Skip to main content

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


For full leaderboard, see LPGA link on top of page.

  (currently 1,234 followers)


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.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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.

      Delete
    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.

      Delete
  5. I left the anonymous comment about Jessica. SoYeonFan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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.

      Delete
    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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the state of Texas, I want to take this opportunity to do my fifth player profile.

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS


Born: 1/7/83 (34 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:

ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:

318 career starts237 cuts made (74.5%)37 top tens (11.6%)Has $4,892,233 in career earnings through the 2016 season (57…

U.S. Women's Open Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I have taken over the last few days at the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster, N.J.
















Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2017

1/9/18 - Bonus pics added at bottom of this page!


As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2017. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#18
#17
#16
#15
#14
#13
#12
#11
#10
#9

What in the World Has Happened to Yani Tseng?

The 2013 LPGA season has brought us lots of surprises. We have had first time winners. We have had winners from 7 different countries. Five Major Championships were played for the first time, with one player (Inbee Park) winning 3 of them. We have even had 4 players win multiple championships this year. However the biggest surprise to date has to be the tumble taken by Yani Tseng.



Yani started the 2013 season ranked as the #1 player in the world. In fact, at one point during the 2011 season, the #2 ranked player in the world (Na Yeon Choi), was closer to the 180th Rolex ranked player than she was to Yani at #1. It seemed Yani would be number one forever.

Let us look at some of her accomplishments:

In 2008, at the age of 19, Yani won the LPGA Championship.
In 2009, Yani became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach $2 million in career earnings. She did it in only 32 events.
In 2010 Yani won 3 times, including 2 more championships.
In 2011 Yani won 7 times, including 2 more major…

LPGA Player Profile: Sandra Gal (and much more)

Let me start off by giving a big congratulations to Brooke Henderson for winning the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open. Brooke took the lead from Belen Mozo early in round four and never looked back. She shot a final round 3 under par 69 , to finish 271 (-17), which was 5 strokes better than runner-up Jing Yan.

For the 20 year old Henderson, who is in her second full year on tour, it was her fifth LPGA victory (which includes one Major Championship) and second this year.


With the LPGA having an unexpected week off (the Alisport LPGA tournament was cancelled) it gives some time to do another LPGA player profile.


The player I have chosen this week is Sandra Gal.



Born:  May 9, 1985
Hometown:  Cologne, Germany
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year:  2008




Sandra has one victory on the LPGA Tour.

2011 Kia Classic



Best finishes in major championships:

ANA Inspiration - 15th in 2011KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 12th in 2015U.S. Women's Open - 3rd in 2012Ricoh Women's British Open …

More 2017 U.S. Women's Open Photos

Here are some more photos that my wife and I have taken over the last few days at the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster, N.J.












LPGA Player Profile: Azahara Munoz

It has been a while since I did my last LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen this week is the very popular:


Azahara Munoz



Born:  11/19/87 (30 years old)
Hometown:  San Pedro del Alcantara, Spain
Resides:  Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2010
2017 Earnings:  $286,417 (63rd)

She has won once on the LPGA tour:

2012 Sybase Match Play Championship
Best finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - Finished 7th in 2014KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 4th in 2014U.S. Women's Open - Finished 19th in 2010Ricoh Women's British Open - Finished 12th in 2014The Evian Championship - Finished 19th in 2013


Career Stats: 202 career starts175 cuts made (86.6%)38 top tens (18.8%)Has $4,894,331 in career earnings. (61st on the all time LPGA career money list)


Other career highlights: Posted a career high 10 top ten finishes in 2014First Spaniard to win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2010Turned professional in 2009 and qualified for the LPGA tour in her first atte…