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What in the World Has Happened to Yani Tseng?

The 2013 LPGA season has brought us lots of surprises. We have had first time winners. We have had winners from 7 different countries. Five Major Championships were played for the first time, with one player (Inbee Park) winning 3 of them. We have even had 4 players win multiple championships this year. However the biggest surprise to date has to be the tumble taken by Yani Tseng.



Yani started the 2013 season ranked as the #1 player in the world. In fact, at one point during the 2011 season, the #2 ranked player in the world (Na Yeon Choi), was closer to the 180th Rolex ranked player than she was to Yani at #1. It seemed Yani would be number one forever.

Let us look at some of her accomplishments:

In 2008, at the age of 19, Yani won the LPGA Championship.
In 2009, Yani became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach $2 million in career earnings. She did it in only 32 events.
In 2010 Yani won 3 times, including 2 more championships.
In 2011 Yani won 7 times, including 2 more major…

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…

LPGA KEB. Hanabank Championship preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Lexi Thompson, who soundly thrashed the playing field at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Championship. For 18 year old Lexi, it was her 2nd LPGA victory and 3rd victory overall (she has an LET victory in Dubai). If Lexi can continue putting at a reasonable rate, she will be someone to reckon with week in and week out.

The LPGA moves to South Korea this week for the playing of the LPGA HEB. Hanabank Championship. This is the third of five consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia. This is a 3 day tournament with 54 holes scheduled.

This is tournament #24 of 28 on the 2013 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Where:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score:  63-68-74 = 205 (-11)

Final Field:  78 Players
Par 36/36=72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $1,900,000

My Strength of field rating is 69.5%. Only four tournaments this year have been ranked lower. Although many top name players are missin…

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

Before I get to this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the Reignwood LPGA Classic. What an exciting finish it was. Shanshan, in front of an enormous home crowd that was rooting her on, eagled the final hole to win by one stroke over Stacy Lewis. The Constructivist, over at Mostly Harmless has done a full recap on this tournament.

The LPGA moves to Malaysia this week for the playing of the Sime Darby Malaysia Championship. This is the 2nd of 5 consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia.

This will be tournament #23 of 28 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details.

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Where:  Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  69-68-65-67 = (-15)

Final Field:  72 Players
Par:  35/36=71
Yardage:  6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 71% making it the 5th weakest field of the year. Although 17 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings and 1…

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

After a 2 week break, the LPGA moves to Beijing, China for the playing of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. This is a brand new tournament on the 2013 schedule. 

This will be the first of 5 tournaments to be held in Asia in the next 6 weeks. 

This is tournament # 22 of 28 on this year's LPGA schedule. 

Here are the key details:

Course:  Pine Valley Golf Club
Location:  Beijing China
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural playing of this event
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:   81 players
Par:  36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,596
Purse:  $ 1,800,000

My strength of field rating is a very low 54.5 %, making it the 3rd weakest field of the year. Ten of the top 30 on the LPGA priority list, and 14 of the top 30 Rolex Ranked players will not be in attendance.  In fact, of the 81 players in the field, only 59 are even LPGA members.
The list of missing players include: Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Mika Miyazato, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Catriona Matthew, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, I.…