August 7 2014, Ward Clayton
A quick look at this week’s LPGA Meijer Classic presented by Meijer:
- Michelle Wie has won twice this year, including her first major title at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. But she’s in a bit of a rut now, coming off a final-round 73 on June 29 at the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship after holding the second-round lead and then missing cuts at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and Marathon Classic.
- Two groups to keep an eye on in the first two rounds – Stacy Lewis, Karrie Webb and Jessica Korda (8:32 a.m. EDT on Thursday, 1:27 p.m., on Friday); and Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Azahara Munoz (1:27 p.m. on Thursday, 8:32 a.m., on Friday).
- There will be 17 International Crown golfers, including at least one player from all of the eight competing nations, in this week’s field. That includes three from the winning Spanish team (Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari). All four of the top-seeded Americans are in this week’s field.
- The last time Karrie Webb or the LPGA played in Michigan, Webb had a field day. The Australian World Golf Hall of Famer shot 66-61-66 in the Oldsmobile Classic at Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing. Her 23-under-par week came about hour east of this week’s site in Grand Rapids.
- The Golf Channel will televise all four rounds live from 5-7 p.m. EDT.
- Two of the most famous names in men’s golf have had successful trips around Blythefield Country Club. Arnold Palmer opened with a 65 en route to the 1961 Western Open title and Rickie Fowler, then age 16, shot a final-round 64 to win the 2005 Western Junior.
- Local game for Pressel: Morgan Pressel played junior golf in Michigan while visiting her grandparents. The tour she played on is now called the Meijer Junior Tour – an extension of the Meijer LPGA Classic. Additionally, her husband, Andy, a Michigan State graduate, is running the event for agency Octagon Sports this week.
- Keep an eye on Yueer Cindy Feng this week. The Chinese teenager who has been in the United States for nearly a decade and plays mostly on the Symetra Tour. She finished T13 at the U.S. Women’s Open this summer in her LPGA debut and is making her second career start this week.
- The Wegman’s LPGA Championship is scheduled for next week at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y.