Monday, April 28, 2014

North Texas LPGA Shootout Preview & Pairings

I want to start off by congratulating Lydia Ko for winning the LPGA Swinging Skirts Tournament. Lydia had quite a week. First she was named one of the 100 most influential women in the world, then she celebrated her 17th birthday, and topped that off by winning her first tournament as an LPGA member. It was her 3rd LPGA win overall.

This has been quite a remarkable season so far. It seems that every tournament has been packed with suspense and has either gone down to the final hole or into a playoff.

Many unusual things have happened this year that have led me to ask my audience the following questions:

  1. Coming into this season would you have thought that the only player to have finished in the top twenty in all of her starts would be Michelle Wie?
  2. Would anyone ever think that a professional golfer on any tour could finish in the top ten 18 times in 19 tournaments? That is the streak Stacy Lewis is currently on.
  3. Who could have imagined that the top 4 LPGA players from Japan (AI Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Ayaka Uehara, Chi Arimura) would not have a top twenty finish among them in 27 starts?
  4. That Stacy Lewis would lead the Race to The CME Globe at this point of the season without recording a victory? 
  5. Would anyone have thought that Yani Tseng, who was #1 two short years ago, would now be #50?
  6. Am I the only one who is thinking that Na Yeon Choi is having a bad season, even though she has five top twenty finishes?
  7. Who could possibly have figured that after 9 tournaments we wouldn't have a winner playing under the Korean Flag? 
  8. Is it me or does it seem that with recent winners like Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, and Lydia Ko, the LPGA winners are much more exciting then the winners on the PGA?

     Now Onto This Week's Tournament

The LPGA moves to the state of Texas this week for the playing of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

This is tournament #10 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location:  Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  67-70-67-67 = (-13) 

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35=71
Yardage:  6410
Purse:  $1, 300,000

My strength of field rating this week is 67.5. Six tournaments have had higher ratings and 3 lower this year.
The biggest names missing from this week's field include: Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Caroline Hedwall, Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, Ai & Mika Miyazato, Hee Kyung Seo, and Yani Tseng.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the television times:
May 1 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM ET
May 2 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM ET
May 3 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
May 4 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Lexi Thompson
4- So Yeon Ryu
5-Michelle Wie
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Cristie Kerr
8- Azahara Munoz
9- Chella Choi
10- Jessica Korda
11- Lizette Salas
12- Suzann Pettersen
My very mediocre pickings last week were only good enough for 9th place. I am now in a tie for 3rd place among the 19 participants.

Other Tidbits:
The Swinging Skirts tournament was not very kind to existing cut streaks. Jessica Korda (32), Gerina Piller (22), Chella Choi (18), and Amy Yang (14), all saw their streaks come to an end.

Jenny Shin has really been flying under the radar. Her five top 20 finishes this year may have gone unnoticed.

This week's tournament has added significance as the LPGA's first Priority List reshuffle will take place after the event.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lydia Ko moves up from #4 to #2, Jenny Shin catapults over 18 players and moves to # 40, while Line Vedal soars from #173 to #105. On the downside, Brittany Lincicome continues her steep drop falling all the way down to #57.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis has soared into the lead with 1,479 points. Karrie Webb (1,417), and Michelle Wie (1,350) are second and third.

Who's Hot
Cristie Kerr has five consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Not:
Brittany Lincicome  and Irene Coe have both missed 4 cuts in their last 5 starts.
Paula Creamer has not finished in the top 30 in her last 3 starts. 

Be sure to check back here for any updates. I will post the leaders after each round.
Live scoreboards to all tournaments on all tours are available at the top of this page.

UPDATE #1 - Paula Creamer is no longer on the field list.

UPDATE #2 - I should mention that this tournament is very unique in the fact that it has two cuts. The field will be cut to the usual 70 on Friday, and then it will be reduced to 50 on Saturday. The players that make the first cut and miss the second one will not be charged with a missed cut and will receive part of the purse.

UPDATE #3 - As pointed out by Mike at Ruthless Golf, So Yeon Ryu has withdrawn and was replaced by Loiuse Friberg.

