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Indy Women In Tech Championship Driven by Group 1001 Preview

This week the LPGA returns to the USA and the state of Indiana for the playing of the Indy Women In Tech Championship Driven by Group 1001.

Many of my readers might remember last year's exciting finish when Sung Hyun Park pictured above) and Lizette Salas were tied at the end of 72 holes. Park went on to win on the first playoff hole.

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Brickyard Crossing Golf Club
Location:  Indianapolis, Indiana
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score:  68-63-66-68 = 265 (-23)
History:  This is the third year for this event

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,456
Purse:  $2,000,000
Race to the CME Globe:  500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Hole:  16th (Par 4)

My strength of field rating is 69% (up from 67% last year). Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List and 35 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top ten pla…

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

With the LPGA  off this week, I would like to take this opportunity to look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2019. 

I last did this back in May when the LPGA had completed just 33% of its schedule. Now they have completed about 75% of their schedule and things have changed quite dramatically.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 

I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirement for my list is that a player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year,…

LPGA Rookie Spotlight: Jennifer Kupcho

With the LPGA taking the week of this week before resuming its schedule next week in Indianapolis, I thought it would be a good time to spotlight another LPGA rookie.

The player I have chosen today is:
Jennifer Kupcho

Date of Birth:  May 14, 1997 (22 years old)
Hometown: Westminster, Colorado
Resides: Westminster, Colorado
Rookie Year: 2019

Other Career Highlights:
Finished 2nd at the 2019 Evian Championship in just her 8th start as an LPGA member.Finished 5th at the Marathon Classic in just her 6th start as an LPGA member.In March of 2019 became the first women to win at Augusta National.Finished 2nd at the inaugural LPGA Q-Series to earn Priority List Category 14 status for the 2019 season.Won the 2018 NCAA individual championship title for Wake Forest University, becoming the first wire-to-wire NCAA champion since 2002.Earned 2018 NCAA Player of the Year honors after winning four titles.Played on the victorious 2018 U.S. Curtis Cup, Women's World Amateur and Palmer Cup teams.Other Rook…

Team Europe Wins Solheim Cup - Pettersen Retires.

In what was probably the most exciting finish in Solheim Cup history, Team Europe defeated Team USA 14 1/2 to13 1/2 to win the 2019 Solheim Cup.

Team USA needed just 1/2 point more to retain the cup, but failed to do so in dramatic fashion. With two matches still to be completed, Team USA needed just to tie one of them to complete what would have been their third consecutive cup victory. It looked bleak for Team Europe. For them to pull it out, an improbable combination of three things had to happen. In about a 90 second span, the improbable became a reality.
Marina Alex missed a 10 foot put that would have given Team USA the victory.Ally McDonald missed a 6 foot put that would have sent the match to the 18th hole all square.Suzann Pettersen sank an 8 foot putt to win the match and the championship.                    Leading the way to victory for Team Europe were Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier who were both 4-0-0. For Team USA Both Jessica and Nelly Korda finished with 3-0-1 recor…

Stacy Lewis Withdraws From Solheim Cup!

Stacy Lewis has withdrawn from the 2019 Solheim Cup Team!

Captain Juli Inkster has announced that Stacy Lewis has withdrawn from the 2019 Solheim Cup competition.

Lewis, chosen by Inkster as a captain's pick, had to withdraw when a back injury flared up on her early last week.

“I’m extremely disappointed not to be able to play,” Lewis said in a statement. “I’m a competitor and I want to play. … I’ve done everything I could possibly do over the last week to be ready to play. For my health and what I feel is in the best interest of the team, I decided to take myself out. “I will take a different role with the team and will do whatever I can to help Team USA bring the cup home.” Lewis was replaced on the team by Ally McDonald.  “I didn’t want to make the team this way, but when [U.S. captain] Juli [Inkster] told me what was going on with Stacy, I was ready to step into either role, if that was being here and being part of the experience or being ready to tee it up,” McDonald said. “…

Solheim Cup Preview - Can Team USA Make it Three Wins in a Row?

