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ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Preview, Pairings and More

Before I get started with this week's tournament I want to give a big congratulations to Jeongeun Lee6  for winning the U.S. Women's Open. Lee started the final round two shots behind co-leaders Celine Boutier and Yu Liu, but took advantage of their early mistakes. Lee shot a final round one under par 70, which was good enough for a two stroke victory over Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, and a charging Angel Yin. For Lee, a rookie on the LPGA Tour this year, it was her first LPGA victory.

This was the second consecutive week that a longshot pick of mine was not only the winner, but in each instance it was their first LPGA win. I picked Bronte Law last week and she went on to win the Pure Silk Championship.

Lee became the 11th different winner of the U.S. Women's Open in the past 11 years.

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This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite Classic Presented by Acer. This tournament has a long history dating back to 1986 when it was then called the Atlantic City LPGA Classic. Winners of this tournament include: Annika Sorenstam (3 times), Stacy Lewis (twice), Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato, Se Ri Pak and Cristie Kerr. Last year it was won by Annie Park by one stroke over Sakura Yokomine. New Jersey's Marina Alex finished one stroke further back.

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Defending Champion Annie Park

This will be tournament #14 of 33 on the 2019 LPGA schedule.

This is a 54 hole event.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Course, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, NJ.
Defending Champion:  Annie Park
Winning Score:  69-65-63 = 197 (-16)
History: This tournament was held from 1986-2006 and returned to the schedule in 2010

Final Field:  144 players

Par:  37/34 = 71
Yardage:  6,217
Purse:  $1,750,000 
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Challenge Hole: 9th (Par 5)

My strength of field rating is just  39% (down from 48% last year).  For an explanation of how I compute my field ratings press here. Twenty-one of the top 50 players from the current LPGA Priority list and 17 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top ten ranked players: Lexi Thompson, Jeongeun Lee6, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Brooke Henderson. Top players skipping the event this week include: Jin Young Ko, Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Nasa Hataoka, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, and both the Korda sisters.

I will post the pairings as soon as they are made available.

Here are the Television Times:
June 7 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET 
June 8 - GC  3:00  PM-5:00 PM ET 
June 9 - GC  3:00  PM-5:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Lexi Thompson - She is the highest ranked player in the field this week.
2- Jeongeun Lee6 - Coming off the biggest win of her career.
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - Still fighting a major slump.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Marina Alex - Jersey Girl steps up.
2- Sei Young Kim - Could demolish this field.
3- Anna Nordqvist - Playing poorly but owns this course.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Kristin Gillman - Second rookie winner in a row?
Jennifer Kupcho - Ditto.
Jaye Marie Green - Third first time winner in a row?

Other Tidbits:
Amy Yang had her cut streak snapped at 21. 
The first thirteen LPGA tournaments this year have produced twelve different winners from seven different countries. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Jeongeun Lee6 makes the most important move this week, moving up from No. 17 to No. 5. Jaye Marie Green makes the biggest leap inside the top 100, jumping up 31 spots from No. 118 to No. 87. Other big moves include Angel Yin No. 41 to No. 27, Celine Boutier No. 94 to No. 72, and Ally McDonald No. 91 to No. 74. On the downside, both M.J. Hur and Sandra Gal have fallen out of the top 100 and  will no longer be part of my weekly field ratings. 

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 1,417. Nelly Korda with 1,380 and Brooke Henderson with 1,324 fill out the top five.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars)
Lee-Anne Pace leads with a score of -1.1. She is followed by Carlota Ciganda -0.864 and Lydia Ko -0.850.

Who's Hot:
Minjee Lee has not finished worse than 13th place in her last five events.

Who's Not:
Georgia Hall has not registered a top thirty finish in her last ten starts.
Ariya Jutanugarn has not finished in the top twenty-five in her last four starts.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who is the only player to win this championship in back to back years?

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

I will be attending this tournament. Check back here later in the week for a photo gallery.

Here are the final results:

1 Lexi Thompson -12
2 Jeongeun Lee6 -11
3 Ally McDonald -9
4 Anna Nordqvist -7
5 Ariya Jutanugarn -6
5 Yu Liu -6
5 Mariah Stackhouse -6
8 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -5
8 Paula Creamer -5
8 Marina Alex -5
11 Dana Finkelstein -4
11 Anne Catherine Tanguay -4
11 Brooke Henderson -4
11 Tiffany Joh -4
11 Morgan Pressel -4
11 Amy Yang -4
11 Stacy Lewis -4
11 Mina Harigae -4
11 Sandra Gal -4
11 Nanna Madsen -4
21 Pornanong Phatlum -3
21 Bronte Law -3
21 Alena Sharp -3
21 Jacqui Concolino -3
21 Kristen Gillman -3

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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