Monday, February 8, 2016

Who Will Qualify for the 2016 Women's Golf Olympic Team?



We are just six months away from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. After an absence of over 100 years, golf will return.



                How Do the Players Qualify? Let's Take a Look:

1- Qualifications will be based on the world rankings as of July 11, 2016, with a total of 60 players qualifying.

2- All players who are ranked in the top 15 of the Rolex Rankings as of July 11, 2016 will automatically qualify. The only exception to this is that one country may not have more than 4 players.

3- The remaining spots will go to the highest ranked players from countries that do not already have 2 golfers qualified.

4- The International Golf Federation has guaranteed one player from the host country of Brazil.

5- The International Golf federation has guaranteed that at least one golfer from each geographical region ( America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) will qualify.


Here is the Format:

Seventy-two holes of individual stroke play (four rounds scheduled over four consecutive days). The player with the lowest aggregate score wins. In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, a playoff will determine the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners.

For all rounds, the intention is to play in groups of three off the first tee. Pairings will be published no later than 2 days before the start of the first round. For rounds 3 and 4 pairings will be done by accumulative score of the previous round, with the leaders teeing off last.

If the event was held today, the following players would qualify: 
(Based on Rolex Rankings of 2/1/16)

1 Lydia Ko NZL
2 Inbee Park KOR
3 Stacy Lewis USA
4 Lexi Thompson USA
5 Sei Young Kim KOR
6 So Yeon Ryu KOR
7 Hyo-Joo Kim KOR
8 Shanshan Feng CHN
9 Cristie Kerr USA
10 Suzann Pettersen NOR
11 Anna Nordqvist SWE
12 Brooke M. Henderson CAN
13 Minjee Lee AUS
14 Teresa Lu TPE
15 Azahara Munoz ESP
16 Karrie Webb AUS
17 Mika Miyazato JPN
18 Shiho Oyama JPN
19 Pornanong Phatlum THA
20 Charley Hull GBR
21 Yani Tseng TPE
22 Sandra Gal GER
23 Xiyu Lin CHN
24 Carlota Ciganda ESP
25 Lee-Anne Pace RSA
26 Karine Icher FRA
27 Julieta Granada PAR
28 Ariya Jutanugarn THA
29 Catriona Matthew GBR
30 Mariajo Uribe COL
31 Nicole Larsen DEN
32 Gwladys Nocera FRA
33 Caroline Masson GER
34 Pernilla Lindberg SWE
35 Christel Boeljon NED
36 Emily Kristine Pedersen DEN
37 Alena Sharp CAN
38 Marianne Skarpnord NOR
39 Paula Reto RSA
40 Ursula Wikstrom FIN
41 Klara Spilkova CZE
42 Stephanie Meadow IRL
43 Kelly Tan MAS
44 Dewi Claire Schreefel NED
45 Christine Wolf AUT
46 Noora Tamminen FIN
47 Maria Verchenova RUS
48 Leona Maguire IRL
49 Giulia Sergas ITA
50 Fabienne In-Albon SUI
51 Laetitia Beck ISR
52 Giulia Molinaro ITA
53 Alejandra Llaneza MEX
54 Michelle Koh MAS
55 Gaby Lopez MEX
56 Chloe Leurquin BEL
57 Paz Echeverria CHI
58 Cathryn Bristow NZL
59 Aditi Ashok IND
60 Victoria Lovelady BRA



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Monday, February 1, 2016

Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Hyo Joo Kim for winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. It was her third LPGA victory. Her birdie on the 17th hole, after bogeying #16, was the turning point of the tournament. Stacy Lewis (once again), Sei Young Kim, and Anna Nordqvist finished tied for 2nd place, 2 shots back.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Florida for the playing of the Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers. This tournament has a Wednesday start, and will conclude on Saturday (thus avoiding Super Bowl Sunday).


