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Stats & Facts - Volume 17

We have come to the end of the 2013 LPGA season. A season that was, in my opinion, the best season ever. It certainly seemed that week in and week out, the final result of a tournament wasn't decided until the 72nd hole. Sometimes it wasn't even decided then, and we had to go to a playoff.
It was a year with 5 Major Championships, the first 3 won by the same player. We had winners from 8 different countries. I was asking myself, "How can this be topped next year?" Well, Commissioner Michael Whan sure is going to try. His announcement of four new tournaments, 3 on American soil, sure has us looking forward to the start of 2014.

On that note, I would like to look at some of the most important statistics from 2013:

Rolex Player of the Year:
Winner:  Inbee Park - 303 points (Gets a Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Suzann Pettersen - 258
3rd Place:  Stacy Lewis - 220

Inbee won the first 3 Major Championships of the year, and got off to a huge lead.
Suzann outplayed everyone …

LPGA Announces 2014 Schedule

The first time that I ever talked with LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan was back in 2010.
He had taken over the job as head honcho of the LPGA shortly before that. The LPGA had just 24 tournaments on the schedule at that time. I asked him how many tournaments he would like to add to the schedule over the next few years. He answered that he would like to see the number of tournaments grow to 30.

Today just a few years later, Mr. Whan has exceeded his goal.

The LPGA announced its 2014 schedule today, and the number of tournaments has increased from 28 in 2013, to 32 in 2014. And that doesn't even include the International Crown. That has to be great news for all LPGA fans.

Four new tournaments will be added to the schedule, plus the International Crown. They are as follows:

1- The International Crown. This tournament will be played in Owings Mills, MD next year before moving to its permanent home at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The tournament will take place July 24t…

CME Group Titleholders Preview & Pairings

A big congratulations goes out to Lexi Thompson for winning last week's Loreno Ochoa Invitational.
It was Lexi's second victory in her last four starts. At the age of eighteen, Lexi has now joined those few elite players on the LPGA who will be making a run at becoming #1 in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Naples, Florida for the CME Group Titleholders. This is the final tournament of the 2013 season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Tiburón Golf Club
Location:  Naples, FL
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score:  67 - 68 - 69 - 70 = 274 (-14)

Final Field: 70 players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  Not indicated
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 71%. This is very high considering that this is not a full field event.
Players that did qualify, but chose not to compete include: Jiyai Shin, Yani Tseng, Se Ri Pak, Cristel Boeljon, Mina Haragae, Teresa Lu and Hanu Nomura.

Here are the television times:
Nov 21 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET Nov 22 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM E…

Lorena Ochoa Invitational Preview & Pairings

The LPGA completed its 5 tournament Asian swing last week, and we had a surprise winner. Non LPGA player Teresa Lu was victorious and will now have the opportunity to play full time on the world's biggest women's tour in 2014. Chella Choi, who I have said is  the best golfer on the LPGA without a win, finished second just 2 back.

The LPGA moves to Mexico this week for the playing of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

This will be tournament #27 of 28 on the LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Guadalajara Country Club
Location:  Guadalajara, Mexico
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  67 - 69 - 67 - 69 = 272 (-16)

Final Field:  36 players
Par:  36/36 - 72
Yardage:  6,626
Purse: $1,000,000

Here are the pairings for the first round.

My strength of field rating is 49%, but in this case that can be misleading. The low field rating can be attributed to the lack of depth in this small field, but there sure is lots of star power here.
Fourteen of the top 20 pla…

Another Major LPGA Announcement!

Kraig Kahn, Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA, promised us a big week of announcements and he has not let us down.

Just a few days ago, Commissioner Michael Whan, on behalf of the LPGA, announced a three year partnership with transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific to become the title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Open. That seems to be just the beginning.

The LPGA announced today that the best players in women’s golf will head to Grand Rapids, Mich. for the first time in more than a decade to take part in the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic, which will be held August 7-10, 2014 at Blythefield Country Club.

This will be the LPGA's first stop in Michigan since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing ended its 9-year run.

The $1.5 million Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

I am looking forward to more announcements in the near future.
Check back here for further updates.

2014 Canadian Women's to be played in Ontario.

Breaking News!
The LPGA and Golf Canada today announced a three-year partnership with transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women’s Open.

 The tournament will be renamed the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. The inaugural event will be held at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario from August 18-24, 2014.

The LPGA last played at this location in 2006, when Cristie Kerr overcame an 8 shot deficit to win for the eighth time in her career.

Lydia Ko, who will be an LPGA rookie next year, will return as the event's two time defending champion.

Here is the video of commissioner Michael Whan's announcement.

According to a tweet by Kraig Kahn, Chief Communications officer for the LPGA, there is more big news coming. He also said the LPGA schedule will be released sooner than last year.

Check back here for further updates.

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Mizuno Classic Preview & Pairings

The LPGA returns this week after a short break, and moves to Japan for the playing of the Mizuno Classic. This will be the final stop on the 5 tournament Asian swing. Although the LPGA was off this past week, there were tournaments played on the JLPGA,and LET tours. For an excellent recap on those two events, see the constructivist over at Mostly Harmless.

This week's tournament in Japan will be #26 of 28 on the 2013 LPGA schedule. The season winds down with the playing of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico, followed by the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fl.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club
Where:  Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  70-71-64=205 (-11)

Final Field: 75 players
Par:  36/36 = 72 
Yardage:  6,506
Purse:  $ 1,200,000

This is a 3 day 54 hole tournament that will not be televised.

I will post the pairings as soon as they are made available.

My strength of field rating is a paltry 36.5%. This i…

Stats & Facts Vol 16

The LPGA is taking a break this week before resuming its Asian swing in Japan. It has been an interesting season, and with only 3 tournaments to go, many major awards are still up for grabs.

Here is a look at some of the major statistics, and awards that still remain undecided:

Rolex Player of the Year Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 290 points
2- Suzann Pettersen - 252 
3- Stacy Lewis - 200
4- Beatriz Recari - 96
5- So Yeon Ryu - 88

Note: Both Suzann and Inbee are not playing in Japan. They are both playing the last two tournaments of the year. Suzann will need to win one of those tournaments, and finish no worse than third in the other, while Inbee finishes out of the top ten in both to overtake Inbee.

Vare Trophy Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.537 average strokes per round
2- Suzann Pettersen - 69.592
3- Inbee Park - 69.934
4- Na Yeon Choi - 70.226
5- So Yeon Ryu - 70.378

Note: This appears to be a two player…