ShopRite LPGA Classic 2017

DATES: June 02-04
SITE: Bay Course, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, near Atlantic City, NJ
PRIZE MONEY: $1,500,000

Round 3 - In-Kyung Kim wins ShopRite LPGA Classic

June 0, 2017

In-Kyung Kim has won the ShopRite LPGA Classic, her fifth victory on the LPGA Tour. Kim spent a long time recovering in 2016 and early 2017 after falling down the stairs and this was only her sixth start this year.

“I really didn't expect (to win) right away, but I knew my game was better than last year,” said Kim. “My trainer, my coach, they had to change so many plans for me because so many things happened last winter. But I just feel so good and I feel all the support.”

Anna Nordqvist, who was going for a third win in this event, held the lead for some time on Sunday but came in two shots behind Kim.

“Just having the honor to back-to-back defend is quite amazing,” said Nordqvist. “I've had a lot of supporters cheering me on this week and I really appreciated everyone's support. There is a little bit of pressure coming into it, but it's just been fun.”

Michelle Wie is tied with Sung Hyun Park, Becky Morgan, and Madelene Sagstrom for the best round of the day with a 6-under 65. She finished tied for third place with Jenny Shin, Jacqui Concolino and Jeong Eun Lee. Wie said her wedge play was key on Sunday, something she had struggled with earlier in the week.

“I just stuck it close in there today,” she said. “I was kind of frustrated after my first round, I just couldn't get my wedges close at all. I spent a lot of time on the range afterwards just working on my wedge game. [...] I'm glad it paid off today. I hit it a lot closer today which felt good.”

Paula Creamer, who was tied for the lead with Kim overnight, struggled on Sunday and finished T7 having shot a 3-over-par 74.

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
In-Kyung Kim
66 - 67 - 69
202
-11
$225,000.00
2
Anna Nordqvist
64 - 71 - 69
204
-9
$137,536.00
3T
Michelle Wie
71 - 70 - 65
206
-7
$72,476.00
3T
Jenny Shin
65 - 72 - 69
206
-7
$72,476.00
3T
Jacqui Concolino
70 - 66 - 70
206
-7
$72,476.00
3T
Jeong Eun Lee
65 - 70 - 71
206
-7
$72,476.00

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Round 2 - Creamer and Kim tied for lead

June 03, 2017

In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer have taken the lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic with rounds of 67 to place them at 9-under par. This places Creamer in position to win for the first time since 2014.

Anna Nordqvist who led after round 1 struggled with the wind on Saturday and played an even-par 71 that places her in joint third place with Moriya Jutanugarn and Jeon Eun Lee.

o
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Paula Creamer
-9
66
67
133
T1
In-Kyung Kim
-9
66
67
133
T3
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
65
70
135
T3
Jeong Eun Lee
-7
65
70
135
T3
Anna Nordqvist
-7
64
71
135
T6
Jacqui Concolino
-6
70
66
136
T6
Jennifer Song
-6
65
71
136
T8
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
71
66
137
T8
Azahara Munoz
-5
70
67
137
T8
Bronte Law
-5
69
68
137
T8
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
68
69
137
T8
Sandra Gal
-5
68
69
137
T8
Jenny Shin
-5
65
72
137

Round 1 - Nordqvist takes the lead in NJ

June 02, 2017

Anna Nordqvist fired a 7-under 64 to take the lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Friday. She made nine birdies seven of them in a nine hole span early in the day.

“Starting with birdie, birdie, birdie obviously was a great feeling this morning. I hit some really good shots, so I was just happy to get it going early and make the turn a couple under and then just keep it going from there,” said Nordqvist. “It’s just a place I really enjoy and it makes me happy to come back.”

