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Round 4 - Henderson captures first Major in playoff

June 12, 2016

Brooke Henderson drained a three-foot birdie putt to edge Lydia Ko on the first playoff hole to win the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday afternoon at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. Henderson, who began the day two shots behind Ko, fired the low round of the Championship, a bogey-free, 6-under-par 65, to force the playoff. Henderson’s charge thwarted Ko’s bid for a third consecutive major championship victory. The leader after Thursday’s first round, Henderson did not reclaim the top spot on the leaderboard until her clinching putt on the first extra hole (No. 18).

Youth Served By Brooke Henderson:
At the age of 18 years, 9 months and 2 days, Brooke Henderson today became the youngest champion in the 62-year history of this Championship. Henderson edged out Yani Tseng, who in 2008 became the first teenager to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the age of 19 years, 4 months and 16 days.

Henderson Is Second-Youngest Woman to Win a Major … Behind Ko:
By winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Brooke Henderson secured the first major championship of her career at the age of 18 years, 9 months and 2 days. She is the 2nd-youngest major champion in the history of the LPGA. Coincidentally, only her playoff opponent today, Ko, was younger (18 years, 4 months, 20 days upon winning the 2015 Evian Championship).

The Trend Continues:
With Brooke Henderson’s victory today at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, an international player claimed this major Championship for the 15th time in 16 years dating to 2001. The lone American to win during this 15-year span was Cristie Kerr (2010 LPGA Championship, Locust Hill Country Club).

Brooke’s A Big Fan Of The Pacific Northwest:
Brooke Henderson posted the second win of her young career today at Sahalee. Besides her win today in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Henderson won the 2016 Cambia Portland Classic (as a Monday qualifier).

Teen Spirit:
Teenagers have won four of 16 LPGA Tournaments so far this season: Lydia Ko (2), Brooke Henderson (one), Minjee Lee (one). In fact, players 23 or younger have won 15 of the 16 tournaments this year on the LPGA Tour.

O’ Canada or That’s a Lot of Toonies:
Brooke Henderson becomes only the second Canadian woman to capture any LPGA major championship, joining Sandra Post who won this Championship in 1968. Henderson, a native of Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada, will receive $525,000 for her victory today, or the up-to-the minute equivalent of $672,078 Canadian dollars.

Good Combo:
For the week, Brooke Henderson needed only 1.720 putts per green in regulation, best in the field. Her average driving distance of 255 yards tied for second on the week behind only Lexi Thompson (265).

Ko’s Solid Play Results in Second Career Runner-Up Finish:
Lydia Ko was not able to win her first KPMG Women’s PGA Championship today, but it was not from lack of solid play. Ko did not card a bogey while posting her best round of the Championship, 67, on Sunday, but it was not quite enough to stave off Henderson’s remarkable surge. This is the second time in Ko’s career she has finished runner-up in a major championship (2013 Evian Championship).

Same Championship, Different Year, Different Course:
Brooke Henderson’s winning score (-6) in relation to par at Sahalee Country Club stands in stark contrast to Inbee Park’s Championship-winning tally of -19 last year at Westchester Country Club.

It Took 19 Holes:
For the third time in four years, the Championship was decided in a playoff. In addition to Brooke Henderson’s victory today, Inbee Park twice required extra holes to win in Pittsford, N.Y. (2013, Locust Hill Country Club; 2014, Monroe Golf Club).

Sahalee Eased with Each Passing Day:
With a little help from Mother Nature, in the form of rain, the scores at Sahalee Country Club got a bit lower with each passing day: Thursday (average score: 75.75), Friday (75.23), Saturday (73.37) and Sunday (72.03).

Jennifer Bermingham ends Magical Week as Low Club Professional:
Jennifer Bermingham of Long Beach, California, finished her first career LPGA Tour event by becoming the Low Club Professional in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The 27-year-old LPGA Teaching Professional finished with a 78 for a 72-hole total of 302. On Friday, she became the first LPGA Teaching & Club Professional to make the cut since Karen Davies in 2007. There are 1,500 nationwide members of the LPGA T&CP.

“I feel like I’ve blossomed like a butterfly, from the beginning to the end of the week,” said Bermingham. “In the beginning, I was so nervous and didn’t know what to expect. And by the end of the week, I felt like a tour star, holding my shoulders back and really relishing in the moment. The whole point of this Championship, which includes what I heard about the [KPMG Women’s Leadership] Summit, is empowering women. I feel like this whole week has empowered me so much. I think this is what the whole Championship is all about.”

