Monday, February 2, 2015

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

It is going to be very difficult for the LPGA to match the success of the 2014 season, which many thought was its greatest season ever. Difficult yes, but not impossible. The 2015 season could not have gotten off to a more exciting start as Na Yeon Choi won the Coates Golf Championship by one shot over 3 different players. What a dramatic finish! Lydia Ko seemed to have the tournament won, until she double bogeyed the 17th hole. Jessica Korda's eagle putt on 18, that would have forced a playoff, went around the hole and out. Ha-Na Jang, playing in her first tournament as an LPGA member, bogeyed the 17th hole and also missed the playoff by one stroke. This is the kind of excitement we had in 2014, and this year is off to that same kind of a start.

This week the LPGA moves to the Bahamas for the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish, when Jessica Korda came out on top by one stroke over Stacy Lewis.

Last year's winner Jessica Korda

This will be tournament #2 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Jessica Korda
Winning Score:  69-66-72-66 = (-19)

Final Field: 120 players
Par: 36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6664
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 73%. Forty-two of the top 50 players on the LPGA pririty list, and 19 of the top 25 players on the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Noteable players not teeing it up this week include, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb, Lee-Anne Pace, I.K. Kim, Se Ri Pak, Yani Tseng, and Hyo-Joo Kim.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are the television times:
Feb 5 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Feb 6 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Feb 7 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Feb 8 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Jessica Korda
2- Michelle Wie
3- Lydia Ko
4- Ha-Na Jang
5- Stacy Lewis
6- Brittany Lincicome
7- Lexi Thompson
8- Na Yeon Choi
9- Inbee Park
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Suzann Pettersen
My picks were pretty decent last week as I started the season in 7th place among the 24 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
Julieta Granada (21), and Suzann Pettersen (13), had their cut streaks come to an end.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week
There was lots of movement this week as Lydia Ko moves up from #2 to #1, and becomes the youngest player ever to occupy that position. Na Yeon Choi shoots up from # 17 to #12, Ha-Na Jang jumps up from #21 to #18, Jessica Korda rises from #24 to #19, and Minjee Lee leaps from # 78 to #67. There was also some serious movement outside the top 100 this week as Alison Walshe catapults from #179 to #131, Ariya Jutanugarn soars from #126 to #100, and Sydnee Michaels surges from # 158-143.

Race to the CME Globe:
Na Yeon Choi jumps out in front with 500 points, she is followed by Jessica Korda, Ha-Na Jang, and Lydia Ko, with 300.

Who's Hot
Lydia Ko has never missed a cut in an LPGA event. She now has a streak of 42 consecutive cuts made.

Who's Not:
The Miyazatos' struggles continue. Ai, after a promising start, could finish no better than 66th, while Mika missed the cut.

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.

UPDATE #1 - Brooke Henderson (69) and Rebecca Lee Bentham (70) were the Monday qualifiers. Ju Young Park missed by one stroke.

Here are the final results:

POSPLAYERTO PARTHRU
1x-Sei Young Kim-14F
1Ariya Jutanugarn-14F
1Sun Young Yoo-14F
4Brittany Lincicome-13F
5Danielle Kang-12F
5Inbee Park-12F
7Lydia Ko-11F
7Gerina Piller-11F
7Azahara Munoz-11F
7Lexi Thompson-11F
11Jaye Marie Green-10F
11Stacy Lewis-10F
11Kelly Shon-10F
11Sandra Gal-10F
11Hee Young Park-10F

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6 comments:

  1. Hard to believe that Wie, N. Choi, and Phatlum didn't make the cuts.

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    1. Yes didn't expect that, but I had a really good week with my picks nonetheless.

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  2. Nice to see Ariya comeback on her tract , I miss her her so long time.

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  3. Rookies this year are doing well. Both tournaments were won by rookies.

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    1. Huh? Don't think last week's winner Na Yeon Choice is a rookie.

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    2. Sorry, I thought Ha-na Jang was the winner.

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