Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blue Bay LPGA Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out this week to Lydia Ko for winning the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. There was nothing dramatic or suspenseful about this one as she blew away the field by 9 strokes. It was Lydia's 5th victory of the year, and she now leads the LPGA in every statistical category that matters. She has the most wins, top fives, and top tens. She also has a huge lead in the CME Standings. On top of that she leads in Player of the Year points and is the leader for the Vare Trophy.
She also is now the #1 player in the world.

This week the LPGA tour moves to China for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. Last year was the inaugural playing of this event, and it was cut to 54 holes because of bad weather. Lee-Anne Pace was victorious by 3 shots over Caroline Masson.

Lee-Anne Pace will be trying to defend her Blue Bay LPGA championship

This will be tournament #28 of 31 on this year's LPGA Schedule.

Here are the Key details:

Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  Lee-Anne Pace
Winning Score:  67-66-67 = 200 (-16)

Final Field:  81 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not available on LPGA website
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 59.50%. Forty-five of the top 60 players from the LPGA priority list (not used on the Asian swing), and thirty of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Among the missing this week include:  So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb, Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Charley Hull, Ha Na Jang, Mika Miyazato, and Alison Lee. Muni He, who made such a big splash this year at the U.S. Women's open in Lancaster, Pa., has received a sponsor exemption.

Muni He will be making her first LPGA appearance since the U.S. Open


Here are the pairings for round 1.

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday October 29 - 2:30 a.m. - 5:00 am ET
GC Friday October 30 - 2:30 a.m. - 5:00 am ET
GC Saturday October 31 - 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET
GC Sunday November 1 - 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET

Once again Golf Channel shows no respect to the LPGA. The final round broadcast will end at midnight Sunday (Monday morning). The tournament will have been over for about 19 hours at that point. There is no way this blogger is not looking at the results for that long a period of time, to watch the broadcast.

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- Stacy Lewis
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Anna Nordqvist
7- Amy Yang
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Xi Yu Lin
10- Mirim Lee
11- Minjee Lee
12- Jessica Korda
After 27 tournaments I remain in 2nd place among the 20 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
Nellie Korda beat a field of 195 players and won phase 2 of LPGA Q-School. Because of her age, she is not allowed to go on to phase 3. She will not be 18 until next July. She will concentrate on playing the Symetra Tour next year, where she will certainly be a favorite to receive her LPGA card via that route.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
As mentioned above, Lydia Ko replaces Inbee Park as the new #1 player in the world.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko has now opened up a huge lead with 4,828 points. She is followed by Inbee Park (3,944), Stacy Lewis (3,110), and Lexi Thompson (2,729).

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko (this seems to be a blog about her) has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 1st in her last 5 tournaments. 

Who's Not:
Sandra Gal has failed to register a top 20 finish in her last 9 events.

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.

Update #1 - Hyo Joo Kim withdrew after 9 holes with an injury.
Update #2 - Anna Nordqvist Withdrew before starting with an injury.

Here are the leaders after round 2:
1Sei Young Kim-2F
2Suzann Pettersen-1F
2Candie Kung-1F
2Ryann O'Toole-1F
2Austin Ernst-1F
6Minjee LeeEF
6Alena SharpEF
6Kim KaufmanEF
6Stacy LewisEF
6Jane ParkEF
6Xi Yu LinEF
12Danielle Kang+1F
13Sandra Gal+2F
13Haru Nomura+2F
13Brittany Lang+2F
16Karine Icher+3F
16Moriya Jutanugarn+3F
16Sakura Yokomine+3F
16Ariya Jutanugarn+3F
16Kyu Jung Baek+3F
16Ilhee Lee+3F
16Caroline Masson+3F
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Lexi Thompson for winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship. In one of the most exciting final rounds this year, Lexi came out on top by one stroke over both Yani Tseng and Sung Hyun Park. It was Lexi's second victory of the year. It certainly appears that Tseng is back on top of her game and will be geared up this week playing in her home country. As for Sung Hyun Park, she seems to be just one of many non-LPGA South Korean golfers who we are going to be hearing much more from very soon.

Lexi Thompson proudly holds up her Championship Trophy

This week the LPGA moves to Taiwan for the playing of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
We can only hope for as exciting a finish as we had last year, when Inbee Park held off a charging Stacy Lewis and won by 2 strokes. Inbee will not be defending her title.

Defending Champion Inbee Park will not be teeing it up this week.

This will be tournament #27 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Miramar Golf Country Club
Location:  Taipei, Taiwan
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  64-62-69-71 = 266 (-21)

Final Field: 81 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: Not available on LPGA website
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a mediocre 66%. Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (which is not used on the Asian swing), and Thirty-three of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. The players not teeing it up this week include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Alison Lee, Angela Stanford, and Gerina Piller.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday  Oct 22 - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
GC Friday Oct 23 - 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday Oct 24 - 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. ET
GC Sunday Oct 25 12:00 am - 4:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Amy Yang
2- Lydia Ko
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Stacy Lewisp
5- Yani Tseng
6- Suzann Pettersen
7- So Yeon Ryu
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Sei Young Kim
10- Mi Hyang Lee
11- Brittany Lincicome
12- Chella Choi
Through the first 26 tournaments, I remain in second place among the 20 current participants.