Na Yeon Choi won the inaugural playing of this event last year

This will be tournament #2 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club
Location:  Ocala, Florida
Defending Champion: Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score: 68-70-66-68 = 272 (-16)

Final Field:  120 Players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,541
Purse:  $1, 500,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 79% (up from 76% last year). Forty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 38 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees this week include: Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Eun - Hee Ji, Sun Young Yoo, I.K. Kim, and Q-Baek.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC Wednesday February 3 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
GC Thursday  February 4 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
GC Friday Oct 23 - 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET (tape)
GC Saturday Oct 24 - 3:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Jessica Korda
7- Ha Na Jang
8- Anna Nordqvist
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- Brooke Henderson
11- Minjee Lee
12- Charley Hull
My 3 alternates are - Ilhee Lee, Amy Yang, and Mirim Lee

Other Tidbits:
Inbee Park withdrew after the first round of the Pure Silk LPGA Bahamas Classic with lower back pain. She then withdrew from this tournament also. She is not expected to play again until the LPGA plays in Thailand (which means she will be skipping the Australian open also).

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Hyo Joo Kim made the most important move this week, jumping from #10 to #7. Sei Young Kim moved from #7 to #5, while Paula Creamer made the biggest move in the top 100, leaping from #63 to #54. 

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Hyo Joo Kim jumps out in front with 500 points, she is followed bt Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, and Anna Nordqvist, each with 300 points.

UPDATE #1:  Stephanie Kono and Benyapa Niphtsophon are the Monday Qualifiers.

Here are the final results:


1Ha-Na Jang-11F
2Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-9F
3In Gee Chun-8F
3Sei Young Kim-8F
3Lydia Ko-8F
6Julie Yang-7F
6Simin Feng-7F
6Suzann Pettersen-7F
9Austin Ernst-6F
9Paula Reto-6F
9Lexi Thompson-6F
9Alison Lee-6F
13Lizette Salas-5F
13Mo Martin-5F
13Haru Nomura-5F
16Brittany Lincicome-4F
16Sakura Yokomine-4F
16Kelly Tan-4F
16Carlota Ciganda-4F
16Candie Kung-4F
16Caroline Masson-4F


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Well.... Here We Go!


It is time to start the 2016 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2016 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Sei Young Kim won this tournament as a rookie in 2015


This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Sei Young Kim
Winning Score: 70-68-72-68 = (-14)

Final Field: 108 players
Par: 36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,625
Purse:  $1,400,000

My strength of field rating is 65%. Thirty-eight of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 30 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players not teeing it up this week include: Lydia Ko, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Mirim Lee, In Gee Chun, and Karrie Webb.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
Jan 28 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 29 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 30 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jan 31 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Brittany Lincicome
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Jessica Korda
7- Ariya Jutanugarn
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Minjee Lee
11- Azahara Munoz
12- Gerina Piller

Other Tidbits:
Brooke Pancake and Georgette Rolle received sponsor exemptions into this week's tournament.

In case you might have missed it, two time LPGA winner Nicole Castrale announced her retirement.

A huge ovation goes out to Morgan Pressel! Her Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament raised a record 1 million dollars last week for breast cancer research and care, breaking the previous record of  $750,000. This year's fundraiser included a number of Pressel's fellow LPGA professionals including Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Sandra Gal, and Natalie Gulbis.

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.

Update 1/25/16 -  The Monday Qualifiers are: Christine Song (64), Brittany Altomare (68)

Update 1/28/16 - Inbee Park withdrew after shooting an 80 in the first round. She gave lower back pain as the reason.

Here are the Final scores:

1Hyo Joo Kim-18F
2Sei Young Kim-16F
2Stacy Lewis-16F
2Anna Nordqvist-16F
5Pornanong Phatlum-15F
5Paula Creamer-15F
5Ilhee Lee-15F
8Brittany Lincicome-14F
8Min Seo Kwak-14F
8Charley Hull-14F
11Ha-Na Jang-13F
11a-Megan Khang-13F
13Haru Nomura-12F
13Hee Young Park-12F
15Mika Miyazato-11F
15Alison Lee-11F
17Brittany Lang-10F
17Jane Park-10F
17Lexi Thompson-10F
17Candie Kung-10F

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