Tuesday, October 13, 2015

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out this week to Jessica Korda for winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Korda took down some of the best players in the game, defeating Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, and Stacy Lewis by 4 strokes. She shot a final round 65.

The very classy Ha Na Jang is the first to congratulate Korda on her victory

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Q-Baek defeated Inn Gee Chun and Brittany Lincicome in a playoff.

Q-Baek will be trying to defend her title this week in South Korea

This will be tournament #26 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key details:

My strength of field rating is a very solid 73.50%. Forty-two of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (which is not used in the Asian swing events), and forty-two of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up this week.  Top players missing from this week's field include Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. The main reason my field rating isn't higher is because of a lack of depth as this is a small field. The field does include some top non-LPGA players. They include: Inn Gee Chun (#8 in RR), Jin Young Ko (#23), Jung-Min Lee (#29), Min-Sun Kim (#53), Sung Hyun Park (#54), and Min Young Lee (#61).

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Wednesday Oct 14 - 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ET
GC Thursday Oct 15 - 11:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday Oct 16 - 11:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday Oct 17 11:30 pm - 3:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- In Gee Chun
5- Amy Yang
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Sei Young Kim
9- So Yeon Ryu
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Brittany Lincicome
My successful picking last week landed me in a tie for first place. Overall I am in 2nd place (1 point back) among the 21 current participants.

Other Tidbits:
In case anyone missed the big news, the LPGA announced a brand new tournament to be added to the 2016 schedule. The new LPGA Volvik Championship will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan from May 26-29. This will be a full field event with a field of 144 players. There will now be 2 tournaments in the state of Michigan as the Meijer Championship is held in Grand Rapids, although this new event is actually closer to the Marathon Championship in Toledo, Ohio. With the Reignwood Championship expected to be back on the schedule next year, this would bring the number of tournaments up to 33.

This tournament this week will be a great opportunity for South Korean golfers to break out of their first mini slump of the year. After a blazing first 20 tournaments, they have been shut out in the last 5. 

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Jessica Korda makes the biggest leap this week moving up from #50 to #22. Other nice moves include: Mika Miyazato (49 to 39), I.K. Kim (51 to 43), and Yani Tseng (66 to 55).

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 4,193 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,888 and Stacy Lewis with 3,073.

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko has finished 1st, 1st and 2nd, in her last 3 tournaments. Stacy Lewis (who still hasn't won this year) has 8 top 3 finishes this year. She has two 2nd place finishes in the last 4 weeks.

Who's Not:
Karrie Webb has not finished better than 38th in her last 5 starts. Suzann Pettersen has not finished better than 34th in her last four.

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.

Here are the Final scores:
1Lexi Thompson-15F
2Yani Tseng-14F
2Sung Hyun Park-14F
4Amy Yang-13F
4Gerina Piller-13F
4Lydia Ko-13F
7Suzann Pettersen-12F
7Shanshan Feng-12F
9Mika Miyazato-10F
9Chella Choi-10F
9Brittany Lincicome-10F
9Mi Hyang Lee-10F
9Yoon-Ji Cho-10F
9Mirim Lee-10F

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  1. Good to see Na Yeon Choi is playing this week. I know she has been out a while.

    Most interesting grouping: Allison Lee, Michelle Wie, In Gee Chun

    - sport medic

  2. My mistake. The grouping is Allison Lee, Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun

    - sports medic

  3. Is there a reason Na Yoon Choi was out for more than a month?

  4. I wonder where Stacy will hide out this week being that she is entered in next week's event in Taiwan? I've been curious if Stacy will adjust her usual Asian swing schedule since Mizuno no longer sponsors the event in Japan. Maybe she's playing in the Fujitsu Ladies in Japan.

    I'm excited to see the event in Michigan but wonder why most of the new events have smaller purses? Just a few years ago only a couple of events had purses that small.I remember Corning had a tough time attracting the top players and their purse was 1.5 million. Now 1.3 seems to be the standard. Even though Lorena's event is limited field, I hope they'll raise the purse to at least 1.2 or 1.3. With Toto raising their purse considerably, I would imagine players would chase money as opposed to names associated with the event. Like I've always thought, there needs to be a week between Japan and Mexico.

    I wonder if Mobile will be back and hopefully no other tournaments drop off. who knows? maybe there'll be another event added.