Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Canadian Women's Open Preview, Predictions, Pairings

The Canadian Women's Open title is at stake this week at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg. Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion and Sherri Steinhauer is the last LPGAer to win at St. Charles (in the 1992 du Maurier Classic).

Hound Dog's preview and hot 20 list are the places to start when thinking about who in the packed field will do well this week. For what it's worth, Golf Observer has a chart of past CWO finishes (all at different courses). The players have been commenting on how firm the St. Charles fairways are in their pre-tournament interviews, so the usual advantage straight shooters might have on the tree-lined layout with lots of long par 3s and 4s may be negated a bit (so long as it doesn't rain much this week). With that in mind, here are my entries in this week's PakPicker at Seoul

1. Miyazato Ai
2. Kerr
3. Pettersen
4. Choi Na Yeon
5. Kim Song-Hee
6. Hull
7. Tseng
8. Park Inbee
9. Shin
10. Kim In-Kyung
11. Webb
12. Yang

Alts: Stanford; Lang; Yoo

The pairings are pretty awesome for the 1st 2 rounds. Here are my faves:

1st tee, 12:33 PM
Na Yeon Choi
Suzann Pettersen
Ai Miyazato

1st tee, 12:44 PM
Ji-Yai Shin
Cristie Kerr
Michelle Wie

10th tee, 8:39 AM
Karrie Webb
Amy Yang
Stacy Lewis

10th tee, 8:50 AM
Angela Stanford
In-Kyung Kim
Brittany Lang

10th tee, 9:12 AM
Brittany Lincicome
Paula Creamer
Anna Nordqvist

1st tee, 12:22 PM
Laura Davies
Se Ri Pak
Morgan Pressel

1st tee, 12:00 PM
Christina Kim
Sophie Gustafson
Song-Hee Kim

10th tee, 8:28 AM
Stacy Prammanasudh
Hee-Won Han
Katherine Hull

10th tee, 12:00 PM
Eunjung Yi
Jee Young Lee
Momoko Ueda

10th tee, 12:55 PM
Sandra Gal
Gwladys Nocera
Moira Dunn

1st tee, 7:11 AM
Jane Park
Irene Cho
Kyeong Bae

1st tee, 1:28 PM
Samantha Richdale
Chella Choi
Amy Hung

Also of note: Lexi Thompson and Amanda Blumenherst are 1st off the 10th tee on Thursday, Pernilla Lindberg and Jennifer Song follow them about an hour later, and Aree Song and Maria Hernandez go off the front at 1:39 pm. It's enough to make me want to be in Winnipeg the rest of this week!

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