Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ANA Inspiration Preview & Pairings (The year's first Major Championship)

Congratulations go out to Cristie Kerr for winning the Kia Classic. Cristie shot a final round 65 to finish 2 strokes better than runner up Mirim Lee.

Cristie Kerr became the first American to ever win the Kia Classic


The LPGA moves to Rancho Mirage, California this week for the year's first major championship.
This will be the first year that this tournament (formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship) will be sponsored by All Nippon Airways.

Mission Hills Country Club. The home of this year's first major championship.


Last year's championship was one we will all remember for a very long time, as Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie went into the final round tied for the lead. Lexi would shoot a final round 68 which was 3 strokes better than Wie's 71. Stacy Lewis finished in third place.


Lexi holds up the trophy she received for winning her first major championship


This will be tournament #8 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the first of 5 major championships.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club: Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  73-64-69-68 = 274 (-14)

**Final Field: 115 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,769yards
Purse:  $2,500,000

My strength of field rating is.......... I will give it to you when the LPGA posts their updated field listing. It is not available as of this writing.

I will post the pairings as soon as they are made available.

Here are the Television times:
Apr 2 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Apr 2 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 3 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Apr 3 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 4 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 5 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lexi Thompson
2- Lydia Ko
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Inbee Park
6- Shanshan Feng
7- Jessica Korda
8- Anna Nordqvist
9- Ilhee Lee
10- Mirim Lee
11- Ha Na Jang
12- Cristie Kerr
My awful picking last week was only good enough for 11th place. I am currently in 10th place among the 24 participants.

Other Tidbits:
There was an abrupt end to many LPGA cut streaks. Mina Haragae (16), Jenny Shin (15), Hee Young Park (15), and Marina Alex (13), all saw their streaks come to an end.

Lydia Ko has now shot under par in her last 28 rounds. Annika Sorenstam holds the all time record of 29. Lydia will have the chance to break that record this week in a major championship.

Hyo Joo Kim has never missed a cut in any of the 14 LPGA tournaments she has played in. Think that is impressive? Lydia Ko has never missed an LPGA cut. She has played in 48. 

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Two players entered the top ten this week. Lexi Thompson jumps up from #11 to #9, while Cristie Kerr jumps up 9 spots to the #10 position. Amy Yang and Karrie Webb fall out of the top 10. Further down the chart, Alison Lee catapults from #281 to #115.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 1,480 points. She is followed by Amy Yang (1,022), and Stacy Lewis (1,001).

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko has not finished outside the top seven in any of the six tournaments she has played this year.

Who's Not:
Christine Song, who missed the cut last week by 20 strokes managed to top that this week. Her score of +29 missed the cut by 30 strokes. She has now missed 13 consecutive cuts.

On Other Tours:
On the Symetra Tour, Sue Kim won the Florida Natural Charity Classic by 2 strokes over sisters Brooke and Brittany Henderson.

On the JLPGA, Ritsuko Ryu defeated Bo-Mee Lee in a playoff to win the AXA Ladies Golf Tournament.

On the LET, Gwlayds Nocera defeated Melissa Reid (and 2 others), by 2 strokes to win the Lalla Meyer Cup.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kia Classic Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Hyo Joo Kim this week for winning the JTBC LPGA Founders Cup. Stacy Lewis finished in second place, 3 strokes back. It was the third week in a row that Stacy has finished in the top 3. The three stroke margin of victory was the largest on the LPGA tour this season.

Aviara Golf Club home of the Kia Classic

The LPGA tour moves to the state of California this week for the playing of the Kia Classic.
Many of you may remember last year's finish when Anna Nordqvist defeated Lizette Salas by one stroke. Lexi Thompson finished 2 strokes back, followed by Chella Choi a stroke further back.

