Monday, September 29, 2014

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview and Pairings

After a one week break the LPGA travels to Asia this week for the playing of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. This will be the first of six consecutive tournaments that will be played in Asia.

Defending Champion Shanshan Feng

Shanshan Feng won this event in 2013 when she eagled the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by one stroke. If you like birdies, this is the tournament to watch as four players shot -20 or better last year.
It is also a par 73, which is very unusual on any course on any tour.

This will be tournament # 25 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club
Location:  Nankou, Beijing, China
Defending Champion:  Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  70-64-64-68 = 266 (-26)

Final Field:  81 players
Par:  36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,596
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is just 44%, making it the second weakest field of the year. Most American players have decided to extend their vacations and start playing next week. In fact, the only American player ranked in the top 50 of the Rolex Rankings that will be in attendance is Stacy Lewis.

Here are the television times:
Oct 1 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 2 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 3 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 4 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET

Please note that there is a 12 hour difference in time if you live on the east coast of the United States.
The tournament broadcast is live, and will be shown at 11:00 PM on Wednesday night. Assuming that most LPGA fans will be taping it and watching it when they come home from work on Thursday, I will not be posting results until sometime after that.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis 
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- M.J. Hur
7- Chella Choi
8- Na Yeon Choi
9- Mirim Lee
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Yani Tseng
12- Xi Yu Lin
The Pak Picker race has really tightened up. I am currently in 5th place among the 21 current participants.

Other Tidbits:
Phase 2 of the LPGA Q-School tournament will be played this week starting on Tuesday, September 30th and concluding on Friday, October 3rd. I have posted a Separate Blog on that subject.

Here are the Final Results:

1Mirim Lee-15F
2Caroline Hedwall-13F
3Haeji Kang-12F
3Inbee Park-12F
3Brittany Lang-12F
6Mi Hyang Lee-11F
6Stacy Lewis-11F
8Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8Ilhee Lee-10F
10Chella Choi-9F

Check back here daily for any updates and tournament results. Live scoreboards to all ladies tours are always available by clicking on the links on the top of this page.

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