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Kia Classic Preview & Pairings

Before we get to this week's tournament, let me give a big congrats to Karrie Webb for winning the JTBC Founders Cup. I have to admit that when I was following this on Sunday I thought there were about 8 players that had a good chance of winning, and Karrie was not one of them. She came out of nowhere. Lydia Ko seemed to have it all wrapped up but played her last 13 holes two over par, while Karrie played her last 12 holes in 8 under. It was certainly a lesson where the experienced veteran showed the rookie how to get it done. It was the second time in this very young season where Ko had a real chance of winning but could not close. It will be interesting to see how the 16 year old sensation handles similar situations in the coming weeks. It definitely bears watching.

It was Karrie's second win of the season. Karrie was coming off a tournament that she had all but won, and bogeyed three of the last four holes. Paula Creamer would eventually win that tournament in a playoff.

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JTBC Founders Cup Preview & Pairings

After a two week break, the LPGA moves to the state of Arizona for the playing of the JTBC Founders Cup. This will be the first of 12 consecutive tournaments to be played in North America.

As many of  you may remember, this tournament was first played back in 2011 and was played strictly as a charitable event. There was no purse or prize money of any kind. The tournament was won that year by Karrie Webb. Things have certainly changed since then as this is now a full field event with a generous purse, and has attracted a first class field. We can all look forward to a "shootout" as 34 players shot -10 or better last year. The cut of -2 was the lowest of the season.

This will be tournament number 5 of 32 on the 2014 LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion: Stacy Lewis
Winning Score: 68-65-68-64 = 265 (-23)

Final Field: 132 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6…

Stats & Facts - Volume 18

First let me give a big congratulations to Paula Creamer for winning the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions.
It was Paula's tenth career victory and she certainly did it in spectacular fashion.
The LPGA has now completed the first four tournaments, or 1/8 of its 2014 schedule. It is always great to get off to a good start. I don't think it is too early to take a look and see how our favorite players are performing. More times than not, a player's start will set the tone for the rest of the season.
On that note let us look at some of the more important statistics of the 2014 season: (A player must have played in a minimum of 2 events to qualify)

Rolex Player of the Year:  (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point) 1- Paula Creamer - 48 points 2- Karrie Webb - 39 3- Anna Nordqvist - 30 3- Jessica Korda - 30 5- Stacy Lewis 23
Vare Trophy:  (Winner receives Hall of Fame point) 1- Inbee Park - 69.50 strokes per round 2- Amelia Lewis - 69.875 (Yes, I got the correct Lewis) 3- Karrie Webb -…

Paula Creamer sinks Miracle 75 Foot Putt to Win Playoff.

Paula Creamer sank a 75 foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Azahara Munoz and win the HSBC Champions on Sunday for her 10th career victory.

Creamer and Munoz finished 72 holes tied at 10-under 278, one stroke ahead of Karrie Webb, who led after every round but bogeyed three of her last six holes to give up a three-shot lead and finish third.


Here is the link to the winning putt (from Golf channel.)






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