Monday, May 2, 2016

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Jenny Shin for winning the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny shot a final round 4 under par 67, and came out on top by 2 strokes over a trio of players. It was the first victory on the LPGA tour for Shin.



The LPGA moves to the state of Alabama this week for the playing of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Many of you might recall last year's shocking finish, when Kris Tamulis shot a final round 65, to beat Yani Tseng by a single stroke. It was her first career victory since joining the tour in 2005.

Kris Tamulis holds up the winning trophy after her shocking victory.

This will be tournament #12 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  RTJ Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, Senator Course
Location:  Prattville, Alabama
Defending Champion: Kris Tamulis
Winning Score:  71-68-67-65 = 271 (-17)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,599
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 55%. Although it is the second weakest field of the year, it is up considerably from last year when it had a rating of just 37%.
Twnty -nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 23 of the top 50 players from this week's Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. This week's field will include the #4 and #5 players in the world, Stacy Lewis and Brooke Henderson. Not in attendance this week include the following players: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, Ha Na Jang, Na Yeon Choi, Cristie Kerr, and this past week's winner, Jenny Shin.

Here are the pairings for round 1.

Here are the television times:
May 05 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM ET 
May 06 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM ET 
May 07 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
May 08 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Amy Yang
2- Brooke Henderson
3- Gerina Piller
4- Ariya Jutanugarn
5- Haru Nomura
6- Stacy Lewis
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Minjee Lee
9- Charley Hull
10- M.J. Hur
11- So Yeon Ryu
12- Candie Kung
My alternates this week are  Carlotta Ciganda, Cristie Kerr, and Anna Nordqvist.
My spot on picking last week was good for a top 3 finish. I am currently in 2nd place for the year among the 19 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Both Minjee Lee and Lexi Thompson saw their cut streaks come to an end this week at 22 straight.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Gerina Piller makes the most important move this week, jumping from #20 to #17. She is now just 2 spots away from making the Olympic team. Jenny Shin rises from # 38 to #24, and M. J. Hur leaps from #71 to #53.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 2,119 points. She is followed by Ha Na Jang with 1,449, Haru Nomura with 1,442, Sei Young Kim with 1,254, and Brooke Henderson with 1,078.

Fight for Olympic Spots:
Cristie Kerr remains in the #16 position in the Rolex Rankings, she will have to move up one more spot to qualify. As mentioned above, Gerina Piller moves up to #17, just 2 spots short of qualifying for the team. Even more intriguing is the jockeying going on among the South Korean players. Amy Yang jumps past Ha Na Jang this week, knocking Ha Na out of both the Olympic and International Crown teams. Amy joins Inbee Park, Sei Young Kim, and In Gee Chun as players who would be on both those teams as of today. It would appear that the slipping So Yeon Ryu would need a quick victory to get back into those races.  

Who's Hot:
Gerina Piller who has still not gotten that first LPGA win, has finished 6th, 6th, 3rd, and 2nd in her last 4 tournaments. She has also not finished worse than 13th in her last 6.

Who's Not:
Julieta Granada has missed the cut in 6 of her 11 starts this year, with a best finish of 38th place. Sun Young Yoo has missed the cut in her last 3 starts.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LPGA Reshuffles 2016 Priority List

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this past week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.


Megan Khang jumped up 35 spots on the new LPGA Priority List.

The following players made the biggest jumps in last week's reshuffle:
Joanna Klatten - 142 to 92
Julie Yang - 130 to 93
Megan Khang - 124 to 89
Gaby Lopez - 129 to 94
Nontaya Srisawang - 128 to 97
Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 116 to 91
Simin Feng - 119 to 95
Jacqui Concolino - 105 to 88
Katie Burnett - 103 to 87
Paula Reto - 106 to 90

Although the jumps made by the above players look good on paper, it is not that significant as they were playing all full field events anyway.

