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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another New Event for the Ladies

For the most part, this week our attention will be on the PGA Championship at Valhalla -- especially since Tiger surprised everyone by showing up for a practice round on Wednesday. And not only did he play 9 holes and walk the rest (with wedge and putter) but he actually looked better than he did last week before he tweaked his back! Go figure...

But before we get too caught up in "Glory's Last Shot" we should take note of the Meijer LPGA Classic, another brand new event on the LPGA calendar this year.

Lexi Thompson

As usual, Tony Jesselli has done a preview of the event and has also posted quite a few photos from the event (including this photo of Lexi). But I'll try to give you a few quick facts.

This is the first event in Grand Rapids MI since 2000, and is being held at the Blythefield Country Club. It's a full-field event (144 players) and, as a first-time event, there is no defending champion. (Duh!) Tony has rated the strength of field at only 67% because a number of players are taking the week off. However, with the Rolex #1 ranking on the line -- Lydia Ko is only 1.35 points behind Stacy Lewis, and just over 3 points separate the Top4 -- all of the Top10 players except #9 So Yeon Ryu are in the field.

Because GC isn't carrying the PGA Championship -- TNT has the Thursday and Friday broadcasts, from 1pm-7pm ET -- GC decided to put the LPGA on at the same time. You can watch the Meijer LPGA Classic on GC from 5pm-7pm ET today and tomorrow. With Tiger going off early today, you won't have to worry about missing him while you watch the ladies.

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