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Round 4 - Minjee Lee wins Kingsmill Championship

May 18, 2015

Minjee Lee missed U.S. Women’s Open qualifying Monday so she could finish her round at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC, but managed to qualify anyway by carding a season best 65 to get her first win on the LPGA Tour.

She started the day with a four-stroke lead after making five birdies and an eagle following the weather delay Sunday when she decided to mark her ball on the fringe of the 16th hole rather than finishing it, making it her first hole Monday morning.

“I three putted the 16th and I was like ugh, let’s make two pars and get out of here. I was nervous but I’m glad I could get the win,” Minjee Lee said Monday.

After bogeying her opening hole, Alison Lee birdied the 15th to cutting her lead in half. Alison Lee needed an eagle on the 18th hole to force a playoff, she nearly found the water off the tee instead and made bogey to finish T-3 at 12-under par.

“This has been a really interesting week playing on Sunday in the final group then having to come in and finish on Monday,” Alison Lee said after her round. “It’s a new learning experience every week, even though I didn’t come out on top this week I learned a lot.”

Alison Lee also missed U.S. Women’s Open qualifying Monday in Richmond, Virginia. She says she is talking with the USGA to try and get a spot in the qualifier Tuesday in California.

A return to form:
So Yeon Ryu, the No. 7 player in the world, tied for third a year ago with 15 top-10 finishes. So it was noticeably weird to see five tournaments go by without Ryu making an appearance in the top 10. On the year, Ryu had only finished in the top 10 twice in nine events entering this week. But Ryu got right back to form this week, making birdie on Nos. 15, 16 and 17 Sunday and Monday to backdoor her way into a second-place finish – her best of the season.

“You know what? I really enjoyed this tournament and I really enjoyed my golf,” Ryu said. “That’s a huge positive thing. I couldn’t really enjoy my golf last couple weeks. So I think I got a really good and positive feel.”

Ryu’s an admitted perfectionist and says she’s trying to focus less on the results and more on enjoying the process and being positive. Still, the return to form comes just in time for Ryu with major championships coming up in three of the next eight events.

As a result of the looming majors, Ryu has decided not to return to California this week and instead will join Inbee Park at Westchester Country Club in New York and Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania over the next week for practice rounds in advance of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open before heading to Atlantic City for the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer next week.

“We both live in west coast. It’s a bit annoying to going back and forth, so we just decided to stay here,” Ryu said.

Lee's learning:
Rookie Alison Lee had a strong performance all week at the Kingsmill Championship finishing third, but it wasn’t the final round she was hoping for. Lee played consistent all weekend, but after a rain delay and then play was called for darkness, Lee came out Monday morning a little flat.

“Unfortunately on 16 and 17 I feel like I hit two good putts but they just didn’t go in,” Lee said. “Then on 18 I just kind of gave up on myself, and I shouldn’t have done that. Should’ve finished strong.”
Lee did not leave the course without plenty of experience though. This was her first time in contention on the LPGA and she was able to learn from her experience and excited to see what the remainder of her season will bring.

“Even though I didn’t come out on top this week, I really learned a lot,” Lee said. “I’ll take it to every tournament I go and remember it.”

Alison Lee was in a battle with Minjee Lee (-15) and So Yeon Ryu (-13) coming down the final back nine, but excited that a fellow rookie was able to clinch the victory.

“I’m really happy for Minjee,” Alison Lee said. “Her and I go way back. We have had like a little rivalry since we were young. So proud of her. She’s a great player.”

Show me the eagles:
"Wounded Warrior Project weekends started on the LPGA Tour a year ago with $1,000 being donated by the CME Group to the Wounded Warrior Project for every eagle holed by a player on the weekend of LPGA Tour events until the final tournament of the year – the CME Group Tour Championship. Then, for the season finale, the amount will swell to $5,000 for each eagle recorded during the weekend and a formal check is presented to the Wounded Warrior Project during the trophy ceremony.

A year ago, $300,000 was raised and presented to the Wounded Warrior Project. Now with 21 eagles this weekend at the Kingsmill Championship, the donation for 2015 has already soared into six digits with 114 eagles earning $114,000 pledged from the CME Group.

To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org."

Stats & stuff:
•21-There were 21 eagles recorded on the weekend including Minjee Lee’s on 15 to give her a four stroke lead.
•7- Minjee Lee becomes the seventh player to win on the LPGA before her 19th birthdaySo Yeon Ryu’s best finish in 2015 was a T4 at the HSBC Womens Champions
•19- With her win, Minjee Lee moves 40 spots in the Rolex World Women’s Golf Rankings from No. 59 to No. 19
•65- Minjee Lee shot a final round 65, to have all four of her rounds in the 60s (269 total)

Quote of the day:
“Pretty damn good!” - Minjee Lee on how it feels to get her first win

Spotlight on Minjee Lee:

Born: Perth, Australia
Lives: Perth, Australia
Birthdate: May 27, 1996 – currently 18 years, 11 months, and 21 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour: Earned LPGA Tour card by sharing co-medalist honors at 2014 Qualifying School
Turned Professional: 2015

Victories:
• LPGA: First career LPGA victory
• ALPGA: 2014 Oates Victorian Open (as an amateur)
• RACE TO CME GLOBE
• Earns 500 points with her win at the Kingsmill Championship and is projected to move up to 11th in the Race to CME Globe with 812 points

Rolex Rankings:
• Is projected to move from No. 59 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings to No. 19, up 40 spots

Money:
• CAREER: With the $195,000 first-place check, Minjee moves to 365th on the LPGA Career Money List with $309,651
• SEASON: Minjee has earned $309,651 this season and is 13th on the 2015 LPGA Official Money List

Tournament specific:
• Becomes the 9th winner of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, joining Lizette Salas, Cristie Kerr (3), Jiyai Shin, Annika Sorenstam, Suzann Pettersen, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Grace Park.

2015 in a nutshell:
• 11 events played, one win, 7 cuts made, one additional top-10 finish, $309,651

Of note:
• Earns 30 points toward the Rolex Player of the Year race and is projected to move to 10th with 34 points
• Earns 150 points toward the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and currently ranks fourth at 376
• Minjee is the first Australian winner since Karrie Webb won twice in 2014.
• Minjee joins Lydia Ko and Hyo Joo Kim as the players under the age of 20 to win on the LPGA Tour this year.
• Minjee is only the seventh player in LPGA history to win an LPGA event before her 19th birthday.

