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Cambia Portland Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

 Let me start off today by giving a huge congratulations to Jin Young Ko for winning the CP Women's Open. Ko pulled away from the rest of the field on the back nine on Sunday, and won by a very comfortable five strokes. In my opinion (I was there to see it first hand), this was one of the finest performances of the entire 2019 season. For Ko it was her 4th victory of the season, and she now has a very large lead for the top spot in the Rolex Rankings. She also has large leads in both the Player of te Year and Vare Trophy races, both carry a Hall of Fame point. Ko has quickly established herself as the best female golfer in the world!                           
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This week the LPGA travels to the state of Oregon for the playing of the Cambia Portland Classic. Many of my readers may remember last year's event when Marina Alex (pictured below) shot a final round of 65 to win by four strokes over runner-up Georgia Hall. It was Alex's first and only LPGA victory to date.

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This will be tournament #25 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion: Marina Alex
Winning Score:  62-71-71-65 = 269 (-19)
History:  Founded in 1972, this tournament is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA tour. 

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,476
Purse:  $1,300,000
Race to the CME Globe:  500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Hole:  12th (Par 5)

My strength of field rating is 57.5%. (up from 53% last year). Thirty-two of the top fifty players from the LPGA Priority List, and  25 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top ranked players: Jin-Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Jeongeun Lee6. Top players skipping the event this week include: Minjee Lee, Inbee Park, Nelly Korda, and So Yeon Ryu.

Here are the pairings for round one.

Here are the Television Times:
GC August 29      5:30 PM - 9:30 PM ET
GC August 30      6:30 PM - 9:30 PM ET
GC August 31      6:30 PM - 9:30 PM ET
GC September 1  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Jin Young Ko - Can somebody stop her?
2- Sung Hyun Park - Suddenly finds herself a distant No. 2.
3- Lexi Thompson - Hasn't played quite up to expectations this year.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Brooke Henderson - Has won here twice already.
2- Nasa Hataoka - Coming off a nice finish in Canada.
3- Jessica Korda - Has been much too quiet this year.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Amy Olson - Time to start recording Solheim Cup points for 2021.
2- Marina Alex - Can she successfully defend her title?
3- Brittany Altomare - She can now relax after making Solheim Cup Team.

Other Tidbits:
In case you missed it earlier, Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster chose both Morgan Pressel and Stacy Lewis as her two captain's picks.

Sei Young Kim (12 straight), and Moriya Jutanugarn (11), had their cut streaks halted.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Olson was the only player in the top 50 to move up five spots. She moved from No. 50 to No. 45. Nicole Broch Larsen skyrockets up 82 places from No. 173 to No. 91.

Race to the CME Globe:   (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize).
Jin Young Ko takes a huge lead this week with 3,937 points, Brooke Henderson is next with 2,418.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars)
Lee-Ann Pace continues to lead with a score of -0.818. She is followed by Carlota Ciganda -0.789 and Ariya Jutanugarn with -0.775.

Who's Hot:
Jin Young Ko recorded her 10th top five finish this week. How good is that? No one else has more than six.

Who's Not:
Cristie Kerr has failed to record a top 30 finish in her last eight starts.

Here are the final results:

1 Hannah Green -21
2 Yealimi Noh -20
3 Brittany Altomare -17
4 Nasa Hataoka -15
4 Brooke Henderson -15
6 Sarah Schmelzel -14
7 Jane Park -13
7 Marina Alex -13
9 Alena Sharp -12
9 Jeongeun Lee6 -12
9 Sei Young Kim -12
9 Sarah Burnham -12
9 Mi Jung Hur -12
9 Pei-Yun Chien -12
15 Azahara Munoz -11
15 Lydia Ko -11
15 Su-Hyun Oh -11
15 Jeong Eun Lee -11
15 Dana Finkelstein -11
20 Giulia Molinaro -10
20 Jin Young Ko -10
20 Gerina Piller -10
20 Wei Ling Hsu -10
20 Amy Yang -10
20 Sung Hyun Park -10
26 Anne Van Dam -9
26 Tiffany Chan -9
26 Celine Boutier -9
26 Mi Hyang Lee -9

Let's see if anyone can go three for three. This Week's Trivia Question: 
1) Who holds the record for this event with a winning score of 21 under par?
2) Who won this tournament by the largest margin of victory?
3) Who was the last player to win this tournament in back to back years?

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

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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