Sunday, April 14, 2013

LPGA Lotte Championship Preview & Pairings

                                                  Last year's winner Ai Miyazato

After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule with the playing of the LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf. This will start a stretch of six tournaments over a seven week period, that will be capped off by the year's second major championship.

There will be a pretty solid field, with newly crowned Kraft Nabisco champion Inbee Park, and the world's number one player Stacy Lewis, leading the way.
Although there are a few key players sitting it out, my strength of field rating is still a very solid 80.5%.
Among the players sitting it out this week are: Amy Yang, Catriona Matthew, Lexi Thompson, Chie Arimura, Ayaka Uehara, and Jimin Kang.

This will be tournament number 7 of 28 to be played this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club
Location:  Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Defending Champion:  Ai Miyazato
Winning Score:  71-65-70-70=276 (-12)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,383
Purse:  $1,700,000

Here are the television times:
Apr 17 - GC 6:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
Apr 18 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM EST
Apr 19 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM EST
Apr 20 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM EST
All coverage is live.

This week's sponsor exemptions will include the following highly ranked, non LPGA members:
Lydia Ko - Rolex Ranking #22
Hyo-Joo Kim - Rolex Ranking #47
Char Young Kim - Rolex Ranking #60

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

My Picks For This Week's Tournament
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- Azahara Munoz
3- Paula Creamer
4- Cristie Kerr
5- Ai Miyazato
6- Inbee Park
7- So Yeon Ryu
8- Yani Tseng
9- Jiyai Shin
10- Stacy Lewis
11- Na Yeon Choi
12- Caroline Hedwall

Cast your vote for this week's winner in the poll section on the top left hand corner of your screen.


  1. Heard Ji Yai Shin pulled out of the JLPGA event this last week for a back injury. Hope all is well and she doesn't lose anymore events to it or let it affect her play.

    sports medic

  2. Tony
    There is some confusion.
    Ariya is on the pairing sheet, but not listed on the final field list from the info on

    Aza is one of my favs....but her short game has demonstrated nothing this year....yes she finished 2nd in 2012....but I'm not expecting much come Saturday....hope I'm wrong.

  3. Tony...I forgot to say it's me in the above post, Mr3putt.
    I just heard Rankin say that Ariya is a qualifier....good for her....she the real deal and sticking it to Whan for denying her Q-school

  4. You called it, Tony! What a finish, eh?