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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Mirim Lee for winning the Reignwood LPGA Classic. It was her second win of the year, and tied Lydia Ko for most victories by a rookie in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Malaysia for the playing of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Lexi Thompson won this tournament in 2013 by a fairly comfortable margin, as she finished 4 strokes better than runner up Shanshan Feng.

Defending Champion Lexi Thompson

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Location:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  67-63-66-69 = 265 (-19)

Final Field:   75 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage: 6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000 (winner gets $300,000)

My strength of field rating is a 62% making it the 8th weakest of the year. Thirty-five of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 29 of the top 40 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees include: Inbee Park, I.K. Kim, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie (injury) Jennifer Johnson, Ai Miyazato, and Mika Miyazato.

Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Xi Yu Lin, and Natalie Gulbis are among the sponsor exemptions.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

**Here are the television times:
Oct 8 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 9 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 10 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 11 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

** Because of the 12 hour time delay (east coast viewers), many people will not watch this until they come home from work the following day. I will not post spoilers until sometime after that.

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Mirim Lee
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Jessica Korda
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Lydia Ko
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Chella Choi
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Ilhee Lee
12- Na Yeon Choi
After my 5th place finish last week, I currently remain in 5th place among the 21 contestants. 

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi has 15 top twenty finishes this year. That ranks her third behind only Stacy Lewis (20), and Inbee Park (16).  Strangely, only 7 of those finishes were top tens, which ranks her 12th in that department.

South Korean golfers, who couldn't buy a win in the first half of the season, now have won 6 of the last 7 tournaments, giving them 7 victories this year. The U.S. continues to lead with 12.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Mirim Lee vaults up from #29 to #19, while Caroline Hedwall leaps from #52 to #41.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,433 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,906.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has 6 consecutive top ten finishes. Mariajo Uribe has finished in the top 15 in her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Candie Kung has not finished better than 34th in her last 6 starts.

Here are the final results:

1Shanshan Feng-18F
2Pornanong Phatlum-15F
3Pernilla Lindberg-14F
3Chella Choi-14F
3So Yeon Ryu-14F
6Na Yeon Choi-13F
7Ilhee Lee-12F
8Caroline Masson-11F
8Sun Young Yoo-11F
8Mi Hyang Lee-11F
8Lydia Ko-11F

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