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Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give

Round 4 - Sei Young Kim wins playoff for Meijer Classic

June 19, 2016

On the first playoff hole, Sei Young Kim stuffed her approach shot from the left rough to three feet and calmly tapped in the birdie putt to defeat Carlota Ciganda and capture her fifth LPGA victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“It was 109 meters to the pin,” Kim explained. “It was a lot of release so I just had 90 meters. I did, it worked.”

Both Kim and Ciganda drove the ball in the left rough on the first extra hole. Ciganda played first and sent her approach long and left setting and failed to get up-and-down for par the stage for Kim.

“Only one can win and obviously I hit it to the rough, it wasn’t an easy shot and she hit a really good one,” Ciganda said. “So I mean congratulations to her and she was better.”

Kim actually thought that she wouldn’t need a playoff when she tapped in for a bogey on her 72nd hole.

“Before playoff I felt like already win but I didn’t check the leaderboard,” Kim said. “Then I thought the ceremony was already.”

After she signed her card, Kim was greeted by an LPGA rules official who alerted her that she would be heading back to the 18th tee to compete in the playoff with Ciganda.

“Why’s he waiting for me?,” Kim admitted to wondering. “So after go to the tee box and I realize there’s the playoff. Wow.”

Kim was able to shake it off and improve to a perfect 3-0 in playoffs on the LPGA Tour.

“I just angry on myself, yeah,” Kim said of the error in judgment. “I just say, I have to bounce back because today before I play, I setting my goal no bogey play but last one I missed with bogey. If I bounce back, yeah, it is a good work, so I did it well today.”

Making the moment extra special for Kim was the fact that her dad, Jungil Kim, was in attendance.

“I’m very happy to win on the Father’s Day give it to my dad this trophy,” Kim said with a smile.

Lexi Thompson falls short of back-to-back bid:
Lexi Thompson posted a 1-over, 72 to finish tied for fourth during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Sunday to fall short of defending her title from 2015.

Thompson, the No. 4 ranked player on the Rolex Rankings, started off the day tied for the lead with In Gee Chun and was consistent throughout her front nine earning one birdie and par throughout the first eight holes. It was her turn on the back nine where Thompson started fall down the leaderboard.

“I just didn’t putt well today,” Thompson said. “I had like 36 putts I think so that never helps out a scorecard. I still hit it pretty well, I thought. Just didn’t give myself too close of birdie chances but still didn’t hit that many good putts.”

On her back nine, Thompson carded two back to back bogeys on holes 12 and 13 and made par throughout the rest of her round to finish. Thompson said her play took a turn for the worst when she made par on 11.

“Parring 11 is never a good thing,” Thompson said. “Especially when you hit the fairway. I hit a great second shot in there, too. I hit two bad chips there on 11 and 12 but didn’t make the putts on those holes as well”

When asked about how she feels about her overall game after her round, Thompson said that she’s very happy with her overall play.

“Last week was a bit of a struggle there at Sahalee but still managed to get a good finish there, Thompson said. “But overall this week with how I played, I’m very happy with it. I hit it a lot better this week, I rolled it great except for today, so it happens.”

Numbers to know:
3 – Sei Young Kim improves to 3-0 in playoffs and all were won on the first sudden-death playoff hole; she previously won the 2015 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic and 2015 LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY in a playoff
1.62 – Sei Young Kim had the fewest number of putts per greens in regulation for 72 holes at 1.62
2 - On Sunday, Sei Young Kim became the fifth player to win at least twice on the LPGA Tour this season. She joins Ha Na Jang, Lydia Ko, Haru Nomura and Ariya Jutanugarn on this accomplishment.
5 – Number of second place finishes for Carlota Ciganda
8 – Number of top-10 finishes for both Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson in 2016
21.35 – The average age of winners on Tour is 21.35

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Round 3 - Thompson and Chun leading at -15

June 18, 2016

Defending Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give champion Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun will share the lead at 15-under par heading into the final round at Blythefield Country Club.

