LPGA Volvik Championship 2017

DATES: May 25-28
SITE: Travis Pointe Country Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PRIZE MONEY: $1,300,000

Round 4 - Shanshan Feng wins Volvik Championship

May 28, 2017

Shanshan Feng has won her first title of 2017, and seventh overall, with a new 72-hole Tournament scoring record of 20-under par.

"I was trying to win the tournament since the start today and I'm glad that I did it," Feng said after her round. "I'm really happy to have this win because I've had six wins on the LPGA so far but only two in the U.S. So I'm really happy that I'm not only playing well in Asia but also in the U.S, and very glad that a lot of the Chinese came today to actually come support me."

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Shanshan Feng 68 - 67 - 66 - 68 269 -19 $195,000.00
2T Minjee Lee 68 - 66 - 71 - 65 270 -18 $101,904.00
2T Sung Hyun Park 67 - 65 - 72 - 66 270 -18 $101,904.00

Click here for full scores & prize money.

Still no repeat winners in 2017

With Shanshan Feng’s win at the LPGA Volvik Championship, the LPGA Tour has now gone 12 events without having a repeat winner which marks the second-longest stretch to begin a season in LPGA history. In 1991, there was not a multiple tournament winner until the 16th event of the year.

Between 1991 and 2017, the Tour had its first repeat winner on the 10th try several times, but 1991 is the last time it went more than 10 events to have a player reach two wins on the year.

In 1985, the first repeat winner came in the 11th event, which is the only other time in history the Tour has gone this far without a repeat winner.

2017 Wins By Country

Country Wins Players with Wins
Republic of Korea 6 Ha Na Jang, Sei Young Kim, Mirim Lee, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Amy Yang
United States 3 Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson
Japan 1 Haru Nomura
Sweden 1 Anna Nordqvist
China 1 Shanshan Feng

Quick hits

• Shanshan Feng earned her first win in the United States since the 2013 CME Group Titleholders - three of her seven wins have come in the U.S. and the other four happened in Asia.
• Shanshan Feng made eight starts on the LPGA between her last win (2016 TOTO Japan Classic) and this week - she has three wins her her last 11 starts.
• Since winning the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August last year, Shanshan Feng has three LPGA wins and 10 additional top-10 finishes in 15 starts, missing only one cut in that span.
• Minjee Lee (T2, -18) posted her best result on the LPGA since winning the 2016 Blue Bay LPGA.
• Sung Hyun Park (T2, -18) matched the best result on the LPGA with the second runner-up of her career - she was also T2 at the 2015 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.
• Lizette Salas (T4, -17) had the best finish of her 2017 season and was the lowest finishing American this week. Marina Alex (8th, -15), Nelly Korda (T9, -14) and Cydney Clanton (T9, -14) were the only other Americans in the top-10.
• Marina Alex had a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole on Sunday, using a 6-iron from 160 yards - there have been 11 hole-in-ones on the LPGA in 2017 and Moriya Jutanugarn leads all players with two aces this year.

CME Group Cares weekend update

Players scored 12 eagles over the weekend at the 2017 LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY, raising $12,000 for charity. This brings the total to 117 eagles on the year, which translates to $117,000 dollars raised.

Race to CME Globe update

Shanshan Feng earned 500 points and is projected to move up from 30th to 8th in the LPGA’s season-long Race to CME Globe with 943 points.

Ko’s NO. 1 Ranking safe for another week

World No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn (-11) finished in a tie for 21st and World No. 2 So Yeon Ryu (-3) finished in a tie for 56th at the LPGA Volvik Championship, meaning that Lydia Ko’s spot at the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will be safe for another week.

Ko, who was not in the field this week, and Jutanugarn will not be in the field next week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. Ryu will be playing in New Jersey and attempting to close the gap on the No. 1 spot.

NO. 1 Facts and Numbers
• Nine different golfers have been No. 1 in their career since the Rolex Rankings started in 2006: Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko
• Seven different countries have held the top spot: Sweden, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, United States, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand
• South Korea (Jiyai Shin, Inbee Park) and the United States (Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis) each have had two players reach No. 1
• 158: The number of consecutive weeks Lorena Ochoa held the top spot from April 23, 2007 to May 2, 2010. Yani Tseng holds the second longest streak at 109 weeks. Third best is Lydia Ko’s current streak of 83 consecutive weeks starting from Oct. 26, 2015.
• 102: Total number of weeks Lydia Ko has held the top spot. Two weeks shy of two full calendar years.
• 32: Number of majors won by these nine players. Annika Sorenstam won 10 major championships. Ai Miyazato is the only No. 1 player who hasn’t won a major in their career.