Bermingham was uplifted by the support she received by having nearly 20 family members and friends in the gallery. One of her followers was Nathan Brava-Partain, 10, of Long Beach, who got the opportunity to make the trip north to Sahalee to support his teacher. Nathan and his father, Robert Partain, took a flight Friday to be among Bermingham’s gallery. With success this week among the best women players in the world, Bermingham said that she has no second thoughts about pursuing her teaching career.

“I’m a very happy teacher as well. With students like Nathan, I don’t take for granted the mentorship that I give to them,” said Bermingham. “I kind of have the best of both worlds right now. I got to play in this amazing event and maybe I can continue to play and compete, but I still want to keep in touch with my kids.”

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Round 3 - Ko leading tight leaderboard heading for third major

June 11, 2016

Lydia Ko fired a one-under-par 70 on Saturday, building a one-stroke lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. Fifteen players are within four shots of Ko, including the following major champions: Brittany Lincicome (T-2, -1); Anna Nordqvist (T-4, Even); Suzann Pettersen (T-10, +1); Catriona Matthew (T-10, +1) and So Yeon Ryu (T-15, +2).

Once May Be a Mistake, Twice Is Likely a Pattern, and Three Times Would Be a Habit:

If Lydia Ko can hold her lead and emerge victorious tomorrow afternoon from Sahalee, she’d join Inbee Park (2013), Pat Bradley (1985-86), Mickey Wright (1961-62), and Babe Zaharias (1950) as the only women to win three straight majors. Last September, Ko won the final major on the 2015 LPGA schedule, the Evian Championship, before claiming the ANA Inspiration in April.

Teen Spirit:
Lydia Ko’s pursuit of history tomorrow runs deeper than that prospect of capturing three consecutive major championships. With a victory, Ko would secure her third major championship and leave herself just a win shy of achieving the LPGA’s Career Grand Slam (she would need to win either U.S. Women’s Open or the RICOH Women’s British Open to achieve the feat).

A Ko victory tomorrow would also make her the youngest champion in the 62-year history of this Championship. In 2008, Yani Tseng won at the age of 19 years, 4 months and 16 days (she is the only teenager to win this Championship). Tomorrow, Ko will be 19 years, one month and 19 days old. Eighteen year-old Brooke Henderson, who led on Thursday and was tied for the lead Friday, is also in contention. She is two shots back at even-par.

Americans Making a Statement:
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has been a global melting pot of talent, with 14 of the past 15 Champions internationally born. On Saturday, Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Florida and Gerina Piller of Plano, Texas, are each making a bid to give the United States its first KPMG Women’s PGA Champion since Cristie Kerr (2010). Lincicome finished runner-up in 2014 and Piller tied for sixth in 2012.

Moving On Up:
Amy Yang fired the best round of the week, a 5-under-par 66, that catapulted her into contention. Seven birdies outweighed a pair of bogeys, as Yang emerged from a tie for 35th place on Friday night to a T-4 position entering Sunday’s final round. Yang has won twice during her LPGA career, but never in the United States.

Ariya’s Upward Mobility:
Much like Amy Yang, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn made a statement early today, posting a sterling 68 to plug herself into the Sunday storyline at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Jutanugarn blended two bogeys, a double bogey and 7 birdies to jump 19 spots into a tie for fourth place. Jutanugarn is gunning for her fourth consecutive victory, as in her previous three entries, she won the LPGA Volvik Championship (May 26-29), the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC (May 19-22) and the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (May 5-8).

Bermingham Can’t Beat the Experience:
LPGA Teaching Professional Jennifer Bermingham of Long Beach, California, was all smiles despite a second straight 5-over-par 76 that left her 11-over-par in her debut in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Playing in her first LPGA Tour event, Bermingham earned Low Club Professional honors among eight entered in the Championship. “It’s unbelievable that this is all happening. Words cannot describe,” said Bermingham, who is a 28-year-old Director of Instruction at Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course. “When I came to LPGA events in the past, I always look at all these legends like they’re so famous. I‘ve been walking down the fairway and I have seen people pointing at me like I’m the cool one.”