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Round 4 - Play suspended due to darkness, resumes Monday

May 17, 2015

Final round play at the 2015 Kingsmill Championship was suspended at 7:59pm ET on Sunday, May 17, 2015 due to darkness. We will resume play of the final round at 7:00am ET on Monday, May 18, 2015. The conclusion of the tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 7:00am ET with four groups, eight players still on the course.

Minjee Lee (-16) has a four stroke lead over fellow rookie Alison Lee (-12) and is on the fringe on 16. Both players are looking for their first career LPGA victory. Minjee Lee has one previous win, on the ALPGA at the 2014 Oates Victorian Open, as an amateur and it’s an experience she can draw upon.

“I didn’t come from behind. I had the lead on the final day,” Minjee Lee said. “But, no, I haven’t had this - been in this situation before.”

Play was suspended earlier today, at 3:49pm ET due to weather and resumed at 5:53pm ET - a total of 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Leaderboard (as of play suspension)
Player Minjee Lee Alison Lee 5 players tied

Stats & stuff:
R1 68 66 - -
R2 67 67 - -
R3 69 70 - -
R4 - - - - - -
To Par -16 -12 -10

There were 18 eagles on Sunday before play was suspended due to darkness, including Minjee Lee’s on 15 to give her a four stroke lead.

Alison Lee’s best finish in an LPGA event was a T4 at the 2015 Kia Classic

Paula Creamer’s best finish this year was a T10 at the Kia Classic. The last time she has finished within the top-5 was when she won the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions.

So Yeon Ryu’s best finish in 2015 was a T4 at the HSBC Womens Champions

Angela Stanford has finished top-10 on four different occasions at Kingsmill (2013, 2012, 2009, 2007).

Perrine Delacour’s best finish on the LPGA was a T15 at the 2014 Handa Australian Open. She had five consecutive missed cuts before this week.

Bleeding to win:
California native Alison Lee (-12) had a few distractions during her round Sunday. Not only was her round suspended due to an over two hour weather delay, but she was disrupted throughout the round with a nosebleed, something she’s dealt with on an off throughout her life. “I’ve had a nose bleed every day since I’ve been here,” Lee said. “Just happen to have gotten it on the course today. Thankfully it didn’t last too long.” Lee started her round birding two of her first three holes before having to break in her round for a weather delay and then nosebleeds. Lee was able to keep focused Sunday and hopes to continue that focus for her remaining final four holes Monday four shots behind fellow rookie Minjee Lee. “I mean, I know four strokes is a lot,” Lee said. “I know I’m going to have to play really aggressively tomorrow. I don’t know with the conditions tomorrow, but I know I’m going to have to play aggressively for sure and take risks.”

Shooting over when you're under:
Third-round leader Perrine Delacour began her final round with a one-shot lead, her first time leading since playing on Tour. Her inexperience playing in the final group came to light when she bogeyed three of her first six holes Sunday. Delacour sits T3 and hopes that the nerves will go away as she is playing from behind at 10-under.

“I’m so stressed,” Delacour said. “Like I was nervous at the beginning, so my putting wasn’t good.. .I start putting better after like the 7 when I make birdie. I make a good par on 8 and par on 9, and now it’s better. I hope to keep it tomorrow.”

Quote of the day:
“Strategy wise, I just want to play smart. Just take it as it comes and just play each shot to the best of my ability. “ - Minjee Lee, talking about her strategy for the final three holes tomorrow morning.

Did you know?
At the 2012 U.S. Girls Juniors, Minjee Lee beat out Alison Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko to win. The article from the event can be found here. http://usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474849054

Show me the eagles:
Three total eagles were made on Saturday (Paula Creamer, Julieta Granada and Pernilla Lindberg all on hole 3) at the Kingsmill Championship and players raised $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the season-long Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends. At the time of play suspension, 18 total eagles had been recorded on Sunday at the Kingsmill Championship. The eagles this weekend pushed the season total over the $100k mark - final totals will be released at the conclusion of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends is a season-long charity program that will be tied into the Race to the CME Globe. Each Saturday and Sunday at LPGA tournaments, CME Group will donate $1,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® for each eagle that is recorded. This amount will increase to $5,000 for each eagle during the weekend of the CME Group Tour Championship and a formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project® during the trophy ceremony at the CME Group Tour Championship. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Round 3 - Delacour slips into lead as Lee falters

May 16, 2015

Rolex Rankings No. 321 Perrine Delacour (-11)
Rolex Rankings No. 100 Alison Lee (-10)
Rolex Rankings No. 23 Paula Creamer (-9)
Rolex Rankings No. 7 So Yeon Ryu (-9)
Rolex Rankings No. 59 Minjee Lee (-9)
Rolex Rankings No. 186 Kelly Tan (-6)

Perrine Delacour birdies her way to lead from four strokes behind in last two holes of round 3. Alison Lee started off well, extending her lead with four birdies but faltered, ending her round bogey, double bogey.

Stats & stuff:
-Alison Lee’s best finish in an LPGA event was a T4 at the 2015 Kia Classic

-Kelly Tan’s previous low round in an LPGA event was a 66 at the 2014 Airbus LPGA Classic. She ended up finishing 26th that week.

-Hyo Joo Kim has yet to miss a cut in each of her 19 LPGA events played and has 11 top 10’s.

-Paula Creamer’s best finish this year was a T10 at the Kia Classic. The last time she has finished within the top-5 was when she won the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions.

-So Yeon Ryu’s best finish in 2015 was a T4 at the HSBC Womens Champions

-Michelle Wie withdrew due to injury after the first round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC.

-Angela Stanford has finished top-10 on four different occasions at Kingsmill (2013, 2012, 2009, 2007).

-Perrine Delacour’s best finish on the LPGA was a T15 at the 2014 Handa Australian Open. She had five consecutive missed cuts before this week.

Creamer cruises:
Paula Creamer took advantage of “Moving Day” from the get-go, posting an eagle on her third hole of the day,

followed by a strong push on the back nine. Creamer birdied two of her last four holes to finish at 9-under T3.

“The wind today really picked up on the last several holes,” Creamer said. “Those holes played tough. They’re making this golf course really fun with the pin placements. You can’t just fire at them. The greens are really firm, so you have to think about where you want to put the ball.”