Quotable

“I don’t know yet, but that was a big check. I can buy something, but I’m not going to spend it all.” - Shanshan Feng when asked what she is going to buy with her tournament winnings

Round 3 - Shanshan Feng takes 54-hole lead

May 27, 2017

Shanshan Feng came from three strokes behind on Saturday to take the lead 1-ahead of Lizette Salas at 14-under with bogey-free 66.

“I started the round a little slowly. I was only 1-under through eight holes and then I made two putts in a row on the ninth and tenth,” Feng told the media. “After that I was just feeling like, ‘oh, I can start making birdies,' and I was more comfortable.” 

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Shanshan Feng
-15
68
67
66
201
2
Lizette Salas
-14
70
65
67
202
3
Suzann Pettersen
-13
67
67
69
203
T4
Jeong Eun Lee
-12
68
68
68
204
T4
Sung Hyun Park
-12
67
65
72
204
T6
Stacy Lewis
-11
65
72
68
205
T6
Jennifer Song
-11
68
67
70
205
T6
Minjee Lee
-11
68
66
71
205

Feng on fire

Since winning the bronze at the Olympics in late August, Shanshan Feng has been one of the hottest golfer on the planet with two wins and 10 top-10 finishes in her 14 starts since Rio.

Feng’s game in 2017 seems to be rounding into form as she is coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Lorena Ochoa Matchplay (T5) and Kingsmill Championship (T10)

“I’m starting to hit the ball more like what I normally do because at the beginning of the year when I was in Asia, I was hitting the ball all over and I almost lost myself,” Feng said. “Then I think I made a little adjustment on my swing and I got it back and I’m hitting the ball really well and rolling the putts also. So I’m really happy about the condition right now.”

Jutanugarn has eyes on No.1 ranking

Ariya Jutanugarn fired a third round 68 to move into a tie for sixth at the Volvik Championship.

The move was significant as it brings the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings into play for Jutanugarn. Below are the projected scenarios for the defending Volvik Championship winner to take over the top spot:

Ariya Jutanugarn could take over No. 1 if any of the following scenarios happen (3rd or better finish):
• Ariya wins
• Ariya is 2nd alone AND Ryu does not win
• Ariya is 3rd alone AND Ryu is not in the top 4

Possible scenarios with ties:
• Ariya is T-2nd with 1 other AND Ryu is not in the top 3
• Ariya is T-2nd with 2 others AND Ryu is not in the top 3
• Ariya is T-2nd with 3 others AND Ryu is not in the top 4
• Ariya is T-3rd with 1 other AND Ryu is not in the top 5

If Jutanugarn takes over the top spot in the Rolex Rankings she would be the:
• First player from Thailand to hold the No. 1 ranking
• 10th different golfer to be No. 1 in their career since the Rolex Rankings started in 2006 joining Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko.

Strong start for rookie Park

2017 Rookie Sung Hyun Park began the third round with a two shot advantage and currently sits three back of leader Shanshan Feng in a tie for 4th at 12-under par. The 23-year-old South Korean is ranked No. 11 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and joined the LPGA after leading the KLPGA with seven wins last season.

Park is dominating the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race, thanks to three top-4 finishes so far in 2017 - she currently has 411 points in the race through eight events, which is 181 points more than the next closest rookie Angel Yin.

Rolex Rookie of the Year - Past Five Years

Year
Rookie of the Year
Points
Margin of Victory (Points)
Runner-up
2016
In Gee Chun
1,358
832
Megan Khang
2015
Sei Young Kim
1,523
268
Hyo Joo Kim
2014
Lydia Ko
1,720
779
Mirim Lee
2013
Moriya Jutanugarn
480
1
Caroline Masson
2012
So Yeon Ryu
1,448
631
Lexi Thompson 

Quotable

“I would rather be two shots behind today than tomorrow.”- Suzann Pettersen, who sits two shots behind the lead heading into the final round

Quick hits

• Shanshan Feng was one of three players to have wins in consecutive tournaments in 2016 (Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko).
• Shanshan Feng became a Rolex First-Time Winner and the first-ever Chinese winner on Tour at the 2012 Wegman’s LPGA Championship.
• In 2017, Shanshan Feng has three top-10 finishes in her seven starts, with her best result coming at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play Presented by Aeromexico and Delta (T5).
• Shanshan Feng holds at least a share of the lead heading into the final round for the sixth time in her LPGA career - three of her wins came after leading heading into the final round.
• Lizette Salas (2nd, -14) leads a group of five Americans that are T9 or better within five shots of the lead that includes Stacy Lewis (T6, -11), Jennifer Song (T6, -11), Marina Alex (T9, -10) and Nelly Korda (T9, -10).

