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Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Hyo Joo Kim for winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. It was her third LPGA victory. Her birdie on the 17th hole, after bogeying #16, was the turning point of the tournament. Stacy Lewis (once again), Sei Young Kim, and Anna Nordqvist finished tied for 2nd place, 2 shots back.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Florida for the playing of the Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers. This tournament has a Wednesday start, and will conclude on Saturday (thus avoiding Super Bowl Sunday).

Na Yeon Choi won the inaugural playing of this event last year

This will be tournament #2 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club
Location:  Ocala, Florida
Defending Champion: Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score: 68-70-66-68 = 272 (-16)

Final Field:  120 Players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,541
Purse:  $1, 500,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 79% (up from 76% last year). Forty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 38 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees this week include: Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Eun - Hee Ji, Sun Young Yoo, I.K. Kim, and Q-Baek.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC Wednesday February 3 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
GC Thursday  February 4 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
GC Friday Oct 23 - 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET (tape)
GC Saturday Oct 24 - 3:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. 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- Lexi Thompson
6- Jessica Korda
7- Ha Na Jang
8- Anna Nordqvist
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- Brooke Henderson
11- Minjee Lee
12- Charley Hull
My 3 alternates are - Ilhee Lee, Amy Yang, and Mirim Lee

Other Tidbits:
Inbee Park withdrew after the first round of the Pure Silk LPGA Bahamas Classic with lower back pain. She then withdrew from this tournament also. She is not expected to play again until the LPGA plays in Thailand (which means she will be skipping the Australian open also).

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Hyo Joo Kim made the most important move this week, jumping from #10 to #7. Sei Young Kim moved from #7 to #5, while Paula Creamer made the biggest move in the top 100, leaping from #63 to #54. 

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Hyo Joo Kim jumps out in front with 500 points, she is followed bt Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, and Anna Nordqvist, each with 300 points.

UPDATE #1:  Stephanie Kono and Benyapa Niphtsophon are the Monday Qualifiers.

Here are the final results:

1Ha-Na Jang-11F
2Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-9F
3In Gee Chun-8F
3Sei Young Kim-8F
3Lydia Ko-8F
6Julie Yang-7F
6Simin Feng-7F
6Suzann Pettersen-7F
9Austin Ernst-6F
9Paula Reto-6F
9Lexi Thompson-6F
9Alison Lee-6F
13Lizette Salas-5F
13Mo Martin-5F
13Haru Nomura-5F
16Brittany Lincicome-4F
16Sakura Yokomine-4F
16Kelly Tan-4F
16Carlota Ciganda-4F
16Candie Kung-4F
16Caroline Masson-4F

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  1. Respectfully, I have to say I feel you are wrong for letting Alison Lee out of the power rankings, she's due for a win!

    1. Joe your probably right, but with so many great players teeing it up this week, I have to leave some of them out.

  2. Saturday's controversial par 4, 218 yard 8th hole played a role in Hyo Joo Kim's victory. Kim played it in 3 while Stacy Lewis scored a 5.

  3. The Saturday finish will also play well in Korea where fans can watch the final round on Sunday.

  4. I'm disappointed in how Stacy Lewis behaved after missing a short putt due to a spike mark. She pounded it down with her putter and surely left an indentation that others would have to contend with. She then left the green and hurled her putter at her bag. Suck it up Stacy and grow up. We don't need the female version of Tiger Woods on the LPGA tour. Having said that, at least she didn't start dropping f bombs.

  5. The weather has made some lucky and others unlucky in the draw the first 2 days.

  6. The weather has made some lucky and others unlucky in the draw the first 2 days.

  7. I think if Candie Kung keeps up within top 20 in 2016's tournaments, she will be able to beat Yani's ranking and go for Olympics this year.

  8. Great finish by Ha Na Jang and what a move! Also it looks like Brooke is primed to move into Stacy's slot. Way to go Henderson!

  9. The weather have a big impact in this match.


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