2014 defending champion Anna Nordqvist

This will be tournament #7 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Coarse:  Aviara Golf Club
Location: Carlsbad, California
Defending Champion: Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score:  73-68-67-67 = 275 (-13)

Final Field: 144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,593 yards
Purse:  $1,700,000

My strength of field rating is a very high 88.5%, making this the strongest field of the year by a big margin. Ninety-seven of the top 98 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 42 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The only top player missing this week from the Priority List is Azahara Munoz, who just had hand surgery.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Mar 26 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 27 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 28 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 29 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Hyo Joo Kim
2- Lydia Ko
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Inbee Park
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Anna Nordqvist
7- Na Yeon Choi
8- Jessica Korda
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Ariya Jutanugarn
11- Lizette Salas
12- Amy Yang
I am currently in 8th place in the overall standings among the 24 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Pernilla Lindberg (17), Cristina Kim (14), and Candie Kung, all saw their cut streaks come to an end.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Hyo Joo Kim vaults up from #8 to #4, while Pornanong Phatlum rises from #28 to #23.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko leads with 1,290 points. She is followed by Amy Yang (1,022), and Stacy Lewis (945).

Who's Hot:
It sure seems like every player from South Korea! They have won 5 of the first  6 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Christina Song's score of +18, missed the cut by 20 strokes. M.J. Hur has not finished better than 58th in her last 4 starts, which include 2 missed cuts. Sakura Yokomine has yet to make a cut as an LPGA member.

Be sure to check back daily for any updates. They will be posted here at the end of this blog.

Update #1 - Becky Morgan and Jane Rah are the Monday Qualifiers.
Update #2 - Lizette Salas has dropped out of field list. She has been replaced with Karlin Beck.

Here are the final scores:
1Cristie Kerr-20F
2Mirim Lee-18F
3Lydia Ko-17F
4Alison Lee-16F
5Inbee Park-15F
6Hyo Joo Kim-14F
6Ha-Na Jang-14F
8Moriya Jutanugarn-13F
8Sakura Yokomine-13F
10Ilhee Lee-12F
10Anna Nordqvist-12F
10Lexi Thompson-12F
10Se Ri Pak-12F
10Paula Creamer-12F

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Monday, March 16, 2015

LPGA Founders Cup Preview & Pairings




After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the LPGA Founders Cup. This will be the first of 3 consecutive tournaments that will be played on the west coast of the United States, and will include the year's first major championship.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish, when Karrie Webb came out on top by one stroke over five players. Those players finishing 1 stroke back included: Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Amy Yang, Azahara Munoz, and Mirim Lee. I look for another close one this year.

The first five tournaments of this year have resulted in five different winners. Will this be the week that someone gets to hold their second trophy of 2015?

Karrie Webb has won this tournament in both 2011 & 2014

This will be tournament # 6 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  66-71-69-63 = 269 (-19)

Final Field: 132 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,583
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a mediocre 74.5 (down from last year's 84.0). Forty-one of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing from this week's event include: Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson, Catriona Matthew, Lee-Anne Pace, and Caroline Hedwall.

Here are the pairings for the first round:.

Here are the television times:
Mar 19 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 20 - GC 6:00 PM-8:00 PM ET
Mar 21 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 22 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Ariya Jutanugarn
4- Mirim Lee
5- Jessica Korda
6- Karrie Webb
7- Amy Yang
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Minjee Lee
10- Chella Choi
11- Jaye Marie Green
12- Anna Nordqvist
I am currently in 6th place in the overall standings among the 24 participants.

Other Tidbits:
With the Airbus LPGA Classic officially removed from the LPGA schedule, there will be 32 official events this year. That is the same as 2014.

On Other Tours:
The L.E.T. leaderboard looked more like the LPGA this past weekend when So Yeon Ryu was the winner of the World Ladies Championship. Inbee Park finished just one stroke back. Suzann Pettersen finished 3 strokes behind the winner.

On the Suncoast Ladies Tour, Brooke Henderson won last week's tournament by 9 strokes. Her sister Brittany finished second.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
So Yeon Ryu moves up from #8 to #6. On the downside, former #1 Ai Miyazato falls 7 spots to the #133 position.

Be sure to check back daily for any updates. They will appear at the bottom of this page.

Update #1:
Giulia Molinaro and Kathleen Ekey are the Monday  qualifiers.

Update #2 - The first round finally got underway after a 3 hour rain delay.

Here are the final standings 3:

1Hyo Joo Kim-21F
2Stacy Lewis-18F
3Ilhee Lee-16F
3Pornanong Phatlum-16F
3Mi Hyang Lee-16F
6Anna Nordqvist-15F
6Austin Ernst-15F
6Sei Young Kim-15F
6Na Yeon Choi-15F
6Lydia Ko-15F
11Sandra Gal-14F
11Lizette Salas-14F
13Jane Park-13F
13Amy Yang-13F
13Ha-Na Jang-13F
13Kim Kaufman-13F

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Stats & Facts - Volume 23

With the LPGA taking the week off, it is a good time to take a look at some of the key player statistics after the first 5 tournaments of the year.

