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LPGA Founders Cup Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the LPGA Founders Cup. This will be the first of 3 consecutive tournaments that will be played on the west coast of the United States, and will include the year's first major championship.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish, when Karrie Webb came out on top by one stroke over five players. Those players finishing 1 stroke back included: Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Amy Yang, Azahara Munoz, and Mirim Lee. I look for another close one this year.

The first five tournaments of this year have resulted in five different winners. Will this be the week that someone gets to hold their second trophy of 2015?

Karrie Webb has won this tournament in both 2011 & 2014

This will be tournament # 6 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  66-71-69-63 = 269 (-19)

Final Field: 132 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,583
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a mediocre 74.5 (down from last year's 84.0). Forty-one of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 18 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing from this week's event include: Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson, Catriona Matthew, Lee-Anne Pace, and Caroline Hedwall.

Here are the pairings for the first round:.

Here are the television times:
Mar 19 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 20 - GC 6:00 PM-8:00 PM ET
Mar 21 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 22 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Ariya Jutanugarn
4- Mirim Lee
5- Jessica Korda
6- Karrie Webb
7- Amy Yang
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Minjee Lee
10- Chella Choi
11- Jaye Marie Green
12- Anna Nordqvist
I am currently in 6th place in the overall standings among the 24 participants.

Other Tidbits:
With the Airbus LPGA Classic officially removed from the LPGA schedule, there will be 32 official events this year. That is the same as 2014.

On Other Tours:
The L.E.T. leaderboard looked more like the LPGA this past weekend when So Yeon Ryu was the winner of the World Ladies Championship. Inbee Park finished just one stroke back. Suzann Pettersen finished 3 strokes behind the winner.

On the Suncoast Ladies Tour, Brooke Henderson won last week's tournament by 9 strokes. Her sister Brittany finished second.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
So Yeon Ryu moves up from #8 to #6. On the downside, former #1 Ai Miyazato falls 7 spots to the #133 position.

Be sure to check back daily for any updates. They will appear at the bottom of this page.

Update #1:
Giulia Molinaro and Kathleen Ekey are the Monday  qualifiers.

Update #2 - The first round finally got underway after a 3 hour rain delay.

Here are the final standings 3:

1Hyo Joo Kim-21F
2Stacy Lewis-18F
3Ilhee Lee-16F
3Pornanong Phatlum-16F
3Mi Hyang Lee-16F
6Anna Nordqvist-15F
6Austin Ernst-15F
6Sei Young Kim-15F
6Na Yeon Choi-15F
6Lydia Ko-15F
11Sandra Gal-14F
11Lizette Salas-14F
13Jane Park-13F
13Amy Yang-13F
13Ha-Na Jang-13F
13Kim Kaufman-13F

For complete scoreboard see link on top of this page

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  1. I really appreciate this page. It is so difficult to get information on the LPGA. Indeed, the LPGA, itself, just does not promote their cause. Tremendous need for better people.

  2. My main reason for doing this blog has always been to promote the LPGA. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying reading it.

  3. I'm really looking forward to having my daughter watch the ladies play tomorrow and Sunday after our athletes run their races at the NIKE Chandler Track Meet and I was wondering where parking is for spectators.
    Any information on this would greatly help as this is our first time here....been to WM Open, but never the LPGA. Thanks!!!

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