Round 2 - Sung Hyun Park takes 2-shot lead in Michigan

May 26, 2017

Sung Hyun Park played a 7-under 65 to take the outright lead at 12-under at the LPGA Championship.

“I started birdie-birdie on the first two holes and after that I kind of lost it a little bit,” Park said through an interpreter. “But going into the back nine, the first hole, on 10 I made a birdie, and from that point on I think my putting kind of came back alive.”

So far she has finished in the top-4 three times this season and leads the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year standings.

Minjee Lee and Suzann Pettersen are tied for second place at 10-under while Lizette Salas, Jennifer Song, Cydney Clanton, Shanshan Feng and Sarah Jane Smith are tied for fourth. Overnight co-leaders Stacy Lewis and Wei-Ling Hsu have slipped into T10 at 7-under.

American update

Through 11 events in the 2017 season, the Republic of Korea ranks first in wins by country with six wins by six different players. The United States ranks second with three American players owning wins this year: Brittany Lincicome (Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic), Cristie Kerr (LOTTE Championship) and Lexi Thompson (Kingsmill Championship). Japan and Sweden are the only other countries that have been represented in the winner’s circle - in 2016, the Tour had 18 different winners from 12 different countries in 33 official events.

Through Round 2, six American players are within five shots of the lead at T10 or better including Lizette Salas (T4, -9), Cydney Clanton (T4, -9), Jennifer Song (T4, -9), Jenny Coleman (T10, -7), Austin Ernst (T10, -7) and Stacy Lewis (T10, -7). All six are looking for their first win in 2017, and only Salas, Ernst and Lewis have wins in their LPGA careers.

2017 Wins by Country

Country Wins Players with Wins
Republic of Korea 6 Ha Na Jang, Sei Young Kim, Mirim Lee, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Amy Yang
United States 3 Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson
Japan 1 Haru Nomura
Sweden 1 Anna Nordqvist

Representing

Jennifer Song is the first player to sport clothing from LPGA Golf Wear on Tour. The LPGA, in partnership with MK Trend, opened its first retail store in South Korea in September 2016. Song said she began wearing the brand earlier this season and has been really enjoying both the look and the feel of her new outfits.

“Their outfits are really vibrant and looks sharp, and most importantly, I think it’s very comfortable, Song said. “I have no problems swinging freely in it, so I really like it.”

Song, who currently stands T4 at 9-under par, has been receiving a lot of compliments on her new digs, which today featured neon-colored hamburgers and ice cream cones.

“It looks really sharp, that’s what I like the best, because I want to look professional out here. So far everybody’s been giving me great feedback. They love the outfits, so I’m really happy for it.”

Ai Miyazato to retire at end of 2017

Ai Miyazato announces her retirement from the LPGA Tour at the end of the 2017 season and will hold a press conference on May 29 in Japan. There, she will share her thoughts on the decision and will thank all the people who have supported her during her 14-year professional career.

Miyazato is one of nine LPGA players to reach the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings since they began in 2006. She is the only player from Japan to ever reach the top spot, which she held for a total of 12 weeks during the 2010 season when she won five events.

A 2006 LPGA rookie, Miyazato has nine LPGA wins and 59 total top-10 finishes in her 12-year career. She has amassed $8,166,557 in career earnings which ranks her 21st on the LPGA Career Money List.

Quotable

“I mean just that’s how crazy this game is. One week you have it, the next you don’t. Or one week you don’t and the next you do. That’s the fun part about golf. I just try to make it fun and not really stress about oh, I have to make birdie, I have to make birdie. Just put a good swing on it, keep your head down and just let it go. That’s literally, my slogan is you just let it go and see your shot.”- Lizette Salas on changing her swing and putting grip heading into this week

Quick hits

• In 2016, Sung Hyun Park won seven times and was the top earning player on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA).
• Sung Hyun Park’s best career finish in an LPGA event came at the 2016 Evian Championship where she was T2 behind champion In Gee Chun - Park was a non-member at the time.
• A 2017 LPGA rookie, Sung Hyun Park has not missed a cut in her eight starts this season and has three top-4 finishes including a season-best 3rd place result at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
• Sung Hyun Park ranks third on the LPGA in average driving distance this season (275.55 yards).
• Suzann Pettersen has gone 43 events since last win at the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic. In that span, Pettersen has 17 top-10 finishes.
• Minjee Lee was one of three teenagers to win on the LPGA Tour in 2016 (Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson)

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sung Hyun Park
-12
67
65
132
T2
Minjee Lee
-10
68
66
134
T2
Suzann Pettersen
-10
67
67
134
T4
Lizette Salas
-9
70
65
135
T4
Jennifer Song
-9
68
67
135
T4
Cydney Clanton
-9
68
67
135
T4
Shanshan Feng
-9
68
67
135
T4
Sarah Jane Smith
-9
67
68
135

Round 1 - Hsu and Lewis take lead in tough conditions

May 25, 2017

Wei-Ling Hsu and Stacy Lewis played through tough weather conditions on opening day to take the lead in the second LPGA Volvik Championship wih a 7-under 65.

