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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Here's the Story on the LPGA Today...

Or perhaps I should say stories. The top of the leaderboard at the Pure Silk Championship is a very interesting one. In case you haven't kept up with it, here's what we've got for the final round.

Final round pairing: Bronte Law and Nasa Hataoka

Third from final pairing:
  • Madelene Sagstrom (-10): Madelene has three Symetra Tour wins and is looking for her first LPGA win. She's missed four of eight cuts this year and her best finish is a T33 back in February. This is an unexpectedly good week for her, as she comes off a T67 and a MC in her last two starts.
  • Carlota Ciganda (-11): Carlota has several wins, two of which came on the LPGA. She's playing well this year, with three Top5 finishes.
Penultimate pairing:
  • Jennifer Song (-12): Jennifer has two Symetra Tour wins and is looking for her first LPGA win. She lost in a playoff at last year's ANA Inspiration, but has struggled this season. Her last two tournaments were a MC and a T55.
  • Brooke Henderson (-12): Brooke is clearly the favorite in these three pairings. She has eight LPGA wins including one major, and has won once already this year. Notably, a win today makes her the winningest Canadian golfer (male or female) in history. She is coming off a MC though.
Final pairing:
  • Bronte Law (-13): Meanwhile, Bronte is clearly the least experienced in these groups. She has no professional wins of any kind so she's looking for her first LPGA title. She has three MC so far this year and only one Top10, but that was a playoff loss at the LPGA MEDIHEAL, her last tournament, so she's definitely in form to win.
  • Nasa Hataoka (-13): Finally, the youngest of these players has three LPGA wins, including a win earlier this season. She's proven she can close.
Every single one of these players is a valid storyline, and I only took the top six on the leaderboard! I tend to think the winner will come from one of these players, simply because they have all played well every round. And given that conditions will be tough today -- the heat is supposed to be particularly bad -- it will take something special for a player to come out of the pack and catch the leaders.

GC's coverage of the final round starts at 4pm ET today. It could be a race to the finish.

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