Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Here Are My Picks for Tournament Number Six

The Avnet Classic, tournament number 6 of 24 will be played this week in Mobile, Alabama. It will feature 8 of the top 10 players in the world.

The 2 sponsors exemptions went to Lexi Thompson and Blair O'Neill.

The 2 Monday Qualifiers are Jaclyn Sweeney (shot a 69) and Haru Nomura (shot 70).

Here are my top 10 picks for this week:

1- Paula Creamer - Won the Tournament of Champions on this course in 2007.
2- Morgan Pressel - A short course and she has played well.
3- Yani Tseng - Aren't we required to pick her in the top 3 every week?
4- Song-Hee Kim - She is too good to be kept down for long.
5- Stacy Lewis - Coming off major win.
6- Na Yeon Choi - She finishes in the top 10 every week.
7- Karrie Webb - Has won twice. Will not win this week.
8- Cristie Kerr - It's about time that putter woke up.
9- Suzann Petterson - Much too good not to contend on this course.
10-Lexi Thompson - Her first tournament of the year will be a good one.

As previously explained, this tournament takes on special significance as after two rounds the top 10 finishers not already in the Sybase Classic will qualify for that event. Also at this tournament's end the top 4 players on this year's money list not already qualified for Sybase will get in.

There is no shortage of notable players not playing this event. Those players include Jiyai Shin, I.K. Kim, Inbee Park, Catriona Matthew, Momoko Ueda and Sophie Gustafson.

The strength of field for my player of the year will be only 56% as only 28 of the top 50 players in the world will be playing.


The Constructivist said...

Add a #11 and a #12 and 3 alternates and you have a PakPicker entry, Tony!

Glen said...

Greetings, Tony! Do you not think the current trend will continue and a Katie Futcher, Julieta Grenada or Sandra Gal will not charge up for a top 5? Or is Lexi your "from out of nowhere" pick this week? You know who my pick in this category is!

Tony Jesselli (Tonyj5) said...

Glen I think you know I'm a big Amanda fan also. Picking her would be picking with my heart and not with my brain. She just hasn't shown any kind of consistency since Sybase last year.

Glen said...

Gee, Tony, again with the logic? I digress to you, sir. Cheers!