Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

Let me start out this week by giving a big congratulations to Lee-Anne Pace for winning the Blue Bay LPGA.  Pace, a nine time winner on the LET, won for the first time on the LPGA.


Lee-Anne Pace holds her trophy for winning the Blue Bay LPGA

This week the LPGA moves to Taiwan for the playing of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
This is the 5th of 6 consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia. Next week the tour moves to Japan for the final leg of the Asian swing.

Suzann Pettersen will be trying to win this tournament for the third year in a row. Suzann won in 2013 by 5 strokes over Azahara Munoz, and by won by 3 strokes over Inbee Park in 2012.

This will be tournament #29 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Miramar Golf Country Club
Location:  Taipei Taiwan
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen (2X)
Winning Score:  68-69-73-69 = 279 (-9)

Final Field:  81 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,390
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 58%. Thirty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List will be in action. The top 7 players from the Rolex Rankings will also be teeing it up. Players missing from the field this week include: Lexi Thompson., Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, and Jessica Korda.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
Oct 30 - GC 3:00 AM-6:00 AM ET
Oct 31 - GC 3:00 AM-6:00 AM ET
Nov 1 - GC 3:00 AM-6:00 AM ET
Nov 2 - GC 2:00 AM-6:00 AM ET

I am hoping that Golf Channel will actually stay on long enough this week to give us an interview with the winner. Last week there were several rain delays and the tournament was cut to 54 holes. Many loyal LPGA fans stuck with the Golf Channel broadcast into the wee hours of the morning. It would have been nice if the Golf Channel returned some of that loyalty and stayed on 5 minutes longer to bring us the interview with winner Lee-Ann Pace. 

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Michelle Wie
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Lydia Ko
4- Inbee Park
5- Stacy Lewis
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Na Yeon Choi
8- Azahara Munoz
9- Chella Choi
10- Anna Nordqvist
11- Shanshan Feng
12- Ilhee Lee
With just 4 tournaments remaining I am in a tie for 2nd place among the 21 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Lee-Ann Pace became only the 2nd player from South Africa to win an LPGA tournament.
Sally Little won 15 times between 1976 and 1988.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Inbee Park takes over the #1 spot this week from the idle Stacy Lewis. With both players in action this week, we could see another change. Lee-Ann Pace, who has 2 wins in two weeks on 2 different tours, jumps up from #42 to #29.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,483 points. Inbee Park is in 2nd place with 3,277.

Who's  Red Hot:
Sun Young Yoo has four consecutive top 20 finishes. Brittany Lang has four top twelve finishes in her last 5 starts.

Who's Ice Cold:
Meena Lee has failed to finish higher than 35th in her last 6 tournaments.

UPDATE: Brittany Lincicome has withrawn after shooting an opening round 68.

Here are the leaders after round 2:

1Inbee Park-18F
2Shanshan Feng-15F
3Azahara Munoz-10F
3Line Vedel Hansen-10F
3Lydia Ko-10F
3Mirim Lee-10F
7Stacy Lewis-9F
8Ayako Uehara-8F
8Moriya Jutanugarn-8F
8a-Ssu-Chia Cheng-8F
8Chella Choi-8F
8So Yeon Ryu-8F
8Na Yeon Choi-8F

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Bay LPGA Preview & Pairings



The LPGA moves to China this week for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. This will be the inaugural playing of this event. This is stop number four of six consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia. After this week the tour heads to Taiwan, and then finishes up the Asian swing in Japan.
The tour will then go to Mexico and finish up with the CME Group Tour Championship to be held in Florida, where we will find out who will win the Race to the CME Globe and its 1 million dollar prize.


Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course



This will be tournament #28 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Country Club
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  This is the first time this tournament is being played.
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field: 81 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not stated by LPGA
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 55.5% ranking it 23rd of the 28 tournaments so far this year. Twenty-seven of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority list, and 20 of the top 40 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Top players skipping the event this week include: Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, SoYeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, Pornanong Phatlum, and Angela Stanford.