World #1 Lydia Ko is off to a flying start


Rolex Player of the Year: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 58 points
2- Amy Yang - 48
3- Inbee Park - 40
4- Sei Young Kim - 36
5- Na Yeon Choi - 30

Vare Trophy: (Winner receives Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 69.50 strokes per round
2- Inbee Park - 69.625
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.688
4- Sun Young Yoo - 69.917
5- Hyo-Joo Kim - 70.125
5- Azahara Munoz - 70.125

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Lydia Ko - 1,190 points
2- Amy Yang - 962
3- Inbee Park -760
4- Sei Young Kim - 665
5- Stacy Lewis 645

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sei Young Kim - 253 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 247
3- Ha Na Jang - 154
4- Minjee Lee - 148
5- Hyo Joo Kim - 83

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Stacy Lewis - 76
2- Lydia Ko - 46
3- Shanshan Feng - 41
4- Brittany Lincicome - 20
5- So Yeon Ryu - 19
5- Ilhee Lee - 19

Most Victories:
Five players tied with - 1

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Lydia Ko - 3
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 2
2- Sei Young Kim - 2
2- Stacy Lewis - 2
2- Inbee Park - 2

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Lydia Ko - 4
2- Inbee Park - 3
2- Stacy Lewis - 3
4- Eight players tied with - 2

Most Wins By Country:
1- South Korea - 4
2- New Zealand - 1

Solheim Cup Standings:
1- Stacy Lewis - 723 points
2- Lexi Thompson - 423.5
3- Michelle Wie - 414
4- Cristie Kerr - 255
5- Jessica Korda - 241
6- Brittany Lincicome - 229
6- Angela Stanford - 229
8- Gerina Piller - 207.5
Paula Creamer and Lizette Salas would make the team via the Rolex Rankings.


Other Tidbits:
The LPGA Tour resumes its schedule next week with thge playing of the LPGA Founders Cup. It will be the first of 15 tournaments over the next 19 weeks that will be played in North America. Three of those tournaments will be Major Championships.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Carlota Ciganda jumps up from #45 to #40, while Caroline Masson rises from #54 to #47.

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko has finished in the top seven in all four of her starts this year.

Who's Not:
Paula Creamer has not had a finish better than 46th this year. Michelle Wie has failed to record a top 20 finish in any of her 2015 starts.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HSBC Women's Champions Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Amy Yang for winning the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament this past weekend. Amy finished 2 strokes better than Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng, and Mirim Lee. How close have the LPGA tournaments been so far this year? No player has won by more than 2 strokes. It was the second win of Yang's LPGA career.

Amy Yang holds the trophy she received for winning her 2nd LPGA tournament of her career.


The LPGA moves to Singapore this week for the playing of the HSBC Women's Champions. Who could forget last year's finish when Paula Creamer sank a 75 foot put on the second playoff hole to defeat Azahara Munoz.

Paula Creamer reacts after what many people called "The Miracle Putt".


This will tournament #5 of 33 on the this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sentosa Golf Club, the Serapong Course
Location:  Singapore
Defending Champion:  Paula Creamer
Winning Score:  67-73-69-69 = 278 (-10)

Final Field:  63 players (no cut)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,600
Purse:  $1,400,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 70%. Forty-nine of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it upjf. The only reason my rating isn't higher is that this is only a field of 63 players and lacks depth. Players missing from this week's event include: Ariya Jutanugarn, Ha Na Jang, Se Ri Pak, and Moriya Jutanugarn.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
Mar 4 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET (live)
Mar 6 - GC 4:30 AM-7:30 AM ET  (tape delay)
Mar 7 - GC 4:30 AM-7:30 AM ET  (tape delay)
Mar 8 - GC 5:00 AM-7:30 AM ET  (tape delay)

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Lydia Ko
4- Inbee Park
5- Amy Yang
6- Sei Young Kim
7- Mirim Lee
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Azahara Munoz
10- Hyo-Joo Kim
11- Karrie Webb
12- Minjee Lee
I am currently in 5th place in the overall standings in a field of 24.

