Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

Before I get to this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the Reignwood LPGA Classic. What an exciting finish it was. Shanshan, in front of an enormous home crowd that was rooting her on, eagled the final hole to win by one stroke over Stacy Lewis. The Constructivist, over at Mostly Harmless has done a full recap on this tournament.

The LPGA moves to Malaysia this week for the playing of the Sime Darby Malaysia Championship. This is the 2nd of 5 consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia.

This will be tournament #23 of 28 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details.

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Where:  Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  69-68-65-67 = (-15)

Final Field:  72 Players
Par:  35/36=71
Yardage:  6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 71% making it the 5th weakest field of the year. Although 17 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings and 17 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance, the lack of depth, with only 72 players, accounts for the low strength of field rating.
Absent from this week's roster include: Catriona Matthew, Hee Kyung Seo, Angela Stanford, Ayako Uehara, Juli Inkster, Hee-Won Han, Momoko Ueda, and Vicky Hurst.

Here are the television times:
Oct 10 - GC 12:30 AM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 11 - GC 12:30 AM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 12 - GC 12:30 AM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 13 - GC 12:00 AM-3:00 AM ET

Malaysia 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.
For those who want to see the scores live, the LPGA link at the top of this page will always bring you the latest scores.

I am happy to say that I won the Pac Picker contest last week for the third time this season. I correctly predicted 9 of the top 12 finishers.
Here are my picks for this week:
1- So Yeon Ryu
2- Inbee Park
3- Yani Tseng
4- Mika Miyazato
5- Jessica Korda
6- Suzann Pettersen
7- Karrie Webb
8- Stacy Lewis
9- Paula Creamer
10- Na Yeon Choi
11- Candie Kung
12- Chella Choi

Other Tidbits:
Phase 2 of Qualifying School will be played this week in Venice, Fl. The top 80 finishers will move on to phase 3 in December. Included in this week's field are: Big Break winner Taylor Collins, Lindy Duncan, Jaye Marie Green, Lee-Ann Pace, Melissa Reid, Madison Pressel, Jean Reynolds, and Cheyenne Woods.

Titleholders Update:
Christel Boeljon, Sun Young Yoo, and Paola Moreno are the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz, who just missed this week, remains the highest ranked player yet to qualify.

Rolex Mover of the Week:
Not much movement in the rankings this week, but the most important move goes to Shanshan Feng who moves up one spot to #8.

Who's Hot:
Stacy Lewis has 6 consecutive top ten finishes (excluding WD due to illness).
So Yeon Ryu has finished in the top 20 in 7 of her last 8 tournaments. Four of those were top tens.

Who's Not:
Hee Kyung Seo has failed to record a top 20 finish in her last 8 starts.
Candie Kung has finished no better than 25th in her last 17 starts.

Here are the final results:
1- Lexi Thompson -19
2- Shanshan Feng -15
3- Ilhee Lee -12
3- Suzann Pettersen -12
5- Amy Yang - 10
6- Karine Icher -8
6- Sandra Gal -8
6- Stacy Lewis -7
6- Allison Walshe -7
6- Beatriz Recari -7
6- Chella Choi -7
For complete scoreboard see link on top of page.

1 comment:

  1. To be honest, Stacy Lewis withdrawal from the CWO was no more related to illness than Michelle Wie's at the USWO.