Here are the Final results:
1Stacy Lewis-16F
2Meena Lee-10F
3Michelle Wie-9F
4Na Yeon Choi-8F
4Kim Kaufman-8F
6Dewi Claire Schreefel-7F
6Lexi Thompson-7F
6Cristie Kerr-7F
6Christina Kim-7F
6Suzann Pettersen-7F
6Dori Carter-7F

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

There has been so much excitement on the LPGA so far this year, that it is hard to believe that the season is only 1/4 over. Hall of Famer Karrie Webb  has already won twice this year. That has been matched by Anna Nordqvist's 2 victories. Fan favorites Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie have each brought home a trophy, and future superstars Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda have also been in the winner's circle.
Fan interest is growing, television ratings have never been higher, and they still have 75% of the schedule to play (and that includes four more majors). 

The LPGA moves back to the state of California this week for the inaugural playing of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

This will be tournament # 9 of 32 on the schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Lake Merced Golf Club
Location:  San Francisco, California
Defending Champion: This is the inaugural playing of this event.
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not available at this time
Purse:  $1,800,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 82.5%, making it the 3rd strongest field of the year.
48 of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 39 of the top 50 Rolex Ranked players will be teeing it up. The most noteworthy player that is skipping the event is Lexi Thompson. Highly ranked non LPGA members Ariya Jutanugarn, Hyo-Joo Kim, and Charley Hull are among the many players getting sponsor invitations. 

Here are the television times:
Apr 24 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM ET
Apr 25 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM ET
Apr 26 - GC 6:30 PM-9:30 PM ET
Apr 27 - GC 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Paula Creamer
3- Michelle Wie
4- Jessica Korda
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Hyo-Joo Kim (non LPGA player convinced me last week she can play)
7- Inbee Park
8- Azahara Munoz
9- Suzann Pettersen
10- Karrie Webb
11- Christie Kerr
12- Na Yeon Choi
I correctly picked the winner of last week's tournament but still finished in 6th place for the week  I am currently tied for 2nd place, in a field of 18, so far this year.

Other Tidbits:
With Azahara Munoz finishing in 22nd place last week, Michelle Wie is now the only LPGA player to finish in the top 20 in every start. Michelle's worst finish has been 16th place.

Anna Nordqvist's missed cut ended her streak at 39.

Paula Creamer has now made **80 consecutive cuts.
** My count on Paula's cut streak was at 74 which I found out was erroneous. The difference was that back at the last tournament of 2010 ( The LPGA Tour Championship), there were 2 cuts. One after the 2nd round and one after the third round. Paula made the first cut and missed the second one. I had counted it as a missed cut. I have since found out from the LPGA, that since Paula made the first cut and took home a paycheck (of over $8,000), that does not count as a missed cut. That said, her last missed cut goes back to the 2010 Safeway Classic. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Michelle Wie continues her surge forward moving up from # 23 to #13. She started the year at #61. Angela Stanford moves from #17 to #14, while further down the list Haru Nomura leaps from #113 to #96.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Karrie Webb leads with 1,376 points, followed by Michelle Wie 1,270, Stacy Lewis 1,179, Anna Nordqvist 1,145, and Paula Creamer 1,075.

Who's Hot:
Cristie Kerr has 4 consecutive top 10 finishes. Chella Choi has finished no worse than 22nd place in her last 5 tournaments. 

Who's Not:
Mi Jung Hur has missed 5 consecutive cuts. Married life has not helped Hee Young Seo's golf game, she has missed her last 2 cuts and has not finished higher than 29th this year. Vicky Hurst has found all sorts of ways not to make it to the weekend rounds. In her last 5 tournaments she has 3 missed cuts, 1 disqualification, and withdrew from the other.

Just a reminder that on the very top of this page there are links to live scoreboards to all the women's tours. Check back here periodically for tournament updates and results.