Here are the pairings for the first round.

Here are the television times:
Oct 22 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 23 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 24 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 25 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Shanshan Feng
2- Mirim Lee
3- Chella Choi
4- Lydia Ko
5- Ilhee Lee
6- Michelle Wie
7- Brittany Lincicome
8- Cristie Kerr
9- I.K. Kim
10-Anna Nordqvist
11- Julieta Granada
12- M.J. Hur
My pretty decent picking last week has moved me up to the #2 position among the 21 Pak Picker participants.

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis holds on to the #1 position by the narrowest of margins this week. In fact, you have to take their totals out to a hundredth  of a point to find a difference. Stacy's average score is 11.044, while Inbee's is 11.038. Both players are taking this week off.

As we all know, Spain won the inaugural international crown earlier this year. The team of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Carlotta Ciganda, and Belen Mozo all play world class golf in team competitions, as we have  also witnessed  this in their Solheim Cup play. That said, it is strange that they have not won an LPGA tournament this year. In fact, Recari is the only player of the four to ever win an LPGA stroke play event. She has won three times.

Not only is Chella Choi the only player to play in all 28 LPGA events this year, she has her "Iron Woman" streak up to 104 consecutive tournaments. She played in the last 21 events in 2011, all 27 in 2012, and all 28 in 2013. I'm thinking that her father (who carries her bag) may need a rest.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
HanaBank winner Kyu Jung Baek surges up from #33 to #20. Michelle Wie jumps up two spots to #6, while Brittany Lincicome jumps from #24 to #19. Lee-Anne Pace, winner of last week's LET tournament in her home country of South Africa, leaps up from #53 to #42.

Race to the CME Globe:
With just four tournaments left before the CME Group Tour Championship, Stacy Lewis continues to have a commanding lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277, and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Red Hot:
Inbee Park has seven consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Ice Cold:
Jennifer Johnson has failed to finish better than 32nd in her last 7 starts.

Update #1
According to the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless, Inbee Park is playing this week on the KLPGA tour. It is the last major of the year for that tour. A good finish would have her take over the #1 spot in the world.

Update #2:
The tournament has now been shortened to 54 holes because of bad weather. The 2nd round will be completed on Saturday.

Update #3:
Round 3 has been suspended due to bad weather. It will be completed on Monday morning. If you live on the East Coast, that will be Sunday night. It will televised by Golf Channel at 8:30 PM ET.

Finally!!!! Here are the final standings:

1Lee-Anne Pace-16F
2Caroline Masson-13F
3Michelle Wie-11F
3Jessica Korda-11F
5Danielle Kang-10F
5Chella Choi-10F
7Lydia Ko-9F
7Shanshan Feng-9F
9Jenny Shin-8F
9Brittany Lang-8F

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Preview & Pairings

Let me start off today by saying congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan shot a final round 63 to win by 3 strokes over Pornanong Phatlum. It was her fourth victory on the LPGA tour.

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Defending Champion Amy Yang holds her trophy


Amy Yang won this championship last year when she defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a one hole playoff.
This will be the first time that this will be a 72 hole event. It was played as a 54 hole championship for its first 11 years.

This is tournament # 27 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Location:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Winning Score:  67-71-69 = 207 (-9)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 65.5%, ranking it very close to the middle of the 26 tournaments played this year. Among the missing this week are Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. Because of its small field players such as Sun Young Yoo, Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Carlotta Ciganda, and Ayaka Uehara did not qualify.

The field includes the following outstanding non LPGA players that are high up in the Rolex Rankings:
#10 - Hyo-Joo Kim
#19 - Ha Na Jang
#29 - Jiyai Shin
#31 - In Gee Chun
#33 - Kyu Jung Baek
#37 - Sei Young Kim
#39 - Jung Min Lee
#44 - Min Young Lee
#46 - Jin-Young Ko
#50 - Ha Neul Kim
#56 - Yoon-Kyung Heo
#67 - Su Yeon Jang
#78 - Mingee Lee

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
Oct 15 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 16 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 17 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 18 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

As you can see, the first broadcast once again will be Wednesday night eastern time. As I have been doing throughout this Asian swing of the tour, I will not post results until most of us have had a chance to watch it the next day. For those who do not want to wait, there is always a link to the live scoreboard on the top of this page.

