Monday, January 20, 2014

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Well here we go!

It is time to start the 2014 LPGA season. With 5 new tournaments (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2014 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

This will be tournament #1 of 32 official tournaments this season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Ilhee Lee
**Winning Score:  41 - 43 - 42 = 144 (Even Par)

Final Field:  108 players
Par:  36/37 = 73 (There are 3 par 5's on the back nine, 5 in all)
Yardage:  6,664
Purse:  $1,300,000

** Only 36 holes were played in 2013, over a 3 day period.

My strength of field rating is just 52%, which would have ranked as the 4th lowest number in the 2013 season. Nine of the top 20 Rolex ranked players, and 30 of the top 80 players on the 2014 Priority List will not be in attendance. When the tournament was played in May last year, my field rating was 74%. It appears that many of the non American golfers have chosen to start their schedule at a later date.

Key players skipping this event include, Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim, Karrie Webb, Caroline Hedwall, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, Hee Young Seo, Yani Tseng, and Mika Miyazato.

Rolex Rankings #2 player Suzann Pettersen, #3 player Stacy Lewis, #4 player Lydia Ko, and #9 player Lexi Thompson will all be fighting for that winner's check.

### UPDATE: Suzann Pettersen is no longer in the field.

Lydia Ko will lead the rookies making their first start as LPGA members. That list will include highly touted Jaye Marie Green, Amy Anderson, and Symetra Tour star Julia Molinaro.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:
Here are my Pak Picker picks this week: (I finished 5th place out of a field of 24 last year)

1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Na Yeon Choi
5- Paula Creamer
6- Jessica Korda
7- Pornanong Phatlum
8- Ai Miyazato
9- Chella Choi
10- Lizette Salas
11- Beatriz Recari
12- Gerina Piller

Here is the television schedule:
Jan 23 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 24 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 25 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jan 26 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Other Tidbits:
The off season wasn't as long as previous years, but it certainly was an interesting one.
Paula Creamer announced her engagement, and Hee Kyung Seo, Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lang, and Brooke Pancake (hopefully she didn't marry someone named Syrup), all got married. Christie Kerr announced that she has now become a mom.

I have received several e-mails asking why my Technorati rating link is not working. I am fully aware of this. It has not been working for nearly 3 weeks now, and they are not accurately counting  hits to this website. I am not the only one having this problem.  I have talked to several bloggers including Ruthless, and the link to their websites are not working either. Many of us, including myself have tried to contact them with this problem, but they do not answer e-mails.
Hopefully the problem will be resolved soon, but if not I am very satisfied in knowing that all of my readers have made this blog the #1 golf blog for a good portion of 2013. Thank you all. I hope to hear from more and more of you in the comments section as the new season progresses.

UPDATE: The Technorati problem regarding this website has been resolved and the link is now working. Hopefully it will continue to do so.

Please be sure to check back here for tournament updates after every round. You can get live updates to all leaderboards from the links at the top of this page.
Also, you can check out Mostly Harmless for some of the finest articles on all the Women's tours.

Here are the 3rd round leaders:
1Na Yeon Choi-15F
2Lizette Salas-14F
3Paula Creamer-12F
3Jessica Korda-12F
5Amelia Lewis-11F
5Stacy Lewis-11F
5Jenny Suh-11F
8Chella Choi-10F
8Thidapa Suwannapura-10F
8Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8P.K. Kongkraphan-10F
8Lydia Ko-10F
8Michelle Wie-10F

For complete leaderboard see the link on top of this page.


  1. Jenny Suh and Birdie Kim are the two Monday qualifiers. Suh shot 5 under. Kim, Jackie Stoelting, and Katy Harris shot 70. Harris was eliminated on the first playoff hole. Stoelting was eliminated on the second hole. Amelia Lewis moved up into the field today from the first alternate position.

  2. Thanks for the update Tony,@ Nice list of Pak Picker. I also have great insights for Pornanong Phatlum this year. :) Crossed fingers!

  3. You don't think Suzann Peterssen will make to 12?

  4. I don't know anyone named Syrup (or MakeUp), but there's (Ted) Turner and TV's (Dr.) House.

  5. Damn Man ! Do something about the colors on this blog. It looks like it was a project by Mrs. Smith's kindergarten class.

    1. It's a women's golf should be bright and colorfull

  6. I personally think the colors are AWESOME!!!