Monday, March 14, 2016

JTBC Founders Cup Preview & Pairings




After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the LPGA Founders Cup. This will be the first of 3 consecutive tournaments that will be played on the west coast of the United States, and will include the year's first major championship.

This will be the 6th year that this tournament is being played, and it has a history of very close finishes. Two years ago Karrie Webb was the winner by a single stroke over 5 different players. Last year Hyo Joo Kim received the trophy when she birdied five of the last 8 holes and finished 3 strokes better than Stacy Lewis.


Hyo Joo Kim is all thumbs up after winning the 2015 Founders Cup Trophy.


This will tournament #6 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion:  Hyo Joo Kim
Winning Score:  65-69-66-67 = 267 (-21)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,538
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 82% (up from 74.5% last year). This is the strongest field to date, and will be among the strongest non major championship fields of the year. Key players that will not be teeing up this week include: Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun, and Xi Yu Lin.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Mar 17 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 18 - GC 6:00 PM-8:00 PM ET
Mar 19 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 20 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Ha Na Jang
4- Amy Yang
5- Brooke Henderson
6- Hyo Joo Kim
7- Sei Young Kim
8- Pornanong Phatlum
9- Inbee Park
10- Jessica Korda
11- Shanshan Feng
12- Anna Nordqvist
My alternates are: Mirim Lee, Minjee Lee, and Sun Hyang Park.
My pretty decent picking so far this year has me in 6th place among the 18 participants.

Other Tidbits:
The Symetra Tour has announced a brand new tournament that will be played this year. The Gosling's Dark 'N Stormy Classic will be a 54 hole event. It will be held at the Atlanta National Golf Club. First round play will begin on Thursday May 19th with the final round scheduled for Saturday, May 21st. The total tournament purse will be $100,000, with the winner getting $15,000.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Not much movement this week. The most important change was Brooke Henderson moving into the top 10, replacing So Yeon Ryu.

UPDATE 1- The Monday qualifiers are Michelle Piyapattra and Hannah Arnold.

Here are the final scores:


1Sei Young Kim-27F
2Lydia Ko-22F
3Jacqui Concolino-20F
4Megan Khang-19F
4Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-19F
4Paula Creamer-19F
4Stacy Lewis-19F
4Eun-Hee Ji-19F
9Paula Reto-18F
9Ryann O'Toole-18F
9Brittany Lang-18F
9Kim Kaufman-18F
13Cristie Kerr-17F
13Ha-Na Jang-17F
13Sung Hyun Park-17F
13Gerina Piller-17F
13Karine Icher-17F
13Mi Hyang Lee-17F
13Pernilla Lindberg-17F
20Three tied at-16

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.


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4 comments:

  1. It's unfortunate that my post questioning Lexi's relationship with Donald Trump was blocked. I guess Ha Na Jang's father "accidentally" injuring Ha Na's main rival to go to the Olympics would be off limits too?
    Looks like you've censored your way out of any comments this week.
    Oh well, so much for free speech.
    John

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    1. Yes it was blocked. I have one rule on here and that is to keep the discussions about the golfers to what happens "inside the ropes."

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    2. I didn't know that but will respect it.
      John

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  2. Monday qualifier update....
    Piyapattra +3 missed by 6 shots
    Arnold +6 missed by 9 shots
    Mr Gee

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