2019 Meijer LPGA Classic Jun 13 - 16

Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,833 ✭✭

Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points

Format: 72 holes

Purse: $2,000,000

Location: Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, MI

Par: 72

Yardage: 6,624

History: This is the 6th year for the event. In 2018, So Yeon Ryu picked up her 6th victory with a closing 67 for a two-stroke triumph over Carolina Masson.

Coverage:

Jun 13: The Golf Channel 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm (ET)
Jun 14: The Golf Channel 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (ET)
Jun 15: The Golf Channel 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)
Jun 16: The Golf Channel 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)

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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,833 ✭✭

    We've been lucky with the weather this season, unlike 2018 were it seemed there was endless weather delays and one canceled round. I think that luck changes this week, as there is a chance for t-storms and showers each day. Fingers crossed.

    There's a strong field teeing it up, with only Ariya, Sei Young, Carlota, Amy, and Charley sitting out from the World's Top 20.

    TV coverage is much better than last week with 13 hours of afternoon coverage.

    This is not the biggest birdie fest of the year, but it's close. So Yeon and Brooke won in the past two years with -21 scores. The course plays long, but there are some accessible hole locations.

    As difficult as it is to win back to back weeks, I'm actually going with Lexi this week. She's playing great with a 1st a 2T the past two weeks. She had a top 10 here last year, a 2T in 2017, and won it in '15. The course seems to suit her. Brooke, Jin Young, and 6ix should be in the mix.

    Curious to see if Minjee and Nelly can get into the thick of it. They've cooled off lately.

  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SCMembers Posts: 3,382 ✭✭
    edited Jun 11, 2019 3:12pm #3

    @Argonne69 said:
    Curious to see if Minjee and Nelly can get into the thick of it. They've cooled off lately.

    Agree, at least in regards to Minjee. I really thought Minjee would be the player to beat this season. She had been so rock solid. She was climbing higher and higher and looked to be closing in on becoming #1 but she seems to have plateaued.

    Nelly had her run so I'm not as surprised. Call me crazy but I don't think she's quite there yet in terms of being a top player. I expected Jessica to be the Korda that made waves this year.

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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,833 ✭✭
    edited Jun 11, 2019 3:27pm #4

    After a win, a 3T, and an 8T, Minjee finish 12T and 13T in the past two tournaments. Are we simply expecting too much? Five weeks at no worse than 13th isn't a bad stretch of golf.

    Nelly has certainly fallen into a bit of a funk. After a nice 8th place finish after a 52T at the ANA, she missed a cut, and finished 35T and 39T. All this after starting the season with five consecutive top 10's, including a win.

  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 987 ✭✭

    As mentioned many times, I'm a Minjee fan. At the start of the year, I thought she had a promising next few years ahead.

    She's very very good. That being said, I think her ranking is a bit ahead of her current standing.

    As a fan, I'd be nervous if she's tied with a number of different (top) players going into the final round. And I don't think any of these other players would be particularly scared about going up against her in a tight situation. Not that they don't respect her and she can definitely win. But for as well as she hits it she needs more wins and a major.

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  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SCMembers Posts: 3,382 ✭✭

    @Argonne69 said:
    After a win, a 3T, and an 8T, Minjee finish 12T and 13T in the past two tournaments. Are we simply expecting too much? Five weeks at no worse than 13th isn't a bad stretch of golf.

    Good call.

    I keep forgetting she won in LA. I missed that tournament.

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  • 18majors18majors Members Posts: 729 ✭✭

    My pick this week is that In Gee Chun has hit the bottom and will start her long climb back to the top.

  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 899 ✭✭

    I wouldn't go with Brooke, she's in the wilderness with her ballstriking right now. Her driving acc. is off and her iron and wedge play has been less than consistent this season. It seems to me like something that will take more that a couple weeks to get figured out.

    Brooke increased her swing speed in the off season and I support it cause when she connects she is much longer than in previous years. IMO the change while it will be beneficial in the end is causing some growing pains right now. Marrying the increased speed with the tempo is something that happens with repetition. So right now she missing more fairways but her shot dispersion on her misses has grown also. So this is why I won't pick her but also won't be that shocked if she puts it together for a week.

