Chella Choi Leads 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship; Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome Bounce Back

Chella Choi (click to enlarge)

Chella Choi flirted with winning her first LPGA tournament when she led the 2013 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic after 3 rounds. She looked sensational in posting a 17-under through her first 54 holes. She would play well in the final round, with a 2-under 70 to push to 19-under overall. Ultimately, it was not enough as she finished tied for 4th. Perhaps that was just a preview of coming greatness. After the first round of a soggy 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship, Chella Choi holds the lead at 5-under. Chella named Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak as the person she most admires in her LPGA profile. Maybe she can do what Se Ri did in 1998, which is make her first LPGA win the LPGA Championship. It was the first of 2 Majors Se Ri would win her rookie year. Still, I have to say what I always say when I write about first round results. There is a lot of golf to play and a loooooooong way to go.

Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome (click to enlarge)

Two American players that I would love to see bounce back this week are Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome. Their recent play has not been indicative of their talent level. To be fair, Morgan did get married and presumably, had other things occupying her focus. Also, she’s been fighting tendinitis. She says she’s fit now, so maybe we will see Morgan rebound the rest of the year. Brittany was fairly frank about her play when interviewed on the telecast. She has a confidence issue. According to Bam-Bam, she is going back to her old swing, freeing herself from all the rigmarole of the technical changes her new swing changes brought. She’s clearing her mind and just hitting it and going to find it. Well, whatever Morgan and Brittany did in round one, they should keep doing for the the next three rounds. Morgan is tied for 2nd with Jiyai Shin at 4-under, while Brittany is a shot back in solo 4th at 3-under. This is a really important week for both of them, not just for their overall games and confidence, but for Solheim Cup points. I’m on record as saying I think Morgan should be a Solheim captain’s pick regardless of where she finishes, based on her 7-2-2 record overall and even better 6-0-1 record the past two years in Solheim Cup play. However, neither player can depend on past reputation with captain Meg Mallon. Winning the 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship would probably punch a ticket to Solheim for one of them, though.

