Monday, November 4, 2013

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 is not only the weakest field of the year, but the weakest field rating in the 3 years that I have been keeping such statistics. Only 8 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 8 of the top 20 on the Rolex Rankings, will be attending.
Key players not in attendance include: Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato (huh?), Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Sun Young Yoo, Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompason, Hee Kyung Seo, Sandra Gal, I.K. Kim, Karine Icher, Beatriz Recari, Se Ri Pak, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Meena Lee, Jessica Korda, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Lizette Salas, Pornanong Phatlum, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Michelle Wie, Carlotta Ciganda, and Caroline Hedwall (It might have been easier to list the key players who are playing).

The reason my strength of field isn't even lower than it is, is that several high ranked non LPGA players are in the field, bringing the rating higher. They include: #38 in the world Miki Saiki, #40 Rikako Morita, #41 Sakura Yokomine, #57 Yumika Yoshida, #75 Ritsuko Ryu, and #79 Shiho Oyamo, all from Japan.

This will make for an interesting tournament as a victory by one of those non LPGA players in this weak field, would mean an LPGA playing card for next year.

I correctly picked the winner of the last tournament for the 6th time this year, keeping me in second place. Here are my somewhat unusual picks for this week:

1- Stacy Lewis
2- So Yeon Ryu
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Karrie Webb
5- Jiyai Shin
6- Hee Young Park
7- Mika Miyazato
8- Chella Choi
9- Ayako Uehara
10- Gerina Piller
11- Chie Arimura
12- Sydney Michaels

Update:
Here are the final results:
1- Teresa Lu -14
2- Chella Choi -12
3- Mamiko Higa -10
3-Yuki Ichinose -10
5-Yumika Yoshida -9
5- Shiho Oyama -9
7-Asako Fugimoto -8
8-Shanshan Feng -7
8-Stacy Lewis -7
8- Jang, Eun-Bi -7

For Complete Results see the link on top of this page.




2 comments:

  1. Hey Tony, the strength of field rating will go down with Ahn and Jeon joining last week's JLPGA winner Bo-Mee Lee in skipping the Mizuno. I'm also puzzled as to why 2-time winner Momoko Ueda didn't get a sponsor's exemption; she had moved up to 2nd alternate as of this morning, but is now off the field list entirely. Very strange!

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    1. Thanks for the update. I will make the changes. Very surprised to see such poor support for this tournament. Even more surprised to see some of the JLPGA stars, Including Ai Miyazato, Mamiko Higa, and Momoko Ueda not in this field. Maybe someday this will be broadcasted back to the U.S.

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