“It's a ball striker's golf course and if you can hit the greens, they're pretty small to begin with, you can make some putts,” Lewis said. “That's what I did a lot of today was hit a lot of good shots and then made some good putts as well.”

Nelly Korda is lying in third place at 6-under while Brittany Lincicome, Ilhee Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Suzann Pettersen and Sarah Jane Smith are T4 at 5-under and 12 players are tied for 9th.

Made in America

Through 11 events in the 2017 season, American players have taken home three tournament titles: Brittany Lincicome (Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic), Cristie Kerr (LOTTE Championship) and Lexi Thompson (Kingsmill Championship). During the 2016 season, Thompson (Honda LPGA Thailand) and Brittany Lang (U.S. Women’s Open Conducted by the USGA) were the only Americans to take home a tournament title.

Through Round 1, five American players are within two shots of the lead at T4 or better including co-leader Stacy Lewis (-7), 2017 LPGA rookie Nelly Korda (3rd, -6) and 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic winner Brittany Lincicome (T4, -5). Jennifer Song and Cydney Clanton, both searching for their maiden LPGA victory, sit three shots back at 4-under par in a tie for ninth.

Wins by American Players – Last 10 Years

Year
Wins
2017
3*
2016
2
2015
7
2014
13
2013
7
2012
8
2011
4
2010
5
2009
5
2008
9

 

*Thru 11 events

First time for everything

No tournaments have featured a Rolex First-Time Winner through 11 events in 2017. In 2016, nine events featured Rolex First-Time Winners, which was the most first-time winners since 2005 (10).

Of the 20 players that are T9 or better through the first round (within three shots of the lead), 12 have LPGA wins and eight are looking for the first victory of their career.

The LPGA Volvik Championship also marks the 12th event of 2017 and the Tour is still looking for the first repeat winner of the season. In 1991, there was not a multiple tournament winner until the 16th event of the year.

Between 1991 and 2017, the Tour had its first repeat winner on the 10th try several times, but 1991 is the last time it went more than 10 events to have a player reach two wins on the year.

In 1985, the first repeat winner came in the 11th event, which is the only other time in history the Tour has gone this far without a repeat winner.

Playing with purpose

Ilhee Lee said she has a little extra motivation to play well this week in Ann Arbor. Lee, who is sponsored by Volvik, met with Volvik Chairman Kyung Ahn Moon on Monday: “He told us to think that we’re inviting all the people here.”

Lee is among three current players who are sponsored by Volvik that have LPGA wins: Chella Choi (2015 Marathon Classic), Mi Hyang Lee (2014 Mizuno Classic) and Ilhee Lee (2013 Pure Silk Bahamas-LPGA Classic).

There's no place like home

Jennifer Song is back in the town she was born in and put together a solid round in the morning wave at Travis Pointe, finishing at 4-under par in a tie for 7th after the first day of play. Song lived in Ann Arbor for two years after she was born until her family moved back to South Korea, and also returned for a year and a half when she was in the third grade and her father was getting his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

“It feels nice,” Song said of being back. “I get to see some places that I visited last year and when I was a kid. I visited my elementary school (Angel School) last year, but I didn’t get a chance this year. Definitely it’s great to be back here.”

Song, No. 71 in the Rolex Rankings, has two career top-10 finishes and posted a T16 result at Travis Pointe last season.

Minjee moving on

Minjee Lee was disqualified from the Kingsmill Championship last Sunday after failing to sign her scorecard. The error cost Lee a top-10 finish at an event she won two seasons ago.

“I think I just had a brain fart,” Lee said. “I mean I don’t know how I missed it, but obviously I did and I got DQ’d. But it’s okay, I can laugh about it now.”

Lee started her Volvik Championship with a 4-under round to sit in a tie for ninth.