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INBEE PARK

AI MIYAZATO

STACY LEWIS

MORGAN PRESSEL

SE RI PAK

LEXI THOMPSON

JESSICA KORDA

PORNANONG PHATLUM

CATRIONA MATTHEW

ANNA NORDQVIST

AMY YANG

MOMOKO UEDA

AZAHARA MUNOZ

MIKA MIYAZATO

AYAKO UEHARA

LIZETTE SALAS

CAROLINE MASSON

CHELLA CHOI

JEONG JANG

MICHELLE WIE

KARRIE WEBB

SHANSHAN FENG

CRISTIE KERR

YANI TSENG

LYDIA KO

MITSUKI KATAHIRA

SUZANN PETTERSEN

MORIYA JUTANUGARN

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Chella Choi 67 8:21 am -5 F -5 67
T2 Morgan Pressel 68 12:58 pm -4 F -4 68
T2 Jiyai Shin 68 8:32 am -4 F -4 68
4 Brittany Lincicome 69 12:58 pm -3 F -3 69
T5 Jessica Korda 70 1:20 pm -2 F -2 70
T5 Se Ri Pak 70 1:20 pm -2 F -2 70
T7 Amy Yang 71 12:25 pm -1 F -1 71
T7 Catriona Matthew 71 1:09 pm -1 F -1 71
T7 Lexi Thompson 71 1:09 pm -1 F -1 71
T7 Anna Nordqvist 71 1:31 pm -1 F -1 71
T7 Laura Davies 71 1:42 pm -1 F -1 71
T7 Ilhee Lee 71 7:59 am -1 F -1 71
T7 Angela Stanford 71 8:21 am -1 F -1 71
T7 Chie Arimura 71 9:16 am -1 F -1 71
T7 M.J. Hur 71 9:27 am -1 F -1 71
T16 Pornanong Phatlum 72 1:09 pm E F E 72
T16 Inbee Park 72 1:20 pm E F E 72
T16 Na Yeon Choi 72 1:42 pm E F E 72
T16 Sarah Jane Smith 72 7:48 am E F E 72
T16 Suzann Pettersen 72 7:59 am E F E 72
T16 Jeong Jang 72 8:10 am E F E 72
T16 Yani Tseng 72 8:10 am E F E 72
T16 Eun-Hee Ji 72 8:43 am E F E 72
T24 Vicky Hurst 73 12:47 pm +1 F +1 73
T24 Sun Young Yoo 73 1:09 pm +1 F +1 73
T24 Pernilla Lindberg 73 2:26 pm +1 F +1 73
T24 Danah Bordner 73 7:26 am +1 F +1 73
T24 Jennie Lee 73 7:26 am +1 F +1 73
T24 Haeji Kang 73 8:32 am +1 F +1 73
T24 Nicole Castrale 73 8:54 am +1 F +1 73
T24 Kristy McPherson 73 9:27 am +1 F +1 73
T32 Sandra Changkija 74 12:25 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Amelia Lewis 74 12:25 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Christina Kim 74 12:36 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Jane Park 74 12:47 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Caroline Masson 74 12:58 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Stacy Lewis 74 1:09 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Lorie Kane 74 1:31 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Ai Miyazato 74 1:31 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Lisa Grimes 74 1:53 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Becky Morgan 74 2:04 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Felicity Johnson 74 2:15 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Lisa McCloskey 74 2:15 pm +2 F +2 74
T32 Moriya Jutanugarn 74 7:59 am +2 F +2 74
T32 Shanshan Feng 74 8:10 am +2 F +2 74
T32 Beatriz Recari 74 8:21 am +2 F +2 74
T32 Hee Kyung Seo 74 8:21 am +2 F +2 74
T32 Paola Moreno 74 9:16 am +2 F +2 74
T49 Moira Dunn 75 12:25 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Ji Young Oh 75 12:36 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Carlota Ciganda 75 1:09 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Jennifer Johnson 75 1:31 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Brittany Lang 75 1:31 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Lizette Salas 75 1:42 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Paz Echeverria 75 1:53 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Mina Harigae 75 2:04 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Sue Kim 75 2:04 pm +3 F +3 75
T49 Breanna Elliott 75 7:15 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Danielle Kang 75 7:15 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Reilley Rankin 75 7:15 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Cristie Kerr 75 8:10 am +3 F +3 75
T49 I.K. Kim 75 8:32 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Hee Young Park 75 8:32 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Lauren Doughtie 75 8:43 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Candie Kung 75 8:43 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Alison Walshe 75 8:43 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Laura Diaz 75 8:54 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Amy Hung 75 9:05 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Mi Hyang Lee 75 9:05 am +3 F +3 75
T49 Nicole Smith 75 9:27 am +3 F +3 75
T71 Kathleen Ekey 76 12:47 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Paige Mackenzie 76 12:47 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Jill McGill 76 12:47 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Ayako Uehara 76 12:58 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Paula Creamer 76 1:20 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Jennifer Rosales 76 1:53 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Katherine Hull-Kirk 76 2:04 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Irene Cho 76 2:15 pm +4 F +4 76
