Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LPGA Announces 2017 Schedule


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Commissioner Michael Whan announced today the 2017 LPGA schedule.

Here are the highlights:

  • There will be four new tournaments (two domestic, two international)
  • Three tournaments have been dropped from the schedule (all domestic)
  • Match Play will once again be part of the LPGA Schedule.
  • The schedule will have 34 official tournaments plus the Solheim Cup.
  • It will have a record $67.35 million in official prize money, with eleven of the official thirty tournaments that are returning having larger purses than in 2016.
  • The U.S. Open will have a purse of $5 million dollars, largest in LPGA history.
The first new LPGA stop debuts when the Tour visits Oneida, Wisconsin July 6-9 for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

The second new event takes place three weeks later, when  the LPGA travels across the pond to play the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, July 27-30 at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland. 

In September, the Tour makes a pit stop in Indianapolis, Indiana for a $2 million purse at the Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) Championship Presented by Guggenheim. Taking place September 7-10, players will compete on the Pete Dye-designed Brickyard Crossing Golf Course that weaves through the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

The fourth and final new tournament, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, will take place September 28-October 1. 

The Coates Golf Championship, in Ocala, Florida, The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, in Daly City, California, and the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, have all been dropped from the schedule.

The 2017 Lorena Ochoa Invitational will be shifted to March instead of November, and be played with a 64-person field at the Club de Golf México in Mexico City. It will be a match play event!


2017 LPGA Tour Season By the Numbers:

201720162011
# of Events353425
# of Official Events343323
Official Money Purses$67.35M$63.10M$41.5M
Events at $2 million16158
Events In North America222315
Events Outside of North America131110

My Summation:

On the positive side:

  • If you are an LPGA fan you have to be happy to see that the number of tournaments has grown significantly since Michael Whan took over as Commissioner.
  • It is also great to see the women playing for record purses. They certainly deserve it!
  • I think we all wanted a match play tournament and now we have one back again.
On the negative side:
  • Losing three domestic events, even though we did get two new ones, is a disappointment. It appears that keeping sponsors for tournaments here in the states will continue to be Mr. Whan's biggest challenge going forward. 


Today's Trivia Question:

What is the longest running non-major LPGA tournament on the 2017 schedule?


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Monday, November 28, 2016

LPGA Qualifying School 2016 - Final Stage

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The Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament will be held Wednesday November 30 through Sunday December 4 at LPGA International - Jones & Hills Courses, Daytona, Florida.

Players will rotate between the Jones and Hills courses over the first 4 days. 

There will be a 72 hole cut made after Saturday's round to the top 70 and ties.


Sunday's final round will be played on the Hills course.


Players who finish in the top 20 will earn category 12 Priority List membership. This means that they will get to play in all full field LPGA tournaments. Players finishing 21-45 will get category 17 membership, which amounts to conditional playing privileges. The players in category 17 usually do not get into many LPGA events and will probably spend most of the 2017 season playing in Symetra Tour events. Su Oh and Brittany Altomare were the only category 17 players who managed to retain their full time playing priviledges because of their play on the LPGA tour during the 2016 season.


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Mel Reid will be one of the favorites to capture one of the top 20 spots.


  • There will be 157 players in this week's field.
  • There are 78 players representing the USA, and 79 players representing 32 different countries outside the United States.
  • There are nine 2016 Olympians in the field: Aditi Ashok (India), Laetitia Beck (Israel), Nicole Broch Larsen (Denmark), Tiffany Chan (Hong Kong), Julieta Granada (Paraguay), Alejandra Llaneza (Mexico), Stephanie Meadow (Ireland), Guilia Molinaro (Italy) and Marianne Skarpnord (Norway). The highest finisher was Skarpnord who finished T25.
  • There are 8 players ranked in the top 200 in the world.
  • The field includes 14 teenages, and 41 players under the age of 23.
Although the most significant prize is leaving with a 2017 Tour card, there is a $50,000 purse and the medalist will earn $5,000. 


This coming week is the culmination of a three-stage Qualifying Tournament process that started in late August with Stage I in Rancho Mirage, California. A total of 92 players advanced out of Stage I to Stage II, which was held in October in Venice, Florida. A total of 84 players passed through Stage II to get to where we are now. 

A total of 36 players have made it through to Final Stage from Stage I. 