“I’m just going to go out here, have fun, be relaxed, just how I have been the last three days,” Thompson said. “It’s been a very relaxing week so far, so I’ll just try my best tomorrow and see how it goes.”

“I’m always excited to play in the last group so I’m ready,” Chun said with a smile. “I enjoy it.”

While she has a chance to repeat as champion, Thompson finds herself in a different position than she was in 2015 when she came from 5-shots back to win.

“It’s a different mindset than coming from behind a few shots, but like I said before, you just have to focus on your own game,” Thompson explained. “You can’t control other players, you just have to do your best, try to make birdies out here because you know they’re going to be made and see where it goes.”

Chun tied the low round of the week on Saturday with a 65 to move her into the final group with Thompson, who she is excited to be playing with.

“It’s very exciting because she’s such a great player so always I learn a lot from her,” The reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion said.

The duo will be joined in the final group by Sei Young Kim who also shot a 65 on Saturday.

“I feel good today because today bogey free, so when I starting first round I set goal, I set goal no bogey and no double, Kim said. “Well, the first round, second round I had a couple bogeys, but it’s fine because today I success in my goal, yeah.”

On a week where the scores have been low, 10 players are within five shots of the lead entering the final day.

Lydia Ko hanging around:
Lydia Ko posted a 4-under, 67 during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Saturday and sits four shots back of current leaders In Gee Chun and defending champion Lexi Thompson.

“The front nine I couldn’t get anything going,” Ko said. “I was striking the ball really well and then just no putts were going in. And then I made a good up and down on 9 and then made four good birdies in a row, so I think that kind of turned my round around. And then in the last few holes I made quite a few good par putts and up and downs to save par.”

On a day where 28 of the players in the field are posting rounds in the 60’s, Ko said her strategy headed into the final round on Sunday is to have fun and be patient with her shots.

“The girls are going low so I know all I’ve got to do is have fun out there, be patient and hopefully make birdies,” Ko said. “But you just never know what’s going to happen, and especially with the girls going low, there could be a very low number tomorrow. But I’ve just got to focus on my game. At the end of the day I’m going to be a few shots behind, but I’m not going to worry about what everybody’s doing and just try to have a good round tomorrow.”

SEei Young Kim in the hunt again:
Sei Young Kim posted a 6-under, 65 during the third of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Saturday to sit in third just one shot behind current leaders In Gee Chun and Lexi Thompson heading into the final round.

“Im very excited,” Kim said. “I have an opportunity to be the leader and hopefully I play well and I take the lead.”

Kim, ranked No. 5 on the Rolex Rankings, started off on fire earning four birdies and no bogeys during her front nine. But when it came down to her back nine, Kim carried the momentum from the front nine and earned an eagle on hole No. 9 and finished making par on every hole on her back nine to finish her round. Kim’s plan heading into the final round on Sunday is to focus on the mental aspect of her game.

“I think the point is to mentally keep relaxed and focus on my putting, every player is really good at putting” Kim said “So main thing is to reset and refresh.”

Numbers to know:
8 – Lexi Thompson has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead eight times in her career and won five of them
>> With a victory this week, Lexi Thompson has the opportunity to successfully defend a tournament title for the first time in her career
12 – Lexi Thompson is 12-under par on the front nine
-15 – Lexi Thompson is 15-under par and will have the opportunity on Sunday to break her previous tournament scoring record of 18-under par last year
290.3 – Lexi Thompson leads the field in driving distance with an average of 290.3 yards per drive
26 – Lydia Ko and Sei Young Kim lead the Tour with 26 rounds in the 60s through Saturday
2 – Briana Mao and Mi Jung Hur both recorded their first career hole-in-ones; There were none the first two years of the tournament
67 – Michelle Wie’s round of 67 was her first round in thee 60s since the second round of the ANA Inspiration (4/2/16)

Round 2 - Thompson struggles through back issues to take lead

June 17, 2016

Despite battling back issues throughout her second round, defending champion Lexi Thompson was able to fire a 4-under, 67, and will take a one shot lead into the weekend at 10-under-par at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“I’m not really one to complain about pain because I just fight through it, but yeah, it’s hurting,” Thompson admitted. “I’m going to go and get a rubdown and see if it goes away.”