T71 Jane Rah 76 7:15 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Meena Lee 76 7:26 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Michelle Wie 76 7:37 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Maria Hjorth 76 7:48 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Melissa Reid 76 7:48 am +4 F +4 76
T71 So Yeon Ryu 76 7:59 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Karrie Webb 76 7:59 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Giulia Sergas 76 8:10 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Katie Futcher 76 9:27 am +4 F +4 76
T71 Mariajo Uribe 76 9:27 am +4 F +4 76
T89 Sophie Gustafson 77 1:20 pm +5 F +5 77
T89 Mika Miyazato 77 1:20 pm +5 F +5 77
T89 Mo Martin 77 1:42 pm +5 F +5 77
T89 Jennifer Song 77 1:53 pm +5 F +5 77
T89 Stephanie Sherlock 77 2:04 pm +5 F +5 77
T89 Heather Bowie Young 77 2:15 pm +5 F +5 77
T89 Kayla Mortellaro 77 7:15 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Silvia Cavalleri 77 7:37 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Lydia Ko 77 7:37 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Belen Mozo 77 7:48 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Caroline Hedwall 77 8:32 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Tiffany Joh 77 9:05 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Dewi Claire Schreefel 77 9:16 am +5 F +5 77
T89 Lindsey Wright 77 9:16 am +5 F +5 77
T103 Lisa Ferrero 78 12:58 pm +6 F +6 78
T103 Karine Icher 78 1:31 pm +6 F +6 78
T103 Seon Hwa Lee 78 1:53 pm +6 F +6 78
T103 Marcy Hart 78 2:04 pm +6 F +6 78
T103 Katie Burnett 78 2:26 pm +6 F +6 78
T103 Jacqui Concolino 78 7:37 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Natalie Gulbis 78 7:48 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Nicole Jeray 78 7:48 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Jenny Shin 78 8:10 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Juli Inkster 78 8:21 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 78 8:32 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Austin Ernst 78 8:43 am +6 F +6 78
T103 Christel Boeljon 78 9:27 am +6 F +6 78
T116 Karen Stupples 79 12:36 pm +7 F +7 79
T116 Pat Hurst 79 1:42 pm +7 F +7 79
T116 Azahara Munoz 79 1:42 pm +7 F +7 79
T116 Momoko Ueda 79 1:53 pm +7 F +7 79
T116 Daniela Iacobelli 79 2:15 pm +7 F +7 79
T116 Sandra Gal 79 2:26 pm +7 F +7 79
T116 Dori Carter 79 7:26 am +7 F +7 79
T116 Alena Sharp 79 7:37 am +7 F +7 79
T116 Gerina Piller 79 7:59 am +7 F +7 79
T116 Thidapa Suwannapura 79 9:05 am +7 F +7 79
T116 Eunjung Yi 79 9:05 am +7 F +7 79
T116 Jin Young Pak 79 9:16 am +7 F +7 79
T128 Wendy Ward 80 12:36 pm +8 F +8 80
T128 Amanda Blumenherst 80 2:26 pm +8 F +8 80
T128 Cindy LaCrosse 80 7:26 am +8 F +8 80
T128 Sarah Kemp 80 8:43 am +8 F +8 80
T128 Ryann O’Toole 80 8:54 am +8 F +8 80
T128 Julieta Granada 80 9:05 am +8 F +8 80
T134 Sue Ginter 81 12:47 pm +9 F +9 81
T134 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 81 7:26 am +9 F +9 81
T134 Mitsuki Katahira 81 7:37 am +9 F +9 81
T134 Jean Bartholomew 81 8:54 am +9 F +9 81
T134 Mindy Kim 81 8:54 am +9 F +9 81
T134 Kris Tamulis 81 8:54 am +9 F +9 81
T134 Sydnee Michaels 81 9:16 am +9 F +9 81
T141 Stephanie Ferguson 82 12:25 pm +10 F +10 82
T141 Sara Maude Juneau 82 12:25 pm +10 F +10 82
T141 Meaghan Francella 82 2:15 pm +10 F +10 82
144 Julia Boland 83 12:58 pm +11 F +11 83
145 Veronica Felibert 84 7:15 am +12 F +12 84
WD Maude-Aimee Leblanc WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
146 Hee-Won Han 80 WD WD WD 80
147 Stacy Prammanasudh 81 WD WD WD 81

3 thoughts on “Chella Choi Leads 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship; Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome Bounce Back

  1. Pingback: 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship - Page 5 - LPGA Tour Forum

  2. I guess I’ve been smiling for many hours now, but I was very happy for Morgan with the round she put in. Brittany has not done much this this year so it was nice to see her put up a good score also. If Morgan continues to hit fairways, there is no reason to think she can’t stay in the hunt through Sunday. I was surprised Lydia Ko struggled, but this is the first or second time she played in this. Ariya had her arm in a sling from some joking around earlier in the week. Thanks as usual for all the lovely pics of all the players, Nice job!

    • You’re welcome…definitely think Morgan can keep it going. Just hope all the players in contention can deal with the 36 hole Sunday marathon. If any of them have conditioning or nagging injuries…could be a factor. Really disappointed to hear that Ariya was hurt while engaging in horseplay with her sister. This should be a lesson to each of them that with so much at stake, they need to be careful.

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