Monday, January 26, 2015

Coates Golf Championship Presented By R&L Carriers Preview

Well here we go!

It is time to start the 2015 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments (including the Solheim Cup), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2015 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in Florida this year, with the playing of the Coates Golf Championship Presented by R&L Carriers.

Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club

This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments this season.

Here are the key details:

Course: Golden Ocala Golf and Eqestrian Club
Location: Ocala, Florida
Defending Champion: This is the inaugural event
Winning Score: N/A

Final Field: 120 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,541
Purse:  $1,500,000

This is a very strong field. My strength of field rating is 76%. As a comparison, this field would have been the 8th strongest field of the year last year out of 32 events. Twenty-two of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings, and 44 of the top 50 players on the 2015 LPGA priority list will be teeing it up. Notable players that are not in attendance this week include: Shanshan Feng, Catriona Matthew, Hee Kyung Seo, Lee-Anne Pace, I.K. Kim, Yani Tseng, Se Ri Pak, Natalie Gulbis, and Hyo-Joo Kim.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are the television times:
Jan 28 - GC 2:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jan 29 - GC 11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET
Jan 30 - GC 8:00 PM-10:00 PM ET
Jan 31 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Inbee Park
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Michelle Wie
7- Chella Choi
8- Jessica Korda
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Azahara Munoz
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Ha-Na Jang
Last season I finished in 3rd place among the 21 players who participated.
For those of you who might want to play this year, here is your chance to get in from the very beginning. You can post your picks either at Seoul Sisters, or at myLPGA.

Other Tidbits:
The two players who received sponsor exemptions this week are Cheyenne Woods and Alexandra Jacobsen. The Saturday qualifiers were Ha-Na Jang and Jing Yan.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will always be posted here, at the bottom of the blog, throughout the year. Links to live scoreboards are always available at the top of this page.
Feedback is always welcome in the comments section. Let's all enjoy this very promising 2015 LPGA season together.

Update #1 - Line Vedel and Sarah Kemp have withdrawn.

Here are the final results:

1Na Yeon Choi-16F
2Jessica Korda-15F
2Ha-Na Jang-15F
2Lydia Ko-15F
5Amy Yang-10F
6Alison Walshe-9F
7Brittany Lang-8F
8Sun Young Yoo-7F
8So Yeon Ryu-7F
8Stacy Lewis-7F
11Ariya Jutanugarn-6F
12Minjee Lee-5F
13Sydnee Michaels-4F
13Mo Martin-4F
13Inbee Park-4F
13Mariajo Uribe-4F
13Alison Lee-4F
13Azahara Munoz-4F
13Mirim Lee-4F
13Austin Ernst-4F

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