My field rating for this event is a pretty solid 68%, up from 60% last year. My breakdown is 82% from the LPGA Priority List and 54% from the Rolex Rankings. Nine of the top 10 players in the world rankings will be teeing it up, with Jin Young Ko the only exception.
Top players skipping the event this week include: Jin Young Ko Ariya Jutanugarn Danielle Kang Jeongeun Lee 6 Matilda Castren Georgia Hall Nanna Koerstz Madsen Charley Hull Marina Alex Hee Young Park Mina Haragae
In other news:
Celine Boutier's top 10 finish at the ShopRite Classic was her 6th of the year, tying Hye-Jin Choi for the LPGA lead. With the winner of the ShopRite Classic being from Canada, there have now been winner's from 9 different countries in the first 14 tournaments of the year. Lydia ko has finished in the top 25 in all her 10 starts this year. Hye-Jin Choi has taken over the lead in the Rookie of the Year race. She now has 647 points to Atthaya Thitikul's 635.
Brooke Henderson made the most important move in the rolex Rankings this week, jumping into the top ten at No.8. Sei Young Kim falls out of the top ten, dropping to No. 11. Non LPGA member Min Ji Park moved up from 25 to 17. We had a number of players that leapt into the top 100 and into my field rating. They are: Jodi Ewart Shadoff 115 to 93, Saiki Fugita 112 to 97, and Lindsey Weaver-Wright 136 to 98. Bronte Law, Mel Reid, and Yunji Jeong, all fell out of the top 100. Outside the top 100, Albane Valenzuela made a huge move from 137 to 115.
Some "fan friendly" tournament ... the public is barred from all the Monday thru Wednesday activities.
Caddie list is out ... Yu Liu dumped Harry "Confidence" Ewing, but he was able to score a downgrade with Linnea Johanssen. Liu picked up Kylie Pratt, who helped K. Gillman get $3,795 at Shoprite (and is not playing this week). I hadn't noticed that C. Masson and Thomas (Motion) Frank were a new team at Shoprite last week (or maybe they started at the USWO the week before, I don't know) ... they're still together this week.
After bombing out at Shoprite, MHL will need a crazy-good week to have any chance of qualifying for KPMG (has fallen to 11th alternate). She tees off on Thursday with Dottie Ardina and Gina Kim.
UPDATE - Almost forgot ... Casey Johnson went back to Eun Hee Ji, so MHL has no looper (for now).
The Kup Show hasn't made a bogey on this goat track yet.
Meanwhile, numerous LPGA scrubs are playing across the state in Ann Arbor this week. Parvisa Yoktuan, who barely got into Shoprite/Acer last week, goes into the final round today with a two-shot lead at -9. The cut was +4. Others:
I've pretty much given up on this event; too goat tracky for my taste. But at least there were a couple of nice moves this morning; Hye Jin shot a 67 and is for the moment in the top 20 (she had a 30 on the back nine), while Chella shot a 65 and is briefly in the top ten. Keep hwaiting!
So Yeon had six birdies but five bogeys. I don't understand why she only hit ten greens after missing only three Fairways She drove the ball long enough at 265yds, so she wasn't coming in with long clubs.
They made the Golf Course easier since I last went there three years ago. It was already not that hard but they made it even easier. Seventeen was a tough driving par four and eighteen a tough par four. Now eighteen is a easy par five.
So Yeon Ryu had four birdies and six bogeys today. Again she missed only four fairways and hit only ten greens. Driving 271 yards so that's not the problem.
A photo posted of her swing before the Tournament. Looks like her swing before the change in 2017. An early wrist cock and higher backswing. So maybe she is working on a swing change and will play better.