Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lotte Championship Presented by Hershey Preview & Pairings

The LPGA moves to Hawaii this week for the playing of the Lotte Championship Presented by Hershey. Many of you may remember last year's championship when Michelle Wie won by 2 strokes over Angela Stanford. Inbee Park finished one stroke further back. Past winners of this tournament include Suzanne Pettersen (2013), and Ai Miyazato (2012).

Defending Champion Michelle Wie
This will tournament #9 of 32 on the 2015 LPGA Schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club
Location:  Kapolei, Hawaii
Defending Champion:  Michelle Wie
Winning Score:  70-67-70-67 = (-14)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,383
Purse:  $1,800,000

My strength of field rating is 66% (up from 63% last year), making it the second weakest field of the year so far. Thirty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 16 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players not teeing it up this week include, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Anna Nordqvist, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson, and Amy Yang. There will still be many stars for us to follow this week including, Inbee Park, Hyo-Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, last week's winner Brittany Lincicome, Paula Creamer, defending champion Michelle Wie, and many more.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Apr 15 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
Apr 16 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
Apr 17 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
Apr 18 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Inbee Park
2- Hyo Joo Kim
3- Sei Young Kim
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Ariya Jutanugarn
7- Shanshan Feng
8- Michelle Wie
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- Na Yeon Choi
11- Ha Na Jang
12- Jessica Korda

On Other Tours:
Bo Kyung Kim was the winner of the Lotte Mart Women's Open on the KLPGA. Her score of -9 was 3 strokes better than a trio of players. In Gee Chun finished in 19th place.

Misuka Narita was the winner of the Studio Alice Ladies Open on the JLPGA Tour. Her score of -9 was 2 strokes better than runner-up Hikari Fujita. Teresa Lu finished in 4th place 6 strokes off the pace.

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

Update #1 - Nicole Castrale has dropped out of the field because of back problems.

Update #2 - Jing Yan (67), and Pat Hurst (69), are the Sunday qualifiers who will be added to the field.

Here are the final results:

1x-Sei Young Kim-11F
2Inbee Park-11F
3In-Kyung Kim-9F
4Hyo Joo Kim-7F
4Chella Choi-7F
6Sandra Gal-6F
7Shanshan Feng-4F
7Mika Miyazato-4F
7Cristie Kerr-4F
7Jenny Shin-4F
11Pornanong Phatlum-3F
11Michelle Wie-3F
13Minjee Lee-2F
13So Yeon Ryu-2F
13Alison Walshe-2F

For complete scorebooard see link on top of this page.

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1 comment:

  1. What happened in round 2? Can't believe +3 was the cut line, and both Jutanugarns didn't make it, along with Korda, Pancake, and Piller.