Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lorena Ochoa Invitational Preview & Pairings

This week's tournament will be held at the beautiful Club de Golf Mexico

This week the LPGA moves to Mexico for the playing of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex. Many of you may remember last year's exciting and unlikely finish, when Christina Kim defeated Shanshan Feng in a playoff.

Christina Kim will be trying to defend the Lorena Ochoa Invitational title she won in 2014

This will be tournament #30 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course: Club de Golf Mexico
Location:  Mexico City, Mexico
Defending Champion:  Christina Kim
Winning Score:  66-69-68-71 = 273 (-15)

Final Field: 36 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,804
Purse:  $1,000,000

My strength of field rating is a season low 38%. Part of the reason that it has such a low rating is due to the fact that the field (just 36 players) is so small. The other part is that many of the players who have played the past few years are skipping the event. Twenty-four of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and just 19 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players not in attendance this week include: Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Amy Yang, Karrie Webb, Anna Nordqvist, Mirim Lee, Jessica Korda, Paula Creamer, Hyo Joo Kim, Morgan Pressel, Yani Tseng, and Ha Na Jang. Headlining the field this week will be: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen, Sei Young Kim, and So Yeon Ryu.

Here are the pairings for round #1:

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday, November 12, 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
GC Friday, November 13, 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
GC Saturday, November 14, 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
GC Sunday, November 15, 4:00 - 6:00PM ET

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis' 6th place finish this past week was her 20th top twenty of the year, tying Inbee Park for the most on tour.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Non LPGA member Sun Ju Ahn vaults from #29 to #22, while Angela Stanford jumps from #50 to #42, and Xi Yu Lin (winner last week on the European Tour) rockets from #68 to #57. Michelle Wie drops out of the top 25, slipping from #22 to #26.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to have a huge lead with 4,913 points. She is followed by Inbee Park (3,944), and Stacy Lewis (3,510).

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson now has 9 consecutive top 25 finishes. Six of them are top tens.

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie does not have a top 10 finish this year (Lydia Ko leads with 16). Moriya Jutanugarn has gone 16 straight tournaments without a top 20 finish. Sun Young Yoo finished in the top 10 in her first two tournaments of the year. She has not had a top 10 finish in her last 21.

Here are the final standings:

1Inbee Park-18F
2Carlota Ciganda-15F
3Sei Young Kim-13F
4So Yeon Ryu-11F
5Sakura Yokomine-9F
6Mariajo Uribe-8F
6Caroline Masson-8F
8Suzann Pettersen-6F
8Jaye Marie Green-6F
8Christina Kim-6F
8Cristie Kerr-6F
12Jennifer Song-5F
12Minjee Lee-5F
12Pernilla Lindberg-5F
15Chella Choi-3F
16Sydnee Michaels-1F
16Karine Icher-1F
16Angela Stanford-1F
19Gerina PillerEF
19Lizette SalasEF

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