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Kia Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to Inbee Park for winning the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She did it quite easily playing conservative the front nine and then turning it on down the stretch. For Inbee it was the 19th win of her Hall of Fame career.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of California for the playing of the Kia Classic. In 2017 most of the tournaments went down to the final hole or to a playoff before the winner was determined. This tournament was not one of them. Mirim Lee blew away the field, shooting a record tying -20 under par score. She won the tournament by 6 strokes over runners-up So Yeon Ryu and Austin Ernst.

This will be tournament #6 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Aviara Golf Club
Location: Carlsbad, California
Defending Champion: Mirim Lee
Winning Score:  68-68-67-65 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:144 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,593 yards
Purse:  $1,800,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 80% (down from 88% last …
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LPGA Announces New Event - Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

The LPGA will have a brand new season opener in 2019. The LPGA announced today that the 2019 season will kick off with the playing of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. It will be held January 17-20 at the Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, in Lake Bueno Vista, Fla.

The field will be made up of winners from the last two LPGA seasons, 45 celebrities and fan favorites and 10 amateurs.

Thus far, 24 LPGA pros have already qualified for the event as winners in 2017 and ’18: Brittany Lincicome, Jin Young Ko, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Eun Hee Ji, Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim, Sei Young Kim, Katherine Kirk, Mi Hyang Lee, Mirim Lee, Stacy Lewis, Haru Nomura, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and Amy Yang.

In addition to winners from the previous two years, a number of sponsor exemptions will be selected by Diamond Resorts from all LPGA Tour winners. LPGA p…

Bank Of Hope Founders Cup Preview, Pairings, and More

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.

This tournament has a reputation of yielding many birdies. In 2016, Sei Young Kim set the all-time LPGA record shooting a score of -27 under par. It also has a history of very close finishes. Last year Anna Nordqvist's score of -25 under par was 2 strokes better than In Gee Chun, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Stacy Lewis.

This will tournament #5 of 33 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:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score:  67-67-61-68 =263 (-25)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,679
Purse:  $1,500,000

History: This is the eighth year for this event.

My strength of field rat…

What is Wrong With Lydia Ko?

There were thirty-three LPGA tournaments played in the year 2017. There were twenty-two different winners. There were winners from eight different countries. There were nine multiple winners, with In Kyung Kim and Shanshan Feng leading the way with three wins apiece.

The LPGA has gotten off to an exciting start this season. They have played four tournaments and we have already had 4 different winners.

One name that has not finished on the top of the leaderboard over that period of time is Lydia Ko!

Lydia dominated the LPGA tour during the years 2014 through 2016 (she had won twice before that as an amateur). She won twelve times over that three year period, including two major championships. She also spent 104 weeks as the Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world. It seemed like she would stay there forever. Nobody expected her to take the tumble that she has taken.

Let us look at some of her accomplishments:
Became the youngest winner in LPGA history on August 19, 2012 at the CN Canadian…

LPGA Player Profile: Yani Tseng

As we wait for the LPGA to resume its schedule, I would like to do another LPGA profile. These profiles have proven very popular with my readers.

The player I have chosen today is:

Yani Tseng

Born:  1/23/89 (29 years old)
Hometown:  Toayuan, Chines Taipei
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2008

2017 Earnings:  $107,504 (99th)

Yani has won 15 times on the LPGA tour, Including 5 Major Championships:
2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship2009 LPGA Corning Classic2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship2010 Ricoh Women's British Open2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship2011 Honda LPGA Thailand2011 LPGA State Farm Classic2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship2011 Ricoh Women's British Open2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship2011 HanaBank LPGA Championship2011 LPGA Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship2012 Honda LPGA Thailand2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup2012 Kia Classic
Best finishes in major championships:
ANA Inspiration - 1st in 2010KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 1st in 2008, 2011U.S. Women's O…

Stats & Facts - Americans and Jin Young Ko Dominate Early Season Play

Congratulations go out to Michelle Wie for winning the HSBC Women's Championship. It was another one of those incredibly exciting finishes that we seem to get from these LPGA players week in and week out. Wie carded a final round -7 under par sixty-five,  to come out one shot better than Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Brooke Henderson, and Jenny Shin. Shin had a one stroke lead entering the final hole, but was unable to make par. When Wie rolled in a 36 foot putt from off the green, she surged into the lead! Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang both failed to birdie the final hole to force a playoff. For Wie it was her 5th career victory, and first since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

With four tournaments now completed on the LPGA 2018 schedule, players from the USA have won three. That is one more than they managed to win the entire 2016 season (they won seven last year).

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the United States, it is as good a time as any …