Quick hits

• 83 players finished the first round under par. Notables who didn’t reach red figures were defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn, Rolex Rankings No. 2 So Yeon Ryu and last week’s Kingsmill Championship winner Lexi Thompson who all finished on even par.
• Stacy Lewis is seeking the 12th LPGA victory of her career and her first since the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. She also currently stands with 99 career top-10 finishes.
• Through nine starts this season, Stacy Lewis has three top-10 finishes including a runner-up result at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Lewis has 12 runner-up finishes since her last win.
• Stacy Lewis ranks 10th on the LPGA’s Career Money List and seventh among active players with $11,744,373.
• Stacy Lewis ranks sixth in scoring average in 2017 (69.500) and is one of 14 LPGA players with a scoring average below 70 this season. Last season, a LPGA record five players finished the year with a scoring average below 70.
• Wei-Ling Hsu’s best career finish was 8th place at the 2015 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic - the result was her lone career top-10 finish.
• In 2014, Wei-Ling Hsu had one win and three additional top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour and finished sixth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list to earn her LPGA Tour card.
• Wei-Ling Hsu has at least a share of the overnight lead for the first time ever in her LPGA career.
• Wei-Ling Hsu’s opening round 65 ties the second-best score of her LPGA career - Tsu had twice shot 65 and posted a career-low 64 in the final round of the 2015 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Wei-Ling Hsu
-7
65
T1
Stacy Lewis
-7
65
3
Nelly Korda
-6
66
T4
Brittany Lincicome
-5
67
T4
Ilhee Lee
-5
67
T4
Sung Hyun Park
-5
67
T4
Suzann Pettersen
-5
67
T4
Sarah Jane Smith
-5
67

