|Hara Nomura is all smiles as she wins her first LPGA trophy|
The LPGA moves to the Thailand for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Amy Yang won this event by 2 strokes over Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, and Mirim Lee.
|Amy Yang will be trying to defend her title this week in Thailand|
This will be tournament #4 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:
Coarse: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Location: Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion: Amy Yang
Winning Score: 67-66-71-69 = 273 (-15)
Final Field: 70 Players
Par: 36/36 = 72
My strength of field is a very solid 78.50%. In spite of the fact that it is missing the #1 player in the world, most all the other top players will be there. The only reason my field rating isn't even higher than it is, is because the small field of just 70 players lacks depth. Forty-seven of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 42 of the top 50 players from this week's Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Those not in attendance this week include: Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, and Alison Lee.
Here are the pairings for round one.
Here are the television times:
GC Thursday February 25 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday February 26 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday February 27 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Sunday February 28 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ETThere is a 12 hour time differential between Thailand and U.S. ET. All broadcasts should be live.
Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis (She's overdue)
2- Inbee Park (Is her back an issue?)
3- Yani Tseng (Has always had success here)
4- Ha Na Jang
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Hyo Joo Kim
7- Lexi Thompson
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Amy Yang
10- Suzann Pettersen
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- In Gee Chun
My 3 alternates are: Charley Hull, Mirim Lee, and Minjee Lee.
After the first 3 tournaments of the year, I am currently in 5th place among the 17 contestants.
Wei-Ling Hsu missed the cut this past week for the first time in her last 14 starts.
Stephanie Kono made the cut this past week after missing her last 18.
Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Hara Nomura vaults up from #67 to #48, while Karrie Webb jumps from #34 to #29.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Ha Na Jang leads with 705 points. She is followed by Haru Nomura with 620, and Hyo Joo Kim with 538.
Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura are the only 2 players to finish in the top 15 in all 3 tournaments this year.
Ayako Uehara and Maria McBride have missed the cut in all 3 of this year's tournaments.
Here are the final scores:
|2||In Gee Chun||-14||F|
|5||Hee Young Park||-11||F|
|10||Xi Yu Lin||-9||F|
|11||Kyu Jung Baek||-8||F|
|15||Wei Ling Hsu||-5||F|
|18||Na Yeon Choi||-3||F|
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