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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

After a three week break from tournament play, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.  Shanshan Feng will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she shot a final round 63 to best Pornanong Phatlum by 3 strokes.

 This is the first of 5 tournaments on the current "Asian Swing". It is also the start of a seven week stretch (without a break) where the season will conclude with the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship.

2014 champion  Shanshan Feng

This will be tournament #25 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Location:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion: Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  67-67-69-63 = 266 (-18)

Final Field:  75 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very respectable 70%. Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (which is not used to determine the fields on the Asian Swing), and 43 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Key players not teeing it up this week include: Na Yeon Choi, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome,  Brooke Henderson, M.J. Hur (currently the #1 alternate), Meena Lee, and Caroline Hedwall. LET star Melissa Reid (#78 in the Rolex Rankings) is a sponsor invitee.

Here are the pairings for the first round.

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday Oct. 8 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET(Tape)
GC Friday Oct. 9  5:30 - 8:00 a.m. ET (Tape)
GC Saturday Oct 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET (Tape)
GC Sunday Oct 11. 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (Tape)

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament.
1- Shanshan Feng
2- Inbee Park
3- Lydia Ko
4- So Yeon Ryu
5- Stacy Lewis
6- Hyo Joo Kim
7- Sei Young Kim
8- Lexi Thompson
9- Amy Yang
10- Ha Na Jang
11- Ilhee Lee
12- Chella Choi
I am currently in 2nd place (one point out of the lead), among the 21 current participants.
I correctly picked the winner and the exact score  (14 1/2 to 13 1/2) of the Solheim Cup. Unfortunately, that was not part of the above contest.

Also, the Symetra Tour will be in action this week. There are just 2 tournaments left on that tour's schedule. These last 2 tournaments take on added significance as the top 10 players from the money list will get full time LPGA playing cards for the 2016 season.  You can find a great preview of this tournament here. 

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 results:

1Jessica Korda-18F
2Lydia Ko-14F
2Shanshan Feng-14F
2Stacy Lewis-14F
5Yani Tseng-13F
6Ha-Na Jang-12F
7Anna Nordqvist-11F
7Mika Miyazato-11F
7Xi Yu Lin-11F
10Haru Nomura-10F
10In-Kyung Kim-10F
12Ryann O'Toole-9F
12Amy Yang-9F
14Caroline Masson-8F
15Eun-Hee Ji-7F
15Alison Lee-7F
15Inbee Park-7F

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Comments

  1. And the Rolex move of the week would have to go to In Gee Chun for winning the Japan Open for her fourth major of the year (USWO, 2 JLPGA majors, and 1 KLPGA major). Her victory moves her to 8th in the Rolex rankings. What is also significant is that it moves her into 4th place among the 6 Korean golfers in the top-15 Rolex ranking which is needed to represent her country in the Rio Olympics. Hard to fathom a top-10 golfer not getting to play in the Olympics.

    sports medic

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    1. I wouldn't read too much into winning a so called "Major" in Korea or Japan. We could call our N.Z Woman's Open a Major should we choose to. Now where did In Gee Chen place in he last true Major a couple of weeks ago....oh missed cut...

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  2. I would give her some props for the Japan Open last week. It was a tough set-up with only three golfers finishing the tournament below par. Shanshan Feng and So Yeon Ryu were in the field meaning the event had as many Rolex top-10 players as the Solheim Cup. And given how the KLPGA players have fared in LPGA majors I would have to say winning a KLPGA major is no small feat. While those tours are not the LPGA, they are the next two strongest tours in ladies golf. As for the missed cuts in a major, they occasionally happen. Don't forget Lydia Ko had one at the KPMG Women's LPGA Championship this year.

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    1. Oh yes Lydia called a penalty shot on herself and missed her only ever missed cut by one stroke unfortunately for her it was a Major. The high scoring probably reflected the player quality not how tough the course was... Feng and Ryu have not won a single tournament this year.. As for the Solheim Cup it's hard to get excited about beating a team from Europe with a RR average in the mid 50's....

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