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Shanshan Feng 68 - 67 - 66 - 68 269 -19 $195,000.00
2T Minjee Lee 68 - 66 - 71 - 65 270 -18 $101,904.00
2T Sung Hyun Park 67 - 65 - 72 - 66 270 -18 $101,904.00
4T Jeong Eun Lee 68 - 68 - 68 - 67 271 -17 $59,819.00
4T Lizette Salas 70 - 65 - 67 - 69 271 -17 $59,819.00
6T Moriya Jutanugarn 69 - 69 - 69 - 65 272 -16 $40,095.00
6T Suzann Pettersen 67 - 67 - 69 - 69 272 -16 $40,095.00
8 Marina Alex 71 - 69 - 66 - 67 273 -15 $32,012.00
9T Cydney Clanton 68 - 67 - 73 - 66 274 -14 $27,485.00
9T Nelly Korda 66 - 72 - 68 - 68 274 -14 $27,485.00
11T Jessica Korda 72 - 71 - 67 - 65 275 -13 $21,354.00
11T Chella Choi 71 - 71 - 67 - 66 275 -13 $21,354.00
11T Sarah Jane Smith 67 - 68 - 72 - 68 275 -13 $21,354.00
11T Laura Gonzalez Escallon 71 - 69 - 66 - 69 275 -13 $21,354.00
11T Jennifer Song 68 - 67 - 70 - 70 275 -13 $21,354.00
16T Lindy Duncan 72 - 67 - 69 - 68 276 -12 $16,167.00
16T Wei-Ling Hsu 65 - 72 - 71 - 68 276 -12 $16,167.00
16T Giulia Molinaro 70 - 69 - 68 - 69 276 -12 $16,167.00
16T Sun Young Yoo 68 - 70 - 68 - 70 276 -12 $16,167.00
16T Stacy Lewis 65 - 72 - 68 - 71 276 -12 $16,167.00
21T Brooke M. Henderson 71 - 66 - 72 - 68 277 -11 $14,098.00
21T Ariya Jutanugarn 72 - 66 - 68 - 71 277 -11 $14,098.00
23T Carlota Ciganda 72 - 71 - 69 - 66 278 -10 $12,365.00
23T Jane Park 69 - 72 - 69 - 68 278 -10 $12,365.00
23T Emily K. Pedersen 71 - 68 - 70 - 69 278 -10 $12,365.00
23T Mi Hyang Lee 69 - 69 - 71 - 69 278 -10 $12,365.00
23T Haru Nomura 68 - 69 - 70 - 71 278 -10 $12,365.00
28T Amelia Lewis 69 - 72 - 71 - 67 279 -9 $10,767.00
28T Thidapa Suwannapura 72 - 66 - 68 - 73 279 -9 $10,767.00
30T Ally McDonald 69 - 72 - 69 - 70 280 -8 $9,571.00
30T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 68 - 70 - 72 - 70 280 -8 $9,571.00
30T Nicole Broch Larsen 70 - 71 - 67 - 72 280 -8 $9,571.00
30T Demi Runas 71 - 69 - 68 - 72 280 -8 $9,571.00
34T Brittany Lincicome 67 - 76 - 68 - 70 281 -7 $7,640.00
34T Angel Yin 69 - 72 - 70 - 70 281 -7 $7,640.00
34T Karine Icher 72 - 67 - 72 - 70 281 -7 $7,640.00
34T Anna Nordqvist 71 - 71 - 68 - 71 281 -7 $7,640.00
34T Jenny Shin 68 - 71 - 70 - 72 281 -7 $7,640.00
34T Austin Ernst 69 - 68 - 72 - 72 281 -7 $7,640.00
34T Gaby Lopez 69 - 71 - 68 - 73 281 -7 $7,640.00
41T Perrine Delacour 69 - 71 - 73 - 69 282 -6 $5,746.00
41T Su Oh 70 - 73 - 69 - 70 282 -6 $5,746.00
41T Holly Clyburn 69 - 72 - 71 - 70 282 -6 $5,746.00
41T Nontaya Srisawang 71 - 69 - 72 - 70 282 -6 $5,746.00
41T Karen Chung 69 - 73 - 68 - 72 282 -6 $5,746.00
41T Candie Kung 73 - 67 - 69 - 73 282 -6 $5,746.00
41T Jaye Marie Green 69 - 69 - 71 - 73 282 -6 $5,746.00
48T Charley Hull 72 - 69 - 73 - 69 283 -5 $4,640.00
48T Bronte Law 71 - 70 - 71 - 71 283 -5 $4,640.00
48T Min Seo Kwak 70 - 73 - 68 - 72 283 -5 $4,640.00
48T Jenny Coleman 70 - 67 - 71 - 75 283 -5 $4,640.00
52T Kim Kaufman 69 - 72 - 74 - 69 284 -4 $4,074.00
52T Pernilla Lindberg 70 - 73 - 70 - 71 284 -4 $4,074.00
52T Sakura Yokomine 72 - 70 - 71 - 71 284 -4 $4,074.00
52T Caroline Hedwall 69 - 73 - 71 - 71 284 -4 $4,074.00
56T Mi Jung Hur 68 - 73 - 74 - 70 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T Olafia Kristinsdottir 69 - 71 - 75 - 70 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T Katherine Perry 74 - 69 - 71 - 71 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T Christina Kim 71 - 70 - 73 - 71 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T So Yeon Ryu 72 - 71 - 70 - 72 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T Nasa Hataoka 70 - 71 - 72 - 72 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T Maria Parra 70 - 70 - 73 - 72 285 -3 $3,347.00
56T Peiyun Chien 70 - 71 - 71 - 73 285 -3 $3,347.00
64 Dani Holmqvist 71 - 72 - 73 - 70 286 -2 $2,975.00
65T Laura Davies 70 - 71 - 75 - 71 287 -1 $2,721.00
65T Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 71 - 72 - 71 - 73 287 -1 $2,721.00
65T Aditi Ashok 71 - 70 - 73 - 73 287 -1 $2,721.00
65T Ayean Cho 74 - 66 - 74 - 73 287 -1 $0.00
65T Madeleine Sheils 69 - 74 - 70 - 74 287 -1 $2,721.00
65T Ilhee Lee 67 - 72 - 74 - 74 287 -1 $2,721.00
65T Lexi Thompson 72 - 68 - 72 - 75 287 -1 $2,721.00
65T Kelly Tan 69 - 70 - 73 - 75 287 -1 $2,721.00
73T Lee Lopez 72 - 70 - 74 - 72 288 E $2,506.00
73T Na Yeon Choi 68 - 72 - 75 - 73 288 E $2,506.00
75T Cheyenne Woods 72 - 71 - 73 - 73 289 1 $2,427.00
75T Brittany Altomare 70 - 72 - 72 - 75 289 1 $2,427.00
75T Caroline Masson 68 - 70 - 76 - 75 289 1 $2,427.00
78 Jackie Stoelting 70 - 73 - 75 - 72 290 2 $2,367.00
79T Sandra Changkija 69 - 73 - 77 - 75 294 6 $2,321.00
79T Katie Burnett 71 - 71 - 74 - 78 294 6 $2,321.00
81 Belen Mozo 75 - 68 - 78 - 76 297 9 $2,277.00
CUT Amy Anderson 75 - 69 144 E $0.00
CUT Megan Khang 74 - 70 144 E $0.00
CUT Mel Reid 74 - 70 144 E $0.00
CUT Maude-Aimee Leblanc 73 - 71 144 E $0.00
CUT Annie Park 73 - 71 144 E $0.00
CUT Hee Young Park 73 - 71 144 E $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Dana Finkelstein 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT In Gee Chun 71 - 73 144 E $0.00
CUT Joanna Klatten 71 - 73 144 E $0.00
CUT Paula Reto 71 - 73 144 E $0.00
CUT Sei Young Kim 70 - 74 144 E $0.00
CUT Catriona Matthew 70 - 74 144 E $0.00
CUT Paula Creamer 69 - 75 144 E $0.00
CUT Pavarisa Yoktuan 76 - 69 145 1 $0.00
CUT Karrie Webb 75 - 70 145 1 $0.00
CUT Min Lee 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Azahara Munoz 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Julieta Granada 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Tiffany Joh 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Yani Tseng 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Mariajo Uribe 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Eun-Hee Ji 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Ryann O'Toole 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Beatriz Recari 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Madelene Sagstrom 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Kelly Shon 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Dottie Ardina 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Mo Martin 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Becky Morgan 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Angela Stanford 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Vicky Hurst 70 - 75 145 1 $0.00
CUT Michelle Wie 75 - 71 146 2 $0.00
CUT Wichanee Meechai 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 72 - 74 146 2 $0.00
CUT Beth Allen 71 - 75 146 2 $0.00
CUT Celine Herbin 71 - 75 146 2 $0.00
CUT Kris Tamulis 71 - 75 146 2 $0.00
CUT Alena Sharp 77 - 70 147 3 $0.00
CUT Therese O'Hara 75 - 72 147 3 $0.00
CUT Pornanong Phatlum 75 - 72 147 3 $0.00
CUT Sarah Kemp 74 - 73 147 3 $0.00
CUT Marissa Steen 74 - 73 147 3 $0.00
CUT Savannah Vilaubi 74 - 73 147 3 $0.00
CUT Regan De Guzman 73 - 74 147 3 $0.00
CUT Ashleigh Buhai 71 - 76 147 3 $0.00
CUT Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 71 - 76 147 3 $0.00
CUT Sandra Gal 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Katherine Kirk 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Sadena Parks 71 - 77 148 4 $0.00
CUT Ssu-Chia Cheng 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Brooke Pancake 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Morgan Pressel 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Ayako Uehara 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Rachel Rohanna 70 - 79 149 5 $0.00
CUT P.K. Kongkraphan 76 - 74 150 6 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Ha 76 - 75 151 7 $0.00
CUT Lee-Anne Pace 76 - 75 151 7 $0.00
CUT Juli Inkster 74 - 77 151 7 $0.00
CUT Stephanie Meadow 76 - 76 152 8 $0.00
CUT Britney Yada 78 - 75 153 9 $0.00
CUT Celine Boutier 82 - 72 154 10 $0.00
CUT Julie Yang 77 - 78 155 11 $0.00