Thompson started her day strong turning in 3-under, 33, to grab a share of the lead and claimed the outright lead with a birdie on the par-4 10th. Bogeys on 15 and 16 dropped Thompson out of the lead but the 21-year-old was able to bounce back with a pair of birdies to close her round on a high note.

“Yeah, it was definitely important to come back from the two bogeys,” Thompson explained. “I just hit a few errant drives there towards the end and made bogeys, but I played 17 and 18 well. I got pretty lucky on 18, I will say that.”

While she may be struggling with the pain, don’t expect Thompson to back down from the challenge of trying to win her eighth LPGA Tour victory.

“Just got to fight through it,” Thompson explained. “I just try not to pay attention to it. It was hurting just getting into posture for my golf shot, so it is what it is. I didn’t really want to pay attention to how bad it was hurting because then it brings more attention to it and it becomes a mind game.”

Thompson holds a one shot lead over a group of four players - In Gee Chun, Q Baek, So Yeon Ryu and Alena Sharp - on a bunched leaderboard where 32 golfers sit within five strokes of the lead.

“After last week at Sahalee this golf course feels more wide open,” Ryu explained. “I feel more comfortable, felt like be able to play more aggressive. So I think that’s why you can see a lot of birdies out there and I think that’s why a lot of players playing really well. I think next two days going to be quite similar I expect, so I think I’m just going to keep like aggressive playing like the last two days.”

79 players made the cut of 1-under 141.

Ko and Henderson stay on each others heels:
Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson head into the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give both tied for 13th three shots back of 36-hole leader Lexi Thompson.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” Ko said. “I was pretty consistent and I just got to keep playing like this. My ball striking wasn’t as good as yesterday so hopefully it can get better progressively on the weekend.”

Henderson said that anyone in the field could end up being the winner.

“Anybody can win,” Henderson said. “Anybody can make something happen and it just takes two more really good days and hopefully looking at that trophy on Sunday.”

Another Canadian in the mix:
Canadian Alena Sharp posted a 4-under, 67 during the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Friday. Sharp started off the week with a 5-under, 66 making five birdies and a bogey-free round on Thursday and sits tied for second alongside Q Baek, In Gee Chun, and So Yeon Ryu. Sharp said her low round on Friday had to do with the conditions of the course.

“The golf course is in great shape and the rain that we had this week, I think it softened up the greens just nicely that you can actually go at some of the tucked pins and keep it within 10 feet,” Sharp said. “There’s a lot of birdies out there because of that, so I took advantage of the softer conditions. Saw that this morning scores were kind of low, so I knew I could do it, too.”

Sharp played her front nine consistently making five birdies with no bogeys but when it came to her back nine, Sharp made two birdies and a bogey on hole nine. Even with her lone bogey on nine, Sharp said that she played well and believes her game is firing on all cylinders.

“In the beginning I was getting a little frustrated, I didn’t hit it close to the pin, but then I think through six holes I started getting it right around the pin and had some birdies that fell,” Sharp said. “Really played steady all day. Struck it better today than yesterday. I putted really well yesterday. I putted pretty good today, too. So everything in my game’s firing on all cylinders.”

Numbers to know:
-30 – Lexi Thompson is a combined 30-under par over the last seven rounds at this tournament
-6 – Lexi Thompson is 6-under par on the par 5s
6 – Lexi Thompson will sleep on the 36-hole lead for the sixth time in her career. She has converted three of the previous five into victories, including last year’s Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give
-1 – 1-under par is the lowest cut line at this event
12 – Three players made 12 birdies through two rounds, which is the most made on the course for the two days (Sei Young Kim, Minjee Lee and Jodi Ewart Shadoff)

Round 1 - Five players leading Meijer LPGA Classic

June 16, 2016

Five players, including 21-year-old defending champion Lexi Thompson and 52-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies, share the lead at 6-under following the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“I would just say there’s a lot more confidence, a lot of great memories there from last year,” Thompson said of coming back to Grand Rapids as the defending champion. “I just replayed a lot of the shots I hit basically the last round, I remembered a lot. There was actually a lot of Sunday pins from last year today.”

