Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

After a 2 week break, the LPGA moves to Beijing, China for the playing of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. This is a brand new tournament on the 2013 schedule. 

This will be the first of 5 tournaments to be held in Asia in the next 6 weeks. 

This is tournament # 22 of 28 on this year's LPGA schedule. 

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pine Valley Golf Club
Location:  Beijing China
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural playing of this event
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:   81 players
Par:  36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,596
Purse:  $ 1,800,000

My strength of field rating is a very low 54.5 %, making it the 3rd weakest field of the year. Ten of the top 30 on the LPGA priority list, and 14 of the top 30 Rolex Ranked players will not be in attendance.  In fact, of the 81 players in the field, only 59 are even LPGA members.
The list of missing players include: Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Mika Miyazato, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Catriona Matthew, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, I.K. Kim, Juli Inkster, Gerina Piller, Jennifer Johnson, and Momoko Ueda.

Here are the television times:
Oct 3 - GC 3:00 AM-5:00 AM ET
Oct 4 - GC 4:00 AM-6:00 AM ET
Oct 5 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
Oct 6 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Beijing is 12 hours ahead of East Coast time. I will not post results until after we have had a chance to watch the TV coverage later on in the day.

Here are the pairings for the first two rounds:

With not a lot to choose from, here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- So Yeon Ryu
3- Inbee Park
4- Yani Tseng
5- Na Yeon Choi
6- Lizette Salas
7- Jessica Korda
8- Karrie Webb
9- Hee Young Park
10- Shanshan Feng
11- Chella Choi
12- Candie Kung

For all the scores, all the time, see the link on the top of this page.

Other Tidbits:
Lydia Ko is so hot she moves up in the Rolex Rankings even when she isn't playing. She now is ranked at #4. Na Yeon Choi dropped a couple of spots to #6. 

The Symetra Tour's 2013 schedule came to an end this past weekend, and in case you missed the excellent recap over at Mostly Harmless, ten players earned full time playing privileges on the LPGA tour in 2014. They are as follows:

1- P.K. Kongkraphan
2- Giulia Molinaro
3- Marina Alex
4- Christine Song
5- Cydney Clanton
6- Sue Kim
7- Hannah Jun
8- Perrine Delacour
9- Alena Sharp
10- Jaclyn Sweeney


Shanshan Feng eagled the par 5 18th hole to beat Stacy Lewis by one stroke. Shanshan nearly missed holing her second shot hitting the flagstick. Stacy Lewis, who layed up, only made par and came up one shot short.
Here are the Final Results:
1- Shanshan Feng -26
2- Stacy Lewis -25
3- Inbee Park -21
4- Karrie Webb -14
5- NY Choi -16
6- Yani Tseng -14
7- P. Phatlum -12
7- Beatrice Recari -12
7- C. Boeljon -12
10- So Yeon Ryu -11
10- Chella Choi -11
10- Sun Young Yoo -11
10- Caroline Hedwall -11
10-Amy Yang -11
For all results, see link on top of this page.


  1. No Beatriz Recari, but Yani Tseng?
    Do you still believe Yani can do well in Asia?

  2. It seems the only place she plays well is Asia.

  3. from your previous list, 8/12 people made to top 10. Great prediction.