My field rating for this event is a poor 49.5%, down from 59% last year. My breakdown is 55% from the LPGA Priority List and 44% from the Rolex Rankings.
The only top ten Rolex Ranked players in the field are Minjee Lee and Atthaya Thitikul.
Top players not teeing it up this week include; Jin Young Ko, Nelly Korda, Lydia Ko, Patty Tavatanakit, Inbee Park, Nasa Hataoka, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Sei Young Kim, Celine Boutier, Jessica Korda, Leona Maguire, Yuka Saso, In Gee Chun, Austin Ernst, Amy Yang, Xiyu Lin, Marina Alex, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Hinako Shibuno, Mel Reid.
There was some movement in the Rolex Rankings worth mentioning: Mingee Lee moved up one spot from 5 to 4 Lexi Thompson moved from 9-7 Madalane Sagstrom jumped from 35-29 Carlotta Ciganda leapt from 61-52 Sarah Schmelzel moved from 85-78 Lauren Stephenson 90-81
Non LPGA players that made significant moves: Min Ji Park 27-20 Sayaka Takahashi 67-57
There were some big moves from players outside the top 100: Angel Yin 118-91 Yungi Jeong 157-137 Sanna Nuutinen 173-156 Yewon Lee 184-158 Manon De Roey 241-160
Atthaya Thitikul's top ten finish was her 5th of the year, tieing her for the top spot with Celine Boutier. Lexi Thompson and Hye-Jin Choi both earned their 4th top ten.
Minjee Lee takes the lead for the Vare trophy with 68.893 strokes per round. Lexi Thompson 69.261 and Hyo Joo Kim 69.300 are next in line.
Jennifer Kupcho's 65 points leads the Player of the Year race. She is followed by Minjee lee 51 points and Jin Young Ko 49.
Atthaya Thitikul continues to lead the Rookie of the Year race with 568 points. Hye Jin Choi 408 and Hinako Shibuno 291 fill out the top three.
With Minjee Lee's victory, we now have winners from 8 different countries this year in 11 tournaments. The USA (3 victories) and the Republic of Korea (2) are the only multiple winners.
There are no brackets set up on the LPGA website, but they posted tee sheets for the first two days of matches. I'm off Wednesday, so I'll be treated to seeing the least competitive matches LIVE ... real beauties like Major League Minjee vs. Youngin Chun, Thitikul vs. Tiff Chan and Greeny vs. Haeji Kang.
DK (#4) vs. The EMP (#61) ... is it an advantage that DK lives in LV? This match has upset potential, hope they show it.
In other news, CME Group had an ad in today's WSJ which showed Sarah Kemp splashing out of a bunker.
I reviewed the dismally amusing thread we created for last year's tournament ... this year's tournament HAS to better ... it just HAS to be ... well, maybe NOT ... Six was 2-up on Leblanc after four holes, but now trails 1-down thru ten holes.
Can't say I mind watching every shot of Youngin Chun, but she's 5 down thru 9. Meanwhile, not a glimpse so far of the DK/EMP match with KT up by 1. You'd think with all that drama from DK's interview yesterday they'd be all over that, but no...they're committed to showing only their "featured" groups no matter how lopsided they are.