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ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings

Defending Champion Jiyai Shin will not be teeing it up.

The LPGA will be moving to Australia this week for the playing of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

Jessica Korda, winner of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, will be trying to open the 2014 season with back to back wins. The Korda family has a rich history of coming up big in this country as Jessica won this event in 2012, and her father, Petr Korda, won the Australian Open Tennis Championship in 1998.

This will be tournament #2 of 32 tournaments on the 2014 schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Victoria Golf Club
Location:  Victoria, Australia
Defending Champion: Jiyai Shin
Winning Score:  65-67-70-72 = 274 (-18)

Final Field: 156 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,480
Purse:  $1,200,000

My strength of field rating is only 51.5% as many of the top players are sitting this one out, although that is up from 49.5% last year. Ten of the top 25 players on the LPGA Priority List will not be in action, and 9 of the top 20 in the Rolex Rankings are skipping the event.

The list of star players this week not in attendance include: Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas, Amy Yang, Cristie Kerr, Ai and Mika Miyazato, Se Ri Pak, and Michelle Wie.

Suzanne Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and Paula Creamer will be among the favorites to take home the winner's trophy. Charlie Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Melissa Reid, and Carly Booth will be among the top L.E.T players in the field this week.

There are a number of LPGA players that have a high Priority List ranking, that have made this field because of their LET standing. This is a huge opportunity for them to make some official LPGA money and improve their priority rating in the first reshuffle that will take place in a couple of months. Those players include Lee-Anne Pace and Laura Davies. Cheyenne Woods, winner of last week's LET tournament, has received a sponsor exemption.

With the 16 hour time difference here are the unusual TV telecast times:
Feb 12 - GC 11:00 PM-2:00 AM ET
Feb 14 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
Feb 15 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Feb 16 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET
Here are the pairings for the first two rounds'
Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament: (I am currently in 2nd place out of 17 entries after the first tournament of the year)
1- Jessica Korda
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lydia Ko
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Beatriz Recari
7- Karrie Webb
8- Yani Tseng
9- Catriona Matthew
10-Chella Choi
11- Paula Creamer
12- Pornanong Phatlum

Check back here for live scoreboard, all the time, at the top of this page.

Other Tidbits: 
Irene Cho has joined the long list of LPGA players who have recently "tied the knot."

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
There were no big movers within the top 100, but Cheyenne Wood did leap up 209 spots this week moving from #363 to #154. The biggest move by an LPGA player went to Belen Mozo, who jumped from #175 to #165 as a result of her top 10 finish this past weekend in Australia.

Here are the final standings:
1Karrie Webb-12F
2Chella Choi-11F
3Paula Creamer-10F
3Karine Icher-10F
3Lydia Ko-10F
6Stacy Lewis-9F
6Jenny Shin-9F
6Amelia Lewis-9F
6Morgan Pressel-9F
10Gerina Piller-8F

For complete leaderboard see link on top of this page.


  1. ryu not in field


  2. Tony, what do you think of Miss Wood's chances of breakink in to the top 25 finishers.

  3. Good question. I would say top 25 will be difficult. But that said, she is coming in very confident and this is not a very strong field.

  4. What's going on with So Yeon Ryu? She hasn't played yet this season. I have her in Fantasy Golf, but if she's injured I'll need to drop her. I expected lots of fantasy points. Thanks


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