This week the LPGA moves to the state of Florida for the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. This is the final tournament on the 2015 schedule. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when in a 3 way playoff, Lydia Ko came out victorious over Carlota Ciganda and Julieta Granada. Lydia not only won the $500,000 first prize, but also won the "Race to the CME Globe" bonus of 1 million dollars!
|Lydia Ko holds up both trophies she won last year at this event|
Here are the key details:
Course: Tiburon Golf Club
Location: Naples, Florida
Defending Champion: Lydia Ko
Winning Score: 71-71-68-68 = 278 (-10)
Final Field: 71 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
My strength of field rating is a very solid 75%. The only reason that number is not higher is that this is a limited field of just 71 players, and therefore lacks depth. But make no mistake about it, this is a major championship field. All the top name players are here.
Here are the pairings for round #1:
Here are this week's television times:
GC Thursday, November 19, 4:00 - 6:30PM ET
GC Friday, November 20, 4:00 - 6:30PM ET
GC Saturday, November 21, 4:00 - 6:30PM ET
ABC Sunday, November 22, 2:00 - 4:00PM ET
Once again the GC coverage is tape delayed. When the coverage starts on Thursday through Saturday, the tournament will already have been completed. For those who are scoreboard watchers and still want to see the TV broadcast, I would advise you to stop looking at the scores when the "Inbee Group" finishes the front 9. That is where the coverage on GC should begin. I am assuming the Sunday coverage on ABC is live.
Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Inbee Park
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Sei Young Kim
7- So Yeon Ryu
8- Lexi Thompson
9- Hyo Joo Kim
10- Amy Yang
11- Minjee Lee
12- Anna Nordqvist
My solid picking this year has me in 2nd place among the 20 participants.
It will not just be the 1 million dollars that are on the line this week, but all the major awards are still up for grabs. Lydia Ko currently leads the official money list, but could be passed by Inbee Park. Two Hall of Fame points are up for grabs also this week. Both Lydia Ko (currently with a slim 3 point lead) and Inbee Park will be fighting it out for the Player of the Year, while the Vare trophy's Hall of fame point will either go to Inbee or Lydia also. Inbee currently holds a slim lead there. Inbee Park needs just one more point to have the 27 needed for Hall of Fame entry. She also needs to play one more season to have put in the 10 years that are required.
Chella Choi is the only LPGA player to play in all 31 tournaments this year.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
Carlota Ciganda leaps up from #61 to #52.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, and Stacy Lewis, are the only players that are guaranteed the 1 million dollars this week with a victory. Any player in the top 9 can win the big prize, but will need plenty of help to do so.
Suzanne Pettersen has registered four consecutive top 10 finishes. Jaye Marie Green has very quietly put together a very solid second half. She has 3 top ten finishes, and 5 top twenties, in her last 8 starts.
No one that played in Mexico this past week is in any kind of a slump.
Here are the Final Results:
|13||Brooke Mackenzie Henderson||-9||F|
|14||Xi Yu Lin||-8||F|
|14||Hee Young Park||-8||F|
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