Useless trivia: Alabama is one of sixteen states I have yet to visit, even briefly. I've been to all the states bordering it but not Alabama. Make of it what you will.
Anyway, it is the site of this week's final domestic full field event of the season and despite having never visited the state that doesn't preclude me from scoring this week's PakPicker. As usual your Top Twelve together with up to three alternates needs to be submitted no later that 1200GMT/8amEDT/5amPDT Thursday 26 August. Good luck!
1. Lewis Stacy 2. Kim Sei Young 3. Thompson Lexi 4. Feng Shanshan 5. Kim Hyo Joo 6. Choi Chella 7. Lee Mi Hyang 8. Lang Brittany 9. Stanford Angela 10. Nordqvist Anna 11. Hur Mi Jung 12. Lincicome Brittany
With the weather delays I have been able to get caught up on the scoring through the first two rounds this morning. The other second half will come sometime tonight. As always we begin with who our seventeen PakPickers picked this week:
17: Sei Young Kim 16: Shanshan Feng, Hyo Joo Kim, Stacy Lewis 15: Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson 13: Charley Hull (WD), Anna Nordqvist 11: Minjee Lee 9: Mi Jung Hur (WD) 7: Candie Kung, Mi Hyang Lee 6: Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome 5: Chella Choi, Julieta Granada, Jaye Marie Green 3: Austin Ernst, Karine Icher (MC), Xi Yu Lin, Yani Tseng 2: Ariya Jutanugarn, Angela Stanford, Sakura Yokomine 1: Kim Kaufman, Min Lee, Paula Reto
Round One saw two contestants lead with six scoring selections apiece. My strategy of picking five players of Chinese descent along with some of the usual suspects who are in the field at least put me on the podium, but I didn't figure on Brittany Lang making it her mission to prove all the haters who claim she's not worthy of her Solheim Cup captain's pick wrong. Indeed I was the only one in the top seven not to have selected her this week, and for that reason baggerbob opens with the lead.
Sei Young Kim, you will notice, was the only unanimous selection this week. Stacy Lewis entered the Table in Round Two, but centurion's strategy of going with players who were neither from the US or Europe backfired on him big time, as not only did he not select the world #3 but also took a pass on past champion Lexi Thompson. Two weeks removed from not only copping a wooden spoon but scoring a bagel in doing so it seems he hasn't learned much. At the other end of the Standings three of the top four had 36 hole leader Yani Tseng on their cards. OK, everyone, let this statement sink in for a moment: 36 hole leader Yani Tseng. It's been a while since anybody could say that. Anyway baggerbob didn't figure on her being a factor, and since cannlinny had selected both Yani and Austin Ernst she vaults into the lead at the halfway mark. Seven scores went up and one remained exactly the same. The latter is a remarkable feat for GD Smyth, given that he picked all three players listed among our selections as having either withdrawn or missed the cut, the only contestant with that dubious distinction.