UPDATE: Here are the final results:
1Lydia Ko-12F
2Stacy Lewis-11F
3Jenny Shin-10F
4Inbee Park-6F
4Line Vedel Hansen-6F
4Shanshan Feng-6F
7Hyo Joo Kim-4F
7P.K. Kongkraphan-4F
9Cristie Kerr-2F
9Michelle Wie-2F
9Brittany Lang-2F
9Karine Icher-2F
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Michelle Wie Wins LPGA Lotte Championship

Michelle Wie shot a final round 67 to win the LPGA Lotte Championship by 2 strokes over Angela Stanford. It was a reversal of fortune for Wie, as just 2 weeks ago she finished runner up to Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

It certainly did not look like it was going to be Michelle Wie's day as Angela Stanford birdied the 3rd hole to take a 4 stroke lead over Michelle and Hyo Joo Kim of Korea. Then things started to change quite rapidly. Michelle would birdie holes 5 and 6, while Stanford bogeyed the 6th and 8th holes. Meanwhile Kim was looking very solid with birdies on the 1st, 4th, and 7th holes, and we had a 3 way tie at the turn.

From there on in it was all Wie, as she made medium length putts on 12, 13, and 16 to seal the victory.
Stanford could do no better than shoot even par on the back nine, and the pressure seemed to get to Kim as she shot a 2 over par 38 to fall out of contention.

  • Michelle Wie dances after her victory (picture taken from

The victory was especially sweet as it came in Michelle's home state of Hawaii. It was the 3rd LPGA win for Wie, and the first on American soil, as the first 2 were in Canada and Mexico. It was the first come from behind win of her career, as she was either tied or led after 54 holes in her first 2 victories. It was also Wie's first win in her last 79 starts.

It has been a stellar year so far for Michelle as she has finished in the top 16 in all seven of her starts this year.

Wie became the 4th American to win so far this season, joining Jessica Korda, Paula Creamer, and Lexi Thompson. Karrie Webb (Australia), and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), are the only other players to win this year.

Monday, April 14, 2014

LPGA Lotte Championship Preview & Pairings

After a short one week break the LPGA moves to Hawaii this week for the playing of the LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf.

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen will not be teeing it up

This tournament is very unique as it has a Wednesday start and ends on Saturday.
Some of you may remember last year's very exciting finish when Suzann Pettersen won a playoff against Lizette Salas.

This is tournament # 8 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the Key details:

Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club
Location:  Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Winning Score:  65-69-68-67=269 (-19)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,383
Purse:  $1,700,000

My strength of field rating this week is 63.0, making it the 3rd weakest field of the year so far. Twenty-Five of the top 40 players from the Rolex Rankings, and 28 of the top 40 on the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up. The biggest names skipping this event include: Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, I.K. Kim, Karrie Webb, Karine Icher, Catriona Matthew, Beatriz Recari, Jessica Korda. Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Jennifer Johnson, and Sandra Gal. Highly ranked Ariya Jutanugarn was a Sunday qualifier.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

*Here are the television times:
Apr 16 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
Apr 17 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
Apr 18 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET
Apr 19 - GC 6:30 PM-10:30 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Michelle Wie
2- Inbee Park
3- Lydia Ko
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Shanshan Feng
6- Paula Creamer
7- Anna Nordqvist
8- Kristie Kerr
9- Na Yeon Choi
10- Lizette Salas
11- Azahara Munoz
12- Chella Choi

Other Tidbits:
It has been brought to my attention that the KLPGA has finally put a live English language scoreboard on their website. I have now included it at the top of this blog. 

I.K. Kim has now skipped 5 of the first 8 LPGA tournaments this year.

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1Angela Stanford-13F
2Hyo Joo Kim-9F
2Michelle Wie-9F
4Cristie Kerr-8F
5Amy Anderson-6F
5So Yeon Ryu-6F
5Inbee Park-6F
8Chella Choi-4F
8Katie Burnett-4F
10Julieta Granada-3F
10Amelia Lewis-3F
10Haru Nomura-3F
10Se Ri Pak-3F

For full scoreboard see link at the top of this page.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Surprises & Disappointments - Part 1

Although the LPGA has completed only 7 of the 32 tournaments on the 2014 schedule, I don't think it is too early to take a look at some of the ladies who have been the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments of the year thus far.

As I do every year, I will do this again at the halfway point of the season and again at the season's end.

To further explain how I make my picks, the fact that Lydia Ko is doing so well and is not on my list is because I have such high expectations for her that this is not a surprise. The fact that the still slumping Yani Tseng, who was my biggest disappointment last year, is not on my list this year is because I have lowered my expectations so much that her continued poor play is no longer surprising.