Other Tidbits:
Lydia Ko has now moved into a tie with Inbee Park for player of the year, and that all important Hall of Fame point. Another Hall of Fame point is given to the winner of the Vare trophy (lowest scoring average). Lydia Ko has now taken the lead there also.

How consistent has Inbee Park been this year? This is the first time all year that she has finished out of the top ten in back to back tournaments. 

Amy Yang birdied all 9 holes on the back nine this past Sunday, for a 9 hole score of 27. We may never see that again in our lifetime on any tour.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Lexi Thompson makes the most important move this week as she takes over the #4 spot in the world. Non LPGA member Sung Hyun Park jumps from #54 to #36, while Yani Tseng leaps from #55 to #37.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko increases her lead with 4,328 points. She is followed by Inbee Park (3,944), Stacy Lewis (3,073), and Lexi Thompson (2,727).

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has 3 consecutive top ten finishes, and has finished in the top 13, five consecutive tournaments. Lexi Thompson has 2 wins, a 2nd, a 4th, and a 9th place finish in her last seven starts.

Who's Not:
In spite of some very good singular rounds, So Yeon Ryu does not have a top 20 finish since the Canadian Open. Paula Creamer has failed to register a top 30 finish in her last 8 starts.

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 Scores:
1Lydia Ko-20F
2So Yeon Ryu-11F
2Eun-Hee Ji-11F
4Charley Hull-10F
5Suzann Pettersen-9F
6Paula Creamer-7F
6Xi Yu Lin-7F
8Amy Yang-5F
9Brittany Lang-4F
10Lizette Salas-3F
10Minjee Lee-3F
10Anna Nordqvist-3F
10Catriona Matthew-3F
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out this week to Jessica Korda for winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Korda took down some of the best players in the game, defeating Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, and Stacy Lewis by 4 strokes. She shot a final round 65.

The very classy Ha Na Jang is the first to congratulate Korda on her victory

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Q-Baek defeated Inn Gee Chun and Brittany Lincicome in a playoff.


Q-Baek will be trying to defend her title this week in South Korea


This will be tournament #26 of 31 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key details:


My strength of field rating is a very solid 73.50%. Forty-two of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (which is not used in the Asian swing events), and forty-two of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up this week.  Top players missing from this week's field include Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. The main reason my field rating isn't higher is because of a lack of depth as this is a small field. The field does include some top non-LPGA players. They include: Inn Gee Chun (#8 in RR), Jin Young Ko (#23), Jung-Min Lee (#29), Min-Sun Kim (#53), Sung Hyun Park (#54), and Min Young Lee (#61).

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Wednesday Oct 14 - 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ET
GC Thursday Oct 15 - 11:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday Oct 16 - 11:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday Oct 17 11:30 pm - 3:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- In Gee Chun
5- Amy Yang
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Sei Young Kim
9- So Yeon Ryu
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Brittany Lincicome
My successful picking last week landed me in a tie for first place. Overall I am in 2nd place (1 point back) among the 21 current participants.

Other Tidbits:
In case anyone missed the big news, the LPGA announced a brand new tournament to be added to the 2016 schedule. The new LPGA Volvik Championship will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan from May 26-29. This will be a full field event with a field of 144 players. There will now be 2 tournaments in the state of Michigan as the Meijer Championship is held in Grand Rapids, although this new event is actually closer to the Marathon Championship in Toledo, Ohio. With the Reignwood Championship expected to be back on the schedule next year, this would bring the number of tournaments up to 33.

This tournament this week will be a great opportunity for South Korean golfers to break out of their first mini slump of the year. After a blazing first 20 tournaments, they have been shut out in the last 5. 

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Jessica Korda makes the biggest leap this week moving up from #50 to #22. Other nice moves include: Mika Miyazato (49 to 39), I.K. Kim (51 to 43), and Yani Tseng (66 to 55).

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 4,193 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,888 and Stacy Lewis with 3,073.

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko has finished 1st, 1st and 2nd, in her last 3 tournaments. Stacy Lewis (who still hasn't won this year) has 8 top 3 finishes this year. She has two 2nd place finishes in the last 4 weeks.

Who's Not:
Karrie Webb has not finished better than 38th in her last 5 starts. Suzann Pettersen has not finished better than 34th in her last four.

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 scores:
1Lexi Thompson-15F
2Yani Tseng-14F
2Sung Hyun Park-14F
4Amy Yang-13F
4Gerina Piller-13F
4Lydia Ko-13F
7Suzann Pettersen-12F
7Shanshan Feng-12F
9Mika Miyazato-10F
9Chella Choi-10F
9Brittany Lincicome-10F
9Mi Hyang Lee-10F
9Yoon-Ji Cho-10F
9Mirim Lee-10F


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