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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to Moriya Jutanugarn for winning the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. It was her first victory on the LPGA tour. Moriya and her sister Ariya, now join the Sorenstams as the only sisters to win on the LPGA tour.


This week the LPGA moves to San Francisco, California for the playing of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.

This is the inaugural playing of this event.


This will be tournament #10 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fourth of 4 tournaments that will be held in the state of California.

Here are the Key Details:

Course: Lake Merced Golf Club
Location:  San Francisco, California
Defending Champion: This is the inaugural event
Winning Score: N/A

Final Field:  144 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,541
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 76%. Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and twenty of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance this week. Those skipping the event include: Sung Hyun Park, An…
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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open Preview, Pairings, and more

A huge congratulations goes out to Brooke Henderson for winning the Lotte Championship. Brooke started the final round with just a one stroke lead, but took control on the back nine and won by four strokes over runner-up Azahara Munoz. For Brooke it was her sixth victory in less than 3 full years on the LPGA tour. She is now just two victories behind Sandra Post who registered the most victories (8) of any Canadian born player in LPGA history.


This week the LPGA moves back to the state of California for the playing of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. This is the inaugural playing of this event.



This will be tournament #9 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and 3rd of 4 tournaments that will be held in the state of California.

Here are the Key Details:

Course: Wilshire Country Club
Location: Los Angeles, California
Defending Champion: This is the inaugural event
Winning Score: N/A

Final Field:  144 players
Par 35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,450
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is an extremely hig…

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2018 - Part 1

Now that we have almost completed about 1/4 of the LPGA season, it's time to take a look at the players that have made the biggest leaps and taken the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings this year.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 

I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2018 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown na…

Lotte Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

The LPGA moves to Hawaii this week for the playing of the Lotte Championship. This is the 7th year for this event.


Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Cristie Kerr birdied the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 15th holes in route to a 3 stroke victory over 3 players. Kerr's score of -20 under par 268, set a new tournament record. Her third round score of 62 was also a tournament record.

Please take note that this is a rare Wednesday start and Saturday finish.


This will be tournament #8 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:
Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club Location: Kapolei, Hawaii Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr Winning Score:  71-69-62-66 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:  144 players Par:  36/36=72 Yardage:  6,397 Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 59% (down from 64% last year). Thirty of the top fifty players from the LPGA Priority List, and 27 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance this week. Those absent this week …

Surprises & Disappointments 2018 - Part 1

Although the LPGA has completed  only about 20% (7 of 33 tournaments) of its 2018 schedule, I don't think it is too early to take a look at some of the ladies that have been the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments of the year so far.

As I do every year, I will do this again at the halfway point of the season and again at season's end.

To further explain how I come up with my list, a player that is very highly ranked and having a great season would not make this list, as I had high expectations for that person and it wouldn't be a surprise. On the other hand, a player that had a bad season last year and is having another one now, would not make this list because expectations would have been lowered. 

With that in mind here are my early season choices:

Biggest Surprises:

1- Pernilla Lindberg - I had to rewrite this one this week. I don't care what her results were coming into this week (she did have a couple of top 25 finishes), winning the ANA Inspiration makes her…