With that in mind here are my early season choices:

Biggest Surprises:

                  Azahara Munoz                                                            Michelle Wie

1- Michelle Wie - I think over the last few years we have all lowered our expectations for Michelle. It certainly looks like we should start to rethink that. Michelle, for the first time in her career, appears as if she is comfortable with herself. She is enjoying playing golf again and it is showing in her results. She  has not finished outside of the top 16 in any tournament this year, and her 69.75 scoring average leads the entire tour. She started the year the #61 player in the world, and is currently #24.

2- Anna Nordqvist - She won twice in her rookie year of 2010, including a major championship, and then didn't win again. Until this year that is. She has come out of the gate on fire winning two of the first 7 events of the season. She admitted "falling out of love with the game." She now has fallen back in love with it and the LPGA players are all taking notice.

3- Azahara Munoz - Her 2013 season was not a very good one. She didn't even get into the Titleholders Championship until the very last minute. She has never won a stroke play event on the LPGA tour and it was beginning to look like her match play victory was a fluke. Not any more! Azahara has gotten off to her best start of her career in 2014. She is the only player to have finished in the top 20 in all 7 tournaments. A miracle putt by Paula Creamer in a playoff prevented her from winning the HSBC championship, but it won't be long before she finds the winner's circle.

4- Gerina Piller - A late bloomer, Gerina has become one of the most consistent players in the game. Not that she is old at 29, but you usually don't see this dramatic an improvement at that age. 2013 was her best year by far as a professional, and she has been even better this year. Her finishes of 27th, 10th, 5th, 22nd, 10th, and 11th this year have vaulted her into the top 30 in the world.

5- Karrie Webb - Karrie has won twice already this year, and blew a 3 stroke lead on the back nine of the HSBC preventing her from winning a third. You may think that  her being in the Hall of Fame should make this less of a surprise. I disagree. I don't think too many of us saw her playing this well in a year that she will be celebrating her 40th birthday.

Honorable mentions: Chella Choi (please win so your father can retire), and Jenny Shin.

Biggest Disappointments:

         Ai Miyazato                                  Hee Kyung Seo                           Beatriz Recari

1- Ai Miyazato - Ai started slumping the second half of last year and hasn't shown many signs of coming out of it. In fact, she has failed to register a top 10 finish in her last 21 starts. Worse than that she has gone ten consecutive tournaments without a top 20.  Her age suggests that she should be in the prime of her career. Has the ever increasing number of long hitters on the LPGA tour finally caught up to her? Once the #1 player in the world, for a total of 12 weeks, Ai has currently dropped all the way down to #34. As a person who spends lots of time at these tournaments, I want to say that Ai is one of the nicest and classiest people on the tour, and I will be rooting for her to return to form.

2- Beatriz Recariu - What a difference a year makes. Last year Beatriz won two tournaments and was the year's biggest surprise. This year she has failed to finish higher than 28th. She withdrew from a tournament a few weeks back, which may suggest she is suffering some kind of nagging injury. If healthy, look for her to be off this list at mid season.

3- Hee Kyung Seo - The model of the fairways, may have to find a runway soon. Seo has not contended in a tournament this year. In fact, I don't remember seeing a single shot of hers on TV. Her best finish this year is 29th. Hopefully at 27 years of age, her best golf is still ahead of her.

4- Ihlee Lee - Lee has started 6 tournaments this year, missing 2 cuts and finishing 29th, 46th, 50th, and 65th in the others. A winner last year in the abbreviated 36 hole tournament in the Bahamas may have raised our expectations of her higher than they should have been.

5- Moriya Jutanugarn - Last year's Rookie of the Year doesn't seem to have a clue this year. Moriya slumped badly the second half of last season and it has carried over to 2014. Her best finish this year is 27th and she has missed her last 2 cuts.

6- Mika Miyazato - Just two short years ago Mika was a top ten player and looked like she would be a mainstay there for years to come. Like Ai Miyazato, she also has dropped out of the top 30 and has not finished in the top 25 yet this year.

Dishonorable mentions: Brittany Lincicome, Jennifer Johnson, Carlotta Ciganda, Sun Young Yoo, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

Feel free to add your own surprises and disappointments in the comments section.

