Saturday, March 15, 2014

JTBC Founders Cup Preview & Pairings

Defending Champion Stacy Lewis

After a two week break, the LPGA moves to the state of Arizona for the playing of the JTBC Founders Cup. This will be the first of 12 consecutive tournaments to be played in North America.

As many of  you may remember, this tournament was first played back in 2011 and was played strictly as a charitable event. There was no purse or prize money of any kind. The tournament was won that year by Karrie Webb. Things have certainly changed since then as this is now a full field event with a generous purse, and has attracted a first class field. We can all look forward to a "shootout" as 34 players shot -10 or better last year. The cut of -2 was the lowest of the season.

This will be tournament number 5 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion: Stacy Lewis
Winning Score: 68-65-68-64 = 265 (-23)

Final Field: 132 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,583
Purse:  $1, 500,000

What a strong field this is! My strength of field rating is 84%, making it by far the strongest field of the year thus far. In fact this will probably be one of the top fields of the year. For the first time in the 3 years that I been have writing about the LPGA, the entire top 50 on the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance. Twenty- seven of the top 30, and 37 of the top 50 Rolex Ranked players will be teeing it up. Cheyenne Woods and Birdie Kim have been given sponsor exemptions. Ai Miyazato, in the midst of a very long slump, has finished second here the last 2 years and will be looking to get back on the right track.

Here are the pairings for the first two rounds.

Here are the television times:
Mar 20 - GC 6:30 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 21 - GC 6:30 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 22 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 23 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Paula Creamer
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Inbee Park
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Angela Stanford
7- Na Yeon Choi
8- Karrie Webb
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- Jessica Korda
11- Ai Miyazato
12- Lydia Ko

Other Tidbits:
This certainly continues to be the year that players are tying the knot. Hannah Jun, who was married last month, will now be known as Hannah Jun Medlock. The LPGA is now listing Maria Hjorth as Maria McBride. Maria married Shawn McBride in 2007.

Check back here for live scoreboards to all the tours via the links on the top of this page.

UPDATE: Beatriz Recari has just been removed from the playing field list!

UPDATE #2: Charley Hull has just won her first professional tournament. Charley won the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. She beat Gwladys Nocera in an L.E.T playoff. LPGA member Lee-Anne Pace finished 4th.

UPDATE #3: Caroline Hedwall has withdrawn.

UPDATE #4:
Here are the final results:
1Karrie Webb-19F
2Stacy Lewis-18F
2Azahara Munoz-18F
2Amy Yang-18F
2Mirim Lee-18F
2Lydia Ko-18F
7Pornanong Phatlum-17F
7So Yeon Ryu-17F
7Jessica Korda-17F
10Inbee Park-16F
10Cristie Kerr-16F
12Caroline Masson-15F
12Lizette Salas-15F
12Michelle Wie-15F
For complete results, see the link for the LPGA live scoreboard on the top of this page.



2 comments:

  1. What happened to Beatriz Recari? Withdraw again.

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    1. Beatriz pulled out of the last tournament also, so I'm guessing she has some sort of injury. I don't know for sure as there have been no reports.

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