They posted a preliminary field ... only 120 spots instead of the usual 144. The invitees include Shibuno Fever, Brynn Walker(a), Megha Ganne(a) and Nat Nat. There are three open spots remaining. The first three alternates are Yamaguchi, Jeon and Harigae. I'm surprised not to see MJ Hur's name since she's on the prelim list for KPMG across the river ... unless she plans to drop out of that one, too.
It appears that Portland Cambia had no effect on filling the last three spots ... the next three on the priority list were added, Harigae, Burnham and Schecter. The first alternate is now Min Seo Kwak ... she should definitely go to AC. If some dumb caddie gets the bug, his player will have to drop out.
I just did the field list for this tournament and it is a shocker. My field rating is 64.5%, up from 39% last year. This tournament historically has had one of the weakest (if not the weakest) fields every year. Believe or not, this is the second strongest field of the year. It was topped only by the ANA Inspiration, making it the highest rated non major championship field of the year.
Here is the field ratings so far this year:
Diamond Resorts TOC/ Florida 33%
Gainbride LPGA / Florida 58%
ISPS Handa Vic Open/ Australia 28%
ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN OPEN 48%
Drive On / Ohio 46%
Marathon Classic/ Ohio 43%
Aberdeen Scottish/ Scotland 46%
AIG Women's Open 64%
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 64%
ANA Inspiration 71.5
Cambia Portland Classic 55%
ShopRite Classic 64.5%
I expected to see a higher field rating this year, maybe somewhere in the range of the Marathon Classic. But a stronger field than the British Open?
My breakdown is 71.5% from the Priority List and 57.5% from the Rolex Rankings. Seventeen of the top 25 Rolex ranked players will be teeing it up. It does fall off some after that.