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week:
1- Na Yeon Choi
2- Chella Choi
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Lydia Ko
6- Hyo-Joo Kim
7- Inbee Park
8- Ha-Neul Kim
9- Pornanong Phatlum
10- Jiyai Shin
11- Mirim Lee
12- Suzann Pettersen
In all the years that I have been doing this, this is the first time my top twelve does not include an American player.
I was the winner of Pak Picker week #26 this past week, as I correctly picked 8 players. The win vaulted me up from #5 to #3 in the overall standings among the 21 participants.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the week:
Shanshan Feng leaps up from #9 to #5, while Pornanong Phatlum jumps from #32 to #26.

Race To The CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Hot:  
Ilhee Lee has 5 top 20 finishes in her last 6 starts.

Who's Not:
Lexi Thompson had seven top 10 finishes in her first 12 starts this year. She has managed just one more in her last 9 tournaments. Julieta Granada has not finished better than 34th in her last 5 starts.

Here are the final results:
1x-Kyu Jung Baek-10F
2Brittany Lincicome-10F
2In Gee Chun-10F
4Inbee Park-9F
5Michelle Wie-8F
5Catriona Matthew-8F
7Hyo Joo Kim-7F
8Austin Ernst-6F
8Gerina Piller-6F
8Beatriz Recari-6F
8Ilhee Lee-6F




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Mirim Lee for winning the Reignwood LPGA Classic. It was her second win of the year, and tied Lydia Ko for most victories by a rookie in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Malaysia for the playing of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Lexi Thompson won this tournament in 2013 by a fairly comfortable margin, as she finished 4 strokes better than runner up Shanshan Feng.

Defending Champion Lexi Thompson

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Location:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  67-63-66-69 = 265 (-19)

Final Field:   75 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage: 6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000 (winner gets $300,000)

My strength of field rating is a 62% making it the 8th weakest of the year. Thirty-five of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 29 of the top 40 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees include: Inbee Park, I.K. Kim, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie (injury) Jennifer Johnson, Ai Miyazato, and Mika Miyazato.

Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Xi Yu Lin, and Natalie Gulbis are among the sponsor exemptions.

Here are the pairings for the first round:


**Here are the television times:
Oct 8 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 9 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 10 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 11 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

** Because of the 12 hour time delay (east coast viewers), many people will not watch this until they come home from work the following day. I will not post spoilers until sometime after that.

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Mirim Lee
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Jessica Korda
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Lydia Ko
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Chella Choi
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Ilhee Lee
12- Na Yeon Choi
After my 5th place finish last week, I currently remain in 5th place among the 21 contestants. 

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi has 15 top twenty finishes this year. That ranks her third behind only Stacy Lewis (20), and Inbee Park (16).  Strangely, only 7 of those finishes were top tens, which ranks her 12th in that department.

South Korean golfers, who couldn't buy a win in the first half of the season, now have won 6 of the last 7 tournaments, giving them 7 victories this year. The U.S. continues to lead with 12.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Mirim Lee vaults up from #29 to #19, while Caroline Hedwall leaps from #52 to #41.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,433 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,906.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has 6 consecutive top ten finishes. Mariajo Uribe has finished in the top 15 in her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Candie Kung has not finished better than 34th in her last 6 starts.

Here are the final results:


1Shanshan Feng-18F
2Pornanong Phatlum-15F
3Pernilla Lindberg-14F
3Chella Choi-14F
3So Yeon Ryu-14F
6Na Yeon Choi-13F
7Ilhee Lee-12F
8Caroline Masson-11F
8Sun Young Yoo-11F
8Mi Hyang Lee-11F
8Lydia Ko-11F

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