  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,833 ✭✭

    Generally speaking increased length comes with reduced accuracy. Brooke is currently averaging 276 yds, which is 8 yds more than last season. That's huge. Her GIR has gone from 74.5% last year to 75.7% this season, so the small decrease in accuracy is being offset by having shorter clubs into the greens. Again, I wish we had proximity to the hole data to see if coming out of the rough is resulting in longer putts. Her putts per GIR has gone from 1.76 to 1.80, so I'm guessing the extra shots from the rough are hurting more than helping. She's currently ranked 5th in ballstriking, and her scoring average is lower than last season, so I wouldn't panic yet.

  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Members Posts: 1,013 ✭✭

    @agolf1 said:

    As a fan, I'd be nervous if she's tied with a number of different (top) players going into the final round. And I don't think any of these other players would be particularly scared about going up against her in a tight situation.

    The only person in golf to be afraid of doesn't play on this tour, he'll be at Pebble Beach this weekend.

  • matthewbmatthewb Members Posts: 1,678 ✭✭

    @ChronicSlicer said:

    @agolf1 said:

    As a fan, I'd be nervous if she's tied with a number of different (top) players going into the final round. And I don't think any of these other players would be particularly scared about going up against her in a tight situation.

    The only person in golf to be afraid of doesn't play on this tour, he'll be at Pebble Beach this weekend.

    Yeah, Johnny Miller is a stud.

  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Members Posts: 1,013 ✭✭

    I considered going with a typical hot hand as of late, but I'm going say Nasa takes this one. Longshot is Aza. I'm looking for Moriya and Su Oh to show up too. Wonder if Yu Liu can pull off a 3 week run of top 5's, a top 10 would be ok too.

  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Members Posts: 1,013 ✭✭

    @matthewb said:

    @ChronicSlicer said:

    @agolf1 said:

    As a fan, I'd be nervous if she's tied with a number of different (top) players going into the final round. And I don't think any of these other players would be particularly scared about going up against her in a tight situation.

    The only person in golf to be afraid of doesn't play on this tour, he'll be at Pebble Beach this weekend.

    Yeah, Johnny Miller is a stud.

    Oh..right, him too I guess.

  • fanofserifanofseri Members Posts: 73 ✭✭
    edited Jun 12, 2019 1:42am #14

    Many of the current LPGA players will look rough in 15 years. Dumbo will still be super hot.

  • preiter20preiter20 Members Posts: 213 ✭✭

    I'm going with Nelly this week. No particular reason, just a hunch.

  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,833 ✭✭

    Azahara has never won a stroke play event, even when she was at the top of her game. She's certainly been playing some very good golf lately, but I'm not convinced she has enough to break through.

  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 987 ✭✭

    @fanofseri said:
    Many of the current LPGA players will look rough in 15 years. Dumbo will still be super hot.

    Did anyone look at the player photos on the USGA website leaderboard? They were quite different from the Instagram photos players post.

    Reality check on what type of woman can carry it 240+ off the tee...

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  • pmcukpmcuk Members Posts: 5,552 ✭✭

    I think I'll back Lee6 for this. She could certainly win it and no doubt is motivated to bounce back from the Shoprite.

  • 18majors18majors Members Posts: 729 ✭✭

    Interesting to see Kristen Gillman is in another featured pairing with Sung Hyun Park and Morgan Pressel!
    I'm a big fan of Kristen; but have to admit that she wouldn't have received such a preferential treatment with her records if she were a Korean.

  • jumpcutjumpcut Members Posts: 40 ✭✭

    @18majors said:
    Interesting to see Kristen Gillman is in another featured pairing with Sung Hyun Park and Morgan Pressel!
    I'm a big fan of Kristen; but have to admit that she wouldn't have received such a preferential treatment with her records if she were a Korean.

    The real question is how did Terminator -- a recent World #1 -- get stuck in a grouping with these two? Kristen has proven she's competent but hasn't otherwise distinguished herself yet. Pressel has won exactly twice on the LPGA...the last time in 2007.

