Skip to main content

HSBC Women's Champions Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Amy Yang for winning the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament this past weekend. Amy finished 2 strokes better than Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng, and Mirim Lee. How close have the LPGA tournaments been so far this year? No player has won by more than 2 strokes. It was the second win of Yang's LPGA career.

Amy Yang holds the trophy she received for winning her 2nd LPGA tournament of her career.


The LPGA moves to Singapore this week for the playing of the HSBC Women's Champions. Who could forget last year's finish when Paula Creamer sank a 75 foot put on the second playoff hole to defeat Azahara Munoz.

Paula Creamer reacts after what many people called "The Miracle Putt".


This will tournament #5 of 33 on the this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sentosa Golf Club, the Serapong Course
Location:  Singapore
Defending Champion:  Paula Creamer
Winning Score:  67-73-69-69 = 278 (-10)

Final Field:  63 players (no cut)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,600
Purse:  $1,400,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 70%. Forty-nine of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 20 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it upjf. The only reason my rating isn't higher is that this is only a field of 63 players and lacks depth. Players missing from this week's event include: Ariya Jutanugarn, Ha Na Jang, Se Ri Pak, and Moriya Jutanugarn.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
Mar 4 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET (live)
Mar 6 - GC 4:30 AM-7:30 AM ET  (tape delay)
Mar 7 - GC 4:30 AM-7:30 AM ET  (tape delay)
Mar 8 - GC 5:00 AM-7:30 AM ET  (tape delay)

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Lydia Ko
4- Inbee Park
5- Amy Yang
6- Sei Young Kim
7- Mirim Lee
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Azahara Munoz
10- Hyo-Joo Kim
11- Karrie Webb
12- Minjee Lee
I am currently in 5th place in the overall standings in a field of 24.

Other Tidbits:
Lydia Ko will be shooting for her 3rd win in 3 weeks. Lydia won the ISPS Handa Women's Open on the LET this past weekend. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang surges from #16 to #10, Yani Tseng catapults from #90 to #67, and Mirim Lee Steps up 2 spots to #16.

Race to the CME Globe:
Amy Yang jumps into the lead with 962 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 890, and Sei Young Kim with 610.

Who's Hot:
Amy Yang and Ariya Jutanugarn are the only players to have 4 top 20 finishes. Stacy Lewis has finished in the top 11 in each of her 3 starts. Sun Young Yoo has finished in the top 13 in each of her 3 starts.

Who's Not:
Lizette Salas has not had a finish in the top 40 this year.

Symetra Tour
Katie Kempter birdied the last 3 holes to force a playoff, and then defeated Lee Lopez on the second extra hole, to take the Volvic Championship.

Be sure to check back daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the bottom of this blog.

Here are the final standings:

1Inbee Park-15F
2Lydia Ko-13F
3Stacy Lewis-11F
4Shanshan Feng-10F
4So Yeon Ryu-10F
4Azahara Munoz-10F
7Caroline Masson-9F
8Ilhee Lee-8F
8Hyo Joo Kim-8F
8Carlota Ciganda-8F
8Anna Nordqvist-8F

For full leader board, see the link at the top of this page.

 (Currently 1,242 followers)


Comments

  1. I think this year's HSBC Women's Championship field is talented, too. I think it deserves a 95 percent rating. Ariya Jutanugarn was another mover in the Rolex Rankings this week. Jutanugarn moved up five spots into the Top 40. if LPGA members Ha Na Jang and Ariya were in the field, I think the quality of the field would be 99 percent if not 100.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

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 (36 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:   (Updated through the 2018 season)

329 career starts238 cuts made (72.3%)37 top tens (11.2%)Has $4,898,508 in career earnings through the 2018 season (67th on the all time LPGA career money list).


Other Career Highlights: A three time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (2005, 2…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

1/24/19 Bonus photos added at bottom of page.

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. 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 2018. 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.

#17
#16
#12

My Top Ten LPGA Blogs of All-Time

Let me start out today by saying that I am looking forward to next week when the LPGA resumes it's schedule for real this time. They will play four consecutive weeks before the next break that will take them back to the USA. 
Needless to say with all the off time, I have been running out of things to write about. 
This week is the 9th anniversary of my blogging about the LPGA!


Those of you that have been with me from the beginning will remember that the first 3 years I blogged for Mostly Harmless. I created Tony's LPGA Report in 2013.

Over that period of time I have published over 750 blogs. Most have turned out to be quite successful, some have fallen flat. But one thing that you can be sure of is that I have always tried my best to be the "go to" resource for up-to-date and accurate news about the LPGA.

I recently went back through all of my blogs and made a list of the ten most popular. The results were quite surprising. It seems like the pieces that I spend the most t…

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.





Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.



Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for successfully defending her ShopRite Classic title. She came from behind, shooting a final round 64, which turned out to be one stroke better than runner-up Haru Nomura.



This week the LPGA travels to the state of Washington for the the playing of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship. This is the second Major Championship of the season. It is also the start of an extremely important part of the 2016 LPGA schedule that will include 3 Major Championships and the UL International Crown in the next 8 weeks.

This tournament was won last year in run-away fashion, when Inbee Park smoked the field by 5 strokes. She has won this championship 3 years in a row, and will be trying for a very rare four-peat. However, a recent injury to her thumb, will make that highly unlikely.


This will be tournament #16 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #2 of 5 to be played in 2016.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sahalee Country Club

LPGA Announces its 2019 Schedule!

The LPGA officially announced its 2019 schedule today, and it well worth the wait!

Here are the highlights:
1- The schedule features 34 events (33 official + The Solheim Cup). There were 33 last year (32 + UL International Crown).

2- The season will start one week earlier than last year, and kick off with two new tournaments.

3- There are a total of four tournaments:
     a) Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Jan 17-20)
     b) Vic Open (Feb 7-10)
     c) Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 17-20)
     d) BMW Ladies Championship (October 24-27)

     Tournaments that are no longer on the LPGA schedule:
     a) Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Pure Silk will be sponsoring the Virginia Event)
     b) LPGA Volvic Championship
     c) LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
     d) Blue Bay LPGA

     There will be another tournament announced at a later date, that will take place Nov 14-17.

4- Will feature a record setting $70.55 million in prize money (up from 65.35 last year).

5- There w…