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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The New LPGA /LET Links Event Begins Today

Did you remember that the first round of the new Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open airs today?

So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko

Since this is the inaugural event, there is no defending champ. So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko are the biggest names in the field although, as Tony Jesselli notes in his preview, a number of top players have decided to take this week off and rest. Ariya, who defends at the RICOH next week, and Lydia are both in need of the preparation as neither has been very impressive lately. Am I worried about their games? No, ebb and flow are natural in life, and certainly so in golf.

Nevertheless, their struggles this season are untimely. Neither has played particularly well in the majors. And since the girls will be playing Dundonald Links, where the men played their Scottish Open a couple weeks back, we have some idea what the course will be like. This week could play a key part in determining the winner of next week's major.

GC is shoehorning the ladies in-between the Senior Open broadcasts, with today's two-hour window scheduled from 9:30-11:30am ET. The RICOH will get much more coverage next week but, as I said, I wouldn't underestimate the importance of this week.

2 comments:

  1. LET says that Isabelle Boineau is defender; Increased Solheim Cup points for Europe since Scotland will host '19 at Gleneagles

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    1. Thanks, Phil. This is one of those times when I hate semantics! This is an inaugural event for the LGPA; the LET has been playing this event since 2007. But it's been listed as an inaugural event at just about every site I checked except the LET. Semantics!

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