Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings


How exciting has the LPGA tournaments been this month? We have played 3 tournaments and each one has resulted in a playoff to determine the winner.

1- ANA Inspiration (first major championship) - Brittany Lincicome eagles the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Stacy Lewis. Lincicome wins on the third playoff hole.

2-  Lotte Championship - Sei Young Kim chips in on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Inbee Park. Kim then holes out her second shot from the middle of the fairway to take home the trophy.

3- Lydia Ko birdies the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Morgan Pressel. Lydia birdies the second playoff hole for the victory.

Lydia Ko successfully defends her Swinging Skirts Championship title

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Texas for the playing of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout.

This will be tournament #11 of 32 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location: Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score: 71-64- 69-64 = 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 =71
Yardage:  6,462
Purse: $1,300,000

Defending champion Stacy Lewis will be trying to defend her title

My strength of field rating is a strong 71.5% (up from 67.5% last year). Seventy-nine of the top 100 golfers from the LPGA Priority List, and 34 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Notable absentees this week include: Shanshan Feng, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicome, and Jenny Shin.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Apr 30 - GC 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ET
May 1 - GC 10:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
May 2 - GC  1:00  PM - 4:00 PM ET
May 3 - GC  2:00  PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Sei Young Kim
4- Hyo Joo Kim
5- Inbee Park
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Amy Yang
8- Morgan Pressel
9- Mirim Lee
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Michelle Wie
12- Ha Na Jang
I am currently in 8th place this year among the 23 participants.

Other Tidbits:
There will be 2 cuts in this week's tournament. The field will be cut to 70 players and ties after 36 holes, and then cut again to 50 players and ties after 54 holes. If a player makes the first cut and misses the second one, she still will receive a portion of the purse, and it will not count as a missed cut.

The LPGA will have its first player reshuffle after this week's tournament. Players in categories 16 through 20 will be reshuffled according to how they fared the first 10 tournaments of the year. Charley Hull, for example, will now be reshuffled into playing all full field events. I will post more on the results of this reshuffle later on next week.

Stacy Lewis has now extended her cut streak to 80. Lydia Ko has never missed a cut in 50 tournaments. Mi Hyang Lee had her cut streak come to an end at 18.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Morgan Pressel soars 10 spots from #33 to #23. Brooke Henderson leapfrogs over 116 players, and jumps from #207 to #91.

Race to the CME Globe:
Lydia Ko extends her lead with 2,005 points. She is followed by Sei Young Kim with 1,556 and Stacy Lewis with 1,476.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has not finished worse than 21st place this entire season.

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie has yet to register a top ten finish this year.

On the Symetra Tour:
Racheal Rohanna won the Guardian Retirement Championship this past week. Former LPGA members Jean Reynolds and Maude-Aimee Leblanc were among 5 players two strokes back.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
Links to all live scoreboards appear at the top of this page.

Update #1 - Brooke Henderson & Heather Bowie Young are the 2 qualifiers.

Here are the Final Results:

1Inbee Park-15F
2Hee Young Park-12F
2Cristie Kerr-12F
4Maria McBride-11F
4Lexi Thompson-11F
6Angela Stanford-10F
7Juli Inkster-9F
7Stacy Lewis-9F
7Karrie Webb-9F
10Ilhee Lee-8F
11Danielle Kang-7F
11Hyo Joo Kim-7F
13Morgan Pressel-6F
13Sandra Gal-6F
13Ha-Na Jang-6F
13Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-6F
17Amy Yang-5F
17Karine Icher-5F
17Alena Sharp-5F

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paula Creamer Wants a Women's Masters at Augusta



Paula Creamer hopes that someday soon there will be a Ladies' Masters at Augusta.

A women's major championship at Augusta? Yes, that is what Paula Creamer is calling for.

Paula Creamer


The above was posted by Paula after Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters.

The club accepted its first women members in August of 2012, when it invited former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice, and financier Darla Moore to wear green jackets, but chairman Billy Payne has said that "It is unlikely Augusta could hold another tournament."

