-one of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List and 27 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top five players: Jin-Young Ko, Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, and Jeongeun Lee6. Top players skipping the event this week include: Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim, Carlotta Ciganda, Amy Yang, Charley Hull, Bronte Law, and I.K. Kim.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the Television Times:
June 13 - GC 12:30 PM-4:30 PM ET 
June 14 - GC 12:30 PM-4:30 PM ET 
June 15 - GC   1:00 PM-4:00 PM ET 
June 16 - GC   2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Jin Young Ko - World's No. 1 player is well rested.
2- Minjee Lee - Also rested up last week.
3- Sung Hyun Park - Always dangerous.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Lexi Thompson - Comes in hot and has won here before.
2- Jeongeun Lee6 - How can you bet against her?
3- Nelly Korda - Rested and ready to win again.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Kristen Gillman - Making a big push for Solheim Cup Team.
2- Jennifer Kupcho - Will make some noise in only her 3rd LPGA start.
3- Yu Liu - That first win can't be very far away.

Other Tidbits:
Lexi Thompson has now won at least one tournament in each of the last seven years. Brooke Henderson and Sei Young Kim are next in line with wins in each of the past five years.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Not much movement this week by LPGA players. Lexi Thompson held the No. 4 position but is just a stone's throw away from being No. 2. Ally McDonald jumps up from No. 74 to No. 66. Outside the top 100, Mariah Stackhouse leaps up 25 spots to No. 158.

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 2,240 points. She is followed by Minjee Lee with 1,718 and Jeongeun Lee6 with 1,717. Lexi Thompson 1,395 and Brooke Henderson 1,394 round out the top five.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars)
Lee-Anne Pace continues to lead with a score of -1.083. She is followed by Lydia Ko and Chella Choi who both have scores of -.85.

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson has had finishes of 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st in her last six starts.
Jeongeun Lee6 and Brooke Henderson lead the tour with nine top 20 finishes this year.

Who's Not:
Laura Gonzalez Escallon has missed the cut in all ten starts this year.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who is the only player to finish in the top ten of this event in each of the last four years?

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

Here are the leaders after round 3:

1 Brooke Henderson -19
2 Annie Park -17
3 Lexi Thompson -16
3 Brittany Altomare -16
5 Jennifer Kupcho -15
6 Su-Hyun Oh -14
6 Madelene Sagstrom -14
6 Morgan Pressel -14
9 Alena Sharp -13
9 Nasa Hataoka -13
11 Danielle Kang -11
11 Moriya Jutanugarn -11
11 Lauren Stephenson -11
11 Chella Choi -11
15 Mariah Stackhouse -10
15 In Gee Chun -10
15 Nelly Korda -10
15 Minjee Lee -10
15 Megan Khang -10
20 Eight tied at -9

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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