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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Ladies Have Some Drama Too

I'm including a number of links in today's post because BOTH the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour events have a bearing on who gets their cards next season.

Stacy Lewis and caddie

First of all, the Symetra Tour Championship is the ladies' equivalent of the Tour Championship (which is also going on this week). On this I'm going to refer you to posts by the Constructivist and by Tony Jesselli, and also the Symetra Tour site's own summary.

Why so many links, you may ask? Because the Symetra Tour only gives out 10 Tour cards... but unlike the Tour cards, all 10 cards will give their owners FULL TOUR PRIVILEGES. Yes, you read that right -- full Tour privileges. However, there is no agreement on how many of the Symetra Tour players have locked up cards. TC believes 8 are probably safe, but both Tony and the Tour seem to think it's only 6. The problem is that NONE of the Top10 on the money list are inside the event's Top10 after the first round!

But they aren't the only ones feeling some pressure. The girls on the LPGA are running out of time to make both the Top100 money list to keep their cards for next year AND to make the Top72 for the Race to the CME Globe (think FedExCup). Counting this week there are only 8 events before the CME Group Tour Championship, and some of those are limited-field events. And some players simply HAVE to make the cut this week in order to have any chance of keeping their cards. TC's post covers the LPGA situation as well as the Symetra Tour.

Among the players who gave up worrying about Tour cards long ago, Stacy Lewis found the putting stroke she couldn't find at the majors this year and vaulted to the top of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard alongside M.J. Hur. (Hur finished T3 at the Evian last week.) Both are tied at -8, while South African player Paula Reto is in 3rd at -7. Reto is one of those players who really needs a good week to try and keep her card -- she's currently at 105.

GC is broadcasting the LPGA event today at from 5pm-7pm ET. You'll have to follow the Symetra event on their live leaderboard.

Between the men and the ladies, are there enough nerves to keep you entertained this week?

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