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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Ladies Head for Canada

The LPGA makes a run for the border -- the northern border -- this week for the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada.

2016 champion Caroline Masson

As usual, Tony Jesselli has a preview of the event over at his site, and you'll want to take a look at that to get the big picture. You can also pick up some interesting tidbits in this overview at, which includes the fact that this will be Manulife's last year as title sponsor.

Caroline Masson is the defending champion -- her only LPGA victory, btw -- and no champion has successfully defended their title here. (Granted, this tournament has only been played five times previously, so perhaps that's not as significant as it sounds at first.)

Also of note, Lydia Ko isn't playing this week but Ariya Jutanugarn is -- which means Ariya will almost certainly take over the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings this week. As most of you know, she was projected to do so last week, but the official statement about the error is -- unlike the rankings themselves -- pretty clear.

Basically, when the initial projections were run, the wrong date was used in the calculations. Apparently the software automatically used the date when the projection was run instead of the date they wanted to check. As a result, last year's Manulife points (which included a T5 for Ariya) were erroneously included in the projections. The error was found when the official points list was run Monday morning.

It won't be happening again. That bug is going to get squashed.

In the meantime, the ladies will set about the business of shuffling the rankings the old fashioned way -- by winning. It all gets underway on Thursday at 1:30pm ET.

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