Monday, March 11, 2013

RR Donnelly Founders Cup Preview & Pairings

If you are reading this, I guess you have made it over to my brand new website. My aim is to make this the best women's golf site on the Internet. You will never see any ads here as I am not interested in advertising or making a single penny. I just want to help promote the game I love. Not enough is written about how great these women are, both on and off the golf course. In the next few weeks I will probably be tinkering a bit, as I continue to try to find ways to  improve what you see here now. I will be happy to receive any feedback or suggestions you may have regarding this site.

One of the unique things I have added to this site are live scoreboards covering not just the LPGA, but also the CLPGA, JLPGA, The Symetra Tour, the ALPG, and the L.E.T. I would like to also add the KLPGA, if they will ever put out an English version of their scoreboard.

I would suggest that anyone who is a fan of women's golf to bookmark this link, for a unique one stop visit to live scoreboards for all the women's tours.

Now on to this week's topic. The LPGA makes its way to the United States for the first time this year, with the playing of the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup.

This will be tournament #4 of 28 to be played this year. Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Pheonix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Winning Score:  65-70-67-68=270-(18)

Final Field:  132 Players
Par:  36/36=72 
Yardage: 6583 Yards
Purse: $1,500,000

This week's sponsor exemptions are Meaghan Francella and Jaclyn Sweeney.

Here are the pairings for the first two days.

Here are the television times:
March 14 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST
March 15 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST
March 16 - GC 4:00 PM-7:00 PM EST
March 17 - GC 4:00 PM-7:00 PM EST

With this tournament being a full field event, this is a very strong field with a lot of depth. Every American player that qualified is playing. The notable missing players include: Shanshan Feng, Mika Miyazato, Catriona Matthew, Se Ri Pak (injured), and Momoko Ueda. My strength of field rating is a strong 78%.

Other Tidbits:
Suzann Petterson defeated Inbee Park in a playoff this past weekend, to win the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship. This tournament, which took place in China, was on both the L.E.T and CLPGA schedule.

The China Ladies Golf Association (CLPGA), and the Ladies European Tour Access Series (L.E.T Access Series), will now be incorporated in the Rolex Rankings. The L.E.T Access Series is a development tour similar to the Symetra Tour. The Rolex Rankings will now include 8 tours in their rankings. They are as follows:
1- The LPGA Tour
2- The Symetra Tour
3- The L.E.T (Europe)
4- The L.E.T Access Series
5- The KLPGA Tour (Korea)
6- The JLPGA Tour (Japan)
7- The CLPGA Tour (China)
8- The ALPG Tour (Australia)

Who's Hot: 
Stacy Lewis has played 12 rounds of golf so far this year, she has shot under par in 10 of them.

Who's Not:
Mina Harigae, who many predicted a breakout season, has played 10 rounds, and shot under par just once.

Flying Under the Radar:
With all the talk about teenage sensations so far this year, it has almost gone unnoticed that Jessica Korda is one of only four players on tour to finish in the top 20 in every tournament this year. Jessica, who just had a birthday, will be starting her first tournament as a 20 year old.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Rikako Morita, who won this week's event on the JLPGA, moves from #45 to #38.

My picks for this week's tournament:
1- Paula Creamer
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Inbee Park
4- Yani Tseng
5- Jiyai Shin
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- So Yeon Ryu
8- Lexi Thompson
9- Carlotta Ciganda
10- Azahara Munoz
11- Ai Miyazato
12- Caroline Hedwall

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