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Honda LPGA Thailand Preview, Pairings, and More

There's a new Ko in town!

A big congratulations goes out this week to Jin Young Ko for winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. This was Ko's first tournament as an LPGA member, and she made it a memorable one. Ko took the lead at the end of the first round and held it throughout. Her -14 under par score of 274 was three strokes better than runner up (non LPGA member) Hyejin Choi.

This week the LPGA moves to Thailand for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Last season brought us close finishes in almost every tournament.....but this was not one of them. Amy Yang's twenty-two under par total of 266 was a new tournament record, and blew away the rest of the field. So Yeon Ryu finished 2nd, five strokes back.

This will tournament #3 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Winning Score: 66-67-65-68 = 266 (-22)

Final Field:  69 Players
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ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

After a two week break the LPGA heads to Australia for the playing of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

This tournament has had a history of very close finishes. In fact, Ha Na Jang's three shot victory last year over (then non LPGA member) Nanna Koerstz Madsen tied for the largest margin of victory in the history of this event. 

Things have certainly changed since last year, as Madsen is now a 2018 LPGA rookie and Jang is no longer a member of the LPGA Tour.

This will be tournament #2 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:

Course:  Kooyonga Golf Club
Location:  Adelaide, South Australia
Defending Champion: Ha Na Jang
Winning Score: 70-73-70-69 = 282 (-10)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,034
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 46% (up from 44% last year). Forty-four of the top 75 players from the LPGA Priority List and 19 of the top 50 players in the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. The field will be led this week by So …