 

Preview


Thompson in action following last week's win

Top-ranked American Lexi Thompson will tee it up this week in Ann Arbor fresh off of a record-setting performance at last week’s Kingsmill Championship.

Thompson went wire-to-wire and finished at 20-under par for her eighth career LPGA victory, besting Annika Sorenstam’s tournament scoring record of 19-under par in 2008 in the process.

Thompson had been knocking on the door all season long with two runner-up finishes coming after appearing in playoffs at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and the ANA Inspiration, and her hard work certainly paid off in Williamsburg.

“I worked extremely hard in the offseason, especially on my short game just trying to improve that a lot more and get more consistent off the tee,” Thompson said. “And it’s just been a lot of confidence, too. Golf is a lot mental, so just trying to stay positive out on the golf course and knowing my game is in a good spot and keep on working at it.”

Wedge work

A key to Lexi Thompson’s victory last week was the addition of a fifth wedge to her bag. Last week, Thompson took out her 5-iron and added a 47-degree wedge to help her in the 120-yard range.

“I always get about 120 and that’s -- I hit my gap wedge 115 and my pitching wedge 135. So it’s a very easy pitching wedge and it’s kind of an uncomfortable shot. It doesn’t stop very well because it’s lower. So I added that wedge and I actually hit it probably close to 20 times last week, so it was a good move.”

Thompson said she may replace a different club with the 47-degree wedge this week, as Travis Pointe has a few par 3s where she might need the 5-iron.

By the numbers

Lexi Thompson earned her eighth LPGA victory at the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, and has recorded five wins in her last four seasons - the most of any American player in that span.

Thompson’s eighth LPGA victory came at the age of 22 years, 3 months, 11 days. If she were to collect two more wins in the coming months she could become the third youngest player in LPGA history to reach 10 career victories.

