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LPGA Tour backs up in Michigan after dramatic PGA Championship

Su Oh is now Austraia's number two ranked player (Photo: Bruce Young)
After being battered around by the demands of Sahalee Country Club and major championship golf last week in Seattle, the LPGA Tour heads east to Grand Rapids in Michigan for this week’s Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at the Blythefield Country Club, the event being played for the 3rd occasion.

Previous winners have been the currently in form Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee, Thompson defeating Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas last year while in 2014 Lee defeated Inbee Park in a playoff.

World number one Lydia Ko is in the field as is her conqueror last week Brooke Henderson who has moved into second position in the Rolex Rankins following her dramatic victory in Washington.

Ko finished  a respectable 12th in the event in 2014 after a good start while Henderson has not played this venue previously.

Also in the field is Ariya Jutanugarn who has been so brilliant in recent weeks with her three consecutive wins and a close up 3rd place finish last week one shot behind the playoff between Henderson and Ko.

Defending Thompson was just average last week at the Women’s PGA Championship but she has had a great year and finds herself now in 4th position and the leading American on the LPGA Tour this season. She should do well this week.

Gerina Piller has been all around her first victory this season especially when producing six consecutive top tens in the last two months or so. With some form over this layout the event offers the wife of PGA Tour player Martin Piller the chance to finally break through.

Australian chances rest with their leading ranked player Minjee Lee and the ever improving Su Oh who last week moved ahead of her long time idol Karrie Webb in the Rolex Rankings. At present that means that Oh would get the nod if the Australian Olympic side was finalised today but Webb, who is playing this week, might have some say in that yet.

Other Australians in the US$2 million event are Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Kirk and Sarah Kemp.   





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