Well.... Here We Go!
It is time to start the 2016 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2016 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
|Sei Young Kim won this tournament as a rookie in 2015|
This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year's schedule.
Here are the key details:
Course: Ocean Club Golf Course
Location: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion: Sei Young Kim
Winning Score: 70-68-72-68 = (-14)
Final Field: 108 players
Par: 36/37 = 73
My strength of field rating is 65%. Thirty-eight of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 30 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players not teeing it up this week include: Lydia Ko, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Mirim Lee, In Gee Chun, and Karrie Webb.
Here are the pairings for round 1:
Here are the television times:
Jan 28 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 29 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 30 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jan 31 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Brittany Lincicome
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Jessica Korda
7- Ariya Jutanugarn
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Minjee Lee
11- Azahara Munoz
12- Gerina Piller
Brooke Pancake and Georgette Rolle received sponsor exemptions into this week's tournament.
In case you might have missed it, two time LPGA winner Nicole Castrale announced her retirement.
A huge ovation goes out to Morgan Pressel! Her Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament raised a record 1 million dollars last week for breast cancer research and care, breaking the previous record of $750,000. This year's fundraiser included a number of Pressel's fellow LPGA professionals including Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Sandra Gal, and Natalie Gulbis.
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 1/25/16 - The Monday Qualifiers are: Christine Song (64), Brittany Altomare (68)
Update 1/28/16 - Inbee Park withdrew after shooting an 80 in the first round. She gave lower back pain as the reason.
Here are the Final scores:
|1||Hyo Joo Kim||-18||F|
|2||Sei Young Kim||-16||F|
|8||Min Seo Kwak||-14||F|
|13||Hee Young Park||-12||F|
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