There are three players in the field that have won on the LPGA Tour. Lorie Kane (Charlottetown, Canada) is a four-time winner with her last coming at the 2001 Takefuji LPGA Classic. Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay) won the 2006 LPGA Playoffs at The ADT and Silvia Cavalleri won the 2007 Corona Championship.

The highest ranked player in the field according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings is Beth Allen (San Diego, Calif.), who ranks 63rd. Allen currently plays on the Ladies European Tour and leads the Order of Merit. There are eight players ranked in the top 200 in the world (Allen - 63, Nicole Broch Larsen (Hillerod, Denmark) - 90, Emily Pedersen (Smoerum, Denmark) - 109, JeongEun Lee (Seoul, South Korea) - 123, Mel Reid (Loughborough, England) - 135, Nasa Hataoka (Ibaraki, Japan) - 145, Holly Clyburn (Cleethorpes, England) and Aditi Ashok (Bangalore, India) - 198.


NO. 1 AMATEUR IN WORLD WITHDRAWS; STAYING AT DUKE: The big news just a week ago came when Leona Maguire, the No. 1 amateur in the world according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), withdrew. Maguire, a junior at Duke, finished T6 at Stage II and appeared as if she would test the waters at Stage III. 

The 2014-15 National Player of the Year and a two-time First-Team All-American decided last week to stay in school. 

“Upon considerable deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from stage III of LPGA Q-School and not pursue LPGA membership for 2017,” said Maguire.  “This is not a decision that I have taken lightly but one that I feel is best for me in the pursuit of my long-term aspirations. I am thankful for the continuous support of my parents, friends, teammates, coach Shane O Grady, ILGU and everyone at Duke and for their guidance in helping me to reach my decision.”

The No. 2 amateur in the world, Bronte Law, will compete this week. Law, who captured the 2016 ANNIKA Award, finished second at Stage II. The second highest ranked amateur in the field is Katelyn Dambaugh, who is ninth. Dambaugh, a senior at South Carolina, finished 2015-16 with a scoring average of 71.62, which was second lowest in the country. 

THERE WILL BE LOTS OF ATTENTION ON 17-YEAR-OLD FROM JAPAN: Nasa Hataoka (Ibaraki, Japan) may be the second youngest player, but she might have the most attention on her. On October 2, she became the first amateur to win a JLPGA major by capturing the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship. In the process, she surpassed Ai Miyazato’s record as the youngest champion of a major. Miyazato won the same JLPGA event in 2005 at the age of 20.

UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN PLAYERS REPRESENTED IN FIELD: There are four players - Rebecca Artis (Australia), Ssu Chia Cheng (Taiwan), Holly Clyburn (England) and Mel Reid (England) - in the field that competed in the inaugural UL International Crown in July. The UL International Crown pitted the four best players from the top eight nations against each other. The United States went on to win.

Reid, a veteran of two Solheim Cups, captured headlines with stellar play against the Japanese team. She was playing by herself because teammate Charley Hull couldn’t compete due to illness and Reid took the high power Japanese team to the 18th hole in best-ball format. 

SYMETRA TOUR NEXT 15 IN FIELD: In addition to awarding ten LPGA Tour cards, the Symetra Tour also gives exemptions to Final Stage to the top 15 non-LPGA members that finish the year outside the top 10. 

The following Symetra Tour players noted below bypassed Stage II and will compete in Final Stage. The only player that had the opportunity to compete, but did not sign up is Jessica Wallace. 

No. 11 Clariss Guce (Artesia, Calif.), No. 12 Erica Popson (Davenport, Fla.), No. 13 Augusta James (Bath, Ontario, No. 16 Brittany Benvenuto (Langhorne, Pa.), No. 17 Erynne Lee (Silverdale, Wash.), No. 18 Natalie Sheary (West Hartford, Ct.), No. 20 Nicole Broch Larsen (Hillerod, Denmark), No. 21 Dottie Ardina (Laguna, Philippines), No. 22 Paola Moreno (Cali, Colombia), No. 24 Shannon Fish  (Spring, Texas), No. 25 Emma de Groot (Coffs Harbour, Australia), No. 26 Emma Talley (Princeton, Kentucky), No. 29 Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ontario) and No. 30 Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.). 

Guce won twice on the Symetra Tour in 2016 while Popson, Lee, Broch Larsen and Moreno each won once.