Creamer will play in the second-to-last group Sunday with So Yeon Ryu who also sits just two shots behind Delacour (-11). In contention is where Creamer wants to be and heads into Sunday with confidence.

“Playing in a final group or the last two groups, that’s always fun,” Creamer said. “It’s good to have my game where I want it to be. I have a lot of confidence, even though got to go work on some things, but this is fun.”

Round of the day:
Saturday’s round of the day goes to Kelly Tan (-6) as she surged her way up the leaderboard with bogey-free 65. Tan has had an up and down season making cuts in five of her nine starts. This week, she decided to change things up and that started with a fresh face; her caddie and friend, Jacky Lau.

“I asked, so you are going to graduate on Sunday, what are you going to do,” Tan said. “She’s like, I don’t know, I’m looking for a job... I was like, why don’t you just come caddie... just come have fun and we’ll have a good week, and she’s like, um, let me think about it... Monday morning she called me, and she’s like, yeah, I booked a flight, I’ll come.”

From the looks of it, Tan might have found herself a new caddie. Tan had 25 putts on the day and racked up seven birdies. Tan was on her A-game and she said it was concentrating on the physical struggles of her inexperienced caddie that helped keep her relaxed.

“We were basically just joking all around,” Tan said. “She hasn’t been working out, and after the first hole, she’s like, okay, one down, 17 to go. She actually helped me in a sense. I’d make one birdie... she’s like, three down, 16 to go, or 15 to go.”

LPGA nominated as sports league of the year:
The LPGA was announced as one of the five finalists for the Sports Business Journal/Daily Sports League of the Year award category for the Sports Business Awards. Joining the LPGA as the other leagues nominated for the Sports League of the Year award are NASCAR, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Big East Conference and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

“I’m excited for our entire team, whose efforts have been tremendous. We are very honored to be recognized as a finalist by SBJ among other prestigious sports league,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said. “The LPGA had a magical year filled with incredible storylines touching every part of our organization and many Tour victories that showed everyone global success is the best kind of sports story.”

The Sports Business Awards were established to recognize excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements in the business of sports. Nominations were earned for accomplishments during the period from March 1, 2014, to February 28, 2015. The executives and members representing SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will evaluate the nominees and determine the winners, who will be announced at a ceremony on May 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Key numbers to know:
1- Perrine Delacour and Alison Lee are both looking for their first LPGA victory.
10 - GIR for Paula Creamer today
11- This year marks the 11th year of the Kingsmill Championship
14 - Consecutive weeks spent at the top of the Rolex Rankings for Lydia Ko
19 - Annika Sorenstam’s 19-under in 2009 is the Kingsmill tournament record
29 - Number of putts for Paula Creamer in the third round
29 - Number of putts for Alison Lee in the third round, even with the four-putt on 17

Rolex Rankings scenarios:
Below are the Rolex Rankings No. 1 projections for this week at the Kingsmill Championship. After the first three rounds, Lydia Ko (-3) is T20, Inbee Park (-4) is T16 and Stacy Lewis (E) is T47

Lydia Ko can maintain No. 1 if:
She finishes in a two-way tie for second or better even if Inbee Park wins.
Park finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse even if Lydia misses the cut.

Inbee Park can become No. 1 if:
She wins AND Lydia Ko finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.
She finishes 2nd AND Ko finishes in a three-way tie for 11th or worse.***
She finishes in a two-way tie for 2nd AND Ko finishes in 37th or worse ***
Stacy Lewis CANNOT become No. 1 this week regardless of what happens. There are scenarios in which Lewis can move to No. 2 with a win but only a win.

***All multi-way tie situations bring up multiple scenarios. Please check with the LPGA PR staff for clarification.

Late tee times:
Late tee times Saturday, after 2pm ET, had the leaders finding ways to keep busy and buy time until their tee time, and players found different ways to distract themselves until it was time to compete.

“I took a really long sleep and had breakfast with my mom,” Ryu said “Make me like relax rather than like worry about the tournament... what I did this morning was just enjoy this beautiful place.”

Rookie Lee wasn’t used to this much of a delay with her late tee time and used it to explore a new city.

“When I saw the tee times I was like, Oh, my God. I’ve never had a 3:00 tee time,” Lee said. “I got up, slept in, and went to the gym. Worked out for just over an hour and went to the local farmer’s market near Williamsburg.”

Quote of the day:
“Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately that was a huge mistake at the wrong time. But that’s golf. I will definitely learn from it and make sure I don’t make the same mistake twice. “

- Alison Lee, explaining her finish in the third round of the Kingsmill Championship

Did you know?
At the 2012 U.S. Girls Juniors, Minjee Lee beat out Alison Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko to win. The article from the event can be found here. http://usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474849054

Show me the eagles:
Three total eagles were made today (Paula Creamer, Julieta Granada and Pernilla Lindberg all on hole 3) at the Kia Classic and players raised $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the season-long Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends.

The three eagles today pushes the season-total to $96,000, just four eagles away from the $100,000 mark.

Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends is a season-long charity program that will be tied into the Race to the CME Globe. Each Saturday and Sunday at LPGA tournaments, CME Group will donate $1,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® for each eagle that is recorded. This amount will increase to $5,000 for each eagle during the weekend of the CME Group Tour Championship and a formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project® during the trophy ceremony at the CME Group Tour Championship. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Round 2 - Rookies leading Kingsmill

May 15 , 2015

Rolex Rankings No. 100 Alison Lee (-9)
Rolex Rankings No. 59 Minjee Lee (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 321 Perrine Delacour (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 7 So Yeon Ryu (-6)
Rolex Rankings No. 9 Suzann Pettersen (-5)
Rolex Rankings No. 11 Lexi Thompson (-4)

2015 has been the year of the rookies on the LPGA Tour and the trend continues this week.

Two rookies hold top spots at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC, where Alison Lee followed up an opening round 66 with a 4-under par 67 to move from a tie for second into the outright lead, two strokes ahead of fellow rookie Minjee Lee and Perrine Delacour. The two rookies are hoping to join Sei Young Kim, who has won twice this year, as rookies to win on Tour in 2015.

“It's great competition,” Alison Lee said after her round Friday. “It adds the fuel to the fire for me. Since I see all these other rookies playing well I want to too and I want to make a name for myself. I think it's really awesome that all the rookies this year are playing really well.”

