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Paula Creamer sinks Miracle 75 Foot Putt to Win Playoff.
Paula Creamer sank a 75 foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Azahara Munoz and win the HSBC Champions on Sunday for her 10th career victory.
Creamer and Munoz finished 72 holes tied at 10-under 278, one stroke ahead of Karrie Webb, who led after every round but bogeyed three of her last six holes to give up a three-shot lead and finish third.
After a one week break, the LPGA travels to the continent of Australia for the ISPS Women's Australian Open. This tournament has a history of very close finishes. Who could forget the 2012 finish, where Jessica Korda won a 6 player playoff? The following year Jiyai Shin and Yani Tseng battled it out down the stretch, with Jiyai coming out on top by 2 strokes. Last year nine players finished within 3 strokes of each other, with Karrie Webb taking home the trophy.
This will be tournament #3 of 33 official tournaments on the 2015 LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:
Course: The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location: Melbourne, Austrailia
Defending Champion: Karrie Webb
Winning Score: 71-69-68-68 = 276 (-12)
My strength of field rating is a weak 48%. Just 25 of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 11 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. Among the missing this w…
With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the state of Texas, I want to take this opportunity to do my fifth player profile.
The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:
Born: 1/7/83 (34 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002
Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:
2007 Evian Masters
Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!
Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).
318 career starts237 cuts made (74.5%)37 top tens (11.6%)Has $4,892,233 in career earnings through the 2016 season (57…
The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.
The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.
The following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating): Bronte Law - 108 to 86 Amy Olson - 112 to 88 Nasa Hataoka - 116 to 92 Caroline Inglis - 126 to 93 Hee Young Park - 106 to 94 Mariajo…
As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.
I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.
Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2017. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.
The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week. A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.
At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.
The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…
Before I get started on this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Minjee Lee for winning the LPGA Volvik Championship. Minjee's final round -4 under par 68, was good enough to win by one stroke over runner-up In Kyung Kim.
This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the second Major Championship of the 2018 season.
Sung Hyun Park will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year at Trump National Golf Club by two strokes over Hye Jin Choi.
This will be tournament #14 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be held this year.
Course: Shoal Creek Location: Shoal Creek, Alabama Defending Champion: Sung Hyun Park Winning Score: 73-70-67-67 = 277 (-11)
Final Field: 156 players Cut: Top 60 and ties Par: 36/36 = 72 Yardage: 6,732 Purse: $5,000,000
My strength of field rating is a mighty 87% (down from 91% last year). The re…
It has been a while since I did my last LPGA player profile.
The player I have chosen this week is the very popular:
Born: 11/19/87 (30 years old)
Hometown: San Pedro del Alcantara, Spain
Resides: Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2010
2017 Earnings: $286,417 (63rd)
She has won once on the LPGA tour:
2012 Sybase Match Play Championship
Best finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - Finished 7th in 2014KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 4th in 2014U.S. Women's Open - Finished 19th in 2010Ricoh Women's British Open - Finished 12th in 2014The Evian Championship - Finished 19th in 2013
Career Stats: 202 career starts175 cuts made (86.6%)38 top tens (18.8%)Has $4,894,331 in career earnings. (61st on the all time LPGA career money list)
Other career highlights: Posted a career high 10 top ten finishes in 2014First Spaniard to win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2010Turned professional in 2009 and qualified for the LPGA tour in her first atte…