“It’s fun for me,” Davies, a 20-time LPGA winner, said of competing with the younger generation of golf superstars. “I loved watching that playoff last week; two really great young players, such happy-go-lucky characters as well, it’s good for the game. But there’s room for the likes of myself and Juli Inkster and a few of the other old girls to show what we can still do because we all hit it well, it’s just the short game separates the top players from the ones that are just struggling a little bit sometimes.”

Four time LPGA Tour winner Sei Young Kim, Paula Reto and Carlota Ciganda round out the group at the top of the leaderboard.

“Today I shot pretty steady,” said Kim. “The greens are very easy to hold so it should make birdie opportunity very easier.”

“I was not going to really expect anything, I was just going to try to play my best and one shot at a time because I feel like I couldn’t think too much today because of the last couple weeks, I haven’t felt so good,” Reto said. “So this week I told myself I’m just going to sort of stay patient, stay within myself, and I think that really helped me today.”

The course conditions at Blythefield seemed to benefit the bombers as Thompson (1st), Kim (5th), Ciganda (6th) and Reto (7th) are all tied for the lead.

“Yeah, I think so,” Ciganda said when asked if the course benefits longer players. “I think it’s playing from what I heard a little longer than other years, so it’s a little wet and the greens are pretty soft which I really liked to just hit it to the pin and be a little aggressive. So I think the course is good for long hitters and, yeah, I really like the course.”

Seven players are a shot back at 5-under and seven additional golfers are two back. In total, there are 46 players within five shots of the lead.

Paula Creamer sets the record straight regarding Bubba Watson's 2007 Oakmont yardage book:
After being accused of not returning Bubba Watson’s yardage book from the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, Paula Creamer told her side of the story today at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“I mean, Bubba’s a good friend of mine so I know he’s trying to throw me under the bus, but we all know in reality I did give him back his yardage books and he had them,” Creamer said. “It’s kind of funny when you can play games like that. However, he is wrong and he knows it and he has his books.”

The yardage books, which helped Creamer win the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, appear to still have their magic as Watson sits in a tie for second as play was suspended at Oakmont.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson cards 6-under, 65 first round:
The first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give started out with some rain but that didn’t stop reigning champion Lexi Thompson from posting a 6-under, 65 at Blythefield Country Club. Thompson, ranked No. 4 on the Rolex Rankings, posted a bogey free round making four birdies and one eagle.

“I had a slow start for my first nine there on the back, but hit it very well and then got on a birdie run there on my second nine.” Thompson said.

Even with the winds against her, Thompson said that she didn’t make any adjustments to her game but made sure to stay positive throughout the round.

“I didn’t really change anything, I just made sure I stayed positive,” Thompson said. “I was hitting it well on my first nine, I two-putted every hole on the first nine so I just had to be patient with it. Then ended up holing out for eagle on my 10th hole, on No. 1 today, so that always helps with the putts.”

World's No.1&2 two back:
World No.1 Lydia Ko and No.2 Brooke Henderson both carded a 4-under, 67s, on Thursday and both head into the second round just two shots back from current leaders Carlota Ciganda, Laura Davies, Sei Young Kim, Paula Reto, and Lexi Thompson.

“It was a pretty solid day, Henderson said. “4 under, I’ll take it. Only two back from the lead right now, the leaderboard’s pretty crowded with the top names and a ton of really good scores, so it’s a good first day but I’m excited for the rest.”

Both players are coming off a historic sudden death playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, where Henderson defeated Ko. Henderson had five birdies and one bogey while Ko had four birdies and went bogey free during the round. Ko said that she is happy to start off the first round with a 67.

“Yeah, it was a pretty consistent day,” Ko said. “I had a few putts where it was close to going in but didn’t fall, but I think that’s what you’ve got to do, commit to your lines and put a good stroke on it. But I’m happy to start with a 67. Especially that front nine and those first few holes were tough because the wind was getting up and it seemed like the skies were getting dark, too.”