Alison Lee’s only mistake came on the sixth hole, where she lost focus and three-putted for a bogey. The next hole, she rebounded for a huge birdie to extend her lead.

“For me, it was kind of a little bit of fatigue, tired,” Lee explained. “It was getting kind of late in the day and I was ready for the round to be over. But, yeah, it’s a mental thing. So I told myself to stay in it because it wasn’t over yet and I still had a couple tricky holes coming down and a couple birdie chances also to extend the lead.”

Minjee Lee started the day T-9 but fired a second round 67 to take the early Clubhouse lead at 7-under par. While she may be a rookie this season on Tour, her experience playing in several LPGA events last season served her well on Friday.

“I played four of the five majors last year so I could get the feel for what the LPGA was like and to play with the professionals, what that experience was kind of like,” Minjee Lee said after her round Friday.

Aussie Minjee Lee is in unfamiliar territory in her first trip to Kingsmill. She has finished within the top-30 in six of the 10 cuts she’s made in 2015, but this is the first time she’s been in this position heading into the weekend.

“This is my rookie year and kind of the first time I’ve been in this situation, so it’s going to be a whole new experience,” Lee said after her round.

Delacour sits just two back of the lead through two rounds. Her previous best finish in an LPGA event was T-15 at the 2014 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

“I’m excited but a little bit stressed because I’m close to the leader,” Delacour said. “So I want to be good and maybe win the tournament.”

Suzann Pettersen carded the low round of the day with a 6-under par 65 to move into a tie for fifth at 5-under par. Pettersen is making her first start this week at Kingsmill since withdrawing in April from the LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey due to a shoulder injury. Her return has been a fun one, grouped with friends Brittany Lincicome and Sandra Gal during the first two rounds and helped her stay on top of her game.

“Just trying to stay on top of it and keep my eyes up and keep my head up,” Pettersen said after her round Friday. “I had a great group, played with Brittany and Sandra, good friends of mine, and that always helps keep a smile on your face.”

Ryu releases the pressure:
So Yeon Ryu has yet to miss a cut in her 10 events this season, and currently sits in fourth place (-6) at the Kingsmill Championship heading into the weekend. During the 2014 season, Ryu had 15 top-10 finishes including a win at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, but has only finished in the top-10 twice in 2015. Ryu has decided to not think so much about the result, but relax and play her game.

“I kind of think myself I have to finish top-10 every weeks, that it makes me not really enjoy the golf. Just think about the result,” Ryu said. “So now I more enjoy the game and more enjoy the golf and really fun to watch all the creative shot.”

After shooting a first-round 67 and second-round 69, Ryu sits just three shots off the lead heading into the weekend. Ryu will look to keep the same mentality and not overthink missed opportunities and her place on the leaderboard.

“Just be kind to me,” Ryu said. “Even when I hit the missed shot, Okay, I hit the missed shot. I accept it. So what’s going to do next?

Mind over matter:
Friday’s second-round faired well for Lexi Thompson (-4) and Suzann Pettersen (-5) as they moved up the leaderboard to put themselves in contention heading into the weekend. For Thompson, she has been working with John Denney in South Florida this year to improve her mental game and has noticed the difference.

“I committed more to my lines out there and was a bit more confident over the ball,” Thompson said. “Especially putting, too. I think that’s what golf is all about: going into every shot with a positive mindset.”

14-time LPGA Champion, Suzann Pettersen, has been battling injury since withdrawing from the LOTTE Championship in early April and is depending on her mental game to keep her in contention headed into the weekend.

“I haven’t lost it mentally so far,” Pettersen said. “If I’m like balancing on the line of just kind of going my way or the other way, it feels like I’ve kind of lost it mentally in the past.”

Notables:
• 81 players made the cut, which fell at +2 (144). Notables who missed the cut at the Kingsmill Championchip presented by JTBC were defending champion Lizette Salas (+5), 3-time Kingsmill champion Cristie Kerr (+7), 41-time winner Karrie Webb (+3) and defending British Open champion Mo Martin (+3).
• Michelle Wie withdrew due to injury after the first round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC

Round 1 - Klatten takes opening lead in Virginia

May 14, 2015

The opening round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC ended with Joanna Klatten sitting atop the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of Morgan Pressel, Alison Lee and Pat Hurst. A stretch of five birdies in six holes propelled Klatten to a career-low round-tying 65 for the day. It’s the first time in her LPGA career that she has led or co-led after the first round of a tournament.

“I definitely had luck on my side today,” Klatten said. “I had good breaks and it feels really good. Lately, it felt the other way around, but I knew that it always evens out. Today, it definitely did.”

Klatten’s luck included three bombs between 30-50 feet. Her longest putt came at the par-3, fifth hole where she was on the front of the green and holed it for her third consecutive birdie.

“Well, it’s nice because I haven’t had a very good stretch lately,” Klatten admitted. “I mean, this is one of my favorite courses all year. I feel very comfortable here. It suits my eye really well.”

Paula Creamer had a chance to tie Klatten for the lead on 18, but bogeyed the final hole to finish with a 4-under 67, her low round of the year. Creamer started the round hot, with birdies on five of her first seven holes but shot 44 over the final 11 holes.

Morgan Pressel continued her hot play of late and almost had an ace on 17. Changes to her swing, something she’s still working on, has led to more opportunities.

“I just played solid,” Pressel said. “I didn’t really make a whole ton of mistakes today, and the ones I did I recovered from nicely with good up and downs, a couple good ten footers for par, and was able to convert the birdie opportunities that I did have.”

Hurst is playing in just her fourth event of the season this week in Williamsburg, her best finish coming in a T-46 at the ANA Inspiration. The six-time winner on the LPGA Tour carded her lowest round of the year with a 5-under par 66 Thursday. The veteran rounds out the top-10 in driving distance on Tour and is taking advantage of a course that sets up well for big hitters.

“It's all about the angles out here and being on the right side of the fairway and the way you come into the greens and stuff,” Hurst said Thursday. “If you're hitting the ball good, it's easier to put them in that spot.”

Current world number one Lydia Ko shot an even par 71 on day one. Michelle Wie withdrew after carding an opening round 78, citing a hip injury.