It is always difficult to hadicap the Q-School field, but I will give it a shot. Here are my picks:
1- Mel Reid
2- Beth Allen
3- Jaye Marie Green
4- Bronte Law
5- Aditi Ashok
6- Stephanie Meadow
7- Angel Yin
8- Holly Clyburn
9- Prima Thammaraks
10- Nicole Broch Larsen 
11- Haeiji Kang
12- Mariah Stackhouse
13- Emily Tubert
14- Emily Pedersen
15- Jeong Eun Lee
16- Vicky Hurst
17- Amy Anderson
18- Ssu Chia Cheng
19- Laeticia Beck
20- Sadena Parks


This Week's Trivia Question:

What player broke the all-time Q-school scoring record in 2013, when she shot an amazing -29 under par?

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rating the Rookies - Part 3 - Final Analysis

Let me start by saying that 2016 was not a very good year for LPGA rookies. Only 6 of the 29 rookies finished in the top 100 on the 2016 money list. Three more will be retaining their cards because of their stellar Symetra Tour play. The other twenty players are all going back to Q-School next week. This was a dramatic decrease from 2015 when we had a spectacular rookie crop, but also down substantially from 2014.

  • 2016 -  9 of 29  = 23.1%
  • 2015 - 19 of 33 = 57.6%
  • 2014 - 13 of 28 = 46.4%


Below are my ratings for all 2016 LPGA rookies. These ratings are strictly based on how they fared on the LPGA tour this season. Any successes or failures on other tours, excluding the Symetra Tour, are not considered here. Success in retaining their 2017 LPGA playing card was my determining factor for my final ratings.

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In Gee Chun (holding Vare Trophy) was by far and away the year's best rookie.


The Best:
1- In Gee Chun - Winning the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award could not have been any easier. She did it easily in spite of missing several tournaments early in the year due to injury. Although she won just once (she had several second place finishes), it was a major Championship. She had 8 top five finishes, and missed only one cut the entire season. To top things off she earned another Hall of Fame point (her 5th) when she won the Vare Trophy.

Strong Rookie Season:

1- Megan Khang - Megan had a fine rookie season of her own. She had one top five finish, 2 top tens, and 6 top twenties. She made 17 of 28 cuts, finished #57 on the year's money list, and was runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors. She is just 18 years old and has a bright future ahead of her.

2- Gaby Lopez - Gaby was a cut making machine in her rookie season. She teed it up 26 times and missed just 4 cuts. Although she didn't register a top ten finish, she came close several times as her 8 top twenties would indicate. She finished a solid #60 on the money list, and #3 for ROY.

3- Su Oh - Didn't get into many tournaments early in the year, but when she did, there was no stopping her. In just 22 starts she registered 1 top five, 2 top tens, and 6 top twenties. She was #50 on the money list and #4 for ROY. I'm predicting big things for her in 2017.

Consider Them a Success:
1- Annie Park - When the season began, many thought that if there was going to be a huge surprise it would be this young lady. Expectations were very high. What followed was a very uneven season. Although she did have 2 top ten finishes, she did struggle for large portions of the season. She teed it up 23 times making 15 cuts. Her #82 finish on the money list guarantees her plenty more opportunities next year. 


2- Lee Lopez - Probably the biggest surprise on this list. "The other Lopez" had quite a solid year. Her highlight was finishing 6th at the Cambia Classic. She made 18 of 26 cuts and finished #76 on the money list.

Retaining Their Playing Cards Thru the Symetra Tour:
1- Ally McDonald - Because of a poor priority ranking, she only got to tee it up once this year on the LPGA tour (she finished 30th at the Evian Championship). It doesn't matter. Her 2nd place finish on the Symetra Tour money list guarantees her full time playing privileges in 2017.

2- Wichanee Meechi - She also played in just one LPGA tournament, and missed the cut. Her #4 finish on the Symetra Tour money list means we will be seeing plenty of her next season.

3- Sherman Santiwiwatthannaphong - With her 6th place finish on the Symetra Tour money list, we will be seeing her teeing it up regularly next year on the LPGA. If she becomes the next Thai sensation, we are all going to get writers' cramp.

They are Going Back to Q-School:
The following 3 players are going back to Q-school to improve their priority list ranking for 2017. Although they still have a playing card (category 16), they did not play well enough to guarantee them many starts (if any) in 2017.

