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Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Preview & Pairings


Congratulations goes out to Amy Yang for becoming a first time LPGA winner. Amy won the LPGA KEB. Hanabank Championship, in a very exciting playoff over Hee Kyung Seo. We have been saying for quite sometime that Amy was the best player on tour who had yet to win. We can say that no more. I am now giving that designation to Chella Choi.

The LPGA moves to Taiwan this week for the playing of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
This is the fourth stop of  five tournaments to be played in Asia over a six week period.

This is tournament #25 of 28 on the 2013 LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course: Sunrise Golf & Country Club
Where:  Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score:  69-65-66-69 = 269 (-19)

Final Field:  79 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,390
Purse:  $ 2,000,000

My strength of field rating is only 54.5% (only 2 tournaments this year have been lower). Ten of the top 20 players in the Rolex Rankings, and 8 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List are not in attendance. Missing this week include: Stacy Lewis, Jiyai Shin, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Amy Yang, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Sandra Gal, I.K. Kim, Jessica Korda, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Lizette Salas, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Momoko Ueda, Ayaka Uehara, and Chie Arimura.

Here are the television times:
Oct 24 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Oct 25 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Oct 26 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Oct 27 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET 

Taiwan 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.

Here are my picks for this week's tournament.
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- Na Yeon Choi
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Anna Nordqvist
5- Inbee Park
6- Yani Tseng
7- Paula Creamer
8- Beatriz Recari
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- Chella Choi
11- Hee Young Park
12- Ai Miyazato
Through the first 24 tournaments of the year, I rank second among the 23 participants in the Pac Picker Standings.

Here are the first round pairings:

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi, Brittany Lang, Julieta Granada, Katherine Hull-Kirk, and Mina Harigae are the only players on tour to play all 25 tournaments this year.

Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Katherine Hull-Kirk had the biggest fall of any 3rd round leader this year. Katherine was tied for the lead entering the final round this past weekend, but a final round 80 landed her in a tie for 32nd place.

Titleholders Update:
Eun-Hee Ji, Ayaka Uehara, and Candie Kung are the latest to qualify. With just 2 more chances before the Titleholders Championship, Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player not to qualify.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang's victory propelled her from #27 to #18. Hee Kyung Seo jumps from # 54 to #37, while Michelle Wie's top three finish moves her from #80 to #64. Once again the most important fall went to Yani Tseng who drops from #22 to #25.

Who's Hot:
Suzann Pettersen is on fire! She has now finished in the top 3 in her last 4 tournaments. She has an amazing 9 top 3 finishes this year.

Who's Not:
Azahara Munoz has failed to have a top 15 finish in her last 13 tournaments.
Julieta Granada's best finish in her last 9 tournaments is a tie for 57th.


Here are the Final Results:
1Suzann Pettersen-9F
2Azahara Munoz-4F
3Caroline Hedwall-2F
4Eun-Hee Ji-1F
5Mina HarigaeEF
5Se Ri PakEF
5Irene ChoEF
8Mi Jung Hur+1F
8Beatriz Recari+1F
8Sun Young Yoo+1F
For complete leaderboard see the link on top of this page.




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