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HSBC Women's Champions Preview & Pairings

Before I get started with this week's topic, I want to give a big congratulations to Anna Nordqvist for winning last week's Honda LPGA Thailand Championship. This was Anna's first win in nearly 5 years and she did it in a very unusual fashion, winning it wire to wire.


The LPGA moves to Singapore this week for the playing of the HSBC Women's Champions. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish, when Stacy Lewis came out victorious by one stroke over Na Yeon Choi. Paula Creamer finished two strokes back.





This will be tournament #4 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. Here are the Key details:
Course:  Sentosa Golf Club, The Serapong Course Location:  Singapore Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis Winning Score:  67-66-69-71=273 (-15)

Final Field:  63 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,600
Purse:  $1,400,000

Although the field is very small, my strength of field rating is a very solid 77.5%. Thirty-nine of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority List, and  …

Honda LPGA Thailand Preview & Pairings

The LPGA tour moves to Thailand this week for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Many of you may remember the startling conclusion of this tournament in 2013.

Ariya Jutanugarn had a two stroke lead going to the final hole, and triple bogeyed the par five 18th.

Inbee Park who had already completed her round, would be the beneficiary of Ariya's misfortune and take home the winner's check.

Yani Tseng was the winner of this event in 2011 and 2012. She also played well in 2013 finishing in 3rd place, just 2 shots back of the eventual winner.

This will be tournament # 3 of 32 tournaments on the 2014 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Siam Country Club
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion: Inbee Park
Winning Score:  67-71-71-67= 276 (-12)

Final Field:  70 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,469
Purse:  $1,500,000

In spite of the limited amount of players teeing it up, my strength of field is a very high 79%. This is by far the strongest field of the ye…

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings



The LPGA will be moving to Australia this week for the playing of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

Jessica Korda, winner of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, will be trying to open the 2014 season with back to back wins. The Korda family has a rich history of coming up big in this country as Jessica won this event in 2012, and her father, Petr Korda, won the Australian Open Tennis Championship in 1998.

This will be tournament #2 of 32 tournaments on the 2014 schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Victoria Golf Club
Location:  Victoria, Australia
Defending Champion: Jiyai Shin
Winning Score:  65-67-70-72 = 274 (-18)

Final Field: 156 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,480
Purse:  $1,200,000

My strength of field rating is only 51.5% as many of the top players are sitting this one out, although that is up from 49.5% last year. Ten of the top 25 players on the LPGA Priority List will not be in action, and 9 of the top 20 in the Rolex Rankings are skipping the even…

Cheyenne Woods Stuns Field and Wins LET Tournament

Cheyenne Woods has shocked the golf world by winning the Volvic RACV Ladies Masters. The tournament which took place in Queensland Australia was the second tournament on the Ladies European Tour of the 2014 season.

Woods, the 23 year old niece of Tiger Woods, finished with a 4 under par 68 to win by 2 strokes.

This was the first win for Cheyenne on a major tour.

This was not a weak field as it included such players as Yani Tseng, Jessica Korda, and Caroline Hedwall.

Woods had tried to qualify for the LPGA this past December but was unsuccessful.
She will be teeing it up as a sponsor exemption this coming week, when the LPGA plays in Australia.






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Fierce Competition For International Crown Spots

At the end of the 2013 season we found out who the eight countries were that will be competing in the International Crown that will be played in 2014.

There are still some very important things that have to be decided yet. They include:
The players that will be representing their countries.The final seeding of the countries themselves. We will not know the results of the above until the Monday of the Kraft Nabisco Championship week.

I have been asked many times if you have to be an LPGA member to compete in this event, and the answer is no. You just have to be one of your country's four highest Rolex Ranked players. A country that does not have 4 ranked players does not qualify.

We will have changes each week as tournaments are being played leading up to the April deadline.
Here are the current seedings, and the players that would represent their countries if the cut-off was today.

1- South Korea - 23
Inbee Park (1)
So Yeon Ryu (5)
Na Yeon Choi (7)
I.K. Kim (10)
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