Pos. Player
To Par
R1
1 Anna Nordqvist
-7
64
T2 Jeong Eun Lee
-6
65
T2 Jenny Shin
-6
65
T2 Moriya Jutanugarn
-6
65
T2 Jennifer Song
-6
65
T6 Pornanong Phatlum
-5
66
T6 In-Kyung Kim
-5
66
T6 Paula Creamer
-5
66

Jenny Shin just one shot back of the lead

South Korea’s Jenny Shin was battling allergies all day long Friday, but that didn’t stop her from firing a 6-under-par 65 to sit just one shot back of Anna Nordqvist’s day-one lead at the Shoprite LPGA Classic presented by ACER.

Shin made four-straight birdies on her front nine and said the key to her success was her putting, despite struggling through ‘really bad’ allergies.

“I putted better,” she said, “I think I had a little bit more confidence in my shots compared to last week and a few weeks before that. I tried to stick with my routine and it helped.”

Jennifer Song off to a fast start

It’s been a bit of an up-and-down season so far for Jennifer Song, however, after she notched her best finish of the year a week ago at the LPGA Volvik Championship, a tie for 11th, she was clearing trending in the right direction.

She proved it Friday at the Shoprite LPGA Classic presented by ACER. Song, a decorated amateur, fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 65 to sit just one shot back of the lead held by Anna Nordqvist.

Song said the key to her success Friday was her putting.

“It was a bogey-free round and I made a lot of putts out there. I missed one short putt on 16 so kind of upset about that but overall, 6-under without a bogey, I’ll take that any day,” she said.

Over the past few weeks Song admitted she’s been working on her tempo, and getting into a better rhythm on the course has got her playing her best golf of the season so far.

“My timing has been kind of off so I was working on my tempo a lot, just making a little bit of an adjustment on it. It’s been great since then,” she explained. “I think (my tempo) is the hardest thing for me to fix because in general I have a very quick tempo. So, trying to slow myself down is a hard task for me. But I think I’m doing a good job.”

Song was the early leader for a good chunk of the morning before being leapfrogged by Nordqvist, who is the reigning two-time champion at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, and said because it’s a three-day event the quick start Friday was great.

“I think that’s why I love this event,” she said. “Crowds are great, food is great, so I’m just having a blast out there.”

Paula Creamer fires lowest round of the year

It hasn’t been the best of starts to 2017 for Paula Creamer, however, her 5-under-par 66 Friday at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club tied for her lowest round of the season so far, and, hopefully for Creamer, it’s a precursor for good play to come.

Creamer said local knowledge is important around the course, but, she explained, the changes in wind direction makes things difficult.

“A lot of local knowledge for sure helps around here. Just sticking with your game plan. It’s a relatively short course from what we normally play, so it puts a premium on hitting fairways and good wedges,” she said. “The thing that makes it tough is the wind. Yesterday was a completely opposite direction than today. You’ve got to be aware of that, and on some holes par is a great score.”

Creamer made four-straight birdies in the middle of her round and no bogeys. She sits two shots back of the lead held by Anna Nordqvist.

It’s likely Nordqvist will be on the European side for this year’s Solheim Cup, but for now, Creamer is on the outside looking in for the American side. Creamer said she’s more motivated than ever to make that team, and if she manages a victory sooner rather than later, that’ll get her onto the squad.

“I know my game is coming around, and I felt really positive and very strong with how it is. I can be on the Solheim Cup team if I win,” she said.

Moriya Jutanugarn goes low while younger sister Ariya has a chance for world No.1

With younger sister Ariya Jutanugarn with a chance to reach No.1 in the world by the time Sunday rolls around, it was elder sister Moriya who grabbed a few headlines Friday after firing a 6-under-par 65, sitting just one shot back of the lead at the Shoprite LPGA Classic presented by ACER.

Jutanugarn made no bogeys Friday and was 4-under-par on her first nine holes. Her best finish of the year came last week at the Volvik LPGA Classic so, like Jennifer Song, she is riding a nice wave of momentum.

She’s never won the LPGA Tour, but said she’s more so focused on playing well, rather than notching a victory.

“I just want to go out on the golf course and enjoy it, play my game,” she explained. “Of course like everybody I want to win the first tournament and it’s still my biggest goal, but I just want to focus on what I have to do out there.”