Round 2 - Lee and Henderson sharing lead after 36 holes

June 10, 2016

Mirim Lee joins Brooke Henderson in the lead halfway through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship having braved tough and rainy conditions. The duo have a one-stroke lead at -2 for the championship ahead of a group including No.1 Lydia Ko, Gerina Piller and Brittany Lincicome.

Henderson started the day at 4-under par with a two–stroke lead and held it when she teed off in the afternoon. She birdied at the par four, third hole to extend it to 3 but it and more with back-to-back bogeys at the fourth and fifth holes. She dropped another shot at the turn to fall to two-under par. A birdie at the par three, 17th gave her back the lead but she dropped a shot at the 18th hole after finding the bunker at the front of the green with her approach to fall into a share of the lead with Lee.

"I was 1-under through 4, I guess, and was feeling pretty good. I just -- I got a little too aggressive to a couple of pins early, which kind of cost me a couple of bogeys," Henderson told the media. "But I just regrouped a little bit and started to hit to the middle of the greens, which helped me score on the back nine. I hit a lot of really good putts today that just didn't fall. But I'm hoping that will change for tomorrow."

Lee carded a two-under par, 69, one of the low rounds of the day, to climb from a share of 10th into a share of the lead with Henderson. Lee has posted two top-10 finishes so far this season but a new caddie and a new mental coach have brought a positive change to her game this week.

Everyday Joh:
Tiffany Joh sits at even par at her halfway point of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Joh birdied the 9th hole, her 18th, and joins So Yeon Ryu as the only two players in the clubhouse with a two-day score of even or better. Joh’s strong start is certainly a surprise considering she has yet to win an LPGA event and she owns just one career top-10 finish on Tour, which came in the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic.

Despite her solid score, Joh struggled, especially with the driver. She hit only 7 of 14 fairways (50%). “I think every day you kind of just have to accept it for what it's going to be,” Joh said. “And today I scrambled really well. But, then I have to just shut the book on this round and focus on tomorrow.” Joh was born and resides in San Diego, graduated from UCLA, and is a two-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship (2006, ’08).

Park Struggles, Three-Year Reign Appears To Be Near Its End:
Little more than 12 hours after cementing her LPGA Tour Hall of Fame status, Inbee Park struggled in the second round, carding an 8-over 79 that is very likely to leave her two-day total of 151 on the wrong side of the cut line. If Park misses the cut, her three-year run as KPMG Women’s PGA Champion will come to an end, and she will be the first defending champion to miss the cut in this Championship in 39 years (Betty Burfeindt in 1977).

Inkster Keeps On Rolling:
LPGA and World Golf Hall-of-Famer Juli Inkster, 55, began the Championship with a 75, and rallied Friday with an even-par 71 to make her 29th cut in 31 appearances at 4-over-par 146. Inkster, who mixed four birdies and four bogeys, said that she was proud of her making the cut as often as she has in this major championship.

“That’s a good record. Probably the two I missed were in Rochester [former Wegman’s LPGA Championship near Rochester, New York]. I hated that course,” she laughed. “Here, it’s a good golf course, and they have the pins where you’ve got to think about it. I drove it better today and putted better.”

For the record, Inkster missed one cut in Rochester in 2013 and another in 1990 in Bethesda (Maryland) Country Club. She said that anyone in the field has to keep certain things in mind about playing Sahalee Country Club.

“You still have to hit the shots, even though you have the sense of what it takes to be successful here,” Inkster said. “The greens are really firm; you’ve got to play for the bounces, and you have to be on the right side of the fairway. You get a lot of long rolls out there.”

What A Difference A Day Makes:
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew amended her struggles in the opening round (76) by crafting a sterling 4-under par 67, which was the low round of the morning and her career low round in this Championship.

“I actually played pretty well yesterday, but I had a bad hole at 17, and dumped two in the water,” she said of yesterday’s triple bogey six. “But apart from that, I played well. Today, I played well again, but hit the 17th green this time and gave myself a chance.”

Is there a secret to playing Sahalee? “You have to hit it on the fairway and the right half of the fairway,” said Matthew. “I missed one today (Hole No. 2), got lucky and had a shot to the green.

Deuces Wild:
In one of the group scoring rarities for the week, playing partners Catriona Matthew, Sadena Parks and Minjee Lee each made a deuce on their closing hole, the 164-yard, par-3 ninth. Matthew rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to close her round of 67.

