Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Bay LPGA Preview & Pairings


The LPGA moves to China this week for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. This will be the inaugural playing of this event. This is stop number four of six consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia. After this week the tour heads to Taiwan, and then finishes up the Asian swing in Japan.
The tour will then go to Mexico and finish up with the CME Group Tour Championship to be held in Florida, where we will find out who will win the Race to the CME Globe and its 1 million dollar prize.


Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course



This will be tournament #28 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Country Club
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  This is the first time this tournament is being played.
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field: 81 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not stated by LPGA
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 55.5% ranking it 23rd of the 28 tournaments so far this year. Twenty-seven of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority list, and 20 of the top 40 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Top players skipping the event this week include: Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, SoYeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, Pornanong Phatlum, and Angela Stanford.

Here are the pairings for the first round.

Here are the television times:
Oct 22 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 23 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 24 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 25 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Shanshan Feng
2- Mirim Lee
3- Chella Choi
4- Lydia Ko
5- Ilhee Lee
6- Michelle Wie
7- Brittany Lincicome
8- Cristie Kerr
9- I.K. Kim
10-Anna Nordqvist
11- Julieta Granada
12- M.J. Hur
My pretty decent picking last week has moved me up to the #2 position among the 21 Pak Picker participants.

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis holds on to the #1 position by the narrowest of margins this week. In fact, you have to take their totals out to a hundredth  of a point to find a difference. Stacy's average score is 11.044, while Inbee's is 11.038. Both players are taking this week off.

As we all know, Spain won the inaugural international crown earlier this year. The team of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Carlotta Ciganda, and Belen Mozo all play world class golf in team competitions, as we have  also witnessed  this in their Solheim Cup play. That said, it is strange that they have not won an LPGA tournament this year. In fact, Recari is the only player of the four to ever win an LPGA stroke play event. She has won three times.

Not only is Chella Choi the only player to play in all 28 LPGA events this year, she has her "Iron Woman" streak up to 104 consecutive tournaments. She played in the last 21 events in 2011, all 27 in 2012, and all 28 in 2013. I'm thinking that her father (who carries her bag) may need a rest.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
HanaBank winner Kyu Jung Baek surges up from #33 to #20. Michelle Wie jumps up two spots to #6, while Brittany Lincicome jumps from #24 to #19. Lee-Anne Pace, winner of last week's LET tournament in her home country of South Africa, leaps up from #53 to #42.

Race to the CME Globe:
With just four tournaments left before the CME Group Tour Championship, Stacy Lewis continues to have a commanding lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277, and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Red Hot:
Inbee Park has seven consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Ice Cold:
Jennifer Johnson has failed to finish better than 32nd in her last 7 starts.

Update #1
According to the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless, Inbee Park is playing this week on the KLPGA tour. It is the last major of the year for that tour. A good finish would have her take over the #1 spot in the world.

Update #2:
The tournament has now been shortened to 54 holes because of bad weather. The 2nd round will be completed on Saturday.

Here are the leaders after play was suspended in the 2nd round:

1Jessica Korda-612:30 AM ET TEE TIME
2Michelle Wie-512:10 AM ET TEE TIME
2Jodi Ewart Shadoff-512:30 AM ET TEE TIME
2Shanshan Feng-512:20 AM ET TEE TIME
2Brittany Lang-512:30 AM ET TEE TIME
2Lee-Anne Pace-512:20 AM ET TEE TIME
2Caroline Masson-512:20 AM ET TEE TIME
8Brittany Lincicome-44
8Moriya Jutanugarn-42
8Danielle Kang-412:10 AM ET TEE TIME
8Dewi Claire Schreefel-412:00 AM ET TEE TIME
8In-Kyung Kim-412:00 AM ET TEE TIME
8Cristie Kerr-412:10 AM ET TEE TIME
8Chella Choi-412:00 AM ET TEE TIME

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Preview & Pairings

Let me start off today by saying congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan shot a final round 63 to win by 3 strokes over Pornanong Phatlum. It was her fourth victory on the LPGA tour.

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Defending Champion Amy Yang holds her trophy


Amy Yang won this championship last year when she defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a one hole playoff.
This will be the first time that this will be a 72 hole event. It was played as a 54 hole championship for its first 11 years.

This is tournament # 27 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Location:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Winning Score:  67-71-69 = 207 (-9)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 65.5%, ranking it very close to the middle of the 26 tournaments played this year. Among the missing this week are Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. Because of its small field players such as Sun Young Yoo, Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Carlotta Ciganda, and Ayaka Uehara did not qualify.

The field includes the following outstanding non LPGA players that are high up in the Rolex Rankings:
#10 - Hyo-Joo Kim
#19 - Ha Na Jang
#29 - Jiyai Shin
#31 - In Gee Chun
#33 - Kyu Jung Baek
#37 - Sei Young Kim
#39 - Jung Min Lee
#44 - Min Young Lee
#46 - Jin-Young Ko
#50 - Ha Neul Kim
#56 - Yoon-Kyung Heo
#67 - Su Yeon Jang
#78 - Mingee Lee

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
Oct 15 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 16 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 17 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 18 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

As you can see, the first broadcast once again will be Wednesday night eastern time. As I have been doing throughout this Asian swing of the tour, I will not post results until most of us have had a chance to watch it the next day. For those who do not want to wait, there is always a link to the live scoreboard on the top of this page.

