Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings

How exciting has the LPGA tournaments been this month? We have played 3 tournaments and each one has resulted in a playoff to determine the winner.

1- ANA Inspiration (first major championship) - Brittany Lincicome eagles the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Stacy Lewis. Lincicome wins on the third playoff hole.

2-  Lotte Championship - Sei Young Kim chips in on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Inbee Park. Kim then holes out her second shot from the middle of the fairway to take home the trophy.

3- Lydia Ko birdies the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Morgan Pressel. Lydia birdies the second playoff hole for the victory.

Lydia Ko successfully defends her Swinging Skirts Championship title

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Texas for the playing of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout.

This will be tournament #11 of 32 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location: Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score: 71-64- 69-64 = 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 =71
Yardage:  6,462
Purse: $1,300,000

Defending champion Stacy Lewis will be trying to defend her title

My strength of field rating is a strong 71.5% (up from 67.5% last year). Seventy-nine of the top 100 golfers from the LPGA Priority List, and 34 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Notable absentees this week include: Shanshan Feng, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicome, and Jenny Shin.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Apr 30 - GC 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ET
May 1 - GC 10:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
May 2 - GC  1:00  PM - 4:00 PM ET
May 3 - GC  2:00  PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Sei Young Kim
4- Hyo Joo Kim
5- Inbee Park
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Amy Yang
8- Morgan Pressel
9- Mirim Lee
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Michelle Wie
12- Ha Na Jang
I am currently in 8th place this year among the 23 participants.

Other Tidbits:
There will be 2 cuts in this week's tournament. The field will be cut to 70 players and ties after 36 holes, and then cut again to 50 players and ties after 54 holes. If a player makes the first cut and misses the second one, she still will receive a portion of the purse, and it will not count as a missed cut.

The LPGA will have its first player reshuffle after this week's tournament. Players in categories 16 through 20 will be reshuffled according to how they fared the first 10 tournaments of the year. Charley Hull, for example, will now be reshuffled into playing all full field events. I will post more on the results of this reshuffle later on next week.

Stacy Lewis has now extended her cut streak to 80. Lydia Ko has never missed a cut in 50 tournaments. Mi Hyang Lee had her cut streak come to an end at 18.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Morgan Pressel soars 10 spots from #33 to #23. Brooke Henderson leapfrogs over 116 players, and jumps from #207 to #91.

Race to the CME Globe:
Lydia Ko extends her lead with 2,005 points. She is followed by Sei Young Kim with 1,556 and Stacy Lewis with 1,476.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has not finished worse than 21st place this entire season.

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie has yet to register a top ten finish this year.

On the Symetra Tour:
Racheal Rohanna won the Guardian Retirement Championship this past week. Former LPGA members Jean Reynolds and Maude-Aimee Leblanc were among 5 players two strokes back.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
Links to all live scoreboards appear at the top of this page.

Update #1 - Brooke Henderson & Heather Bowie Young are the 2 qualifiers.

Here are the Final Results:

1Inbee Park-15F
2Hee Young Park-12F
2Cristie Kerr-12F
4Maria McBride-11F
4Lexi Thompson-11F
6Angela Stanford-10F
7Juli Inkster-9F
7Stacy Lewis-9F
7Karrie Webb-9F
10Ilhee Lee-8F
11Danielle Kang-7F
11Hyo Joo Kim-7F
13Morgan Pressel-6F
13Sandra Gal-6F
13Ha-Na Jang-6F
13Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-6F
17Amy Yang-5F
17Karine Icher-5F
17Alena Sharp-5F

For complete scoreboard see link on top of this page.

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