Round 1 - Henderson takes lead on memorable opening day

June 09, 2016

Brooke Henderson fired a 4-under 67 on Thursday, good for a 2-stroke lead over In-Kyung Kim and Christina Kim after the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. The No. 4 player in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Henderson used a 7-iron to record her first hole-in-one on the LPGA Tour on the 152-yard 13th hole, her fourth hole of the day, after beginning play on Hole No. 10. With the ace, Henderson won a 2016 Kia K900, which she plans to donate to her older sister, Brittany, who is her caddy. Henderson, 18, is in search of her first career major championship victory this week at Sahalee.

Inbee's in... the LPGA Hall of Fame has its 25th member:
With the completion 18 holes in today’s opening round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Inbee Park became an active 10-year member of the LPGA, and thus, qualified as the 25th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, and 24th player to qualify. Park recorded an opening one-over 72 and is five shots behind the leader, Brooke Henderson. Park earned the required number of points (27) to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame at the CME Group Tour Championship on November 19, 2015, when she was awarded the Vare Trophy for having the lowest scoring average (69.41) for the 2015 campaign.

Ariya Jutanugarn is again in the hunt:
Having won each of the last three tournaments she has entered, Ariya Jutanugarn is in the hunt for a fourth straight title at Sahalee after firing a one-under 70 on Thursday. Jutanugarn is tied for fourth place, three shots behind Brooke Henderson. Jutanugarn suffered back-to-back bogeys on the 6th and 7th holes, but steadied herself from there with nine pars and a pair of birdies (holes No. 15 and 17). Jutanugarn has posted a sub-par score in 11 of 13 rounds dating to the opening round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on May 5.

Bermingham, Rinker post 72 to share lead for club porfessionals:
Jennifer Bermingham of Long Beach, California and Laurie Rinker of Stuart, Florida, each posted a one-over par 72 in Thursday’s opening round. Each player took unique routes to sit atop a contingent of eight PGA and LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals in the Championship.

Rinker’s performance came as a pleasant surprise to her after taking time off from practice last week to her attend to her mother, Pam, who underwent recent surgery in during a three-month battle with cancer. “I’m very satisfied by how I managed things today,” said Rinker, a PGA Life Member and LPGA member. “For the past seven days golf wasn’t my focus. It was nice to be out her and get away.”

“I hit it fairly well, and this is a course that plays so long. I wasn’t putting it in places like when I was 20.” Rinker had four bogeys and three birdies in leading the eight PGA and LPGA Club Professionals in the field.

Bermingham, a 28-year-old LPGA Teaching Professional playing in her first LPGA event, came within a stroke of the lead at 3-under-par through four holes before struggling home. Beginning play on the No. 10 hole, she birdied three of her first four holes, before bogeys at 14 and 15, and a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 second hole. She mixed in a birdie at No. 1 and a bogey at 5 on her way to closing out the round.

“Today was a dream-come-true day,” said Bermingham. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in an LPGA event or a major since I was a little kid. I was a little nervous in the beginning, but putts started falling and it was awesome.”