Other Tidbits:
Lydia Ko will be shooting for her 3rd win in 3 weeks. Lydia won the ISPS Handa Women's Open on the LET this past weekend. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang surges from #16 to #10, Yani Tseng catapults from #90 to #67, and Mirim Lee Steps up 2 spots to #16.

Race to the CME Globe:
Amy Yang jumps into the lead with 962 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 890, and Sei Young Kim with 610.

Who's Hot:
Amy Yang and Ariya Jutanugarn are the only players to have 4 top 20 finishes. Stacy Lewis has finished in the top 11 in each of her 3 starts. Sun Young Yoo has finished in the top 13 in each of her 3 starts.

Who's Not:
Lizette Salas has not had a finish in the top 40 this year.

Symetra Tour
Katie Kempter birdied the last 3 holes to force a playoff, and then defeated Lee Lopez on the second extra hole, to take the Volvic Championship.

Be sure to check back daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the bottom of this blog.

Here are the final standings:

1Inbee Park-15F
2Lydia Ko-13F
3Stacy Lewis-11F
4Shanshan Feng-10F
4So Yeon Ryu-10F
4Azahara Munoz-10F
7Caroline Masson-9F
8Ilhee Lee-8F
8Hyo Joo Kim-8F
8Carlota Ciganda-8F
8Anna Nordqvist-8F

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Honda Thailand LPGA Preview

It was quite a week for the youngsters! 


On the LPGA tour, 17 year old Lydia Ko increased her hold on the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings by winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. It wasn't easy, but in the end she was 2 strokes better than runner-up Amy Yang.

Not to be outdone, 16 year old amateur Hannah O'Sullivan won the Gateway Classic on the Symetra tour. Hannah became the youngest player ever to win a Symetra tour event. Cristie Kerr had won as a 17 year old. Hannah is still just a junior in high school, but is a name we will all be hearing more of in the near future.

Sixteen year old Hannah O'Sullivan became youngest Symetra tour winner ever.


The LPGA moves to Thailand this week for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Anna Nordqvist outlasted Inbee Park and won by 2 strokes.

Anna Nordqvist holds up her 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand trophy.

This will be tournament #4 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key details:

Course:  Siam Country Club, Pataya Old Course
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score: 66-72-67-68 = 273 (-15)

Final Field: 70 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,578
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 74%, tying it with the Coates Championship as the strongest field so far this year. Forty-seven of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority list, and 21 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. One very noticeable absentee will be Rolex Rankings number one player Lydia Ko. Other absentees include: Ha Na Jang, Minjee Lee, Q-Baek, and I.K. Kim.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times: (Golf Channel)
Thursday 2/26 - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET
Friday 2/27  - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET
Saturday 2/28 - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET
Sunday 2/29 - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Inbee Park
2- Ariya Jutanugarn
3- Stacy Lewis
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Michelle Wie
7- Suzann Pettersen
8- Anna Nordqvist
9- Amy Yang
10- Jenny Shin
11- Shanshan Feng
12- Pornanong Phatlum
Last week 7 of my 12 picks finished in the top 12. I am currently tied for 3rd place among the 24 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Moriya Jutanugarn's missed cut at the Australian Open was her first in her last 13 events.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang jumps from #21 to #16, Ariya Jutanugarn leaps from #60 to #44, and Minjee Lee rises from #68 to #61.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko jumps out to the lead with 890 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn (560), and Na Yeon Choi (510).

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko is the only player to finish in the top 10 in all 3 tournaments this year. AmyYang and Ariya Jutanugarn have 3 top 20 finishes.

Who's Not:
Belen Mozo has failed to make the cut in all 3 of her starts.

Be sure to check back here daily for any news and updates which will be added to the bottom of this blog. For live scoreboards see the link on the top of this page.

Here are the final results:
1Amy Yang-15F
2Yani Tseng-13F
2Mirim Lee-13F
2Stacy Lewis-13F
5Beatriz Recari-12F
5Sei Young Kim-12F
7Inbee Park-11F
7Suzann Pettersen-11F
7Sandra Gal-11F
10Shanshan Feng-10F

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