She also is now the #1 player in the world.
This week the LPGA tour moves to China for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. Last year was the inaugural playing of this event, and it was cut to 54 holes because of bad weather. Lee-Anne Pace was victorious by 3 shots over Caroline Masson.
|Lee-Anne Pace will be trying to defend her Blue Bay LPGA championship|
Here are the Key details:
Course: Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Location: Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion: Lee-Anne Pace
Winning Score: 67-66-67 = 200 (-16)
Final Field: 81 Players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: Not available on LPGA website
My strength of field rating is 59.50%. Forty-five of the top 60 players from the LPGA priority list (not used on the Asian swing), and thirty of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Among the missing this week include: So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb, Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Charley Hull, Ha Na Jang, Mika Miyazato, and Alison Lee. Muni He, who made such a big splash this year at the U.S. Women's open in Lancaster, Pa., has received a sponsor exemption.
|Muni He will be making her first LPGA appearance since the U.S. Open|
Here are the pairings for round 1.
Here are the television times:
GC Thursday October 29 - 2:30 a.m. - 5:00 am ET
GC Friday October 30 - 2:30 a.m. - 5:00 am ET
GC Saturday October 31 - 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET
GC Sunday November 1 - 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET
Once again Golf Channel shows no respect to the LPGA. The final round broadcast will end at midnight Sunday (Monday morning). The tournament will have been over for about 19 hours at that point. There is no way this blogger is not looking at the results for that long a period of time, to watch the broadcast.
Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Anna Nordqvist
7- Amy Yang
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Xi Yu Lin
10- Mirim Lee
11- Minjee Lee
12- Jessica Korda
After 27 tournaments I remain in 2nd place among the 20 contestants.
Nellie Korda beat a field of 195 players and won phase 2 of LPGA Q-School. Because of her age, she is not allowed to go on to phase 3. She will not be 18 until next July. She will concentrate on playing the Symetra Tour next year, where she will certainly be a favorite to receive her LPGA card via that route.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
As mentioned above, Lydia Ko replaces Inbee Park as the new #1 player in the world.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko has now opened up a huge lead with 4,828 points. She is followed by Inbee Park (3,944), Stacy Lewis (3,110), and Lexi Thompson (2,729).
Lydia Ko (this seems to be a blog about her) has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 1st in her last 5 tournaments.
Sandra Gal has failed to register a top 20 finish in her last 9 events.
Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog. Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.
Update #1 - Hyo Joo Kim withdrew after 9 holes with an injury.
Update #2 - Anna Nordqvist Withdrew before starting with an injury.
Here are the leaders after round 2:
|1||Sei Young Kim||-2||F|
|6||Xi Yu Lin||E||F|
|16||Kyu Jung Baek||+3||F|
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