Numbers to know:
5 – The last two champions of this tournament were five shots off the lead after the first round; Mi Jung Hur, Sun Young Yoo and Anna Nordqvist are all five strokes back and they have a combined 10 career victories
46 - 46 players are within five shots of the lead
13 – The 13th hole played as the toughest hole on the course on Thursday; 18 birdies, 83 pars, 38 bogeys and 5 double bogeys
18 – Lexi Thompson hit every green in regulation (18-for-18)
>> Lexi Thompson has led one time after Round 1 in 2016 and she ended up winning the tournament (Honda LPGA Thailand) with a score of 20-under par
65 – Number of players under par for Round 1 at the Blythefield Country Club; Four more players than a year ago

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total Dif. Prize Money
1 Sei Young Kim 65 - 69 - 65 - 68 267 -17 $300,000.00
2 Carlota Ciganda 65 - 69 - 66 - 67 267 -17 $182,127.00
3 In Gee Chun 66 - 67 - 65 - 71 269 -15 $132,120.00
4T Lydia Ko 67 - 68 - 67 - 68 270 -14 $92,234.00
4T Lexi Thompson 65 - 67 - 66 - 72 270 -14 $92,234.00
6 So Yeon Ryu 66 - 67 - 70 - 68 271 -13 $67,306.00
7 Shanshan Feng 68 - 68 - 65 - 71 272 -12 $56,338.00
8 Azahara Munoz 68 - 68 - 68 - 69 273 -11 $49,359.00
9T P.K. Kongkraphan 70 - 67 - 68 - 69 274 -10 $39,262.00
9T Haru Nomura 67 - 67 - 70 - 70 274 -10 $39,262.00
9T Amelia Lewis 66 - 68 - 69 - 71 274 -10 $39,262.00
9T Xi Yu Lin 68 - 67 - 67 - 72 274 -10 $39,262.00
13T Moriya Jutanugarn 69 - 68 - 70 - 68 275 -9 $30,778.00
13T Anna Nordqvist 70 - 68 - 66 - 71 275 -9 $30,778.00
13T Alena Sharp 66 - 67 - 71 - 71 275 -9 $30,778.00
16T Becky Morgan 70 - 69 - 68 - 69 276 -8 $26,623.00
16T Q Baek 66 - 67 - 73 - 70 276 -8 $26,623.00
18T Ariya Jutanugarn 68 - 69 - 72 - 68 277 -7 $23,798.00
18T Karlin Beck 69 - 69 - 70 - 69 277 -7 $23,798.00
18T Pernilla Lindberg 69 - 70 - 68 - 70 277 -7 $23,798.00
21T Morgan Pressel 72 - 69 - 69 - 68 278 -6 $20,940.00
21T Danielle Kang 69 - 68 - 71 - 70 278 -6 $20,940.00
21T Brooke M. Henderson 67 - 68 - 72 - 71 278 -6 $20,940.00
21T Amy Yang 67 - 67 - 69 - 75 278 -6 $20,940.00
25T Jaye Marie Green 69 - 72 - 73 - 65 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Demi Runas 69 - 72 - 69 - 69 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Brittany Lincicome 69 - 68 - 73 - 69 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Jane Park 75 - 66 - 68 - 70 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Mirim Lee 72 - 68 - 69 - 70 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Jessica Korda 69 - 69 - 71 - 70 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Jenny Shin 71 - 70 - 67 - 71 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Nontaya Srisawang 70 - 65 - 73 - 71 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Minjee Lee 67 - 67 - 73 - 72 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Suzann Pettersen 71 - 68 - 67 - 73 279 -5 $15,755.00