The following players made the most important gains, and should now be playing in most full field events:
Su Oh - 169 to 138
Marion Ricordeau - 164 to 139
Brittany Altomare - 167 to 142
Stephanie Kono - 161 to 141

The following players are not guaranteed to play all full field events, but have a much better chance than before the reshuffle:
Becky Morgan - 155 to 146
Nannette Hill - 157 to 147
Christine Song - 158 to 149
Celine Herbin - 181 to 150
Briana Mao - 163 to 153
Samantha Richdale - 179 to 155
Demi Runas - 170 to 156
Ssu Chia Cheng - 177 to 155

The following players got hurt the most and will be seeing less playing time, or no playing time at all:
Belen Mozo - 139 to 151
Dori Carter - 144 to 152
Ji Young Oh - 147 to 157
Jane Rah - 146 to 161
Dewi Claire Schreefel - 149 to 162
Brooke Pancake - 151 to 163
Ashleigh Simon - 152 to 164
Lisa Ferraro - 156 to 165

The following players lost their medical exemptions:
Giulia Sergas - 88 to 140
Nicole Smith - 100 to no longer listed

The LPGA will have its second and final reshuffle of the year in mid June.

Other News:
This week's LPGA event, The Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, will have two cuts. The first, as usual, will be after the second round, where the field will be cut to the top 70 and ties. The field will be cut again after round three, to the top 50 players and ties. If a player makes the first cut and misses the second, it will not be counted in the record books as a missed cut.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Haru Nomura for winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She now joins Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang as two time winners on the LPGA tour this year. 



This week the LPGA moves to the state of Texas for the playing of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Inbee Park shot a final round 65 last year to win by 3 strokes over Cristie Kerr & Hee Young Park. Inbee also won the inaugural playing of this event in 2013. Unfortunately she will not be teeing it up this week, or anytime soon, because of a left thumb injury. 

Inbee Park will not be teeing it up this week because of a left thumb injury.

This will be tournament #11 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location: Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score: 69-66- 69-65 = 269 (-15)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/35 =71
Yardage:  6,462
Purse: $1,300,000

Natalie Gulbis signs autographs at the Las Colinas Course in 2015

My strength of field rating is 65%, down from 71.5% last year. Thirty-seven of the top 50 players from the new LPGA priority list, and 16 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Not teeing it up this week include: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Ha Na Jang, Brittany Lincicome, Chella Choi, Haru Nomura, and Jessica Korda.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
Apr  28 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET 
Apr  29 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET 
Apr  30 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
May 01 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lexi Thompson
2- In Gee Chun
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Minjee Lee
6- Gerina Piller
7- Sei Young Kim
8- Na Yeon Choi
9- Hyo Joo Kim
10- Shanshan Feng
11- Jenny Shin
12- Cristie Kerr
My alternates are: Charley Hull, Carlotta Ciganda, and Amy Yang.
In spite of some horrific picking last week, I currently reside in 2nd place among the 19 participants.

Other Tidbits:
At the completion of this tournament, the LPGA will have completed exactly (11 of 33) one third of its schedule.

Both Paula Creamer and I.K. Kim missed the cut this past week, stopping their cut streaks at 13.

Brooke Henderson's 6th place finish was her 8th consecutive top ten finish this year. Nobody else on the LPGA tour has more than 6 top tens this year.

The last four tournaments have been won by players not playing for either the United States or South Korea. 

Julie Inkster, soon to turn 56 years old, continues to play competitive golf. She has not missed a cut this year. She has made the cut in her last 8 starts, and finished 19th this past week in the brutal San Francisco winds. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson jumps past both In Gee Chun and Sei Young Kim, and moves up to #5 in the world rankings. Haru Nomura catapults from #36 to #23, and Lee-Anne Pace Jumps up from #53 to #31.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 2,119 points. She is followed by Ha Na Jang (1,449), Haru Nomura (1,442), Sei Young Kim (1,164), and Lexi Thompson (1,027).

Who's Hot:
Gerina Piller has 3 consecutive top 6 finishes, and 5 consecutive top 13 finishes. 

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has failed to finish better than 60th in any of her 8 starts this year. She has missed 4 cuts. Beatriz Recari does not have a top 20 finish in any of her 9 starts this year.