Youngest to reach 10 wins (LPGA History)
• Lydia Ko, 18 years, 6 months, 1 day, 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship
• Nancy Lopez, 22 years, 2 months, 5 days, 1979 Sunstar Classic
• Yani Tseng, 22 years, 6 months, 8 days, 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open
• Marlene Hagge, 22 years, 6 months, 10 days, 1956 Denver Open

Tour still searching for first multiple winner of 2017

The LPGA Volvik Championship is the 12th event of 2017 and the Tour is still looking for the first repeat winner of the season. In 1991, there was not a multiple tournament winner until the 16th event of the year.

Between 1991 and 2017, the Tour had its first repeat winner on the 10th try several times, but 1991 is the last time it went more than 10 events to have a player reach two wins on the year.

In 1985, the first repeat winner came in the 11th event, which is the only other time in history the Tour has gone this far without a repeat winner.

Quotable

“I’ve had a good amount of fans, but I absolutely love my fans. They’re amazing. I’ve definitely gotten a lot more since the incident, but they’re always so supportive of me. Even if I struggle, they’re there picking me up saying ‘go get ‘em’ the next week or the next day. That means a lot to me. The fans do make the game, and to have them supporting me means the world.”- Lexi Thompson on her fan support

Quick hits

• Lexi Thompson will be looking to win back-to-back for the first time in her career at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Her best finish after a win is T-6th (2015 TOTO Japan Classic, 2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout presented by JTBC).
• Lexi Thompson has won an event in each of the past five seasons (2013-2017) - the longest streak on the LPGA Tour. Lydia Ko, who is winless in 2017, led the LPGA heading into the 2017 season with wins in five consecutive seasons dating back to 2012 (2012-2016).
• Lexi Thompson is currently second behind So Yeon Ryu in the Rolex Player of the Year race with 73 points - her best finish in the standings was 4th place in 2015 when she recorded two of her eight LPGA wins.
• Lexi Thompson ranks first on the LPGA in greens in regulation in 2017 (80.74%).
• Lexi Thompson ranks first in the Team USA Solheim Cup points standings with 552 points, 174.5 points more than the next closest player (Stacy Lewis, 377.5 points).

NO. 1 scenarios this week

Lydia Ko is not playing this week, opening the door for either No. 2 So Yeon Ryu or No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn to take over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

So Yeon Ryu could take over No. 1 if any of the following scenarios happen (5th or better finish):
• Ryu wins
• Ryu is 2nd alone AND Ariya does not win
• Ryu is 3rd alone AND Ariya is not in the top 2
• Ryu is 4th alone AND Ariya is not in the top 2
• Ryu is 5th alone AND Ariya is not in the top 3

There are several other possible scenarios when factoring in ties at positions:
• Ryu is T-2nd with 1 other AND Ariya does not win
• Ryu is T-2nd with 2 others AND Ariya does not win
• Ryu is T-2nd with 3 others AND Ariya does not win
• Ryu is T-3rd with 1 other AND Ariya is not in the top 2
• Ryu is T-3rd with 2 others AND Ariya is not in the top 2
• Ryu is T-4th with 1 other AND Ariya is not in the top 3
• Ryu is T-4th with 2 others AND Ariya is not in the top 3
• Ryu is T-4th with 3 others AND Ariya is not in the top 3
• Ryu is T-5th with 1 other AND Ariya is not in the top 3
• Ryu is T-5th with 2 others AND Ariya is not in the top 3

Ariya Jutanugarn could take over No. 1 if any of the following scenarios happen (3rd or better finish):
• Ariya wins
• Ariya is 2nd alone AND Ryu does not win
• Ariya is 3rd alone AND Ryu is not in the top 4

Possible scenarios with ties:
• Ariya is T-2nd with 1 other AND Ryu is not in the top 3
• Ariya is T-2nd with 2 others AND Ryu is not in the top 3
• Ariya is T-2nd with 3 others AND Ryu is not in the top 4
• Ariya is T-3rd with 1 other AND Ryu is not in the top 5

NO. 1 Facts

• Nine different golfers have been No. 1 in their career since the Rolex Rankings started in 2006: Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko.
• Seven different countries have held the top spot: Sweden, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, United States, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand.
• South Korea (Jiyai Shin, Inbee Park) and the United States (Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis) each have had two players reach No. 1.

NO. 1 Numbers to know

• 158: The number of consecutive weeks Lorena Ochoa held the top spot from April 23, 2007 to May 2, 2010. Yani Tseng holds the second longest streak at 109 weeks. Third best is Lydia Ko’s current streak of 83 consecutive weeks starting from Oct. 26, 2015.
• 102: Total number of weeks Lydia Ko has held the top spot. Two weeks shy of two full calendar years.
• 32: Number of majors won by the nine players to hold the No. 1 spot. Annika Sorenstam won 10 major championships. Ai Miyazato is the only No. 1 player who hasn’t won a major in their career.