25T Lizette Salas 68 - 68 - 70 - 73 279 -5 $15,755.00
36T Caroline Hedwall 69 - 71 - 72 - 68 280 -4 $10,855.00
36T Pornanong Phatlum 73 - 68 - 70 - 69 280 -4 $10,855.00
36T Kelly Tan 69 - 72 - 70 - 69 280 -4 $10,855.00
36T Ayako Uehara 70 - 70 - 71 - 69 280 -4 $10,855.00
36T Mi Jung Hur 70 - 67 - 72 - 71 280 -4 $10,855.00
36T Julie Yang 69 - 69 - 69 - 73 280 -4 $10,855.00
36T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 66 - 68 - 71 - 75 280 -4 $10,855.00
43T Ryann O'Toole 69 - 71 - 72 - 69 281 -3 $8,190.00
43T Min Lee 69 - 71 - 71 - 70 281 -3 $8,190.00
43T Lee Lopez 71 - 70 - 68 - 72 281 -3 $8,190.00
43T Beatriz Recari 69 - 71 - 69 - 72 281 -3 $8,190.00
43T Benyapa Niphatsophon 70 - 69 - 69 - 73 281 -3 $8,190.00
43T Laura Davies 65 - 73 - 70 - 73 281 -3 $8,190.00
43T Paula Creamer 70 - 66 - 69 - 76 281 -3 $8,190.00
50T Maude-Aimee Leblanc 70 - 69 - 73 - 70 282 -2 $6,481.00
50T Na Yeon Choi 68 - 71 - 72 - 71 282 -2 $6,481.00
50T Sandra Gal 67 - 71 - 73 - 71 282 -2 $6,481.00
50T Sarah Jane Smith 70 - 71 - 69 - 72 282 -2 $6,481.00
50T Charley Hull 71 - 69 - 70 - 72 282 -2 $6,481.00
50T Eun-Hee Ji 72 - 68 - 69 - 73 282 -2 $6,481.00
56T Celine Herbin 73 - 68 - 72 - 70 283 -1 $5,228.00
56T Paula Reto 65 - 70 - 77 - 71 283 -1 $5,228.00
56T Jennifer Johnson 74 - 67 - 70 - 72 283 -1 $5,228.00
56T Katherine Kirk 68 - 71 - 70 - 74 283 -1 $5,228.00
56T Michelle Wie 71 - 70 - 67 - 75 283 -1 $5,228.00
56T Jaclyn Jansen 66 - 71 - 71 - 75 283 -1 $5,228.00
56T Ilhee Lee 68 - 68 - 71 - 76 283 -1 $5,228.00
63T Lisa Ferrero 72 - 69 - 73 - 70 284 E $4,587.00
63T Jing Yan 70 - 67 - 75 - 72 284 E $4,587.00
63T Ashleigh Simon 68 - 68 - 73 - 75 284 E $4,587.00
66T Kris Tamulis 70 - 71 - 74 - 70 285 1 $4,188.00
66T Marion Ricordeau 72 - 69 - 72 - 72 285 1 $4,188.00
66T Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 72 - 68 - 72 - 73 285 1 $4,188.00
66T Sun Young Yoo 70 - 70 - 72 - 73 285 1 $4,188.00
66T Belen Mozo 67 - 68 - 73 - 77 285 1 $4,188.00
71T Annie Park 71 - 70 - 74 - 71 286 2 $3,914.00
71T Casey Grice 69 - 70 - 70 - 77 286 2 $3,914.00
73T Simin Feng 69 - 71 - 77 - 70 287 3 $3,814.00
73T Alejandra Llaneza 72 - 69 - 75 - 71 287 3 $3,814.00
75 Brittany Altomare 68 - 72 - 75 - 73 288 4 $3,743.00
76T Joanna Klatten 71 - 70 - 75 - 74 290 6 $3,672.00
76T Budsabakorn Sukapan 72 - 68 - 75 - 75 290 6 $3,672.00
78 Julieta Granada 71 - 69 - 76 - 77 293 9 $3,602.00
79 Wei-Ling Hsu 72 - 69 - 77 - 77 295 11 $3,556.00
CUT Kelly Shon 74 - 68 142 E $0.00