She points to the golf courses’ condition, and her putting, as the reasons for why she was able to get off to such a quick start.

“The golf course is in really good shape,” she said. “We played in the morning and the wind hasn’t really picked up yet and the greens weren’t that bumpy.”

Meanwhile, the only way that Ariya doesn’t reach No.1 in the Rolex Rankings this week is if So Yeon Ryu finishes third or better. Moriya said if Ariya reaches No.1 it would be big news in their native Thailand.

“We are really excited for it,” she said.

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 In-Kyung Kim 66 - 67 - 69 202 -11 $225,000.00
2 Anna Nordqvist 64 - 71 - 69 204 -9 $137,536.00
3T Michelle Wie 71 - 70 - 65 206 -7 $72,476.00
3T Jenny Shin 65 - 72 - 69 206 -7 $72,476.00
3T Jacqui Concolino 70 - 66 - 70 206 -7 $72,476.00
3T Jeong Eun Lee 65 - 70 - 71 206 -7 $72,476.00
7T Jaye Marie Green 71 - 70 - 66 207 -6 $34,412.00
7T Gaby Lopez 69 - 71 - 67 207 -6 $34,412.00
7T Mo Martin 68 - 70 - 69 207 -6 $34,412.00
7T Moriya Jutanugarn 65 - 70 - 72 207 -6 $34,412.00
7T Paula Creamer 66 - 67 - 74 207 -6 $34,412.00
12T Sung Hyun Park 73 - 70 - 65 208 -5 $23,342.00
12T Brittany Lincicome 73 - 68 - 67 208 -5 $23,342.00
12T Gerina Piller 68 - 71 - 69 208 -5 $23,342.00
12T Simin Feng 67 - 71 - 70 208 -5 $23,342.00
12T Jennifer Song 65 - 71 - 72 208 -5 $23,342.00
17T Becky Morgan 74 - 70 - 65 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Emily K. Pedersen 74 - 69 - 66 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Karine Icher 72 - 69 - 68 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Mirim Lee 72 - 69 - 68 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 71 - 70 - 68 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Karrie Webb 70 - 68 - 71 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Inbee Park 68 - 70 - 71 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Morgan Pressel 67 - 71 - 71 209 -4 $16,792.00
17T Sandra Gal 68 - 69 - 72 209 -4 $16,792.00
26T Madelene Sagstrom 71 - 74 - 65 210 -3 $12,575.00
26T Brianna Do 70 - 70 - 70 210 -3 $12,575.00
26T Brittany Lang 70 - 69 - 71 210 -3 $12,575.00
26T Pornanong Phatlum 66 - 73 - 71 210 -3 $12,575.00
26T Pernilla Lindberg 71 - 66 - 73 210 -3 $12,575.00
26T Bronte Law 69 - 68 - 73 210 -3 $12,575.00
32T Cydney Clanton 75 - 69 - 67 211 -2 $10,259.00
32T Vicky Hurst 70 - 69 - 72 211 -2 $10,259.00
32T Perrine Delacour 67 - 72 - 72 211 -2 $10,259.00
32T Stacy Lewis 67 - 72 - 72 211 -2 $10,259.00
36T Candie Kung 73 - 70 - 69 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Cindy LaCrosse 73 - 70 - 69 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Kim Kaufman 71 - 72 - 69 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Sakura Yokomine 71 - 72 - 69 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Beatriz Recari 70 - 73 - 69 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Mina Harigae 75 - 67 - 70 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Brittany Altomare 69 - 73 - 70 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Catriona Matthew 70 - 70 - 72 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Azahara Munoz 70 - 67 - 75 212 -1 $7,733.00
36T Brooke M. Henderson 68 - 69 - 75 212 -1 $7,733.00
46T Kris Tamulis 71 - 74 - 68 213 E $5,622.00
46T Juli Inkster 71 - 73 - 69 213 E $5,622.00
46T Angela Stanford 75 - 67 - 71 213 E $5,622.00
46T Ally McDonald 74 - 68 - 71 213 E $5,622.00
46T Eun-Hee Ji 68 - 73 - 72 213 E $5,622.00
46T Su Oh 69 - 71 - 73 213 E $5,622.00
52T Nontaya Srisawang 71 - 70 - 73 214 1 $4,819.00
52T Laura Gonzalez Escallon 67 - 73 - 74 214 1 $4,819.00
52T Haru Nomura 72 - 67 - 75 214 1 $4,819.00
55T Lee-Anne Pace 71 - 74 - 70 215 2 $4,217.00
55T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 73 - 71 - 71 215 2 $4,217.00