1- Ssu-Chia Cheng - She made just 7 of 15 cuts. Her best finish was a tie for 31st, and she finished #122 on the money list.

2- Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras - Making just 8 cuts in 18 events, with a best finish of 22nd, resulted in a money list finish of #123. 

3- Holly Clyburn - She teed it up 15 times, but was only able to make 6 cuts. Her best finish was a tie for 41st. She finished #125 on the money list.

The following players finished outside the top 125 on the money and will have to be successful in Q-school next week to earn back their playing privileges. (In alphabetical order).    Number of cuts made / Position on money list.

1- Hannah Collier - 2 of 10 / 160
2- Ani Gulugian - 0 of 1 / N/A
3- Ginger Howard - 0 of 6 / N/A
4- Jaclyn Jansen - 1 of 8 / 169
5- Briana Mao - 6 of 14 / 129
6- Grace Na - 1 of 18 / #170
7- Benyapa Niphatsophon - 8 of 18 / 134
8- Ashlan Ramsey - 2 of 18 / 165
9- Marion Ricordeau - 4 of 14 / 143
10- Cyna Rodriguez - 2 of 15 / 168
11- Rachel Rohanna - 5 of 19 / 135
12- Bertine Strauss - 6 of 18 / 133
13- Budsabakorn Sukapan - 5 of 19 / 141
14- Anne-Catherine Tanguay - 5 of 10 / 146
15- Prima Thammaraks - 2 of 8 / 164
16- Pavarisa Yoktuan - 0 of 1 / N/A
17- Jiayai Zhou - 5 of 10 / 163

Today's Trivia Question:
In Gee Chun was the only rookie to win on the LPGA Tour in 2016. There were four rookies who won on the LPGA tour in 2015. Can you name them?


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Stats & Facts - Volumel 31 - Final 2016

First let me congratulate Charley Hull for winning the CME Group Championship. She carded a final round 66 to best runner-up So Yeon Ryu by 2 strokes. It was the first LPGA victory of Charley's career.

That wasn't the whole story of the weekend though as three big season ending awards were decided:

  • Ariya Jutanugarn won the player of the year award and therefore receives a Hall of Fame point.
  • In Gee Chun won the Vare trophy (lowest average score per round) an also receives a Hall of Fame point. Earlier this month she also won The Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year award.
  • Ariya Jutanugarn wins the Race to The CME Globe, and wins the 1 million dollar bonus. Lydia Ko (who was shut out of the season ending awards) finished 2nd and wins a bonus of $150,000. Brooke Henderson finished third and earned a $100,000 bonus.


We have come to the close of the 2016 LPGA season. In my opinion, it was in many ways one of  the most exciting seasons ever. Every week we were treated to exciting and competitive tournaments. In fact, there were 5 tournaments that needed a playoff to decide the outcome. There were 9 more tournaments that were decided by just one stroke, and 5 more that were decided by two. We had winners from 12 different different countries. We also saw team USA bring home the International Crown trophy with an exciting one stroke victory over South Korea.

Last year I asked, "How would they top the 2015 season?" In many ways I think they did. Now we look forward to what is in store for 2017. The LPGA has not released its schedule yet for 2017 (we expect it sometime this week), but we do know that there will be at least four new tournaments. Those tournaments will be in Green Bay Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Indiana, New Zealand, and Scotland. How many will be lost? We don't have the answer to that yet, but I am going to assume it will be just two or three. That will give the LPGA its largest number of events ever. I am also going to go out a limb here and say that 2017 will have the most TV coverage and the largest total purse ever! This certainly gives us all something to look forward to.

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It wasn't a great year for American golfers but they did bring home the International Crown and U.S. Open trophies.


On that note I would like to take a look at some of the most important stats of the 2017 season.

Victories:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 5 
2- Lydia Ko - 4
3- Ha Na Jang - 3
4- Six players with - 2

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 16
2- Brooke Henderson - 15
3- Lydia Ko - 14
4- Three players with - 11

Rolex Player of the Year:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 268 points
2- Lydia Ko - 248
3- Brooke Henderson - 154
4- In Gee Chun - 149
5- Ha Na Jang - 12

Vare Trophy:
1- In Gee Chun - 69.583 strokes per round.
2- Lydia Ko - 69.596
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 69.870
4- Shanshan Feng - 69.877
5- Han Na Jang - 69.976

Official Money:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - $2,550,928
2- Lydia Ko - $2,492,994
3- Brooke Henderson - $1,724,409
4- In Gee Chun - $1,501,102
5- Shanshan Feng - $1,458,579


*Race to the CME Globe:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - $1,000,000
2- Lydia Ko - $150,000
3- Brooke Henderson - 100,000
* All unofficial money, and does not count on official money list.