I will be back in a few days with a preview of the next LPGA tournament in Hawaii.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Paula Creamer Ties Tiger Woods - Golf Digest Blasted

First let me say congratulations to Lexi Thompson for winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She becomes the  first Major Champion of 2014. Michelle Wie finished 2nd, 3 shots back. It was the fourth LPGA win for the 19 year old superstar and 3rd win in her last 12 starts. When she is putting well, it appears that she is the best player in the game right now. You have to wonder how many majors she is capable of winning. The Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless did a full recap.

    Lexi Thompson
    Lexi holds up the winning trophy

    Paula Creamer tied Tiger Woods' record for the most consecutive cuts made in a major championship. Paula made the cut this past week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making it her 37th consecutive cut in major championship play. Tiger Woods made 37 straight between 1997 and 2006. Paula has never missed a cut in a major in her entire career. Paula also leads the LPGA tour with a current streak of 73 tournaments in a row without missing a cut.


On another note, there has been a lot of talk this week about the current cover of Golf Digest. In fact it has upset quite a few people.

As shown above, GD chose to put Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, on its cover. Paulina is not a professional golfer. What is the message that is being sent here? Are there no LPGA golfers fit enough to make the cover of GD's fitness issue? In my opinion that couldn't be further from the truth. You want fitness? Take a look at Suzann Pettersen. How about Belen Mozo? I can name many more. I give big applause to  professional golfer Sydnee Michaels who posted the following on Twitter:

Stacy Lewis, the top ranked American player in the world, has never been on the cover of Golf Digest. She was asked by a reporter from the New York Times what she thought of Golf Digest's choice.

"It's frustrating for female golfers," Lewis said. "It's the state of where we have always been. We don't get the respect for being the golfers we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines, but at the same time you would like to see a little respect for the women's game."

Hall of Famer Julie Inkster added the following.

"It's frustrating because it is Golf Digest, it's not Sports Illustrated's  swimsuit issue," Inkster told the New York Times reporter. "I think maybe they should recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It's like what do you have to do to get some respect?

For the record, the last three women to appear on the cover of GD were not professional golfers. Holly Sanders was on the cover of the fitness issue a year ago. Kate Upton was on the cover with Arnold Palmer in the December issue.

Other Tidbits:
It is a little known fact that a non LPGA member can earn a category 10 LPGA card, if her unofficial earnings made during the year were good enough to finish in the top 40 of the LPGA money list. This is a full time playing card. Charley Hull went a long way towards obtaining that goal this week earning over $ 51,000 which would currently rank her #43. We will next see Charley at the Swinging Skirts Tournament in a couple of weeks.

Lizzette Salas' missed cut this week was her first in her last 18 events.

Ai Miyazato is now 0 for 38 in major championships.

The U.S.A. swept the first 3 spots at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. That is the first time that has happened in a major championship in recent memory.

In case it went unnoticed, the U.S.A. passed South Korea at the very last minute and will be the #1 seed at the International Crown to be played later this year.

Stacy Lewis now has 6 top 10 finishes already this year. No one else has more than 4.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lexi Thompson continues her surge to the top by moving up from #9 to #6.
Se Ri Pak jumps up from # 29 to #20, Michelle Wie vaults from # 38 to #24, while Charley Hull leaps from #67 to #47.

Race to the CME Globe:  ($1,000,000)
Karrie Webb still leads with 1,376 points. Stacy Lewis' consistent play has moved her into 2nd with 1,179. They are followed by Anna Nordqvist 1,145, Paula Creamer 1,074, and Lexi Thompson 1,035.

Who's Hot:
Azahara Munoz is the only LPGA player to finish in the top 20 in all 7 tournaments this year. She also has 4 consecutive top 10 finishes.
Michelle Wie's worst finish in her 6 starts this year was 16th place.
Christie Kerr has 3 consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Not:
Every LPGA member playing under the Japanese Flag. This has been a very strange story. I have never seen an entire country's players slump the way the players from Japan have performed over the last 18 months. Even Mika Miyazato has joined in. She missed the cut at the Kraft Nabisco and has not finished better than 29th. They need to get their act together quickly or their stay at the International Crown might be very short. With players like the Miyazato's, Arimura, and Uehara, you would think this will turn around for them very soon. It definitely bears watching.
Beatriz Recari has not finished better than 28th yet this year, and has missed 2 cuts. Her WD a couple of weeks back might be telling us something.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kraft Nabisco Championship Preview & Pairings

After a very exciting start to the LPGA season, the LPGA will be staging its first major championship this week with the playing of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

This will be the first of 5 major championships on the 2014 LPGA schedule.