55T Ayako Uehara 73 - 71 - 71 215 2 $4,217.00
55T Mariajo Uribe 69 - 75 - 71 215 2 $4,217.00
55T Amy Yang 70 - 73 - 72 215 2 $4,217.00
60T Karen Chung 71 - 74 - 71 216 3 $3,690.00
60T Alison Lee 68 - 75 - 73 216 3 $3,690.00
60T Cristie Kerr 71 - 69 - 76 216 3 $3,690.00
63T Wei-Ling Hsu 72 - 73 - 72 217 4 $3,351.00
63T Holly Clyburn 74 - 70 - 73 217 4 $3,351.00
63T Lee Lopez 71 - 73 - 73 217 4 $3,351.00
63T Lindy Duncan 72 - 69 - 76 217 4 $3,351.00
63T Kelly Shon 71 - 70 - 76 217 4 $3,351.00
63T Laura Davies 69 - 71 - 77 217 4 $3,351.00
69T Min Lee 69 - 76 - 73 218 5 $3,050.00
69T Joanna Klatten 70 - 72 - 76 218 5 $3,050.00
71T Danielle Kang 72 - 72 - 75 219 6 $2,937.00
71T Demi Runas 72 - 72 - 75 219 6 $2,937.00
71T Christina Kim 70 - 74 - 75 219 6 $2,937.00
74 Jackie Stoelting 72 - 73 - 75 220 7 $2,861.00
75 Yani Tseng 74 - 71 - 77 222 9 $2,827.00
76 Wichanee Meechai 70 - 75 - 80 225 12 $2,791.00
CUT Mel Reid 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Paula Reto 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Ashleigh Buhai 74 - 72 146 4 $0.00
CUT Therese O'Hara 74 - 72 146 4 $0.00
CUT Amelia Lewis 73 - 73 146 4 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Ha 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Min Seo Kwak 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Pavarisa Yoktuan 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Dani Holmqvist 71 - 75 146 4 $0.00
CUT Charley Hull 70 - 76 146 4 $0.00
CUT Kelly Tan 70 - 76 146 4 $0.00
CUT Megan Khang 75 - 72 147 5 $0.00
CUT Katherine Kirk 75 - 72 147 5 $0.00
CUT Olafia Kristinsdottir 73 - 74 147 5 $0.00
CUT Ilhee Lee 73 - 74 147 5 $0.00
CUT Augusta James 72 - 75 147 5 $0.00
CUT Mariah Stackhouse 70 - 77 147 5 $0.00
CUT Giulia Molinaro 78 - 70 148 6 $0.00
CUT Britney Yada 76 - 72 148 6 $0.00
CUT Dori Carter 75 - 73 148 6 $0.00
CUT Peiyun Chien 74 - 74 148 6 $0.00
CUT So Yeon Ryu 74 - 74 148 6 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Hahn 73 - 75 148 6 $0.00
CUT Stephanie Meadow 73 - 75 148 6 $0.00
CUT Annie Park 73 - 75 148 6 $0.00
CUT Jing Yan 73 - 75 148 6 $0.00
CUT Dana Finkelstein 72 - 76 148 6 $0.00
CUT Alison Walshe 72 - 76 148 6 $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 71 - 77 148 6 $0.00
CUT Mi Hyang Lee 71 - 77 148 6 $0.00
CUT Madeleine Sheils 71 - 77 148 6 $0.00
CUT Nicole Broch Larsen 76 - 73 149 7 $0.00
CUT Nelly Korda 76 - 73 149 7 $0.00
CUT Brooke Pancake 75 - 74 149 7 $0.00
CUT Prima Thammaraks 75 - 74 149 7 $0.00
CUT Thidapa Suwannapura 74 - 75 149 7 $0.00
CUT Na Yeon Choi 73 - 76 149 7 $0.00
CUT Marissa Steen 73 - 76 149 7 $0.00
CUT Katherine Perry 72 - 77 149 7 $0.00
CUT Aditi Ashok 70 - 79 149 7 $0.00
CUT Emily Tubert 77 - 73 150 8 $0.00
CUT Marina Alex 76 - 74 150 8 $0.00
CUT Regan De Guzman 75 - 75 150 8 $0.00
CUT Jenny Coleman 74 - 76 150 8 $0.00
CUT Nasa Hataoka 74 - 76 150 8 $0.00
CUT Jessy Tang 73 - 77 150 8 $0.00
CUT Maude-Aimee Leblanc 71 - 79 150 8 $0.00
CUT Amy Anderson 79 - 72 151 9 $0.00
CUT Ji Young Oh 77 - 74 151 9 $0.00
CUT Tiffany Joh 75 - 76 151 9 $0.00
CUT Allyssa Ferrell 73 - 78 151 9 $0.00
CUT Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 73 - 78 151 9 $0.00
CUT Hee Young Park 76 - 76 152 10 $0.00
CUT Sarah Kemp 74 - 78 152 10 $0.00
CUT Beth Allen 83 - 70 153 11 $0.00
CUT Xiyu Lin 77 - 76 153 11 $0.00
CUT Caroline Inglis 74 - 79 153 11 $0.00
CUT Celine Herbin 78 - 76 154 12 $0.00
CUT Sharmila Nicollet 76 - 78 154 12 $0.00
CUT Maria Parra 73 - 82 155 13 $0.00
CUT Alejandra Llaneza 78 - 78 156 14 $0.00
CUT Dottie Ardina 77 - 79 156 14 $0.00
CUT Emily Collins 77 - 79 156 14 $0.00
CUT Ssu-Chia Cheng 77 - 81 158 16 $0.00
CUT Sadena Parks 83 - 76 159 17 $0.00
CUT Justine Dreher 82 - 82 164 22 $0.00
WDC Sei Young Kim 79 79 8 $0.00
WD P.K. Kongkraphan 0 E $0.00

