Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Preview & Pairings

Let me start off today by saying congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan shot a final round 63 to win by 3 strokes over Pornanong Phatlum. It was her fourth victory on the LPGA tour.

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Defending Champion Amy Yang holds her trophy

Amy Yang won this championship last year when she defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a one hole playoff.
This will be the first time that this will be a 72 hole event. It was played as a 54 hole championship for its first 11 years.

This is tournament # 27 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Location:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Winning Score:  67-71-69 = 207 (-9)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 65.5%, ranking it very close to the middle of the 26 tournaments played this year. Among the missing this week are Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. Because of its small field players such as Sun Young Yoo, Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Carlotta Ciganda, and Ayaka Uehara did not qualify.

The field includes the following outstanding non LPGA players that are high up in the Rolex Rankings:
#10 - Hyo-Joo Kim
#19 - Ha Na Jang
#29 - Jiyai Shin
#31 - In Gee Chun
#33 - Kyu Jung Baek
#37 - Sei Young Kim
#39 - Jung Min Lee
#44 - Min Young Lee
#46 - Jin-Young Ko
#50 - Ha Neul Kim
#56 - Yoon-Kyung Heo
#67 - Su Yeon Jang
#78 - Mingee Lee

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
Oct 15 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 16 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 17 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 18 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

As you can see, the first broadcast once again will be Wednesday night eastern time. As I have been doing throughout this Asian swing of the tour, I will not post results until most of us have had a chance to watch it the next day. For those who do not want to wait, there is always a link to the live scoreboard on the top of this page.

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week:
1- Na Yeon Choi
2- Chella Choi
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Lydia Ko
6- Hyo-Joo Kim
7- Inbee Park
8- Ha-Neul Kim
9- Pornanong Phatlum
10- Jiyai Shin
11- Mirim Lee
12- Suzann Pettersen
In all the years that I have been doing this, this is the first time my top twelve does not include an American player.
I was the winner of Pak Picker week #26 this past week, as I correctly picked 8 players. The win vaulted me up from #5 to #3 in the overall standings among the 21 participants.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the week:
Shanshan Feng leaps up from #9 to #5, while Pornanong Phatlum jumps from #32 to #26.

Race To The CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Hot:  
Ilhee Lee has 5 top 20 finishes in her last 6 starts.

Who's Not:
Lexi Thompson had seven top 10 finishes in her first 12 starts this year. She has managed just one more in her last 9 tournaments. Julieta Granada has not finished better than 34th in her last 5 starts.

Here are the final results:
1x-Kyu Jung Baek-10F
2Brittany Lincicome-10F
2In Gee Chun-10F
4Inbee Park-9F
5Michelle Wie-8F
5Catriona Matthew-8F
7Hyo Joo Kim-7F
8Austin Ernst-6F
8Gerina Piller-6F
8Beatriz Recari-6F
8Ilhee Lee-6F

Be sure to check back here daily for any tournament updates. Links to live scoreboards to all ladies tours are available at the top of this page.

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  1. I wonder why Tony the GC is only giving you 4 hours live coverage on the first day again. Here in N.Z we are getting 4 hours live coverage every day again as we did the last week.

    1. I have given up on trying to figure out GC's logic. Maybe someday there will be a LPGA network.

    2. I can also tell you our coverage here during the Asia swing has had far fewer commercial breaks so we are getting to see more play and players. I’m able to check this by watching our satellite coverage and a live internet GC stream at the same time. Commissioner Michael Whan said one priority was to get more live coverage. I'm sure us LPGA fans will be hoping he can deliver on this in 2015.

  2. I was picking the top 10 for this tournament, and only Inbee Park and Michelle Wie ended up at the top. I did not expect Lydia Ko and Na Yeon Choi to be outside top 20.