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Lotte Championship Presented by Hershey Preview & Pairings



The LPGA moves to Hawaii this week for the playing of the Lotte Championship Presented by Hershey. Many of you might remember (how could we possibly forget?) last year's exciting finish when Sei Young Kim holed a 154 yard 8 iron to defeat Inbee Park on the first playoff hole. Kim also had to chip in on the 18th hole to force a playoff.



Sei Young Kim holds up the trophy after holing out on the first playoff hole from 154 yards.

This will be tournament #9 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ko Olina Golf Club
Location:  Kapolei, Hawaii
Defending Champion:  Sei Young Kim
Winning Score:  67-67-70-73 = (-11)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,383
Purse:  $1,800,000

Ko Olina Golf Club

My strength of field rating is 59% (down from 66% last year). Thirty-two of the top 50 players from LPGA priority list, and 27 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The top 3 players from the world rankings (Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, and Lexi Thompson) will all be there. Not participating in Hawaii this week include: Stacy Lewis, Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, Morgan Pressel, Ha Na Jang, Gerina Piller, Mirim Lee, Yani Tseng, Charley Hull, Jessica Korda, and Karrie Webb.

Here are the pairings for round one.

Here are the television times:
Apr 13 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
Apr 14 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
Apr 15 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
Apr 16 - GC 7:00 PM-11:00 PM ET

Note that this tournament has a Wednesday start, and a Saturday finish.

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Inbee Park
2- Lydia Ko
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- In Gee Chun
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- Sei Young Kim
7- Shanshan Feng
8- Lexi Thompson
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Haru Nomura
11- Ariya Jutanugarn
12- Minjee Lee
My alternates are: Chella Choi, So Yeon Ryu, and Michelle Wie.
My hot streak continued at the ANA Inspiration, vaulting me up to 2nd place among the 19 participants through the first 8 tournaments.


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Erica Kikuchi wins the Studio Alice Ladies Open on the JLPGA tour.


Other Tidbits:  

With the LPGA idle this past week, let us look at the results from other tours:

  • On the JLPGA tour, Erica Kikuchi won the Studio Alice Ladies Open by 4 strokes. Her score of -14 under par, was 4 strokes better than Jiyai Shin.
  • On the KLPGA tour, Seo Yeon Jang won the Lotte Mart Women's Open by 2 strokes over Soo Jin Yang.
  • On the Symetra tour, Veteran Samantha Richdale won the Florida's National Charity Classic by a single stroke over runner-up Madeline Sagstrom. A rookie back in 2006, Richdale won for the 4th time on that tour.
Here are the Final Scores:

1Minjee Lee-16F
2In Gee Chun-15F
2Katie Burnett-15F
4Moriya Jutanugarn-14F
5Su-Yeon Jang-13F
6Joanna Klatten-12F
7Megan Khang-11F
7Mo Martin-11F
7Sei Young Kim-11F
10Nontaya Srisawang-10F
10Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-10F
10Shanshan Feng-10F
10Pernilla Lindberg-10F
10Lexi Thompson-10F
15Chella Choi-8F
15Ariya Jutanugarn-8F
15Lee-Anne Pace-8F
15Danielle Kang-8F
15Haru Nomura-8F


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Comments

  1. - Pornanong finished T11 here last year. I think she'll be in the top 10 or better this week.
    - I know Michelle Wie has won here before, but Paula Creamer is off to a better start this year, and would make my alternate list instead.
    - Ariya's having a good sophomore season, but doesn't make my list, because she was a top 5 in her last outing, and I don't think her streaks run that long.
    The rest of your list looks like mine, except...
    - Ingee wins this event
    - Brooke is solo 2nd

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  2. Tony, this is off topic but could you tell me what percentage of the winnings the caddies are paid and if a golfer misses the cut, does that mean nothing for the caddy or is there a base salary they would earn. Accommodations would also be an expensive proposition. Are they covered by the golfer?
    Thanks,
    John

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  3. I don't believe there is a standard here. Caddies and players have their own deals, and they are very often different. One prominent player I talked to said she pays her caddie a fee starting at 10% and slides down in percentage the more she makes.

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    1. Interesting. Thanks for the info.
      John

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