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Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Before I get started with this week's preview, I want to give a big congratulations to Hinako Shibuno (nicknamed "Smiling Cinderella") for winning the AIG Women's British Open. Shibuno birdied the 72nd and final hole for a one stroke victory over runner-up Lizette Salas. Shibuno became the 6th first time winner on the LPGA Tour this year. Should she accept, she will now have full time playing privileges on the LPGA Tour in 2020. Did we just get a glimpse of next year's Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year?

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This week the LPGA moves to Scotland for the playing of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. This is the third year that this tournament has become an LPGA event. It is also the third different venue. The first two years have brought us nail biting finishes, as both tournaments were decided by just one stroke. Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she edged out Minjee Lee.

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Ariya Jutanugarn holds up the winners trophy.

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course: The Renaissance Club
Location:  North Berwick, Scotland
Defending Champion:  Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning Score: 67-65-73-66 = 271 (-13)
History: This is the third year for this event

Final Field:  156 players
Par:  71
Yardage: 6,480
Purse:  $1,500,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Hole: 14th (Par 4)

My strength of field rating is 43% (down from 57% last year). Many of the star players have chosen to take a two week break (no tournament next week) following back-to-back major championships, and resume their schedule in Canada. Just 22 of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 50 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Although this has a large field of 156 players, only about 100 of them are actually LPGA members. Unlike the last two tournaments held in Europe, there are no players from the JLPGA or KLPGA to raise the field rating. The field will be led by top ten players: Minjee Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Jeongeun Lee6. Top players skipping this event include: Jin Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Brooke Henderson, Nelly and Jessica Korda, Nasa Hataoka, Carlota Ciganda, Danielle Kang, Shanshan Feng, and Amy Yang.

Here are the first round pairings:

Here are the Television Times:
Aug  8 -  GC 10:30 AM- 1:30 PM ET 
Aug  9 -  GC 10:30 AM- 1:30 PM ET 
Aug 10 - GC  9:30  AM- 12:30 PM ET
Aug 11 - GC  8:30  AM- 11:30 AM ET

There is a five hour time differential between Scotland and ET.

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Minjee Lee - No. 4 player in the world is top player in the field this week.
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - The defending champion is due for a good one.
3- Jeongeun Lee6 - Has been relatively quiet since her U.S. Open win.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Sei Young Kim - Has destroyed fields like this in the past.
2- So Yeon Ryu - Has been just a shell of the player she used to be. The time to step it up is now.
3- Hyo Joo Kim - Is tied for the lead in top tens.

Long Shot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Jennifer Kupcho - If she plays anywhere as good as she did at Evian......
2- Yu Liu - Becomes a top ten player in this field.
3- Carly Booth - Yeah I know, but I have to pick someone from Scotland.

Other Tidbits:
Inbee Park missed her first cut of the 2019 season.
Lydia Ko has missed back to back cuts for the first time in her LPGA career.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Hinako Shibuno soars up from No. 46 to No. 14. Lizette Salas jumps up from No. 28 to No. 20. Morgan Pressel catapults from No. 88 to No. 52, and Ashleigh Buhai jumps into the top 100 (and is now part of my strength of field rating) leaping from No. 123 to No. 89.

Race to the CME Globe:   (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize)
Jin Young Ko extends her lead with 3,437 points. She is followed by Sung Hyun Park with 2,286 and Brooke Henderson with 2,228. Minjee Lee 2,179 and Lexi Thompson 2,125 round out the top five.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars, must have minimum of 40 rounds)
*Lee-Anne Pace (22 rounds) leads with a score of -0.818. She is followed by **Hyo Joo Kim (24 rounds) -0.750. Ariya Jutanugarn and Carlota Ciganda -0.722 (both 36 rounds) are tied for third place.
* With only 10 tournaments left this season it is highly unlikely that Pace will meet the 40 round qualification. Only the best two scores count per round.
** Hyo Joo will have to play in eight of the final 10 tournaments to qualify.

Who's Hot:
Jin Young Ko has finaihed 3rd, 1st, and 2nd in her last three starts.

Who's Not:
Nasa Hataoka has missed the cut in each of the last three LPGA events.

Note: This is not the only important ladies tournament going on this week. The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship starts today. For full preview and updates press here.


This Week's Trivia Question:
Since the year 2000, only two players have won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship twice. Can you name them?

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

Here are the Final Results:

1 Mi Jung Hur -20
2 Jeongeun Lee6 -16
2 Moriya Jutanugarn -16
4 Mi Hyang Lee -15
5 Ariya Jutanugarn -13
6 Minjee Lee -11
6 Elizabeth Szokol -11
6 Anne Van Dam -11
9 Karolin Lampert -10
9 Xi Yu Lin -10
9 Jane Park -10
9 Carly Booth -10
13 Hyo Joo Kim -9
13 Anna Nordqvist -9
13 Su-Hyun Oh -9
13 Yu Liu -9
17 Madelene Sagstrom -8
17 Wichanee Meechai -8
17 Chella Choi -8
20 Annie Park -6
20 Amy Olson -6
20 Ursula Wikstrom -6
20 Na Yeon Choi -6
24 Bronte Law -5
24 Louise Ridderstrom -5
24 Laura Davies -5
24 Celine Boutier -5
24 Christine Wolf -5
24 Charley Hull -5
24 Georgia Hall -5
24 Nanna Madsen -5
24 Luna Sobron Galmes -5
24 Linnea Strom -5
24 Gaby Lopez -5


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