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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Ladies Go Scottish

The LPGA is in Scotland this week, at the same venue the men played a couple of weeks ago, for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

Defending champion Mi Hyung Lee

As usual, you can get a good preview of the event at Tony Jesselli's blog. I'll just note that they're teeing it up at Gullane Golf Club, the same as the men did, only they'll be playing it at 6480 yards.

This is only the second playing of the event but Aberdeen's sponsorship has already given it a certain amount of stature, given that it's held the week before the Ricoh Women's British Open -- the same situation as the men's event, which precedes the Open Championship -- on the same course. At this point it hasn't become quite the warm-up that the men's version has, but I suspect in time that it will. There just aren't that many chances for the ladies to work on their links play, especially the week before their Open.

Of course the biggest news so far is Lexi Thompson's announcement that she's skipping this event, the Ricoh and perhaps others to "work on herself" after a particularly trying 18 months. We'll just have to wait and see what she does, but it does add to the big names skipping this event -- although there will be plenty who WILL be there.

Personally, I'm anxious to see how Laura Davies does after her dominating victory at the Senior Women's US Open.

You can check out the official website here. This link is for the LPGA's leaderboard for the event. And while the event starts in less than two-and-a-half hours from the time I'm writing this, GC's coverage begins at 9:30am ET today (Thursday), between their coverage windows for the Senior Open.

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