Creamer hopes that there will be further talks and would love to be part of them.

"Augusta wants to grow the game so badly. There is no reason why we can't do that in women's golf," Creamer said. "We're just as much a part of growing the game."

Billy Payne noted that this probably wouldn't be possible because of everything that goes into hosting one tournament.

"We have a very short member season at Augusta National. It's seven months only," he said. "The time that we dedicate to the preparation and conduct of the tournament is already extensive. I dont think that we would ever host another tournament."

But Creamer suggested that a women's version could be played a week after the men's event in April.

"I think the patrons and everyone would love to have two weeks there, two tournaments. Why wouldn't you?" the 2010 U.S. Open champion said.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Presented by CTBC Preview & Pairings

Is it possible for these LPGA tournament finishes to get any more exciting? For the second tournament in a row, it took a playoff to determine the winner. This one ended very suddenly when Sei Young Kim put the ball in the hole from the middle of the fairway for an eagle, thus becoming the first player to win twice this season.

Sei Young Kim reacts to miracle eagle to end playoff

The LPGA moves back to the state of California for the playing of the Swinging Skirts Classic Presented BY CTBC. This is the second year for this tournament. Many of you may remember last year when Lydia Ko birdied the final hole to defeat Stacy Lewis by one stroke.

Lydia Ko won the inaugural Swinging Skirts last year

This will be tournament #10 of 32 on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Lake Merced Golf Club
Location:  San Francisco, California
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  68-71-68-69 = 276 (-12)

Final Field:  144 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not available
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very high 82%, making it the 3rd strongest field of the year. Seventy of the top 75 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The only big names missing this week are Jessica Korda, Angela Stanford, and Lizette Salas.

Here are the first round pairings:

Here are the television times:
Apr 23 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 24 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 25 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 26 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Inbee Park
6- Shanshan Feng
7- Lexi Thompson
8- Mirim Lee
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- Michelle Wie
11- Jenny Shin
12- Ariya Jutanugarn
My solid picking last week moved me up 2 spots to 8th place among the 22 participants.

Other Tidbits:
The purse for the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has increased to 2 million dollars. That puts that tournament among the echelon in prize money. Of the 27 non major championship tournaments, only the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and the Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic have a higher purse. In only its second year this tournament has quickly become a favorite of both the players and the fans.

Both Ilhee Lee (22) and Mariajo Uribe (17) had their cut streaks snapped.

Mika Miyazato's top 10 finish this past weekend was her first in her last 34 tournaments. Ai Miyazato, who was in the top ten the first 3 rounds, faltered in the final round and has not had a top 10 finish in her last 45 events.

Strange Stat of the Week:
Ariya Jutanugarn has either finished in the top 11 (6 times), or missed the cut (2 times) in her 8 starts this year. No finishes in between.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sei Young Kim moves up from #19 to #16, while I.K. Kim jumps eleven places to #40.

Race to the CME Globe:
Lydia Ko is still out in front with 1,505 points. She is followed by Sei Young Kim with 1476, and Stacy Lewis with 1,376.

Who's Hot:
Sei Young Kim has finished in the top 10 in 5 of her 8 starts this year. She is the first player to win twice in 2015.

Who's Not:
Sun Young Yoo has missed four consecutive cuts. Jodi Ewart Shadoff has not finished better than 30th in her 8 starts this year. She has missed 3 cuts.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.

Update #1 - Sakura Yokomine and Sue Kim are the Monday qualifiers.