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total Dif. Prize Money
1 Brooke M. Henderson 67 - 73 - 73 - 65 278 -6 $525,000.00
2 Lydia Ko 71 - 70 - 70 - 67 278 -6 $321,675.00
3 Ariya Jutanugarn 70 - 75 - 68 - 66 279 -5 $233,352.00
4T Hee Young Park 70 - 74 - 72 - 66 282 -2 $148,230.00
4T So Yeon Ryu 72 - 70 - 73 - 67 282 -2 $148,230.00
4T Mirim Lee 71 - 69 - 73 - 69 282 -2 $148,230.00
7 Amy Yang 74 - 73 - 66 - 70 283 -1 $99,505.00
8T Su Oh 73 - 69 - 72 - 70 284 E $78,959.00
8T Anna Nordqvist 73 - 71 - 69 - 71 284 E $78,959.00
8T Chella Choi 71 - 73 - 69 - 71 284 E $78,959.00
11 Sei Young Kim 75 - 72 - 69 - 69 285 1 $66,042.00
12T Minjee Lee 70 - 73 - 72 - 71 286 2 $56,179.00
12T Suzann Pettersen 70 - 73 - 71 - 72 286 2 $56,179.00
12T Gerina Piller 72 - 69 - 71 - 74 286 2 $56,179.00
16 Charley Hull 73 - 74 - 72 - 68 287 3 $48,255.00
17T Jennifer Song 71 - 78 - 70 - 69 288 4 $42,197.00
17T Mo Martin 75 - 73 - 70 - 70 288 4 $42,197.00
17T Shanshan Feng 76 - 70 - 72 - 70 288 4 $42,197.00
17T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 72 - 75 - 70 - 71 288 4 $42,197.00
17T Tiffany Joh 70 - 72 - 72 - 74 288 4 $42,197.00
22T Alena Sharp 74 - 72 - 76 - 67 289 5 $35,620.00
22T Lexi Thompson 75 - 74 - 72 - 68 289 5 $35,620.00
22T Beatriz Recari 73 - 73 - 73 - 70 289 5 $35,620.00
22T Brittany Lincicome 71 - 70 - 71 - 77 289 5 $35,620.00
26T Mi Hyang Lee 77 - 72 - 74 - 67 290 6 $30,556.00
26T Cydney Clanton 74 - 75 - 70 - 71 290 6 $30,556.00
26T Marina Alex 79 - 70 - 69 - 72 290 6 $30,556.00
26T Moriya Jutanugarn 75 - 72 - 71 - 72 290 6 $30,556.00
30T Kris Tamulis 71 - 75 - 78 - 67 291 7 $23,619.00
30T Sandra Gal 72 - 75 - 75 - 69 291 7 $23,619.00
30T In Gee Chun 71 - 73 - 77 - 70 291 7 $23,619.00
30T Azahara Munoz 76 - 73 - 70 - 72 291 7 $23,619.00
30T Sandra Changkija 75 - 71 - 72 - 73 291 7 $23,619.00
30T Lizette Salas 72 - 72 - 74 - 73 291 7 $23,619.00
30T Ha Na Jang 74 - 70 - 73 - 74 291 7 $23,619.00
30T Kelly Tan 74 - 70 - 73 - 74 291 7 $23,619.00
30T In-Kyung Kim 69 - 73 - 72 - 77 291 7 $23,619.00
39T Jacqui Concolino 72 - 76 - 74 - 70 292 8 $17,964.00
39T Brittany Lang 75 - 74 - 72 - 71 292 8 $17,964.00
39T Ai Miyazato 72 - 70 - 77 - 73 292 8 $17,964.00
39T Christina Kim 69 - 74 - 73 - 76 292 8 $17,964.00
43T Q Baek 75 - 72 - 74 - 72 293 9 $15,556.00
43T Sarah Jane Smith 73 - 76 - 71 - 73 293 9 $15,556.00
43T Cheyenne Woods 73 - 70 - 75 - 75 293 9 $15,556.00
46T Katherine Kirk 71 - 78 - 74 - 71 294 10 $13,648.00
46T Ryann O'Toole 76 - 72 - 75 - 71 294 10 $13,648.00
46T Danielle Kang 72 - 74 - 76 - 72 294 10 $13,648.00
46T Celine Herbin 76 - 73 - 72 - 73 294 10 $13,648.00
50T Lindy Duncan 74 - 75 - 74 - 72 295 11 $11,095.00
50T Becky Morgan 75 - 73 - 75 - 72 295 11 $11,095.00
50T Karrie Webb 74 - 74 - 74 - 73 295 11 $11,095.00
50T Mika Miyazato 74 - 71 - 77 - 73 295 11 $11,095.00
50T Casey Grice 73 - 72 - 77 - 73 295 11 $11,095.00
50T Ashleigh Simon 70 - 77 - 74 - 74 295 11 $11,095.00
50T Cristie Kerr 72 - 73 - 76 - 74 295 11 $11,095.00
58T Gaby Lopez 76 - 72 - 77 - 71 296 12 $8,912.00
58T Stacy Lewis 73 - 76 - 73 - 74 296 12 $8,912.00
58T Felicity Johnson 75 - 73 - 74 - 74 296 12 $8,912.00
58T Maude-Aimee Leblanc 74 - 75 - 71 - 76 296 12 $8,912.00
58T Lee Lopez 73 - 75 - 71 - 77 296 12 $8,912.00
63 Haru Nomura 74 - 75 - 77 - 71 297 13 $8,278.00
64T Katie Burnett 76 - 73 - 77 - 72 298 14 $7,573.00
64T Austin Ernst 71 - 78 - 77 - 72 298 14 $7,573.00
64T Sarah Kemp 76 - 73 - 76 - 73 298 14 $7,573.00
64T Mariajo Uribe 75 - 74 - 76 - 73 298 14 $7,573.00
64T Alison Lee 72 - 75 - 77 - 74 298 14 $7,573.00