  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 899 ✭✭

    I'm going outside the box cause I feel bad for this player as her name will be mentioned constantly on the LPGA for the next several years but they will never be talking about her, so I will. I'm picking Jeong Eun Lee (not that one) B)

  • 18majors18majors Members Posts: 729 ✭✭

    @jumpcut said:

    @18majors said:
    Interesting to see Kristen Gillman is in another featured pairing with Sung Hyun Park and Morgan Pressel!
    I'm a big fan of Kristen; but have to admit that she wouldn't have received such a preferential treatment with her records if she were a Korean.

    The real question is how did Terminator -- a recent World #1 -- get stuck in a grouping with these two? Kristen has proven she's competent but hasn't otherwise distinguished herself yet. Pressel has won exactly twice on the LPGA...the last time in 2007.

    The 12:59* group of Brooke, So Yeon and Lexi is clearly the most luminary, followed by 1:10* group of Shanshan, Nelly and Lucky 6.
    Sung Hyun"s 1:21* group will see plenty of TV time if they play well.

  • WestTexWestTex Members Posts: 198 ✭✭

    D Kang is my pick. She's playing with one of her buddies, Salas and I'm hoping that will put her in good form. Cool to see Lydia playing with Jessica and Minjee, and the Lexi, Brooke, So Yeon pairing is cool.

    Do you think Lexi and So Yeon get sick of getting paired together just because of the ANA? I know some will say that's not why they're paired, but my tinfoil hat says otherwise.

  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 899 ✭✭

    @WestTex said:
    D Kang is my pick. She's playing with one of her buddies, Salas and I'm hoping that will put her in good form. Cool to see Lydia playing with Jessica and Minjee, and the Lexi, Brooke, So Yeon pairing is cool.

    Do you think Lexi and So Yeon get sick of getting paired together just because of the ANA? I know some will say that's not why they're paired, but my tinfoil hat says otherwise.

    At least at a minimum they can do it under the guise of the "Past Champion" pairing.

  • 18majors18majors Members Posts: 729 ✭✭

    The strength of field is pretty good this week, that and a decent purse of $2,000,000.
    It's a good opportunity for someone to grab a win for both Rolex ranking (Olympics) and order of merit.

  • fanofserifanofseri Members Posts: 73 ✭✭

    @agolf1 said:

    @fanofseri said:
    Many of the current LPGA players will look rough in 15 years. Dumbo will still be super hot.

    Did anyone look at the player photos on the USGA website leaderboard? They were quite different from the Instagram photos players post.

    Reality check on what type of woman can carry it 240+ off the tee...

    Sung Hyun can carry the ball 240+. She looks fantastic in person. Flawless complexion. Her hair is a little short but she's the best dressed on tour. Her mom and sister are also very cute.

  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 899 ✭✭

    Glad to Jaclyn Lee making her return, hope her wrist is doing fine. Would like to see her get a couple good finishes before the year ends so she keep her card but she's running out if time quickly, the Asian swing will be back upon us in no time.

  • iotoneiotone Members Posts: 258 ✭✭

    I'd like to see Jaye Marie play well again. Gonna go out on a limb and take SYR to repeat this week.

  • AWinfortheAgesAWinfortheAges Members Posts: 212 ✭✭

    Picking So Yeon to repeat. Wow, there's a major championship next week, my mind still hasn't moved on completely from the US Open.

  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,833 ✭✭

    @AWinfortheAges said:
    Picking So Yeon to repeat. Wow, there's a major championship next week, my mind still hasn't moved on completely from the US Open.

    Wait until we have back to back majors in a few weeks. Heads will explode.

  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 899 ✭✭

    @Argonne69 said:

    @AWinfortheAges said:
    Picking So Yeon to repeat. Wow, there's a major championship next week, my mind still hasn't moved on completely from the US Open.

    Wait until we have back to back majors in a few weeks. Heads will explode.

    The only saving grace for the players is it's not 2 rotating course Majors back to back, getting a little familiarity with the Evian.

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