Here are the final standings:

1x-Lydia Ko-8F
2Morgan Pressel-8F
3Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-7F
4Min Seo Kwak-6F
5Shanshan Feng-5F
6Ha-Na Jang-4F
6Amy Yang-4F
6Stacy Lewis-4F
9Mirim Lee-3F
9Sei Young Kim-3F
11Na Yeon Choi-2F
11Sakura Yokomine-2F
13P.K. Kongkraphan-1F
13Sandra Gal-1F
15Gerina PillerEF
15Juli InksterEF
15Moriya JutanugarnEF

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Symetra Tour & Legends Tour to Play Together This Week

The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, is back in action after a two-week hiatus for the fourth event of the year, the second annual Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial at Cypress Lake Country Club, April 16-19. This is one of the marquee events of the 2015 season as the Symetra Tour and Legends Tour will both play this week in Fort Myers, Florida.

The 72-hole Symetra Tour event will begin on Thursday, April 16 and conclude on Sunday, April 19. The 36-hole Legends Tour event will begin on Saturday, April 18 and conclude side-by-side with the Symetra Tour event on Sunday. Players from the Symetra Tour and Legends Tour will be paired together in threesomes on Saturday and Sunday (two Symetra Tour players and one Legends Tour playerPlayers from both Tours are competing for separate $150,000 tournament purses. The winners of the events will both receive a first-place check of $22,500 and the Chico’s Leopard Jacket. 

Both the Symetra and Legends Tours will be teeing it up here

The Symetra Tour field will be sliced to the top 50 players and ties after second round play on Friday. The top 70 and ties will still be compensated as if they made the cut, but they will not play on the weekend.


BOTH FIELDS VERY STRONG: The Symetra Tour field will feature eight of the top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list and 17 of the top 20. The only players not in the field are No. 1 Sue Kim, No. 7 Giulia Molinaro and No. 20 Jimin Kang. Kim and Molinaro are both in the field for the LPGA Tour event this week, the LOTTE Championship. 

There are 17 current LPGA Tour members that will tee off in the Symetra Tour field. In alphabetical order, the list includes Julia Boland, Ashli Bunch, Lindy Duncan, Casey Grice, Candy Hannemann, Celine Herbin, Daniela Iacobelli, Haley Italia, Nicole Jeray, Birdie Kim, Mindy Kim, Cindy LaCrosse, Liz Nagel, Jean Reynolds, Natalie Sheary, Victoria Tanco and Caroline Westrup. 

The Legends Tour field is loaded with eight LPGA Tour Hall-of-Famers and the 30 players in the field have combined for 410 career LPGA wins. The eight Hall-of-Famers that will tee it up this week are Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel, Sandra Haynie, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez and Hollis Stacy. The eight hall-of-famers captured a total of 31 LPGA Tour major championships. Bradley and King won six majors apiece. 


Cypress Lake Country Club is a Dick Wilson designed course that opened in 1961. There are three World Golf Hall of Fame members that were members of the club at one time: Patty Berg, Gene Sarazen and Herb Graffis. 

This is the fourth of 23 events on the 2015 Symetra Tour schedule. The schedule features the most events in 27 years. Since 2013, the Tour schedule has grown from 15 events to 23 events. 

The Symetra Tour total purse of $2.73 million is the largest in Tour history. The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial is one of 11 events with a total purse that exceeds $100,000. 

WHO’S HOT: On the Symetra Tour side, nobody has been more consistent than Brianna Do, who is the only player on Tour with top 10 finishes in each of the first three events. Do currently ranks sixth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. Do has finished in a tie for fourth twice and finished in a tie for ninth at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.

Here are the leaders after round 3:

T1T1canLEBLANC, Maude-Aimee10-612:38 AM717069210
T1T1usaKUENY, Laura-612:27 PM687369210
T1T1usaLOPEZ, Lee4-612:27 PM697170210
T1T1usaDO, Brianna6-612:38 AM726672210
55canJAMES, Augusta-512:16 PM697072211
T6T6usaNAGEL, Elizabeth-411:54 AM727268212
T6T6usaLACROSSE, Cindy-412:05 PM717269212
T6T6norWESTRUP, Caroline-412:16 PM736871212
T6T6usaTUBERT, Emily-412:05 PM736871212
1010canRICHDALE, Samantha-311:54 AM707370213
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