64T Eun-Hee Ji 72 - 75 - 75 - 76 298 14 $7,573.00
64T Kelly Shon 72 - 77 - 72 - 77 298 14 $7,573.00
71 Simin Feng 75 - 73 - 74 - 77 299 15 $6,958.00
72T Candie Kung 73 - 72 - 82 - 75 302 18 $6,823.00
72T Jennifer Bermingham 72 - 76 - 76 - 78 302 18 $6,823.00
74 Min Seo Kwak 74 - 73 - 79 - 78 304 20 $6,692.00
75 Sadena Parks 74 - 75 - 77 - 79 305 21 $6,612.00
CUT Caroline Masson 78 - 72 150 8 $0.00
CUT Pornanong Phatlum 78 - 72 150 8 $0.00
CUT Laura Davies 77 - 73 150 8 $0.00
CUT Yani Tseng 77 - 73 150 8 $0.00
CUT Jessica Korda 76 - 74 150 8 $0.00
CUT Morgan Pressel 76 - 74 150 8 $0.00
CUT Karine Icher 74 - 76 150 8 $0.00
CUT Marion Ricordeau 73 - 77 150 8 $0.00
CUT Mi Jung Hur 72 - 78 150 8 $0.00
CUT Melissa Reid 72 - 78 150 8 $0.00
CUT Pernilla Lindberg 80 - 71 151 9 $0.00
CUT Giulia Molinaro 77 - 74 151 9 $0.00
CUT Min Lee 76 - 75 151 9 $0.00
CUT Caroline Hedwall 75 - 76 151 9 $0.00
CUT Sun Young Yoo 75 - 76 151 9 $0.00
CUT Inbee Park 72 - 79 151 9 $0.00
CUT Budsabakorn Sukapan 71 - 80 151 9 $0.00
CUT Vicky Hurst 80 - 72 152 10 $0.00
CUT Daniela Iacobelli 80 - 72 152 10 $0.00
CUT Na Yeon Choi 79 - 73 152 10 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 77 - 75 152 10 $0.00
CUT Haeji Kang 77 - 75 152 10 $0.00
CUT Carlota Ciganda 76 - 76 152 10 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Johnson 76 - 76 152 10 $0.00
CUT Jenny Shin 76 - 76 152 10 $0.00
CUT Paula Creamer 75 - 77 152 10 $0.00
CUT Kim Kaufman 75 - 77 152 10 $0.00
CUT Gwladys Nocera 73 - 79 152 10 $0.00
CUT Bertine Strauss 78 - 75 153 11 $0.00
CUT Holly Clyburn 77 - 76 153 11 $0.00
CUT Christine Song 76 - 77 153 11 $0.00
CUT SooBin Kim 79 - 75 154 12 $0.00
CUT Brittany Altomare 78 - 76 154 12 $0.00
CUT Ayako Uehara 78 - 76 154 12 $0.00
CUT Amy Anderson 77 - 77 154 12 $0.00
CUT Annie Park 77 - 77 154 12 $0.00
CUT Nontaya Srisawang 75 - 79 154 12 $0.00
CUT Laurie Rinker 72 - 82 154 12 $0.00
CUT Belen Mozo 81 - 74 155 13 $0.00
CUT Megan Khang 80 - 75 155 13 $0.00
CUT Karen Paolozzi 79 - 76 155 13 $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 77 - 78 155 13 $0.00
CUT Xi Yu Lin 77 - 78 155 13 $0.00
CUT Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 77 - 78 155 13 $0.00
CUT Dori Carter 76 - 79 155 13 $0.00
CUT Angela Stanford 75 - 80 155 13 $0.00
CUT Alejandra Llaneza 82 - 74 156 14 $0.00
CUT Ssu-Chia Cheng 81 - 75 156 14 $0.00
CUT Hyo Joo Kim 79 - 77 156 14 $0.00
CUT Wei-Ling Hsu 75 - 81 156 14 $0.00
CUT Lisa Grimes 80 - 77 157 15 $0.00
CUT Benyapa Niphatsophon 80 - 77 157 15 $0.00
CUT Ji Young Oh 80 - 77 157 15 $0.00
CUT Rachel Rohanna 80 - 77 157 15 $0.00
CUT Ilhee Lee 79 - 78 157 15 $0.00
CUT Brianna Do 77 - 80 157 15 $0.00
CUT Michelle Wie 78 - 80 158 16 $0.00
CUT Sakura Yokomine 76 - 82 158 16 $0.00
CUT Sydnee Michaels 80 - 79 159 17 $0.00
CUT P.K. Kongkraphan 78 - 81 159 17 $0.00
CUT Jaye Marie Green 84 - 76 160 18 $0.00
CUT Samantha Richdale 80 - 80 160 18 $0.00
CUT Klara Spilkova 80 - 80 160 18 $0.00
CUT Christel Boeljon 79 - 81 160 18 $0.00
CUT Nicole Broch Larsen 87 - 74 161 19 $0.00
CUT Jessica Carafiello 83 - 78 161 19 $0.00
CUT Elizabeth Caron 82 - 80 162 20 $0.00
CUT Stephanie Kono 82 - 80 162 20 $0.00
CUT Julieta Granada 82 - 81 163 21 $0.00
CUT Amelia Lewis 82 - 81 163 21 $0.00
CUT Jing Yan 79 - 84 163 21 $0.00
CUT Hillery Wilson 82 - 82 164 22 $0.00
CUT Julie Yang 86 - 80 166 24 $0.00
CUT Nannette Hill 86 - 81 167 25 $0.00
CUT Jean Bartholomew 90 - 82 172 30 $0.00
WDC Lee-Anne Pace 74 74 3 $0.00
WDC Paula Reto 75 75 4 $0.00
WDC Jane Park 76 76 5 $0.00
WDC Giulia Sergas 83 83 12 $0.00
WDC Briana Mao 84 84 13 $0.00
WD Se Ri Pak   0 E $0.00