Putting herself on the leaderboard:
Rookie Alison Lee is beginning to find her way out here on Tour. Lee has played in eight events and made five cuts, her best finish is an impressive fourth place at the Kia Classic.

Lee had 26 putts on her round Thursday to put her tied for second heading into the clubhouse. Lee’s short game has always been her strength, but with adjusting to life on Tour she has had to make it a point to continue to focus on her putting and not let it begin to slip.

“My short game was my strength,” Lee said. “Being out here on tour as a rookie, I’m just getting used to everything out here and I haven’t been practicing my short game as much. I have been trying to do my best to practice a little more of my short game instead of just hitting range balls and playing every day.”

Pressel pushes on:
Morgan Pressel’s strong 2015 season continues to get stronger after a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC. Pressel is one of three players tied for second, just one stroke off leader Joanna Klatten.

Since the ANA Inspiration earlier this spring, Pressel has finished in the top-20 of all four events, including third at ANA Inspiration and a second place finish at the Swinging Skirts LGPA Classic. Pressel is confident this week as she looks for her first win since 2008 at the Kapalua LPGA Classic.

“I am giving myself opportunities, and, I mean, I know that I’m capable of playing well,” Pressel said. “I’m confident in my game, so I just need to carry that into the rest of the week and hopefully be in contention come Sunday afternoon.”

Caddie change for Klatten:
Joanna Klatten has a new caddie on her bag for the week after parting ways with her previous caddie. With Natalie Gulbis working for Fox Sports this week at the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four Ball Championship, her caddie Greg Sheridan became available. It wasn’t the first time Klatten has worked with Sheridan though. They worked together at the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic where Klatten also shot a career-low round of 65 in the final round.

“We make a great team,” Klatten said. “I really like having him on my bag. I feel very comfortable with him. He’s a great caddie, so it’s a nice change for sure.”

Pleasing Paula:
After withdrawing from the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout two weeks ago, Paula Creamer returned to action to shoot an impressive opening-round 67 at the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC. Creamer’s best finish in 2015 was a T-10 at the Kia Classic, but she is pleased with where her game is headed.

“I am very pleased with where my game is at,” Creamer said. “I have a good mental approach to things right now and I’m feeling good with my putter. Just trying not to get in my own way and keep doing what I been doing in my next week off last week and see what happens in the next three days.”

Key numbers to know:
1- This is the first time in her career that Joanna Klatten has led or co-led after the first round
3- Number of wins for Cristie Kerr at the Kingsmill Championship
7 - Top-10 finishes for Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis in 2015, which leads the LPGA
11- This year marks the 11th year of the Kingsmill Championship
14 - Consecutive weeks spent at the top of the Rolex Rankings for Lydia Ko
19 - Annika Sorenstam’s 19-under in 2009 is the Kingsmill tournament record
65 - Joanna Klatten’s opening round score at the Kingsmill Championship, tying her career-low round of 65 in the final round at the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Rolex Rankings scenarios:
Below are the Rolex Rankings No. 1 projections for this week at the Kingsmill Championship.

Lydia Ko can maintain No. 1 if:
She finishes in a two-way tie for second or better even if Inbee Park wins.
Park finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse even if Lydia misses the cut.

Inbee Park can become No. 1 if:
She wins AND Lydia Ko finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.
She finishes 2nd AND Ko finishes in a three-way tie for 11th or worse.***
She finishes in a two-way tie for 2nd AND Ko finishes in 37th or worse ***

Stacy Lewis CANNOT become No. 1 this week regardless of what happens. There are scenarios in which Lewis can move to No. 2 with a win but only a win.

***All multi-way tie situations bring up multiple scenarios. Please check with the LPGA PR staff for clarification.

Quotes of the day:
“The beauty of it is everybody can enjoy it. It doesn’t matter race, how old, boy or girl, it doesn’t matter. You can all enjoy it at the same time. I think that’s what’s fun about it.” - Pat Hurst, talking about the beauty of the game of golf

“Yeah, my front nine was awesome. Good birdie on 17 to come into the 18th hole. Hit my iron shot a little heavy, but I’ll take any birdies out here when they come. Doesn’t matter how. Scorecard doesn’t have pictures.” - Paula Creamer, talking about her up and down opening round today"