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- In Gee Chun - 1,358 points
2- Megan Khang - 526
3- Gaby Lopez - 516
4- Su Oh - 469
5- Annie Park - 283

Average Driving Distance: (minimum 15 tournaments played)
1- Joanna Klatten - 281 yards
2- Lexi Thompson - 277
3- Sadena Parks - 275
4- Sei Young Kim - 272
5- Benyapa Niphatsophon - 271
5- Maude-Aimee Leblanc - 271

Greens In Regulation: (minimum 15 tournaments played)
1- Anna Nordqvist - 78.6%
2- So Yeon Ryu - 77.1
3- Ha Na Jang - 77.0
4- Lexi Thompson - 76.9
5- Shanshan Feng 74.7

Putts Per Green in regulation: (minimum 20 tournaments played)
1- Lydia Ko - 1.711 
2- In Gee Chun - 1.742
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1.751
4- Hyo Joo Kim - 1.753
5- Minjee Lee - 1.755

Most Wins by Country:
1- South Korea - 9
2- Thailand - 5
3- New Zealand - 4
4- USA - 3 (includes International Crown)
5- Six countries with - 2

This Week's Trivia Question:
What LPGA player finished the 2016 season by registering an amazing 20 top twenty finishes in her last 22 starts?

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Other Tidbits:
Seo Yeon Ryu has amassed an amazing seventeen top five finishes since her last win in August of 2014.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
So Yeon Ryu jumps up two spots and into the top ten this week, jumping from #12 to #10. Charley Hull leaps up from #29 to #18, while Jennifer Song catapults from #93 to #72.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng ended her season with seven consecutive top ten finishes. So Yeon Ryu ended her season with three consecutive top fives.


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Friday, November 18, 2016

LPGA Adds Ladies Scottish Open to 2017 Schedule

The LPGA announced today another addition to the 2017 schedule.


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The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will be a co-sanctioned event, putting back to back weeks in Scotland in 2017. The Ladies Scottish Open will be played July 27-30 at Dundonald Links, followed by the Ricoh Women's British Open at Kingsbarns in St. Andrews the following week.

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Commissioner Michael Whan announces the new tournament to be played in Scotland in 2017.



The Scottish Open will feature a split field of LPGA and LET players. It will have a 156 player field. It will have a purse of $1,500,000. The event will be televised by both Golf Channel and Sky Sports.

This marks the fourth new tournament that will be added to the 2017 schedule. Tournaments in Green Bay Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Indiana, and New Zealand had been previously announced. It has been widely rumored that the Coates Championship will not be on next year's schedule.

The tour will not be announcing its 2017 schedule for another week or so as several details still need to be worked out.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Paula Creamer Parts Ways With Longtime Caddie Colin Cann

One of the longest running caddie/ player relationships has come to an end.

Paula Creamer's longtime caddie, Colin Cann, will carry her bag for the final time in this week's CME Tour Championship.


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Paula Creamer and Colin Cann hold up U.S. Open Trophy at Oakmont in 2010.

“Colin and I have had a great 12 years together, but it was just time for a change for both of us,” Creamer said after her pro-am round Wednesday. “It’s a mutual decision.”

Colin is the only full time caddie that Paula has ever had. He has carried her bag since she entered the tour as a rookie in 2005.

“Of course, it will be emotional,” Creamer said of their last event together. “We’ve had a very close relationship. It will be hard.”


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Colin Cann carried Paula's bag for 12 years.


Cann will take over as Korean star Sung Hyun Park’s caddie next year. Park is the top player on the KLPGA this year having won seven times. She will be joining the LPGA tour as a rookie in 2017, and qualifies for all full field events.







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LPGA Announces New Tournament in New Zealand


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The LPGA announced today an addition to  its 2017 schedule. 