 

Preview

DATES: June 09-12
SITE: Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Washington

PRIZE MONEY: $3,500,000

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Three is great, four is unprecedented:
Three-time defending Champion Inbee Park is the first player since Annika Sorenstam in 2005 to win a single major championship three consecutive times (Sorenstam won this Championship in 2003, ’04 and ’05). No player, however, has won any LPGA major championship four consecutive times. The only golfer, on any Tour, since 1900 to win a single major championship four straight years, without interruption, was Walter Hagen. He won four consecutive PGA Championships from 1924-27. Note that Tom Morris Jr. won four straight Open Championships from 1868-72, with the exception of 1871, when it was not contested.

Does Inbee have the Wright stuff?
Inbee Park is also in hot pursuit of Mickey Wright, who won the formerly titled LPGA Championship a record four times (1958, 1960, ’61, and ’63). Park joins Nancy Lopez, Se Ri Pak, Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth as three-time winners of this Championship.

Rounding third and heading for home:
This week at Sahalee, Ariya (“Air-ee-ah”) Jutanugarn is gunning for her fourth consecutive victory, as in her previous three entries, she won the LPGA Volvik Championship (May 26-29), the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC (May 19-22) and the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (May 5-8). Jutanugarn did not enter last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. To date, only six players in LPGA annals have won as many as four events in a row: Shirley Englehorn, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorenstam, Kathy Whitworth, and Mickey Wright.

Ko has a streak of her own:
While Inbee Park (three consecutive KPMG Women’s PGA Championships) and Ariya Jutanugarn (three straight victories) are riding impressive streaks, the No. 1 ranked player in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Lydia Ko has won two straight LPGA major championships. Last September, Ko won the final major on the 2015 LPGA schedule, the Evian Championship, before claiming the ANA Inspiration in April. If Ko can win this week at Sahalee, she’d join Inbee Park (2013), Pat Bradley (1985-86), Mickey Wright (1961-62), and Babe Zaharias (1950) as the only women to win three straight majors.