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total Dif. Prize Money
1 Minjee Lee 68 - 67 - 69 - 65 269 -15 $195,000.00
2 So Yeon Ryu 67 - 69 - 68 - 67 271 -13 $118,120.00
3 Alison Lee 66 - 67 - 70 - 69 272 -12 $85,688.00
4 Perrine Delacour 67 - 68 - 67 - 71 273 -11 $66,286.00
5T Hyo Joo Kim 70 - 69 - 67 - 68 274 -10 $44,515.00
5T Suzann Pettersen 72 - 65 - 69 - 68 274 -10 $44,515.00
5T Paula Creamer 67 - 71 - 66 - 70 274 -10 $44,515.00
8T Candie Kung 72 - 70 - 68 - 66 276 -8 $28,994.00
8T Catriona Matthew 70 - 67 - 73 - 66 276 -8 $28,994.00
8T Lexi Thompson 72 - 66 - 67 - 71 276 -8 $28,994.00
11T Anna Nordqvist 70 - 69 - 71 - 67 277 -7 $22,699.00
11T Mi Jung Hur 68 - 73 - 67 - 69 277 -7 $22,699.00
11T Jing Yan 70 - 67 - 69 - 71 277 -7 $22,699.00
14T Julieta Granada 72 - 66 - 70 - 70 278 -6 $19,336.00
14T Angela Stanford 68 - 70 - 68 - 72 278 -6 $19,336.00
16T Paula Reto 69 - 70 - 73 - 67 279 -5 $16,491.00
16T Eun-Hee Ji 70 - 72 - 68 - 69 279 -5 $16,491.00
16T Lydia Ko 71 - 69 - 70 - 69 279 -5 $16,491.00
16T Inbee Park 72 - 67 - 70 - 70 279 -5 $16,491.00
20T Jacqui Concolino 67 - 72 - 72 - 69 280 -4 $13,839.00
20T Ai Miyazato 73 - 71 - 66 - 70 280 -4 $13,839.00
20T Maria McBride 71 - 69 - 69 - 71 280 -4 $13,839.00
20T Mariajo Uribe 68 - 71 - 70 - 71 280 -4 $13,839.00
20T Kris Tamulis 70 - 70 - 68 - 72 280 -4 $13,839.00
25T Brooke M. Henderson 71 - 69 - 74 - 67 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Sakura Yokomine 74 - 70 - 69 - 68 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T P.K. Kongkraphan 69 - 75 - 69 - 68 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Stacy Lewis 69 - 74 - 70 - 68 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Jee Young Lee 71 - 72 - 68 - 70 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Amy Yang 71 - 72 - 68 - 70 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T SooBin Kim 73 - 68 - 70 - 70 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Haru Nomura 70 - 71 - 70 - 70 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Pornanong Phatlum 70 - 69 - 72 - 70 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Sarah Kemp 73 - 69 - 68 - 71 281 -3 $10,218.00
25T Kelly Tan 74 - 69 - 64 - 74 281 -3 $10,218.00
36T Morgan Pressel 66 - 77 - 70 - 69 282 -2 $7,178.00
36T Pat Hurst 66 - 76 - 71 - 69 282 -2 $7,178.00
36T Kim Kaufman 71 - 72 - 69 - 70 282 -2 $7,178.00
36T Jessica Korda 75 - 69 - 66 - 72 282 -2 $7,178.00
36T Christina Kim 69 - 68 - 72 - 73 282 -2 $7,178.00
36T Ryann O'Toole 70 - 71 - 67 - 74 282 -2 $7,178.00
42T Jennifer Johnson 70 - 71 - 73 - 69 283 -1 $5,525.00
42T Joanna Klatten 65 - 75 - 73 - 70 283 -1 $5,525.00
42T Danielle Kang 72 - 72 - 68 - 71 283 -1 $5,525.00
42T Jane Park 74 - 69 - 69 - 71 283 -1 $5,525.00
42T Pernilla Lindberg 70 - 73 - 69 - 71 283 -1 $5,525.00
42T Azahara Munoz 71 - 70 - 71 - 71 283 -1 $5,525.00
42T Sarah Jane Smith 68 - 73 - 71 - 71 283 -1 $5,525.00
49T Sandra Gal 71 - 72 - 72 - 69 284 E $4,146.00
49T Jenny Shin 72 - 72 - 70 - 70 284 E $4,146.00
49T Sei Young Kim 69 - 71 - 74 - 70 284 E $4,146.00
49T Sydnee Michaels 72 - 71 - 70 - 71 284 E $4,146.00
49T Mi Hyang Lee 72 - 70 - 71 - 71 284 E $4,146.00
49T Austin Ernst 68 - 71 - 74 - 71 284 E $4,146.00
49T Katherine Kirk 73 - 71 - 68 - 72 284 E $4,146.00
49T Amy Anderson 72 - 69 - 71 - 72 284 E $4,146.00
49T Amelia Lewis 72 - 69 - 70 - 73 284 E $4,146.00
58T Maria Hernandez 72 - 72 - 71 - 70 285 1 $3,363.00
58T Ji Young Oh 70 - 74 - 71 - 70 285 1 $3,363.00
58T Megan Khang 72 - 70 - 68 - 75 285 1 $0.00
58T Katie Burnett 68 - 72 - 70 - 75 285 1 $3,363.00
62T Belen Mozo 74 - 70 - 71 - 71 286 2 $3,072.00
62T Meena Lee 74 - 69 - 71 - 72 286 2 $3,072.00
62T I.K. Kim 72 - 69 - 73 - 72 286 2 $3,072.00
62T Jane Rah 74 - 67 - 72 - 73 286 2 $3,072.00
66T Kelly Shon 75 - 69 - 71 - 72 287 3 $2,748.00
66T Cydney Clanton 72 - 71 - 72 - 72 287 3 $2,748.00
66T Alejandra Llaneza 75 - 69 - 70 - 73 287 3 $2,748.00
66T Christel Boeljon 70 - 72 - 72 - 73 287 3 $2,748.00
66T Charley Hull 71 - 71 - 71 - 74 287 3 $2,748.00
66T Nannette Hill 68 - 71 - 74 - 74 287 3 $2,748.00
72T Chie Arimura 76 - 67 - 74 - 71 288 4 $2,506.00
72T Paola Moreno 70 - 74 - 72 - 72 288 4 $2,506.00
72T Haeji Kang 72 - 71 - 73 - 72 288 4 $2,506.00
72T Brittany Lincicome 69 - 71 - 71 - 77 288 4 $2,506.00
76T Karin Sjodin 74 - 70 - 77 - 68 289 5 $2,412.00
76T Yueer Cindy Feng 69 - 73 - 74 - 73 289 5 $2,412.00
78 Marissa Steen 72 - 70 - 76 - 73 291 7 $2,367.00
79 Danah Bordner 73 - 70 - 74 - 77 294 10 $2,336.00
80 Dori Carter 71 - 73 - 79 - 75 298 14 $2,307.00
81 Demi Runas 72 - 72 - 77 - 78 299 15 $2,277.00
CUT Sandra Changkija 76 - 69 145 3 $0.00
CUT Tiffany Joh 75 - 70 145 3 $0.00
CUT Thidapa Suwannapura 75 - 70 145 3 $0.00
CUT Yani Tseng 75 - 70 145 3 $0.00
CUT Kathleen Ekey 74 - 71 145 3 $0.00
CUT Ilhee Lee 74 - 71 145 3 $0.00
CUT Karine Icher 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Mo Martin 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Sadena Parks 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Jenny Suh 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Alison Walshe 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Karrie Webb 73 - 72 145 3 $0.00
CUT Ha Na Jang 72 - 73 145 3 $0.00
CUT Hee Young Park 72 - 73 145 3 $0.00
CUT Chella Choi 71 - 74 145 3 $0.00
CUT Emma de Groot 71 - 74 145 3 $0.00
CUT Brooke Pancake 71 - 74 145 3 $0.00
CUT Ayako Uehara 70 - 75 145 3 $0.00
CUT Sue Kim 77 - 69 146 4 $0.00
CUT Ju Young Park 77 - 69 146 4 $0.00
CUT Mallory Blackwelder 76 - 70 146 4 $0.00
CUT Simin Feng 76 - 70 146 4 $0.00
CUT Min Seo Kwak 76 - 70 146 4 $0.00
CUT Marina Alex 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Victoria Elizabeth 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 75 - 71 146 4 $0.00
CUT Becky Morgan 73 - 73 146 4 $0.00
CUT Jodi Ewart Shadoff 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Min Lee 72 - 74 146 4 $0.00
CUT Dewi Claire Schreefel 77 - 70 147 5 $0.00
CUT Cheyenne Woods 76 - 71 147 5 $0.00
CUT Brittany Lang 75 - 72 147 5 $0.00
CUT Lizette Salas 74 - 73 147 5 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Song 74 - 73 147 5 $0.00
CUT Jackie Stoelting 73 - 74 147 5 $0.00
CUT Moriya Jutanugarn 70 - 77 147 5 $0.00
CUT Carlota Ciganda 78 - 70 148 6 $0.00
CUT Karlin Beck 77 - 71 148 6 $0.00
CUT Rebecca Lee-Bentham 76 - 72 148 6 $0.00
CUT Vicky Hurst 75 - 73 148 6 $0.00
CUT Felicity Johnson 74 - 74 148 6 $0.00
CUT Christine Song 74 - 74 148 6 $0.00
CUT Caroline Hedwall 73 - 75 148 6 $0.00
CUT Garrett Phillips 76 - 73 149 7 $0.00
CUT Cristie Kerr 73 - 76 149 7 $0.00
CUT Paz Echeverria 79 - 71 150 8 $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 78 - 72 150 8 $0.00
CUT Kristy McPherson 77 - 73 150 8 $0.00
CUT Therese Koelbaek 76 - 74 150 8 $0.00
CUT Gerina Piller 75 - 75 150 8 $0.00
CUT Laura Diaz 77 - 74 151 9 $0.00
CUT Wei-Ling Hsu 77 - 74 151 9 $0.00
CUT Lisa McCloskey 77 - 74 151 9 $0.00
CUT Sun Young Yoo 77 - 74 151 9 $0.00
CUT Kendall Dye 74 - 77 151 9 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Kirby 72 - 79 151 9 $0.00
CUT Lisa Ferrero 79 - 73 152 10 $0.00
CUT Alena Sharp 73 - 79 152 10 $0.00
CUT Julie Yang 73 - 79 152 10 $0.00
CUT Ariya Jutanugarn 74 - 79 153 11 $0.00
CUT Jaye Marie Green 77 - 77 154 12 $0.00
CUT Kristi O'Brien 81 - 79 160 18 $0.00
WDC Michelle Wie 78 78 7 $0.00

