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Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

Let me start off today by giving a big congratulations to Brooke Henderson for winning the Lotte Championship. Brooke went into the final round tied for the lead with Nelly Korda, but took control early and never looked back. Her final round score of 2 under par 70, was good enough for a four stroke victory over runner-up Eun-Hee Ji.

For Brooke it was her 8th LPGA victory in just 3 1/2 years on tour (She started in August of 2015).
Brooke certainly has had a history of winning her tournaments more easily than most. Among her eight victories she has:
One victory by 8 strokesOne victory by 5 strokesFour victories by four strokes I think we can now give her the title of  "final round queen" as once she takes the lead in round four, she very seldom ever gives it up.

Brooke also tied Sandra Post, George Knudson, and Mike Wier for tour wins by a Canadian player.

This week the LPGA moves back to the state of California for the playing of the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open. Last year was t…

Lotte Championship Preview, Pairings and More.

The LPGA moves to Hawaii this week for the playing of the Lotte Championship.

Many of my readers will probably remember last year's event when Brooke Henderson entered the final round two strokes ahead of Inbee Park. Brooke then went on to a very easy victory, finishing four strokes ahead of runner-up Azahara Munoz.

Please take note that this is a rare Wednesday start and Saturday finish.

This will be tournament #9 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the Key Details: Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club Location: Kapolei, Hawaii Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson Winning Score:  68-66-73-69 = 276 (-12)
History: This is the 8th year for this tournament

Final Field:  144 players Par:  36/36=72 Yardage:  6,397 Purse:  $2,000,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole: 13th (par 5)

My strength of field rating is 66% (up from 59% last year). Thirty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List and 33 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teein…

LPGA Rookie Spotlight - Klara Spilkova

With the LPGA on a one week break before resuming play in Hawaii, it gives me a chance to do another LPGA Rookie Spotlight.

The player I have chosen today, although an LPGA rookie, has been a member of the Ladies European Tour since 2015.

Klara Spilkova

Date of Birth: December 15, 1994 (24 years old)
Hometown:  Prague, Czech Republic
Resides: Prague, Czech Republic
Rookie Year: 2019

Although Spilkova made her debut as an LPGA member this past February at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, she had previously played in 15 LPGA tournaments as a non-LPGA member. Eleven of those tournaments were major championships.

Klara became the first Czech player to win on the Ladies European Tour.

Other Career Highlights:
Finished fourth at the inaugural LPGA Q-Series to earn Priority List Category 14 status for the 2019 LPGA season.Made 111 starts on the Ladies European Tour, recording 15 top-ten finishes, and one victory at the Lala Meryem Cup.Represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 48th.

Surprises and Disappointments 2019 - Part 1

Before I get started with today's subject, I want to give a big congratulations to Jin Young Ko for winning the ANA Inspiration. Ko took control of this major championship in the third round, held off some challenges, and won the first major championship of her young career. For Ko, it was her fourth LPGA victory.
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Although the LPGA has completed only about 25% (8 of 33 tournaments) of its 2019 schedule, I don't think it is too early to take a look at some of the ladies that have been the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments of the year so far.

As I do every year, I will do this again at the halfway point of the season and again at season's end.

To further explain how I come up with my list, a player that is very highly ranked and having a great season would not make this list, as I had high expectations for that person and it wouldn't be a surprise. On the other hand, a player that had a bad season last yea…