This week the LPGA moves to Japan for the playing of the Toto Japan Classic. This is the LPGA's last stop on the 2015 Asian swing. This tournament is 54 holes.
|Mi Hyang Lee will be trying to defend her title this week in Japan|
Here are the key details:
Course: Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club
Location: Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan
Defending Champion: Mi Hyang Lee
Winning Score: 69-67-69 = 205 (-11)
Final Field: 78 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
My strength of field rating is a season low 44%. Just 22 of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used on the Asian swing), and 34 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Among the players not in action this week include: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, Jessica Korda, Sei Young Kim, Minjee Lee, and Amy Yang. The field does include quite a few highly ranked players that are not on the LPGA tour.
Here are the first round pairings:
Golf Channel is NOT broadcasting this event.
Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Candie Kung
4- Mika Miyazato
5- Mirim Lee
6- Mi Hyang Lee
7- Ilhee Lee
8- Theresa Lu
9- Bo-Me Lee
10- Hara Nomura
11- Ayaka Wantanabe
12- Sakura Yokomine
I remain in second place after the first 28 tournaments of the year, among the 21 participants.
Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Hyo Joo Kim, and Beatriz Recari all withdrew from last week's tournament.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
Sei Young Kim bursts into the top ten this week, jumping up from #11 to #7. Kim Kaufmann vaults from # 99 to #79.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko is still the runaway leader with 4,913 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,944, and Stacy Lewis with 3,410.
Stacy Lewis has now finished 2nd in 3 of her last 6 starts.
Christina Kim has gone 17 consecutive tournaments without a top 20 finish.
UPDATE #1 Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari are stuck in the Bali, because of the volcano eruption there. They have been replaced by Ayako Uehara and Jacqui Concolino
Here are the leaders after 36 holes:
|3||Sun Ju Ahn||-11||F|
|15||Hyo Joo Kim||-8||F|
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