Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko this week for winning the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. She did it by winning in a playoff over Stacy Lewis. It was a very unusual finish, as the winner did not make a single birdie over the last 16 holes on Sunday, and won the playoff with a par. So Yeon Ryu shot a final round 64, but fell one shot short of the playoff.

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Mi Jung Hur won this tournament last year shooting a final round 66, to defeat runner-up Stacy Lewis by 4 strokes.

Mi Jung Hur holds her her 2014 Yokohama Tire Classic trophy

This will be tournament #23 of 31 on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  RTJ Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, Senator Course
Location:  Prattville, Alabama
Defending Champion: Mi Jung Hur
Winning Score:  64-70-67-66 = 267 (-21)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,599
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very weak 42%, although that is 5% higher than last year. Most of the key players have chosen to make it a two week break before the Evian Championship. Twenty-two of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list, and 15 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up this week.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC Aug. 27 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET
GC Aug. 28 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET
GC Aug. 29 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET
GC Aug. 30 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Minjee Lee
8- Mi Jung Hur
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Charley Hull
11- Brittany Lincicome
12- Brittany Lang
I finished first last week with my Canadian Pacific Open picks. I am now in first place overall for the 2015 season among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
The combined age of the last 2 LPGA winners is 35 years old. Brooke Henderson (17), and Lydia Ko (18), have won the last 2 events.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
There was very little movement inside the top twenty this week. Outside the top 20, Alison Lee jumps up from #34 to 29, Candie Kung from #86 to #69, and Jaye Marie Green from #112 to #101.

Race to the CME Globe:    (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park still leads with 3,726 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko (3268) and Stacy Lewis (2604).

Who's Hot:
So Yeon Ryu has finished in the top 15 in each of her last 6 tournaments. Jaye Marie Green has finished in the top 20 in 4 of her last 5 starts.

Who's Not:
Mirim Lee has failed to register a top 25 finish in her last 7 starts.


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Photos

Here are some photos that my wife & I have taken during the practice rounds:

Kelly Thesier Shultz interviews Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson, the LPGA's newest member

Amy Yang

Michelle Wie

Mr3putt snaps a photo of So Yeon Ryu

No. Jessica Korda is not sleepwalking

Mariajo Uribe

Jaye Marie Green

Mi Hyang Lee lossens up

Kim Kaufman

Ilhee Lee

Amy Anderson

Charley Hull

Tiffany Joh

Hyo Joo Kim

Alison Lee

Maude Aimee-Leblanc

Suzann Petterson




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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Canadian Pacific Women's Open Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Brooke Henderson for winning the Cambia Portland LPGA Classic. She did it in convincing style, winning by 8 strokes. It was the largest margin of victory in an LPGA event since Jiyai Shin won the British Open in 2012. She becomes the first Canadian golfer to win an LPGA event since Lori Kane in 2001. This now guarantees that Brooke will have full time playing privileges in 2016. With In Gee Chun winning earlier this year, these two young players have certainly given us  all something to look forward to next season.

This week the LPGA moves to Vancouver, Canada for the playing of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. Many of you may remember last year's exciting shootout when So Yeon Ryu shot an amazing 23 under par, which was good enough to finish 2 strokes better than Na Yeon Choi. This will be the second time in the last four years that this tournament will be held in Vancouver. In 2012, Lydia Ko came out on top by 3 strokes over Inbee Park.

So Yeon Ryu will be trying to defend her Canadian Pacific Women's Open championship


This will be tournament #22 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Vancouver Country Club
Location:  Vancouver, Canada
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score:  63-66-67-69 = 265 (-23)

Final Field: 156 players
Par:  35/37 = 72
Yardage:  6,656
Purse:  $2,250,000

My strength of field rating is a super strong 85% (up from 81% last year).  It is the 4th strongest field of the year. All your favorites will be there. The only reason that this is not the number one field of the year is that it lacks some of the stars from other tours that are high up in the Rolex Rankings.

Here are the pairings for round #1

Here are the television times:
GC August 20 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
GC August 21 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
GC August 22 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET
GC August 23 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- So Yeon Ryu
3- Inbee Park
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Lexi Thompson
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Brooke Henderson
9- Shanshan Feng
10- Minjee Lee
11- Alison Lee
12- Ha Na Jang
I am currently in 3rd place in the overall standings among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
With her first place check from the Cambia Portland LPGA Classic, Brooke Henderson has now earned an amazing $661,818 in just 10 events. That average of $66,182 per event, is only topped by Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, and Stacy Lewis. It is even higher than Sei Young Kim ($64,569), who has won twice this year. She becomes just the third player to win before the age of 18, following Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson catapults from #32 to #17. Pornanong Phatlum rises from #43 to #33, while Alison Lee leaps up from #44 to $34.

Race to the CME Globe:    (1 million dollars)
Inbee Park still holds a huge lead with 3,646 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 2,768 and Stacy Lewis with 2,304.

Who's Hot:
Jaye Marie Green is playing the best golf of her young career. Her 8th place finish this past week, gives her 3 top 20 finishes in her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Hee Young Park has missed the cut in 6 of her last 9 starts.

My wife & I will be attending this tournament. Hope to see some of you there.

UPDATE #1- Brooke Henderson has petitioned Commissioner Michael Whan for immediate membership to the LPGA. It was granted. As a result, she will not eligible for rookie honors in 2016.


Here are the leaders after round 3:
1Lydia Ko-12F
1Candie Kung-12F
3Alison Lee-10F
4Karine Icher-9F
5Azahara Munoz-8F
6Shanshan Feng-7F
6Charley Hull-7F
6Sei Young Kim-7F
6Stacy Lewis-7F
6Xi Yu Lin-7F
11Lexi Thompson-6F
11Jaye Marie Green-6F
11Inbee Park-6F
14Ariya Jutanugarn-5F

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Cambia Portland Classic Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA moves to the state of Oregon this week for the playing of the Cambia Portland Classic. It will be very difficult to match last year's exciting finish when Austin Ernst won her first LPGA championship, defeating I.K. Kim in a playoff.