CUT Meena Lee 73 - 69 142 E $0.00
CUT Hee Young Park 72 - 70 142 E $0.00
CUT Jacqui Concolino 71 - 71 142 E $0.00
CUT Ginger Howard 71 - 71 142 E $0.00
CUT Caroline Masson 71 - 71 142 E $0.00
CUT Jane Rah 71 - 71 142 E $0.00
CUT Briana Mao 70 - 72 142 E $0.00
CUT Su Oh 70 - 72 142 E $0.00
CUT Cydney Clanton 72 - 71 143 1 $0.00
CUT Vicky Hurst 72 - 71 143 1 $0.00
CUT Gerina Piller 72 - 71 143 1 $0.00
CUT Lindy Duncan 71 - 72 143 1 $0.00
CUT Cristie Kerr 71 - 72 143 1 $0.00
CUT Megan Khang 71 - 72 143 1 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Song 71 - 72 143 1 $0.00
CUT Dori Carter 70 - 73 143 1 $0.00
CUT Daniela Iacobelli 75 - 69 144 2 $0.00
CUT Amy Anderson 73 - 71 144 2 $0.00
CUT Victoria Elizabeth 73 - 71 144 2 $0.00
CUT Kim Kaufman 73 - 71 144 2 $0.00
CUT Christine Song 73 - 71 144 2 $0.00
CUT Holly Clyburn 72 - 72 144 2 $0.00
CUT Karrie Webb 72 - 72 144 2 $0.00
CUT Heather Bowie Young 71 - 73 144 2 $0.00
CUT Hyo Joo Kim 71 - 73 144 2 $0.00
CUT Dani Holmqvist 70 - 74 144 2 $0.00
CUT Brianna Do 75 - 70 145 3 $0.00
CUT Sally Watson 75 - 70 145 3 $0.00
CUT Mi Hyang Lee 74 - 71 145 3 $0.00
CUT Rachel Rohanna 74 - 71 145 3 $0.00
CUT Giulia Sergas 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Cheyenne Woods 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Karine Icher 72 - 73 145 3 $0.00
CUT Brittany Lang 71 - 74 145 3 $0.00
CUT Elizabeth Nagel 70 - 75 145 3 $0.00
CUT Sarah Kemp 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Stephanie Meadow 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Samantha Richdale 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Sadena Parks 74 - 72 146 4 $0.00
CUT Prima Thammaraks 73 - 73 146 4 $0.00
CUT Hannah Collier 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Tiffany Joh 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 70 - 76 146 4 $0.00
CUT Ssu-Chia Cheng 75 - 72 147 5 $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 74 - 73 147 5 $0.00
CUT Alison Walshe 74 - 73 147 5 $0.00
CUT Haeji Kang 73 - 74 147 5 $0.00
CUT Cyna Marie Rodriguez 72 - 75 147 5 $0.00
CUT Yani Tseng 72 - 75 147 5 $0.00
CUT Caroline Westrup 72 - 75 147 5 $0.00
CUT Katie Burnett 75 - 73 148 6 $0.00
CUT Grace Na 74 - 74 148 6 $0.00
CUT Anne Catherine Tanguay 73 - 75 148 6 $0.00
CUT Bertine Strauss 72 - 76 148 6 $0.00
CUT Nicole Jeray 77 - 72 149 7 $0.00
CUT Hannah Kim 76 - 73 149 7 $0.00
CUT Giulia Molinaro 76 - 73 149 7 $0.00
CUT Jiayi Zhou 73 - 76 149 7 $0.00
CUT Ashlan Ramsey 72 - 77 149 7 $0.00
CUT Lindsey McPherson 69 - 81 150 8 $0.00
CUT Dewi Claire Schreefel 76 - 75 151 9 $0.00
CUT Ji Young Oh 74 - 78 152 10 $0.00
WDC Natalie Gulbis 74 74 3 $0.00
WDC Lee-Anne Pace 75 75 4 $0.00