The LPGA takes a break from its normal tournament schedule for the playing of the 2019 Solheim Cup.

The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by players from the United States and Europe. It is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, who was a driving force behind its creation.

The inaugural cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even numbered years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the equivalent men's event between the USA & Europe). Because of the attacks of September 11th 2001, forcing the postponement of the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup was switched to odd numbered years in 2003.

Qualifying for Entry:  (USA)
1- A player must finish in the top 8 on the Solheim Cup points list.
2- The top 2 players in the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified. 3- Two captain's picks.
Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solhei…

Solheim Cup - The Record Books

We are only a week away from the playing of the 16th Solheim Cup. Team USA will go into this event with a lead of 10-5. Here are some the major records from the previous 15 matches.

Most Solheim Team Apppearances - USA
Cristie Kerr - 9
Juli Inkster - 9
Beth Daniel - 8
Meg Mallon - 8
Paula Creamer - 7
Rosie Jones - 7

Most Solheim Team Apppearances - Europe
Laura Davies - 12
Catriona Matthew - 9
Helen Alfredsson - 8
Sophie Gustafson - 8
Trish Johnson - 8
Suzann Pettersen - 8
Annika Sorenstam - 8

Most Overall Matches Won  - USA
Cristie Kerr - 18
Paula Creamer - 17
Juli Inkster - 15
Meg Mallon - 13
Dottie Pepper - 13

Most Overall Matches Won  - Europe
Laura Davies - 22
Annika Sorenstam - 22
Catriona Mathew - 18
Suzann Pettersen - 16
Sophie Gustafson - 13

Most Overall Points Won  - USA
Cristie Kerr - 21
Paula Creamer - 19.5
Juli Inkster - 18.5
Meg Mallon - 16.5

Most Overall Points Won  - Europe
Laura Davis - 25
Annika Sorenstam - 24
Catriona Mathhew - 22
Suzann Pettersen - 18

Undefeated Teams (at…

LPGA Player Profile: Inbee Park

With the LPGA taking a break, I thought this would be a good time to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today is a seven time major champion. This player is also a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame. The person I have chosen today is:

Inbee Park

Born:  7/12/88 (31 years old) Hometown:  Seoul, Republic of Korea
Resides:  Las Vegas Nevada
Rookie Year: 2007
2018 Earnings:  $979,527 (15th)

Inbee has won nineteen times on the LPGA Tour, Including 7 major championships.
2008 - U.S. Women's Open2012 - Evian Masters2012 - Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia2013 - Honda LPGA Thailand2013 - Kraft Nabisco Championship 2013 - North Texas LPGA Shootout2013 - Wegmans LPGA Championship2013 - Walmart NW Arkansas Championship2013 - U.S. Women's Open2014 - Manulife Financial LPGA2014 - Wegmans LPGA Championship2014 - Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship2015 - HSBC Women's Championship2015 - Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout2015 - KPMG Women's PGA Championship2015 - Ricoh Women'…

Stats & Facts - Vol. 41 - Will Jin Young Ko Sweep all Major Awards?

Before I get started with this week's subject, I would like to give a big congratulations to Hannah Green for winning the Cambia Portland Classic. Hannah trailed Yealimi Noh by three strokes with just four holes to play, but won all of the remaining holes to win by one stroke. It was Green's second victory of the season. She won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship earlier in the year.

With the LPGA taking a break this week, I think it's a good time to look at some of the key player statistics now that they have completed about 3/4 of the 2019 schedule.

Official Money:
1- Jin Young Ko - $2,632,412
2- Jeongeun Lee6 - $1,885,295
3- Sung Hyun Park - $1,486,010
4- Lexi Thompson - $1,404,576
5- Brooke Henderson - $1,334,852

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Jin Young Ko - 237 points
2- Jeongeun Lee6 - 120
3- Sung Hyun Park - 117
4- Lexi Thompson - 104
5- Brooke Henderson - 102

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Jin Young Ko - 68.851 str…