The LPGA Tour is headed to New Zealand next year for the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open. The event is set to take place September 28-October 1, 2017 at the Windross Farm Golf Course in Auckland and will lead into the LPGA’s fall Asia swing.


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Lydia Ko (right) will be teeing it up next year in her home country of New Zealand


The MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, which will boast a $1.3 million purse, will mark the first LPGA or PGA TOUR event to take place in New Zealand.

MCKAYSON is a newly launched global brand offering high quality sportswear created using its own unique design team, a high level of technology and powerful sourcing capability throughout the world.

The announcement today is the culmination of a two-year vision to attract one of the world’s biggest women’s sporting organizations to New Zealand.

Tickets will go on sale early next year, with more details to be released in the coming weeks.

The LPGA should be announcing its entire 2017 schedule any day now.



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Monday, November 14, 2016

CME Group Tour Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Congratulations go out once again to Carlota Ciganda for winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Her four round total of 275 was 2 shots better than 5 other players. It was Ciganda's second victory in the last 5 weeks.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Florida for the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. This is the final tournament on the 2016 schedule. Last year's exciting finish saw Cristie Kerr shoot a final round 68, which was good enough to finish one stroke better than both Gerina Piller and Ha Na Jang. In spite of Lydia Ko finishing in 7th place, it was good enough for her to win the "Race to the CME Globe" bonus of 1 million dollars.



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Cristie Kerr won this event last year along the winning prize of $500,000



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

Here are the key details:
Course:  Tiburon Golf Club
Location:  Naples, Florida
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  68-69-66-68 = 271 (-17)

Final Field:  72 players (the field list is just showing 68)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,540
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 73% (down from 74% last year). The reason it is slightly lower than last year is that both Inbee Park and I.K. Kim who qualified for the event will not be teeing it up. Other than that, all of the star LPGA players will be there. My strength of field always comes out higher for the Major Championships because there are stars from other tours invited to those events. 

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC November 17 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET (tape delay)
GC November 18 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET (tape delay)
GC November 19 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET (tape delay)
ABC November 20 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET (live)

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament.
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Carlota Ciganda
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Ha Na Jang
5- Lydia Ko
6- In Gee Chun
7- Lexi Thompson
8- Amy Yang
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Minjee Lee
11- So Yeon Ryu
12- Suzann Pettersen
My alternates are: Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller, and Sei Young Kim.
I am the 2016 Pak Picker Champion!

This Week's Trivia Question:
Last week, Karrie Webb became the 2nd player in LPGA history to earn 20 million dollars in LPGA prize money. Annika Sorenstam was the first. What active LPGA player is currently in 3rd place with earnings of $17,722,912?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

In Case You missed it:
Sun Hyun Park has announced that she will be joining the LPGA tour in 2017. She qualifies for membership under category 10, and will play in most LPGA events next year.

The 2021 Solheim Cup will be played at the Inverness Club in Toledo Ohio.


Other Tidbits:

Gaby Lopez's 15th place finish this past weekend in Mexico was the rookie's 8th top 20 finish of the year. She is still looking for her first top ten.

Rolex Movers of the Week:

Carlota Ciganda moves up two more places to #21. Austin Ernst was the only LPGA player to move up 3 spots, she jumps to #77.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)

Ariya Jutanugarn finishes up with 4,491 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 4,365, and Brooke Henderson with 3,237. They are the only players that hold their fate in their own hands. If any of those players win this week's event, they will win the 1 million dollar bonus in addition to the $500,000 first prize. It will take a very unlikely scenario for anyone else to win the bonus money.

Who's Hot:

Carlota Ciganda has four consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Not:

Lizette Salas has failed to register a single top ten finish in 23 starts this year.

Here are the final results:

1 Charley Hull -19
2 So Yeon Ryu -17
3 Jennifer Song -15
4 Beatriz Recari -14
4 Mo Martin -14
4 Ariya Jutanugarn -14
7 In Gee Chun -13
8 Shanshan Feng -12
8 Amy Yang -12
10 Lydia Ko -11
10 Brittany Lincicome -11
12 Lizette Salas -10
13 Karine Icher -9
13 Suzann Pettersen -9
13 Haru Nomura -9
16 Chella Choi -8
16 Mi Hyang Lee -8
16 Hyo Joo Kim -8
16 Minjee Lee -8
16 Mariajo Uribe -8
16 Brittany Lang -8


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