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AIG Women's British Open Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Before I get started with this week's tournament, I want to give a big congratulations to Jin Young Ko for winning the Evian Championship. Ko entered the final round three strokes behind leader and No. 1 ranked Sung Hyun Park, but quickly caught her on the front nine. When she birdied the 17th hole to take a two shot lead, it was clear no one was going to catch her. For Park (who will lose her No. 1 ranking to Ko) it was just an ugly round of golf that included five bogeys and a double bogey. She finished in a tie for sixth place. Jennifer Kupcho (a bogey free 66), Shanshan Feng, and Hyo Joo Kim would all tie for the runner-up spot, just two shots back.

For Jennifer Kupcho the second place finish was a win-win for her. The second place prize money of nearly $291,000 guarantees her full time status in 2020, in spite of starting just eight tournaments this year. Her grand total this year of $380,237 ranks 34th on the money list, ahead of such players as Lydia Ko, Jenny Shin, Mirim L…

LPGA Reshuffles 2019 Priority List For Final Time This Season

The LPGA had its second and final reshuffle of its 2019 Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.

The following players jumped into the top 100 in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Tiffany Joh - 117 to 98
Nanna Koerstz Madsen 102 to100
Although the jumps made by the above players look good on paper, …

The Evian Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Before I get started with this week's topic, I want to congratulate the team of Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura for winning the inaugural playing of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
They shot a final round 11 under 59 in best ball play for an easy six stroke victory.
For Clanton it was her first victory on the LPGA Tour. For Suwannapurra it was her second career title. Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee closed with a final round 58 to finish in second place.

This week the LPGA moves to France for the playing of the Evian Championship. Angela Stanford will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she came out victorious by one stroke over four players.

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fourth of five major championships.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Resort Golf Club
Location:  Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Angela Stanford
Winning Score: 72-64-68-68 = 272 (-12)
History:  This event became an LPGA Tour event …