 

Preview

DATES: June 16-19
SITE:  Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan
PRIZE MONEY: $2,000,000
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2015 Champion Lexi Thompson back to defend:
With her T22 finish at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Lexi Thompson heads to Grand Rapids looking to win again at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club.

World No. 4, Thompson won the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give posting an overall 18-under, 266, defeating Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas by one shot. Thompson has seven top-10 finishes throughout 12 tournaments this year on Tour and one tournament win at the 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand.

Brooke Henderson coming off her first major victory:
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).

By winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, 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, Ko, was younger (18 years, 4 months, 20 days upon winning the 2015 Evian Championship).

Road to Rio continues in Grand Rapids:
With the Olympics just months away, the chance for players to represent their country during the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is heating up.

The top 60 players after the July 11 cutoff date will be eligible to compete in August. As of right now, 29 potential Olympians representing 19 countries will be in the field at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give looking to move up in the Rolex World Rankings to earn their spot in the Olympics.

Here’s a look at potential Olympians to look for during the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

•Australia - Minjee Lee, Su Oh
•Canada - Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp
•China - Shanshan Feng, Xi Yu Lin
•Columbia – Mariajo Uribe
•France – Karine Icher
•Germany - Caroline Masson, Sandra Gal
•Great Britain – Charley Hull
•Israel- Laetitia Beck
•Italy – Giulia Sergas
•Japan – Harukyo Nomura
•Mexico –Alejandra Llaneza
•New Zealand: Lydia Ko
•Norway - Suzann Pettersen
•South Africa – Paula Reto, Lee-Ann Pace
•South Korea - Amy Yang, Inbee Park, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun
•Spain – Azahara Munoz, Carlota Ciganda
•Sweden- Pernilla Lindberg
•Thailand - Pornanong Phatlum, Ariya Jutanugarn
•USA – Lexi Thompson

UL International Crown players finalized:
With the UL International Crown standings finalized after the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, 32 players from eight different countries will compete in the UL International Crown which will be held on July 21-24 will be held at the Merit Club in Chicago.

The four highest ranked players from each of the eight qualifying countries will make up their respective teams for the matches. The players that are in the field for the UL International Crown will be divided into two pools based on the cumulative team score of the four players’ Rolex World Rankings.

Here’s the full list of players along with their Rolex World Ranking that have qualified to compete in the UL International Crown in July.

•Team Korea: Inbee Park (3), Sei Young Kim (5), In Gee Chun (6), Amy Yang (8)
•Team USA: Lexi Thompson (4), Stacy Lewis (9), Gerina Piller (15), Cristie Kerr (20)
•Team Japan: Haru Nomura (22), Shiho Oyama (41), Mika Miyazato (42), Ayaka Watanabe( 45)
•Team Australia: Minjee Lee (13), Su-Hyun Oh (40) Karrie Webb (53), Rebecca Artis (155)
•Team Chinese Taipei: Teresa Lu (25), Candie Kung (37), Yani Tseng (70), Ssu-Chia Cheng (132)
•Team Thailand: Ariya Jutanugarn (7), Pornanong Phatlum (32), Moriya Jutanugarn (95), Porani Chutichai (164)
•Team England: Charley Hull (26), Holly Clyburn (102), Melissa Reid (107), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (125)
•Team China: Shanshan Feng (12), Xi Yu Lin (58), Jing Yan (115), Yuting Shi (210)

Youth numbers to know:
Through the first 16 events of the 2016 season:
11 - Different winners (one player with three wins – Aryia Jutanugarn; three players with two wins each – Ha Na Jang, Lydia Ko, Haru Nomura).
23 - Only one winner this year has been over the age of 23 (Anna Nordqvist, 28)
21.13 - The average age of winners this year
4 - Events won by teenagers (Lydia Ko (18 y/o) won twice, Minjee Lee (19), Brooke Henderson (18))
9 - Events were won by players 21 years old and under
6 - Out of the top-10 in the world, six are 23 years old or younger (No. 1 Lydia Ko (19), No. 2 Brooke Henderson (18), No. 4 Lexi Thompson (21), No. 5 Sei Young Kim (23), No. 6 In Gee Chun (21), No. 7 Ariya Jutanugarn (20))




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