The LPGA moves to the Bahamas this week for the inaugural playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
This will be tournament #11 of 28 to be played this year.
Here are the Key Details:
Course: Ocean Club Golf Course
Location: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion: This is the inaugural playing of this event
Winning Score: N/A
Final Field: 144 Players
Par: 36/37=73 (there are 3 par 5's on the back nine, 5 in all)
Purse: $1, 300,000
My strength of field rating is 74%, making it the third weakest field of the year so far.
Some of the players that are sitting out this week include:
Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Amy Yang, Angela Stanford, Jenny Shin, Beatrice Recari, Nicole Castrale, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Momoko Ueda, Michelle Wie, Carlotta Ciganda, Ayaka Uehara, and Moira Jutanugarn.
Here are the television times:
May 23 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST (tape delay)
May 24 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST (tape delay)
May 25 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
May 26 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
I will post the pairings as soon as they become available.
With the 5 par 5's this week, I love the long hitters' chances. Here are my picks:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Jiyai Shin
4- Jessica Korda
5- Azahara Munoz
6- Paula Creamer
7- Suzann Pettersen
8- Inbee Park
9- Na Yeon Choi
10- Gerina Piller
11- Sydnee Michaels
12- Brittany Lincicome
The LPGA announced the addition of a second tournament to be played in Alabama next year. It will be called the Alabama LPGA Classic, and played in Prattville.
Stacy Lewis continues to have quite an incredible season. Her top 10 finish this past week was her eighth of the season, no one on tour has more than five.
Jennifer Johnson's victory was the 4th this season for a U.S. player, South Korea also has four. Players from Spain and Norway have brought their countries one victory each.
Jennifer Johnson, Karrie Webb, and Anna Nordqvist were the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player on the LPGA Priority List yet to qualify.
Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Jessica Korda continues her lightning fast rise by moving up from #46 to #36. She started the year at #78.
Jennifer Johnson's first LPGA victory vaulted her from #78 to #52. The big leap would put her on the Solheim Cup team if it was held today. She would be the #2 player to get in (behind Brittany Lang), via the Rolex Rankings. She knocked Gerina Piller (currently #59), out of that spot. Fortunately for Gerina and a few others there is still time to make their charge.
Jessica Korda now has 3 top fives, 4 top tens, and 6 top twenties, in her nine starts this year.
Brittany Lincicome's missed cut this week was her 4th of the year. She has only one top 20 finish, and that was a T18.
Jennie Lee has missed 6 consecutive cuts, bringing her total to 7 for the year. No one has more.
Hee-Won Han has now missed four cuts in a row.
M.J. Hur has now missed 6 cuts this year.