Meijer LPGA Classic 2017 live CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer are among notables in the field at Meijer Classic 2017 in Michigan. Round 1 is today (Thursday, June 15).
When Lydia Ko left the Tour for a three-week break in mid-May, she held the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, a position she’d held for more than a year. This week, Ko returns from vacation as the world No. 2, having lost the top-spot on Monday to Ariya Jutanugarn following her victory at last week’s Manulife LPGA Classic. Ko spoke with the media for the first time on Wednesday about dropping out of the top spot. While being world No. 1 was a dream for her, it’s not something she’s going to think much about.
“I’m going to work really hard, but I don’t think going forward I’m going to think about the ranking as much,” Ko told the media. “I’m just going to take a tournament at a time, and if I end up being able to get back in that position, great.”
Scheduled breaks throughout the Tour’s schedule is a practice Ko implemented during her time working with David Leadbetter and Sean Hogan and looks to have continued now with Gary Gilchrist. The Tour is in the midst of a stretch of 12 consecutive weeks and Ko took the last month to prepare for a packed summer schedule.
Site: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Course: Blythefield CC. Yardage: 6,414. Par: 71
Purse: $2 million (First prize: $300,000).
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, noon-3 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Sei Young Kim.
Last week: Ariya Jutanugarn won the Manulife LPGA Classic.
LPGA money leader: Ariya Jutanugarn.
Notes: Lydia Ko, who dropped to No. 1 in the world after an 85-week run at the top, returns to competition after sitting out the past three weeks. … Jutanugarn, at 21 years and 6 months, became the second-youngest LPGA player behind Ko to reach No. 1. … In Gee Chun had her fourth runner-up finish of the year at the Manulife LPGA Classic. …