 

Preview

DATES:  May 14-17
SITE:  Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA
PRIZE MONEY: $1,300,000
Winner's share: $195,000
Click here for tournament stats & info

Back-to-back Salas?
Defending Champion Lizette Salas broke out at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship after four prevoius close calls. This year, the fourth-year player looks to channel her positive
memories of her victory for a chance to repeat at Kingsmill for the first time since Cristie Kerr won her second and third champinships in 2009 and 2013.

“You know, it’s a special feeling.” Salas said. “And so when I’m walking around Kingsmill, I’m walking with my head up a little higher and I’m much more happier.”

The River Course at the Kingsmill Resort challenges the field of players, but Salas wants to keep her focus on the proven strategy that worked for her just one year ago.

“Just really trying to get dialed in on the right quadrant on the putting green,” Salas said. “My strategy last year was just fairways and greens and try to roll in as many putts as possible, really minimizing your mistakes, especially coming down 15, 16, 17, 18.”

At the Tour’s most recent stop, Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, Salas finished T20 but was pleased with what she saw out there on the course.

“I just made a couple changes, and the final round of Dallas I shot 3‑under par, but definitely could have gone a little bit lower,” Salas said. “I’m going on an upward motion. I’m doing the right things and have the right team around me. I’m just trying to be stress free out on the golf course and trying to play the game I know how to play.”

Favorite stop:
The Kingsmill Championship has always been a favorite stop of LPGA platers and with nine of the top-10 ranked players in the field this week and 17 of the top-20, this year is no different. Kerr, who recently moved into the top-10, is looking for her fourth win in Williamsburg.

This will be Kerr’s 11th time playing in the Kingsmill Championship, and she has finished in the top-10 six times, including her wins. This year, Kerr has finished in the top-20 in each of her last three tournaments, including a T2 at her last tournament played, the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout.

Thanks to Kerr’s win at the Kia Classic in March, and her two additional top-10 finishes she would currently make both the 2016 International Crown team as well as the 2016 Olympic team.

Solheim Cup watch:
The Solheim Cup is four months away, but competition for the final spots on both teams is heating up. St. Leon Rot Golf Club in Heidelberg, Germany will play host to the event in September.

Defending Champion Lizette Salas knows how important every event is from here on out, as she battles to make a spot on Team USA. Salas, a member of Team USA in 2013, currently sits 10th with 219.5 points. She is 4.5 points behind Gerina Piller and just 0.5 points ahead of Paula Creamer. Every finish within the top-20 of an event is awarded points, so her T20 at the Volunteers of America North Texas LPGA Shootout was a huge step in the right direction.

“When I saw I was tied for 20th I like got so excited,” Salas described. “I was like, Oh, my God, we tied for 20th. It’s Solheim Cup points and a Solheim Cup year. There is such more meaning to finishing in the top 20.”

The cut-off event for American players to earn points will be at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open August 20-23 in Vancouver. Players started earning points at the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open and will receive heavier weighted points at LPGA events in 2015 and double points at the Tour’s five major championships. Members of Team USA are decided by the top-8 U.S. Solheim Cup Points earners, two players from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings not already qualified by points, and two captain’s picks.

For more information on how the teams will be decided, please visit Team Europe’s website at www.solheimcup.de/en/team/team-qualification-criteria/

To access the current standings for U.S. Solheim Cup Points, please visit the LPGA’s website at www.lpga.com/statistics/points/solheim-cup

Key numbers to know:
1- There has only been one repeat winner of the Kingsmill Championship in its history, that was Cristie Kerr
4- Number of Americans within the top-10 of the Rolex Rankings
3- Number of wins for Cristie Kerr at the Kingsmill Championship
7 - Top-10 finishes for Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis in 2015, which leads the LPGA
11- This year marks the 11th year of the Kingsmill Championship
3 million - After the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, Lydia Ko surpassed $3 million in career earnings
14 - Consecutive weeks spent at the top of the Rolex Rankings for Lydia Ko
19 - Annika Sorenstam’s 19-under in 2009 is the Kingsmill tournament record

No.1 improvement:
Lydia Ko finished the 2014 year ranking 7th in Greens in regulation (GIR) and said her main goal in 2015 was to increase her GIR. Through her first nine events this year, she leads the Tour at 79.5%, ahead of second place Inbee Park at 77.8%.