Winning a major championship can go a long way towards achieving the LPGA's most prestigious season ending awards. Player of the Year points and Rookie of the Year points are doubled for major championships. Twenty-five percent will be added to the normal value of points rewarded for the Race to the CME Globe and its one million dollar first prize.

This will be tournament #7 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  70-67-67-6 = 273 (-15)

Final Field:  112 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  6,738
Purse:  $2,000,000

The world famous Poppie's Pond

My strength of field rating is 89.5%, making it not only the strongest field of the year, but the strongest rating of any tournament in the 3 years that I have been writing my blog. The entire top 40 on the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up, as well as the top 32 players on this week's Rolex Rankings.

Among the top players from other tours playing this week include:
Ha Na Jang - Rolex Ranked #17 - KLPGA Tour player
Jiyai Shin - Rolex Ranked #22 - JLPGA Tour player
Sakura Yokomine - Rolex Ranked #37 - JLPGA Tour player
Sey Young Kim - Rolex Ranked #39 - KLPGA Tour player
Charley Hull - Rolex Ranked #67 - LET Tour player

Other interesting entries include:
Brooke Henderson - Canada's top amateur player
Nelly Korda - Younger sister of Jessica Korda
Lee- Anne Pace - Although she does have an LPGA card, she is in the field because of her LET achievements. She is ranked #51 in the world. Look for her LPGA Priority List status to improve after the first reshuffle in a few weeks.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the television times:
Apr 3 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Apr 3 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 4 - GC 12:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
Apr 4 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 5 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 6 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Paula Creamer
2- Inbee Park
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Jessica Korda
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Lizette Salas
7- Cristie Kerr
8- Lydia Ko
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Karrie Webb
11- Chella Choi
12- Na Yeon Choi
I won the Pak Picker contest last week for the second time this young season and have moved up from #4 to #2. There are currently 16 active players. It is not to late for new entries.

Other Tidbits:
Late last year when the LPGA announced its 2014 schedule, they held a spot for a new event to be held in China. It has now been officially given the title of  "Blue Bay LPGA," and will be held in Haiman Island China. It will be held October 20th to 26th.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Kia Classic winner Anna Nordqvist jumps from #16 to #10, while Lizette Salas rises 7 spots to #14. The big mover outside the top 100 was Dori Carter who springs from her # 244 ranking all the way to #188.

Race to the CME Globe:
Karrie Webb continues to lead as she increased her point total to 1,288, Anna Nordqvist moves into the 2nd spot with 1,076. Paula Creamer is third with 1,028.

Who's Hot:
With Lydia Ko finishing in a tie for 61st at the Kia Classic, Azahara Munoz is now the only player to finish in the top 20 in all 6 LPGA tournaments this year. Michelle Wie has finished in the top 20 in all 5 tournaments she has played.

Who's Not:
Beatriz Recari has not finished better than 28th this year and has missed two cuts.
Angela Stanford has missed the cut in her last 2 tournaments.
Last Year's Rookie of the Year Moriya Jutanugarn has failed to register a top 25 yet this year. She has also missed 2 cuts in this young season.

Be sure to check back here periodically for tournament news and scoring updates. They will be added to the bottom of this blog. For live scoreboard links to all the ladies' tours, see the links at the top of this page.

UPDATE #1 - Suzann Pettersen has just withdrawn.
UPDATE #2 - Laura Davies has been removed from the field list. Tiffany Joh has been added. 

Here are the final results:
1Lexi Thompson-1473646968274$300,000
2Michelle Wie-1167716871277$187,584
3Stacy Lewis-773706969281$136,079
T4Cristie Kerr-669707172282$94,998
T4Se Ri Pak-667707174282$94,998
6Shanshan Feng-566737272283$69,323
T7Azahara Munoz-472707072284$51,522
T7Angela Stanford-474696972284$51,522
T7Charley Hull-473696676284$51,522
10Amy Yang-368737173285$41,594
For full results see link on top of this page.

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