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
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 players in the Rolex Rankings, and 13 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance. The biggest names missing from this tournament include: Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, and Hee Young Park.
There will be no television coverage for this tournament!
Here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Suzann Pettersen
4- Jessica Korda
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Paula Creamer
7- Cristie Kerr
8- Beatriz Recari
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- Carlotta Ciganda
11- Lexi Thompson
12- Michelle Wie
Check in here for all the scores, all the time.
One of the things to watch this week is the race for the Vare Trophy. Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are neck to neck, for that all important Hall of Fame point.
Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Stacy Lewis has finished no worse than 8th, in her last eight tournaments.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
Chella Choi jumps from #32 to #28, while Teresa Lu leaps from # 65 to #56.
Chella Choi has finished in the top 12 in each of her last 6 tournaments.
Moriya Jutanugarn may be battling right to the finish for the Rookie of the Year title, but you would never know it by looking at her 2nd half statistics. She has only one top 20 finish in her last 10 starts.
Danielle Kang, whose season started out with so much promise, failed to have a top 20 finish in her last 21 starts.
Here are the leaders after round three:
1- Lexi Thompson -16
2- Stacy Lewis -15
3- So Yeon Ryu -13
4- Inbee Park -8
5- Pornanong Phatlum -10
5- Suzann Pettersen -10
7- I.K. Kim -9
7- Lizette Salas -9
7- Michelle Wie -9
7- Azahara Munoz -9
7- Amy Yang -9
For complete results, see link on top of page.