UPDATE #1 - Erica Popson and Hannah Collier are the Monday local qualifiers.

Here are the final results:

 ROUND COMPLETE

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Leaderboard
POSPLAYERTO PARTHRU
1Jenny Shin-14F
2Mi Jung Hur-12F
2Amy Yang-12F
2Gerina Piller-12F
5Shanshan Feng-10F
6Ariya Jutanugarn-8F
7Na Yeon Choi-7F
7Eun-Hee Ji-7F
7Sei Young Kim-7F
10Karine Icher-6F
10Cristie Kerr-6F
10Mirim Lee-6F
13In Gee Chun-5F
13Sarah Jane Smith-5F
13Jacqui Concolino-5F
16Angela Stanford-4F
16Candie Kung-4F
16Charley Hull-4F
19Gaby Lopez-3F
19Stacy Lewis-3F
19Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-3F
19So Yeon Ryu-3F

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Presented by CTBC

Congratulations go out to Minjee Lee for winning the Lotte Championship. Her final round 8 under par 64, was good enough to finish one stroke better than Katie Burnett and In Gee Chun. For In Gee, it was her 3rd consecutive runner-up finish.




The LPGA moves to San Francisco this week for the playing of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC. This will be the third year that this tournament is being played, and the first two years could not have had more exciting finishes. Two years ago Lydia Ko won this with a birdie on the 72nd hole to finish one stroke better than Stacy Lewis. Last year Lydia Ko and Morgan Pressel were tied at the end of regulation. Ko birdied the 2nd playoff hole to successfully defend her title. She will be trying to three-peat this year.

Lydia Ko will be trying ti win this tournament for the third year in a row.

This will be tournament #10 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Lake Merced Golf Club
Location:  San Francisco, California
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  67-72-71-70 = 280 (-8)

Final Field: 144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,507
Purse:  $2,000,000


My strength of field rating is a solid 82% (same as last year), making it the 2nd strongest non major field of the year. Forty-four of the top 50 players on the LPGA priority list, and 21 of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Among the missing this week include: Charley Hull, Sandra Gal, Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, and Karrie Webb.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Apr  21 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET 
Apr  22 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET 
Apr  23 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr  24 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET


Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Sei Young Kim
2- Lydia Ko
3- In Gee Chun
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Ha Na Jang
8- Minjee Lee
9- Shanshan Feng
10- Inbee Park
11- Suzann Pettersen
12- Amy Yang
My super picking won me the contest last week. I am currently in 2nd place for the year among the 19 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Na Yeon Choi missed the cut at the Lotte Championship, which ended her cut streak at 21. Ryann O'Toole also had her cut streak stopped at 14. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
In Gee Chun jumps up from #8 to #6.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to have a huge lead with 2,019 points. She is followed by Ha Na Jang with 1,449, Sei Young Kim 1,164, Haru Nomura 942, and Lexi Thompson 927.

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson has now finished in the top ten, seven consecutive tournaments. You have to go back to 2014 (Inbee Park) to find a longer streak.

Who's Not:
Alison Lee has not finished better than 44th in her last 5 starts and has missed the cut in 3 of them.

Julieta Granada has not finished better than 38th in any of her 9 starts this year, which include 5 missed cuts.

Here are the final scores:

1Haru Nomura-9F
2Lee-Anne Pace-5F
3Gerina Piller-4F
3Na Yeon Choi-4F
5So Yeon Ryu-2F
6Lexi Thompson-1F
6Jenny Shin-1F
6Mi Jung Hur-1F
6Lydia Ko-1F
6Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-1F
11Tiffany JohEF
11Minjee LeeEF
13Brittany Lang+1F
13Catriona Matthew+1F
15Eun-Hee Ji+3F
15Carlota Ciganda+3F
15Danielle Kang+3F
15Ryann O'Toole+3F
19Karine Icher+4F
19Christina Kim+4F
19Juli Inkster+4F
19Ariya Jutanugarn+4F
19Chella Choi+4F
19Su-Hyun Oh+4F
19Hee Young Park+4F
19Julie Yang+4F

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