Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LPGA State Farm Classic Preview, Predictions, Pairings

This is my 4th preview post for the LPGA State Farm Classic at Mostly Harmless (you can check out my previous previews from 2008, 2009, and 2010 for yourself), so by now my regular readers know the drill: Panther Creek is a course where you can go low and go home; the winner will need to break 70 all 4 rounds, or shoot in the mid-60s at least twice, or get into the low 60s at least once; and the weather may play a big role (this year, if it happens it'll probably be on Thursday and/or Friday). Whoever handles the heat (literal and figurative) best wins. For more previews, see posts by Hound Dog and Tony Jesselli and articles by the LPGA, Dave Kane, and Steve DiMeglio.

With the field list, tournament history, and Hound Dog's Hot 20 in mind, here are my picks for this week's PakPicker at Seoul

1. Kim In-Kyung
2. Kerr
3. Pettersen
4. Shin Ji-Yai
5. Yang, Amy
6. Tseng
7. Choi Na Yeon
8. Nordqvist
9. Lincicome
10. Pressel
11. Webb
12. Feng

Alts: Creamer, Yoo, Dunn

Go, Moira! She's going off in the 2nd group off the 10th in the morning wave, so should have great conditions for going low! Here are the other pairings that interest me the most:

1st tee, 12:44 pm: Ya Ni Tseng, In-Kyung Kim, Mindy Kim
10th tee, 8:22 am: Ji-Yai Shin, Katherine Hull, Mariajo Uribe
1st tee, 12:11 am: Se Ri Pak, Brittany Lincicome, Michelle Wie
10th tee, 8:44 am: Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi, Sherri Steinhauer
1st tee, 12:22 pm: Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster, Mi Hyun Kim
10th tee, 8:55 am: Karrie Webb, Anna Nordqvist, Meena Lee
10th tee, 12:00 pm: Seon Hwa Lee, Shanshan Feng, Kristy McPherson
1st tee, 12:33 pm: Morgan Pressel, Amanda Blumenherst, Grace Park
10th tee, 8:33 am: Suzanne Pettersen, Catriona Matthew, Sophie Gustafson
1st tee, 12:00 pm: Stacy Lewis, Sandra Gal, Laura Diaz
1st tee, 7:27 am: Tiffany Joh, Haeji Kang, Alison Walshe
1st tee, 1:28 pm: Momoko Ueda, Jane Park, Paola Moreno
1st tee, 8:22 am: Mika Miyazato, Hee-Won Han, Michele redman
10th tee, 7:49 am: Azahara Munoz, Lindsey Wright, Cindy LaCrosse
1st tee, 8:00 am: Shi Hyun Ahn, Jessica Korda, Nannette Hill

Can't wait for this thing to start!

1 comment:

diane said...

This morning I was going to post something about undervaluing Mindy Kim, but I really didn't have time to do so. Now she's leading after round one. Will she win? I wouldn't put money on it, but I think another top ten is in the cards for her. Soon all y'all will have her in your Pak Picker, or whatever that is.