Her other goal was to be more consistent with her putting after saying she feels like she has let some putts out there, especially at her two non-top-10 finishes at the ANA Inspiration and the VOA North Texas Shootout.

“At the end of the day you can’t make them all, but the important ones along the way was the key,” Ko said. “I couldn’t do that at all in Dallas, and I didn’t do that in Palm Springs either.”

Her plan for improvement is to work on her distance control and green speeds.

“In Dallas I was leaving them short and it was kind of the right read, but when you leave it short it’s never going in,” Ko said. ”The last day, because I left it short all week, I kind of ran them by. That doesn’t go in either. “

Park plans to keep it rolling:
Rolex Ranking No. 2 Inbee Park heads into competition Thursday with her head held a little higher, and her confidence a little stronger. Park is coming off her fourteenth LPGA win at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, her second victory for the 2015 season. With her win, Park became the latest player to join Sei Young Kim and Lydia Ko for players with multiple wins this season.

Park has been consistent with her ball striking this season, currently ranking second in greens in regulation on the Tour (77.78%). But it has been the return of Park’s putter that has led to wins.

“But if I can putt it good like Texas, I think I’ll in contention a lot more often,” Park said. “Yeah, it’ll be good to see the ball go in the hole a lot more often. Hitting the clutch putts and holing the clutch putts will be exciting.

Heading into the Kingsmill Championship, Park leads the Tour in rounds under-par (30) and will look to keep her trend going as she aims low this week.

“I’m guessing there will be more birdies out there and good scoring,” Park said. “It’s going to come down to I think good short irons, and obviously the putting. I mean, everybody is going to have a lot of opportunities at birdies. Just depends how many you’re going to make.”

One goal:
Inbee Park has spent a total of 73 total weeks at the top of the Rolex Rankings over two separate periods, but has remained No. 2 in Rolex Rankings since giving the World No. 1 title to Lydia Ko on January 31st, 2015. With her two wins already in 2015, Park could take over the No. 1 rankings any given week, but that is not her main focus.

“That’s not my only priority, because I’m looking to go into a lot of the major tournaments this year,” Park said. “Obviously few of the Grand Slams, the British Open this year will be my biggest goal for this year and probably for my career. No. 1 is great and comes with great golf, but I really want to do Grand Slams. That will be my main priority.”

Creamer saluted the troops:
The second annual Dove® Real Beauty Women of the Military luncheon took place at the Kingsmill Championship Wednesday and continues the movement of self-esteem, self-confidence, and inspirational stories on overcoming adversity. Military supporter Paula Creamer was in attendance to accept the Dove® Real Beauty Women of the Military Award. Creamer most recently visited the Naval Station Norfolk Monday to host a clinic for military families.

For more information regarding this event please visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com/military-events.php

Lewis on the hunt:
Stacy Lewis is searching for her first win of the season, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t put herself into contention. After three second place finishes and three additional top-10 finishes, Lewis’ game has been strong this year. After all, her worst finish in 2015 was a T15 at the Kia Classic.

“I’ve played some great golf this year,” Lewis said. “I think, probably one of my most consistent starts I’ve had. So I would have loved to have won by now, but I cant really be upset about it.”

Lewis doesn’t deny that coming so close to clinching a victory has been frustrating, but she knows that staying consistent is what will eventually get her twelfth LPGA win.

“If you take finishing second as bad thing it’s going to be a long year,” Lewis said. “I think I’m trying to take the positives out of it, that finishing second is a really good thing, you’re playing some really good golf and you just have to keep knocking on the door.”

What off week?
Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson wasted no time during the LPGA’s off-week. Henderson stayed around competitive golf, but in a different role: as her sister Brittany Henderson’s caddie. She may not be hitting the shots, but it does help benefit her game.

“Every time I get up to a shot I have to visualize it first,” Henderson said. “So she asks me questions and I have to tell her exactly what I really see. I think it really helps in my own game now that it’s really clear in my mind.”

LPGA nominated as sports league of the year:
The LPGA was announced as one of the five finalists for the Sports Business Journal/Daily Sports League of the Year award category for the Sports Business Awards. Joining the LPGA as the other leagues nominated for the Sports League of the Year award are NASCAR, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Big East Conference and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

“I’m excited for our entire team, whose efforts have been tremendous. We are very honored to be recognized as a finalist by SBJ among other prestigious sports league,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said. “The LPGA had a magical year filled with incredible storylines touching every part of our organization and many Tour victories that showed everyone global success is the best kind of sports story.”

The Sports Business Awards were established to recognize excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements in the business of sports. Nominations were earned for accomplishments during the period from March 1, 2014, to February 28, 2015. The executives and members representing SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will evaluate the nominees and determine the winners, who will be announced at a ceremony on May 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Rolex Rankings scenarios:
Below are the Rolex Rankings No. 1 projections for this week at the Kingsmill Championship.

Lydia Ko can maintain No. 1 if:
She finishes in a two-way tie for second or better even if Inbee Park wins.
Park finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse even if Lydia misses the cut.

Inbee Park can become No. 1 if:
She wins AND Lydia Ko finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.
She finishes 2nd AND Ko finishes in a three-way tie for 11th or worse.***
She finishes in a two-way tie for 2nd AND Ko finishes in 37th or worse ***

Stacy Lewis CANNOT become No. 1 this week regardless of what happens. There are scenarios in which Lewis can move to No. 2 with a win but only a win.

***All multi-way tie situations bring up multiple scenarios. Please check with the LPGA PR staff for clarification.

Quote of the day:
“The cool thing about me was that I had role models like Lexi and Michelle and Morgan who had won at a young age too and I could kind of learn from them. Now there is Brooke, the 17 year old they’re talking about right now. She’s playing great, too. I think it’s just great. Golf is a cool thing where doesn’t matter how old you are. You can go from 17 to 50. It’s a sport where you can play for a long time.”- Lydia Ko, talking about her key to sustaining success on the LPGA Tour at such a young age.





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