Monday, May 28, 2012

Shoprite LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

After a brief one-week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Shoprite LPGA Classic. This will be the second consecutive event held in the state of New Jersey. Play will not begin until Friday as this tournament is only 54 holes. The cut will take place after Saturday's round. This is the 10th of 27 tournaments on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are some of the details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
Location: Galloway, New Jersey
Defending Champion: Brittany Lincicome
Winning Score:  72-64-66 =202 (-11)

Final Field: 144 players
Par: 37-34=71
Yardage: 6155 Yards
Purse: $1.5 Million

My strength of field rating is 65%, making it the third-strongest field of the year. The notable healthy players choosing not to participate this week are Jiyai Shin and Christel Boeljon.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:
Here is the television schedule:
Jun 1 - GC 12:30-2:30 PM EST
Jun 2 - GC 2:30-6:00 PM EST
Jun 3 - GC 2:00-6:00 PM EST

Rolex Ranking Mover of the Week:
Had to look long and hard for this one, but Anne-Lise Caudal who was victorious on the Ladies European Tour this past week, moved from #221 to #144 by winning the German Open. She defeated Laura Davies in a playoff.

Other Tidbits:
Karine Icher had missed the cut in four of the first 5 tournaments this year. She has now bounced back with 2 consecutive top tens.

So Yeon Ryu has played in thirteen LPGA tournaments in her career. Not only has she not missed a cut, but she has finished in the top twelve in seven of those events, as well.

UPDATE: 5/30/12 - As it turns out Jiyai Shin is also injured. She just had surgery on her hand.

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