Monday, September 7, 2015

The Evian Championship Preview & Pairings

After a week off the LPGA is back in action this week with the playing of the Evian Championship.

Hyo Joo Kim will be trying to defend her Evian Championship title 

Hyo Joo Kim will be attempting to defend the title she won last year as a non LPGA player. Hyo Joo birdied the final hole and came out on top by one shot over Karrie Webb, who bogeyed that very same hole.

Inbee Park will be attempting to win her third major championship of the year and 8th of her career. She has already won the KMPG Women's PGA Championship and the Ricoh Women's British Open. Brittany Lincicome (Ana Inspiration) and non LPGA member In Gee Chun (U.S. Women's Open), have each won a major this year.

An Inbee Park win would give her the 2 points she needs to reach the required 27 points needed for the Hall of Fame. A minimum of 10 years played on the LPGA tour is required to be inducted in the LPGA Hall of Fame. Inbee is in her 9th year.

This will be tournament #24 of 31 on the 2015 LPGA schedule. It is also the fifth and final major of the year.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Evian Resort Golf Club
Location:  Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Hyo Joo Kim
Winning Score:  61-72-72-68 = 273 (-11)

Final Field: 120 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,453
Purse:  $3,250,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 77%, although I have it ranked as the weakest of the 5 major championships this year. All the big names will be here with the exception of Na Yeon Choi. The lack of field depth (when compared to the other 4 majors) with just 120 players, and the lack of major players from other tours accounts for my lower rating. In Gee Chun (U.S. Open winner) and In Young Ko (2nd place finish at the Ricoh British Open), are the only big name non LPGA members in attendance. Nicole  Broch Larson, who just won Helsingborg Open on the LET Tour, will now be added to the field.

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
GC   Thurs. Sept.10  5:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. ET
GC   Thurs. Sept.10  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
GC   Friday Sept.11  5:00 a.m.- 8:00 ap.m. ET
GC   Friday Sept.11  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
GC   Sat.     Sept.12  6:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. ET
GC   Sun.    Sept.13  8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. ET
NBC Sun.    Sept.13  12:30 - 2:00 pm. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lexi Thompson
2- Lydia Ko
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Inbee Park
6- Stacy Lewis
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Suzann Pettersen
10- Ha Na Janh
11- Sei Young Kim
12- Brittany Lincicome
I am currently in first place among the 22 participants.

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


Here are the final results:


1Lydia Ko-16F
2Lexi Thompson-10F
3Shanshan Feng-8F
4Ilhee Lee-7F
4Mi Hyang Lee-7F
6Alison Lee-6F
6Lee-Anne Pace-6F
8Inbee Park-5F
8Eun-Hee Ji-5F
8Amy Yang-5F
11Candie Kung-4F
11Sei Young Kim-4F
11Minjee Lee-4F
11Nicole Larsen-4F
11Morgan Pressel-4F
16Stacy Lewis-3F
16In-Kyung Kim-3F
16Michelle Wie-3F
16Jennifer Song-3F



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3 comments:

  1. Terrific post on the rookies; good collecting of data and a clear, concise write-up of their future paths to the LPGA.

    As for this week's fun: With this field (including In Gee Chun, Jin Young Ko, Su-Hyun Oh, Alison and Brooke) and the various storylines (the last major for Inbee, Lydia and Stacy, ROY, etc.) doesn't this year's Evian have the potential to be one of the best tournaments of the year?

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    1. Yes. It certainly does have the potential to be one of the best tournaments of the year. The various storylines, that you mentioned, plus the fact that this is the year's last major, should create increased interest. Sunday's final round broadcasted on NBC should also generate attention.

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