Monday, February 16, 2015

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA travels to the continent of Australia for the ISPS Women's Australian Open. This tournament has a history of very close finishes. Who could forget the 2012 finish, where Jessica Korda won a 6 player playoff? The following year Jiyai Shin and Yani Tseng battled it out down the stretch, with Jiyai coming out on top by 2 strokes. Last year nine players finished within 3 strokes of each other, with Karrie Webb taking home the trophy.

Karrie Webb holds up her 2014 championship trophy

This will be tournament #3 of 33 official tournaments on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location:  Melbourne, Austrailia
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  71-69-68-68 = 276 (-12)

Final Field:  156 players
Par: 38/35 = 73
Yardage:  6,479
Purse:  $1,200,000

My strength of field rating is a weak 48%. Just 25 of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 11 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. Among the missing this week include: Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim,  Hyo-Joo Kim, Mirim Lee, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Paula Creamer, and Lizette Salas.

Here are the pairings for round 2:

Here are the television times:
Wednesday February 18 - GC 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Thursday February 19 - GC 11:30 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Friday February 20 - GC 11:30 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Saturday February 21 - GC 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Jessica Korda
2- Lydia Ko
3- Karrie Webb
4- Minjee Lee
5- Ariya Jutanugarn
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Shanshan Feng
8- So Yeon Ryu
9- Na Yeon Choi
10- Amy Yang
11- Jenny Shin
12- Karine Icher
My very crafty picking last week landed me in 4th place. I am currently 3rd in the standings in a field of 24 players.

Other Tidbits:
In spite of the week off, Brittany Lincicome was the big mover in the Rolex Rankings. She jumped up from #18 to #15 this week.

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:
1Lydia Ko-9F
2Amy Yang-7F
3Ariya Jutanugarn-4F
4Jenny Shin-2F
4Ilhee Lee-2F
4Chella Choi-2F
7Minjee Lee-1F
7Paz Echeverria-1F
7Charley Hull-1F
7Ha-Na Jang-1F
7Julieta Granada-1F
12Mika MiyazatoEF
12Kyu Jung BaekEF
12Gwladys NoceraEF
12Jessica KordaEF


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13 comments:

  1. I expect Minjee Lee to contend. That young Su Oh might also be one to watch. My dark horse is rookie Kelly Shon.
    I'm trying to get used to the new design of the LPGA website, but don't like it so far. It seems like it is not finished yet. Lots of stuff missing (or I can't find it). I didn't like the old degin very much either. As for the event, with the weaker field this would be a good week for some rookies to make a good paycheck. It's always tough for most of them to make cuts, and of course that puts them in jeopardy of losing their cards at the end of the season. By the way, in the Symetra Tour event this week there are at east 32 players who have had, or currently, have some LPGA status. They are trying to make their way back to the LPGA. It's hard to get there and just as hard for some to stay there once they have.

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    1. I agree about the new LPGA website Dave. It's all spaced out way too much especially the leaderboard which was also lacking a projected cut line. I'm disappointed that the US is only represented by Goofy at RR #19 out of the top RR #25. Royal Melbourne is deserving of a better showing by the Americans and even some of the higher ranked Europeans. I have a prediction now there will be no Europeans in the top 10 by seasons end. Yes a good chance for some of the lower ranked players to earns some $ but that's not what I want to see at an LPGA tournament especially in an area that is far more deserving of a Major than France. I think with the level of support we are now getting here it's about time the Asia Pacific region put on a tournament the same week as the Solhiem Cup. Unlike the men's Ryder Cup where Europe is #1 or #2 in the woman's game Asia Pacific is #1 and Europe is #3.

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  2. Thanks Dave, your input is always appreciated. In fact fact many of my readers have told me they always enjoy hearing from you.

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  3. Goofy is a self confessed nickname for Jess and I think it suits her personality. Google Jessica Korda goofy it comes up everywhere. Luv watching Jess and her interviews one of my favourite players.

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  4. I have also liked Jessica every since her amateur days.
    Her last interview, when she came in second at the Coates. Showed just how pleasant a person she is.
    Even though she just missed an eagle putt, that would have put her in the playoff. She did not whine about it.

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    1. I agree Jessie is one of the nicest, down to earth people on tour.

      On another subject, those of you posting under an anonymous name, register, it only takes a minute. That way I know who I am talking to.

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    2. I agree Jessie is one of the nicest, down to earth people on tour.

      On another subject, those of you posting under an anonymous name, register, it only takes a minute. That way I know who I am talking to.

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  5. I left the anonymous comment about Jessica. SoYeonFan

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    1. Why don't you register here this way people know who are making comments. I read your posts over at Seoul Sisters, you know your stuff.

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    2. Why don't you register here this way people know who are making comments. I read your posts over at Seoul Sisters, you know your stuff.

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  6. I root for Ariya ,her game is more exciting joy to watch.
    I expect good week for her.

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  7. This year I expect to see a lot of 2014 and 2015's rookies at the top 10 of the tournaments. For the last 2 tournaments, many rookies had already filled up the top of the list.

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