Preview


Fitst time for everything

No tournaments have featured a Rolex First-Time Winner through 12 events in 2017. In 2016, nine events featured Rolex First-Time Winners, which was the most first-time winners since 2005 (10).

The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer also marks the 13th 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.

No. 1 Facts

9 - 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.
7 - Seven different countries have held the top spot: Sweden, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, United States, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand.
2 - 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.
103 - 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.

Quick hits

• Cristie Kerr became the second American to win on the LPGA Tour this year, as she posted a four-day total of 20-under 268 to break the LOTTE Championship tournament record for her 19th LPGA tournament title
• At the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, Kerr lost in a playoff, just missing out on becoming the first player to win twice in 2017
• With her win at the LOTTE Championship, Kerr earned $300,000 – moving her into fourth on the 2017 LPGA Official Money List – pushing her over $18 million in her career (she sits third on the LPGA Career Money List)
• In 16 starts at Stockton Seaview, Kerr has racked up a win (2004) and six additional top-25 finishes
• In her nine starts in 2017, Ryu has finished worse than T10 only once and she won the season’s first major at the ANA Inspiration for her second career major win and fourth career victory
• Ryu’s season scoring average of 68.44 is the top mark on Tour, and she needs $90,527 to be the first to top the $1 million in single season earnings mark
• In three starts at the Stockton Seaview, Ryu has one top-25 finish coming back in 2012

Quote of the day

“Yeah, there’s always good vibes, yeah. I’ve always loved this golf course. It suits my eye. You have to play well to win. I like coming back here.”

-Cristie Kerr on coming back to Stockton Seaview