Monday, April 14, 2014

LPGA Lotte Championship Preview & Pairings

After a short one week break the LPGA moves to Hawaii this week for the playing of the LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf.

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen will not be teeing it up

This tournament is very unique as it has a Wednesday start and ends on Saturday.
Some of you may remember last year's very exciting finish when Suzann Pettersen won a playoff against Lizette Salas.

This is tournament # 8 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the Key details:

Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club
Location:  Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score:  65-69-68-67=269 (-19)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,383
Purse:  $1,700,000

My strength of field rating this week is 63.0, making it the 3rd weakest field of the year so far. Twenty-Five of the top 40 players from the Rolex Rankings, and 28 of the top 40 on the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up. The biggest names skipping this event include: Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, I.K. Kim, Karrie Webb, Karine Icher, Catriona Matthew, Beatriz Recari, Jessica Korda. Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Jennifer Johnson, and Sandra Gal. Highly ranked Ariya Jutanugarn was a Sunday qualifier.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

*Here are the television times:
Apr 16 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
Apr 17 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
Apr 18 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
Apr 19 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Michelle Wie
2- Inbee Park
3- Lydia Ko
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Shanshan Feng
6- Paula Creamer
7- Anna Nordqvist
8- Kristie Kerr
9- Na Yeon Choi
10- Lizette Salas
11- Azahara Munoz
12- Chella Choi

Other Tidbits:
It has been brought to my attention that the KLPGA has finally put a live English language scoreboard on their website. I have now included it at the top of this blog. 

I.K. Kim has now skipped 5 of the first 8 LPGA tournaments this year.

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1Angela Stanford-13F
2Hyo Joo Kim-9F
2Michelle Wie-9F
4Cristie Kerr-8F
5Amy Anderson-6F
5So Yeon Ryu-6F
5Inbee Park-6F
8Chella Choi-4F
8Katie Burnett-4F
10Julieta Granada-3F
10Amelia Lewis-3F
10Haru Nomura-3F
10Se Ri Pak-3F

For full scoreboard see link at the top of this page.


1 comment:

  1. What happened to Vicky Hurst and Xi Yu Lin? Both disqualified after 1st round.