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week:
1- Na Yeon Choi
2- Chella Choi
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Lydia Ko
6- Hyo-Joo Kim
7- Inbee Park
8- Ha-Neul Kim
9- Pornanong Phatlum
10- Jiyai Shin
11- Mirim Lee
12- Suzann Pettersen
In all the years that I have been doing this, this is the first time my top twelve does not include an American player.
I was the winner of Pak Picker week #26 this past week, as I correctly picked 8 players. The win vaulted me up from #5 to #3 in the overall standings among the 21 participants.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the week:
Shanshan Feng leaps up from #9 to #5, while Pornanong Phatlum jumps from #32 to #26.

Race To The CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Hot:  
Ilhee Lee has 5 top 20 finishes in her last 6 starts.

Who's Not:
Lexi Thompson had seven top 10 finishes in her first 12 starts this year. She has managed just one more in her last 9 tournaments. Julieta Granada has not finished better than 34th in her last 5 starts.

Here are the final results:
1x-Kyu Jung Baek-10F
2Brittany Lincicome-10F
2In Gee Chun-10F
4Inbee Park-9F
5Michelle Wie-8F
5Catriona Matthew-8F
7Hyo Joo Kim-7F
8Austin Ernst-6F
8Gerina Piller-6F
8Beatriz Recari-6F
8Ilhee Lee-6F




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Mirim Lee for winning the Reignwood LPGA Classic. It was her second win of the year, and tied Lydia Ko for most victories by a rookie in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Malaysia for the playing of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Lexi Thompson won this tournament in 2013 by a fairly comfortable margin, as she finished 4 strokes better than runner up Shanshan Feng.

Defending Champion Lexi Thompson

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Location:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  67-63-66-69 = 265 (-19)

Final Field:   75 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage: 6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000 (winner gets $300,000)

My strength of field rating is a 62% making it the 8th weakest of the year. Thirty-five of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 29 of the top 40 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees include: Inbee Park, I.K. Kim, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie (injury) Jennifer Johnson, Ai Miyazato, and Mika Miyazato.

Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Xi Yu Lin, and Natalie Gulbis are among the sponsor exemptions.

Here are the pairings for the first round:


**Here are the television times:
Oct 8 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 9 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 10 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 11 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

** Because of the 12 hour time delay (east coast viewers), many people will not watch this until they come home from work the following day. I will not post spoilers until sometime after that.

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Mirim Lee
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Jessica Korda
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Lydia Ko
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Chella Choi
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Ilhee Lee
12- Na Yeon Choi
After my 5th place finish last week, I currently remain in 5th place among the 21 contestants. 

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi has 15 top twenty finishes this year. That ranks her third behind only Stacy Lewis (20), and Inbee Park (16).  Strangely, only 7 of those finishes were top tens, which ranks her 12th in that department.

South Korean golfers, who couldn't buy a win in the first half of the season, now have won 6 of the last 7 tournaments, giving them 7 victories this year. The U.S. continues to lead with 12.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Mirim Lee vaults up from #29 to #19, while Caroline Hedwall leaps from #52 to #41.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,433 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,906.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has 6 consecutive top ten finishes. Mariajo Uribe has finished in the top 15 in her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Candie Kung has not finished better than 34th in her last 6 starts.

Here are the final results:


1Shanshan Feng-18F
2Pornanong Phatlum-15F
3Pernilla Lindberg-14F
3Chella Choi-14F
3So Yeon Ryu-14F
6Na Yeon Choi-13F
7Ilhee Lee-12F
8Caroline Masson-11F
8Sun Young Yoo-11F
8Mi Hyang Lee-11F
8Lydia Ko-11F

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview and Pairings

After a one week break the LPGA travels to Asia this week for the playing of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. This will be the first of six consecutive tournaments that will be played in Asia.

Defending Champion Shanshan Feng

Shanshan Feng won this event in 2013 when she eagled the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by one stroke. If you like birdies, this is the tournament to watch as four players shot -20 or better last year.
It is also a par 73, which is very unusual on any course on any tour.

This will be tournament # 25 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club
Location:  Nankou, Beijing, China
Defending Champion:  Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  70-64-64-68 = 266 (-26)

Final Field:  81 players
Par:  36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,596
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is just 44%, making it the second weakest field of the year. Most American players have decided to extend their vacations and start playing next week. In fact, the only American player ranked in the top 50 of the Rolex Rankings that will be in attendance is Stacy Lewis.

Here are the television times:
Oct 1 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 2 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 3 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 4 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET

Please note that there is a 12 hour difference in time if you live on the east coast of the United States.
The tournament broadcast is live, and will be shown at 11:00 PM on Wednesday night. Assuming that most LPGA fans will be taping it and watching it when they come home from work on Thursday, I will not be posting results until sometime after that.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis 
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- M.J. Hur
7- Chella Choi
8- Na Yeon Choi
9- Mirim Lee
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Yani Tseng
12- Xi Yu Lin
The Pak Picker race has really tightened up. I am currently in 5th place among the 21 current participants.

Other Tidbits:
Phase 2 of the LPGA Q-School tournament will be played this week starting on Tuesday, September 30th and concluding on Friday, October 3rd. I have posted a Separate Blog on that subject.

Here are the Final Results:

1Mirim Lee-15F
2Caroline Hedwall-13F
3Haeji Kang-12F
3Inbee Park-12F
3Brittany Lang-12F
6Mi Hyang Lee-11F
6Stacy Lewis-11F
8Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8Ilhee Lee-10F
10Chella Choi-9F

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