Adding to the significance of this tournament, is that with only two tournaments remaining (Cambia and the Canadian Pacific) before the the Solheim Cup team is announced, there are several players fighting to capture a spot on the team. Those players include: Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lang, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, Jessica Korda, Mo Martin, Austin Ernst, and Alison Lee. None of the aforementioned players have wrapped up a spot as of this writing.                                          

Austin Ernst became a first time winner at the Cambia Portland Classic in 2014

This will be tournament #21 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Defending Champion:  Austin Ernst
Winning Score:  69-69-69-67 = 274 (-14)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,476
Purse:  $1, 300,000

My strength of field rating is 70%, and although it is missing some top players, it is significantly stronger than last year's rating of 56%.  Key players not in attendance this week include: Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Amy Yang, Sei Young Kim, Na Yeon Choi, and Charley Hull.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
GC Aug. 13 5:00-8:00 p.m.
GC Aug. 14 5:00-8:00 p.m.
GC Aug. 15 4:00-7:00 p.m.
GC Aug. 16 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Hyo Joo Kim
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lydia Ko
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Anna Nordqvist
7- Minjee Lee
8- Lizette Salas
9- Austin Ernst
10- Gerina Piller
11- Alison Lee
12- Cristie Kerr
My solid picking at the British Open was good enough for 3rd place. I am currently tied for second place in the overall standings among the field of 22 players.

Other Tidbits:
Phase one of qualifying school has been completed. Not a lot of fanfare here as most of the big names will be qualifying in Stages 2 and 3. The phase 1 winner was Bertine Strauss with a score of -14 under par. Jessica Korda's younger sister Nelly Korda finished 3rd. Gabby Lopez finished in the 5th spot, while Emma Talley finished tied for 25th. All of those players will advance to phase two. For all the results: http://rts.symetrascoring.com/QSchool/

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.

UPDATE  #1 - Brooke Henderson & Doris Chen are the Monday Qualifiers. They both shot 68.

Here are the final scores:


1Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-21F
2Pornanong Phatlum-13F
2Candie Kung-13F
2Ha-Na Jang-13F
5Austin Ernst-12F
5Mo Martin-12F
5Azahara Munoz-12F
8Jaye Marie Green-11F
8Alison Lee-11F
10Cristie Kerr-10F
10Alena Sharp-10F
10Morgan Pressel-10F






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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Stats & Facts - Volume 25 - Inbee Domination

With the ladies taking a break this week, it's a good time to take a look at the most important stats from the first 20 tournaments of the 2015 schedule.

Inbee Park has left us with no doubt as to who is the #1 player in the world

Rolex Player of the Year: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 235 points
2- Lydia Ko - 134
3- Sei Young Kim - 111 points
4- Stacy Lewis  - 96
5- Brittany Lincicome - 85


Vare Trophy: (Winner receives Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 69.391 strokes per round
2- Lydia Ko - 69.639
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.750
4- Hyo Joo Kim - 69.877
5- Anna Nordqvist - 70.063

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Inbee Park - 3,646
2- Lydia Ko - 2,743
3- Stacy Lewis - 2,260
4- Sei Young Kim - 2,205
5- Amy Yang - 1,872

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sei Young Kim - 976 points
2- Hyo Joo Kim - 947 points
3- Minjee Lee - 752
4- Ha Na Jang - 589
5- Alison Lee - 448


Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Seo Yeon Ryu - 32
2- No one else has a streak over 20


Most Victories:
1- Inbee Park - 4
2- Sei Young Kim - 2
2 -Lydia Ko - 2

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Inbee Park - 9
2- Lydia Ko - 7
3- Stacy Lewis - 6
4- Seo Yeon Ryu - 6
5- Morgan Pressel & Sei Young Kim - 5


Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Inbee Park - 11
2- Lydia Ko - 10
3- Stacy Lewis - 9
4- Hyo Joo Kim - 8
4- Shanshan Feng - 8
4- Anna Nordqvist - 8

Most Wins By Country:
1- South Korea - 12
2- United States -3
3- New Zealand - 2
4- Three tied with - 1

Other Tidbits
It has been a real rollercoaster ride for Morgan Pressel the last 6 weeks, with finishes of 3rd, MC, 5th, MC, 5th, MC, 22nd, MC.

Brooke Henderson Update:
Brooke Henderson's finish this past week earned her an additional $7,952, bringing her total to $466,818. To obtain her LPGA card, and avoid having to go to Q-School, she would have to finish the year with earnings that would be 40th or better on the 2015 LPGA money list. She currently would be #20. Last year the 40th place player made $447,648. She has made this money while only teeing it up 9 times this year. To give you an idea how good that is, LPGA stars Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang rank behind her on the money list even though they have each played 19 events. Mirim Lee, who is one spot ahead of her, has teed it up 16 times. She is next scheduled to play in Canada two weeks from now.

Rolex Mover of the Week:
Non LPGA member Jin Young Ko vaults up from #28 to #17.

Who's Hot:
So Yeon Ryu has finished in the top 15, seven out of her last 8 tournaments.
Jenny Shin is quietly having a very solid season. She has only finished outside the top 30 three times this year in 19 starts.

Who's Not:
Pornanong Phatlum has missed 5 consecutive cuts. It is not going well at all for the Jutanugarn sisters. Moriya has missed 7 cuts in her last 10 starts, while sister Ariya has missed the cut in 10 consecutive tournaments.




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