When asked today if there are any additional pressures associated with chasing a third consecutive LPGA major championship, Ko said, “I am going to play my own game, hit that one shot at a time and have fun. And I think that's the key thing. When I think about it as, hey, this is a major, everyone wants to play well at a major, I think there's just too much pressure.”

Carafiello's caddie of stature & bond to a teaching legend:
PGA Teaching Professional Doug Spencer of Columbus, Ohio, will have a bird’s-eye view this week of his student, serving as caddie for PGA Professional Jessica Carafiello of Stamford, Connecticut. The 35-year-old owner of Spencer Golf Academies in Cincinnati and Fairfield, Ohio, Spencer met Carafiello 16 years ago while he was an apprentice professional at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Florida, the facility where LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson began her career.

At the time, Carafiello was developing her game and the two became friends. Spencer, who earned PGA membership in 2004, is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and owns Spencer Golf Academies in Cincinnati and Fairfield, Ohio.

“It’s always been friendship first and developing her game after,” said Spencer. “Golf is about building relationships, growing that relationship and seeing results.”

One common denominator for the twosome is 89-year-old PGA Hall of Famer Bob Toski. Spencer said that he couldn’t get enough of the Toski teaching regimen and philosophy.

“When I lived in Florida, I went and watched Mr. Toski teach three or four times a week,’ said Spencer, who said Toski greatly influenced his teaching methods. “Teaching fundamentals and everything overlaps. And great teachers teach fundamentals. He (Toski) is a very smart guy, great player and great teacher.”

In Carafiello’s case, she credits her late grandmother, Anne Carafiello, for fostering a Toski connection. Carafiello turned professional in 2005, and that year Anne happened to be on the practice range at the Toski-Battersby Golf Learning Center in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Anne spotted Toski, walked up to the teaching legend and said, “That’s my granddaughter over there, and I’d like you to work with her.” Anne Carafiello, who went on to witness her granddaughter’s advancement in golf, passed away this April at age 90.

Jessica’s teacher-student relationship with Toski blossomed, as he became her mentor as a player and as a PGA Teaching Professional.

Local knowledge:
It’s been 18 years since the PGA Championship visited Sahalee County Club, and its challenges have not diminished. Jim Pike, the PGA General Manager at Sahalee, said that the course “is renowned for testing the best golfers in the world and this week it’s ready to test the world’s finest women golfers.”

And, those familiar with the not-so-subtle characteristics of Sahalee may count themselves fortunate. “Those players who have played here before (UW alums), or those who can work the ball exceptionally well, will have a distinct advantage on how to play and manage the golf course,” said Pike.

It's huskies territory:
Sadena Parks, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but who grew up in Tacoma, Washington, has a distinct edge on the world-class field in having experienced the idiosyncrasies of Sahalee Country Club. The 2012 graduate of the University of Washington estimates she has played more than 20 rounds at Sahalee. She’s also one of three University of Washington alums in the field, joined by SooBin Kim of Korea and Jing Yan of China, who each spent two seasons in the Huskies women’s golf program.

Course knowledge will be Parks’ extra “caddie” this week.

“I think it helps, because it’s a tough golf course,” said Parks. “You have to focus on your targets. It’s good to know what you need to know to play here and to work on those shots. When I came to this Championship, I knew that you have to hit a draw and to have to find the fairway from under the trees. People say that trees are mostly air. Well, they’re definitely not air!

“I’ve worked on a low worm-burner or a high draw,” said Parks. “They both work here.”

This is Parks’ sophomore year on the LPGA Tour, and finished tied for 22nd in last year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The fifth African-American to play on the LPGA Tour, Parks is also the first African-American to win on the Symetra Tour since LaRee Sugg in 1998, and to earn her Tour card through the Symetra Tour.

“You know it takes a team to play out here,” said Parks, whose team features swing coach and former PGA Tour member Gabriel Hjertstedt; caddie Dave Lindquist, who caddied a year for Hjertstedt; her father and sponsors.

Celebrities in Tuesday's Pro-Am:
The 62nd KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Pro-Am features a wide variety of star power. The entrants include Baseball Hall of Fame electee and former Seattle Mariners star Ken Griffey Jr.; former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice; actor Don Cheadle; TV host Drew Scott; former NFL Super Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy; NBA point guard Aaron Brooks; World Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King; Seattle Seahawks winning placekicker Steven Hauschka; and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl winning wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.




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