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Honda Thailand LPGA Preview

It was quite a week for the youngsters! 

On the LPGA tour, 17 year old Lydia Ko increased her hold on the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings by winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. It wasn't easy, but in the end she was 2 strokes better than runner-up Amy Yang.

Not to be outdone, 16 year old amateur Hannah O'Sullivan won the Gateway Classic on the Symetra tour. Hannah became the youngest player ever to win a Symetra tour event. Cristie Kerr had won as a 17 year old. Hannah is still just a junior in high school, but is a name we will all be hearing more of in the near future.

Sixteen year old Hannah O'Sullivan became youngest Symetra tour winner ever.

The LPGA moves to Thailand this week for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Anna Nordqvist outlasted Inbee Park and won by 2 strokes.

Anna Nordqvist holds up her 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand trophy.

This will be tournament #4 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key details:

Course:  Siam Country Club, Pataya Old Course
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score: 66-72-67-68 = 273 (-15)

Final Field: 70 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,578
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 74%, tying it with the Coates Championship as the strongest field so far this year. Forty-seven of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority list, and 21 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. One very noticeable absentee will be Rolex Rankings number one player Lydia Ko. Other absentees include: Ha Na Jang, Minjee Lee, Q-Baek, and I.K. Kim.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times: (Golf Channel)
Thursday 2/26 - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET
Friday 2/27  - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET
Saturday 2/28 - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET
Sunday 2/29 - 1:00 - 5:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Inbee Park
2- Ariya Jutanugarn
3- Stacy Lewis
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Michelle Wie
7- Suzann Pettersen
8- Anna Nordqvist
9- Amy Yang
10- Jenny Shin
11- Shanshan Feng
12- Pornanong Phatlum
Last week 7 of my 12 picks finished in the top 12. I am currently tied for 3rd place among the 24 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Moriya Jutanugarn's missed cut at the Australian Open was her first in her last 13 events.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang jumps from #21 to #16, Ariya Jutanugarn leaps from #60 to #44, and Minjee Lee rises from #68 to #61.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko jumps out to the lead with 890 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn (560), and Na Yeon Choi (510).

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko is the only player to finish in the top 10 in all 3 tournaments this year. AmyYang and Ariya Jutanugarn have 3 top 20 finishes.

Who's Not:
Belen Mozo has failed to make the cut in all 3 of her starts.

Be sure to check back here daily for any news and updates which will be added to the bottom of this blog. For live scoreboards see the link on the top of this page.

Here are the final results:
1Amy Yang-15F
2Yani Tseng-13F
2Mirim Lee-13F
2Stacy Lewis-13F
5Beatriz Recari-12F
5Sei Young Kim-12F
7Inbee Park-11F
7Suzann Pettersen-11F
7Sandra Gal-11F
10Shanshan Feng-10F

For full scoreboard see link on top of this page.

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  1. I think Lydia Ko will be the next #1 player for the longest time after Yani Tseng's 109 weeks.


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