Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ANA Inspiration Preview & Pairings (The year's first Major Championship)

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko for winning the Kia Classic. Lydia shot a final round 67, which was 4 shots better than runner-up Inbee Park. It was Lydia's first win of the season.

The LPGA moves to Rancho Mirage, California for the playing of the ANA Inspiration.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Brittany Lincicome eagled the final hole to force a playoff with Stacy Lewis. Brittany would go on to win the championship on the third playoff hole.

Brittany Lincicome will be trying to win this Major Championship for the 3rd time.

This will be tournament #8 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the first of five Major Championships.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club: Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lincicome
Winning Score:  72-68-70-69 = 279 (-9) 

Final Field: 111 players (104 pros + 7 amateurs)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,769 yards
Purse:  $2,600,000

Mission Hills Country Club. The home of this year's first Major Championship

My strength of field rating is a huge 89% (up from 87% last year). All the big stars will be there, and some big names from other tours.

Here are the pairings:

Here are the television times:
Mar 31 - GC 12:00 PM-4:00 PM ET
Mar 31 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 1 - GC 12:00 PM-4:00 PM ET
Apr 1 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 2 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 3 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Brooke Henderson
6- Inbee Park
7- Ha Na Jang
8- Gerina Piller
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- Shanshan Feng
11- HSung Hyun Park
12- Anna Nordqvist
My alternates are: Hyo-Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen, and Amy Yang.
My nifty picking last week has moved me up to #4 in the overall standings among the 18 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Ai Miyazato's third place finish at the Kia Classic was her first top ten finish in her last 66 starts.

Mika Miyazato and Xi Yu Lin both missed the cut at the Kia Classic. Their cut streaks came to an end at 16 straight.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson was the only player in the top ten to advance, as she moves past Amy Yang into the #7 position.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Ha Na Jang continues to lead with 1,405 points, but sneaking up right behind her with 1,346 points is Lydia Ko.

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson is the only LPGA player to have 5 top ten finishes this year.

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has not finished better than 60th place in any of her 6 starts this year.

Here are the final results:

1Lydia Ko-1270686969276$390,000
T2Charley Hull-1170696969277$208,182
T2In Gee Chun-1169696970277$208,182
4Ariya Jutanugarn-1069716771278$135,417
5Lexi Thompson-969686973279$108,996
T6Inbee Park-870736968280$72,004
T6Gerina Piller-869717070280$72,004
T6Sung Hyun Park-871677171280$72,004
T6Caroline Masson-870716871280$72,004
T10Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-773697267281$48,155
T10So Yeon Ryu-772697169281$48,155
T10Bo-Mee Lee-773667270281$48,155
T10Suzann Pettersen-771677172281$48,155
T14Mo Martin-673717167282$37,388
T14Amy Yang-669717468282$37,388
T14Mi Jung Hur-673726671282$37,388
T14Lee-Anne Pace-668707173282$37,388
T18Jodi Ewart Shadoff-572687568283$28,851
T18Paula Reto-571717071283$28,851
T18Sun Young Yoo-572707071283$28,851
T18Na Yeon Choi-570736971283$28,851
T18Stacy Lewis-572687172283$28,851
T18Hyo Joo Kim-571706973283$28,851
T18Pernilla Lindberg-571736673283$28,851
T18Ai Miyazato-567707175283$28,851

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  1. The LPGA would love to see a three-way battle to the wire on Sunday between Lydia, Lexi, and Brooke. My sentimental longshot is Megan Khang. Would llove to see her have a big finish in her first major as a rookie.

  2. Finished strong at KIA, had another top 10 and moved to 7th in the Rolex Rankings. Brooke M has lots of momentum going into the ANA, the only major she missed last year. Good time to make a big move and a final round pairing with Lexi (like her new pic) would be excellent!
    Also best wishes to Stephanie Meadow to have a good tournament this week.

  3. Lydia was the biggest mover in the RR last week extending her lead and Brittany Lang gifted Henderson a top 10 finish along with a heap of prize money to a few others with her final two holes. Was she really still going for the win? Looking forward to this weeks Major... I'll go with your pick to win again this week Tony but this is a tough field to beat and she will need a good start again I think.

  4. maybe S.H. Park has withdrawn, can't find her in the official tee times list