Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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 ET
Nov 23 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET
Nov 24 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET

Check back here for all the scores, all the time.

Here are the first round pairings.
Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Chella Choi
2- Suzanne Pettersen
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Inbee Park
6- Paula Creamer
7- Jessica Korda
8- Lydia Ko
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Na Yeon Choi
12- Lizette Salas
Other Tidbits:
Inbee Park has wrapped up the Rolex Player of the Year award and receives a Hall of Fame point.
Inbee's three Major Championship wins turned out to be enough to hold off a charging Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis.
Congratulations also goes out to the team of Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis, and Cristie Kerr, who won the Wendy's Three Tour Challenge. They beat the Seniors Tour by a single stroke and the PGA Tour by eight.
Although the player of the year winner has been decided, there are other important trophies still up for grabs.
Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are still fighting it out for the Vare Trophy, and that all important Hall of Fame point. Stacy is currently in the driver's seat as Suzanne would have to beat her this week by  nine strokes. The Rolex Rookie of the Year Award is also going down to the wire with Caroline Masson holding a small lead over Moriya Jutanugarn.

The LPGA is due to release its 2014 schedule very shortly. Check back here for any breaking news!
Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Brittany Lang and Chella Choi are the only players on the LPGA to play all 28 tournaments this year.
Rolex Rankings Mover of the Week:
Lexi Thompson leapfrogs her way into the top ten this week, moving from #14 to #10.
Who's Hot:
This may be the end of the 2013 season, but it may not be the end of two of the most incredible streaks we have seen in quite a long time on any tour. Suzann Pettersen has now finished in the top 7 in her last 9 tournaments. She also has 6 straight top 5's. Not to be outdone (not by much anyway), Stacy Lewis has finished in the top ten in 9 consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not:
Meena Lee has failed to finish in the top 30 in her last 8 tournaments.

Here are the final results:
1- Shanshan Feng -15
2- Gerina Piller -14
3- Pornanong Phatlum -13
4- Sandra Gal -12
5- Inbee Park -11
6- Stacy Lewis -10
6- Cristie Kerr -10
6- Sun Young Yoo -10
9- So Yeon Ryu -9
9- Jennifer Johnson -9

For full scoreboard see link on top of this page.






1 comment:

  1. Wow! Congrats to Lexi Thompson! Another and last tournament for 2013 excites me most! Hope that Na Yeon Choi would bit it again. ^_^..GOODLUCK to the girls! :)

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