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Kroger Queen City Championship: The US Women’s Open Champ and Other Shocking Exits From $2M Race

Published 09/09/2023, 5:47 AM EDT

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The LPGA’s Kroger Queen City Championship at Cincinnati’s Kenwood Country Club is going on in full swing. Ally Ewing, the champion of the inaugural tournament at Kenwood Country Club in 2022, is back to compete. Joining her are prominent golfers Charley Hull, Minjee Lee, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Rose Zhang, and Jennifer Kupcho.

The venue, Kenwood CC, boasting a par 72, stretches over 6,548 yards. Once it concludes, the LPGA will break for the Solheim Cup from Sept. 22-24 in Spain. The ongoing Kroger Queen City Championship saw a few surprises. Several notable players this week are leaving early, giving them a two-day jump on their three-week LPGA break. Let us dive deep and learn more about it.

Top Players’ Unexpected Outcomes at the Kroger Championship

Allisen Corpuz

Crowned as the US Women’s Open champion at Pebble Beach earlier this year, Corpuz’s presence at the Kroger seemed promising. Yet, she finished the tournament with even scores of 72-72. Recent tournaments indicate a tough period for Corpuz as she hasn’t made the cut in three out of her last five appearances.

Emma Talley

A regular on the LPGA tour, Talley’s performance in Cincinnati ended with rounds of 71-73. A notable moment during her Friday 73 was her 17 pars and just one bogey. Regrettably, she’s missed the cut for the third consecutive time, indicating a possible decline in her form.

Linn Grant

Ranked as the world’s 15th-best player and celebrated as the winner of Ohio’s Dana Open earlier this year, Grant’s appearance at the Kroger was highly anticipated. She, however, concluded with a score of 74-71. Surprisingly, this is Grant’s first time missing the LPGA cut in 2023.

Jeongeun Lee6

Lee6, a consistent performer in prior LPGA seasons, fails to make the weekend action after scoring rounds of 73-73. She had previously tied for the 41st position at the Portland Classic and has struggled to make it into the top 10 this year.

Paula Creamer

Veteran LPGA player Creamer began with promise, recording an even-par 72 on her opening day. However, she faced challenges during her second round, scoring a 7-over 79 and she was out of the weekend’s lineup by a significant gap.

Swings, Surprises, and the Sprint to Season’s end: LPGA 2023’s thrilling journey

This event is going to be a massive learning for the players. Regardless of whether they made the cut or not, they will use this experience in future tournaments. The LPGA season now races to the finish with just eight events left, with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship up next in three weeks.

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We are excited to see what the next two rounds have in store for the top performers so far in the event like Peiyun Chien, Morgane Metraux, Ruoning Ying, Ruixin Liu and Charley Hull. Who do you think will be the last person standing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Dimple Nakar


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Dimple Nakar is a budding golf writer at EssentiallySports. The job brings together two of her strongest passions: writing and golf. Dimple’s love for the sport extends far beyond the main players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; she also has immense love for the growth golf is currently seeing through LIV Golf and the merger of the two sides.
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