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New LPGA Tournament In Indianapolis Added to 2017 LPGA Schedule!

The LPGA will announce today a new tournament to be added to the 2017 LPGA schedule. It will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana and played in and around the famed oval racetrack.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Gregg Ballard will join Indianpolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles, LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan, and other officials today to unveil details of the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim.

The event will take place September 4-10, 2017.In will be a full field event with a field of 144 players.Players will be playing for a purse of $2,000,000First place winner to receive $300,000.Tickets to go on sale November 14, 2016 Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Gerina Piller and former Indiana University standout Danah Bordner, will be part of the announcement today at 1:30 p.m. 
With the LPGA having already announced a new tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin, this means there will be at least two new domestic tournaments on the schedule in 2017. That will more than make up fo…

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview, Pairings, and More.

After a short one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Mirim Lee will be trying to defend the title she won 2 years ago (this tournament was not played in 2015) when she shot a final round 69, to best Caroline Hedwall by 2 strokes.

This is the first of 6 tournaments on the current "Asian Swing". It is also the start of an eight week stretch (without a break) where the season will conclude with the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship.

This will be tournament #26 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule:

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club
Location:  Nankou, Beijing, China
Defending Champion:  Mirim Lee (2014)
Winning Score:  70-68-70-69 = (-15)

Final Field:  81 players
Par:  36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,596
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is a very low 44% The same as it was when last played in 2014). Twenty-four of the top 50 on the LPGA priority list (not used to det…

Arnold Palmer Passes Away at 87.

Arnold Palmer known as "The King" has died at the age of 87.

The golf legend won 62 times on the PGA Tour. Included in his victories were the following major championships:

1958 - The Masters
1960 - The Masters
1960 - The U.S. Open
1961 - The British Open
1962 - The Masters
1962 - The British Open
1964 - The Masters

Palmer won his first PGA Tournament, when he won the Canadian Open in 1955. His final victory came in 1973, when he won the Bob Hope Desert Classic.

Palmer would then go on to win 10 more times on the Senior PGA Tour. Five of those were Senior major championships.

It wasn't just his dominance in golf, that made him the legend that he would become. He had the rare mix of style, good looks, and charisma, that attracted legions of adoring fans. Palmer was the first golfer to attract his own special following known as "Arnie's Army" - thousands of die hard fans who surrounded every green to cheer him on.

Palmer was born September 19, 1929. Through h…

Stats & Facts - Vol. 30 / Asian Swing Field News

With the LPGA off this week, it's a good time to take a look at the key player statistics after the first 25 tournaments of the year. Only 8 tournaments remain on the 2016 schedule, so the race for the major awards is really heating up.

There have been winners this year from 9 different countries:
Korea, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Sweden, Canada, and Germany.

There have been 5 first time winners this year:
Haru Nomura, Ha Na Jang, Jenny Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Caroline Masson.

Key Player Statistics Thru Tournament #25:

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 247 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 246
3- In Gee Chun - 145
4- Brooke Henderson - 135
5- Sei Young Kim - 122

This has become a 2 player race. Lydia's huge early lead has all but disappeared. Ariya now looks like the favorite to take this all important Hall of Fame point.

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 69.320 strokes per round
2- In Gee C…

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

With the LPGA taking a 1 week break I would like to take this opportunity to take a look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps, and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2016. I last did this back in May when the season was just 1/3 over. Now we have completed about 75% of the schedule, and things have changed dramatically.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 

 I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in th…

The Evian Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

After a week off, the LPGA is back in action this week with the playing of the Evian Championship. The final major championship on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Lydia Ko will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she shot a final round 63, to finish 6 shots better than runner-up Lexi Thompson.

With this being the final major of the season, it will also have a huge impact on many of the end of the season awards. For Example:

Lydia Ko's lead over Ariya Jutanugarn for Rolex Player of the Year (and a Hall of Fame point) has been reduced to just 5 points. With this being a major championship, the winner will receive 60 points.Lydia's once huge lead in the Race for the CME Globe ($1 Million Dollars) over Ariya Jutanugarn has been reduced to just 248 points. With this being a major championship, the winner will receive 625 points.Lydia's lead on top of this year's money list has shrunk to just $250,000.00 over (you guessed it) Ariya Jutanugarn. The winner will receive $…

Rating the 2016 LPGA Rookies - Part 2

Before I get started with this week's subject, I want to say what an exciting tournament the Manulife Classic turned out to be. We have become accustomed to nail biters almost each and every week on the LPGA tour. It seems that every week we either have a playoff or it goes down to the very last hole. This past week was no exception. It has to be some sort of record. Just before the midway point of the final round, if you looked at the scoreboard, there were actually 14 players within one stroke of the lead. Yes, fourteen!

Did one of those fourteen win the tournament? No.

When we hit the stretch coming home on the back nine, we still had 8 players within a shot of the lead. Surely one of the 3 big stars from South Korea would win this, right? No. Then one of the 3 players from Thailand, led by Ariya Jutanugarn? No. I guess then it had to be the world #1 Lydia Ko? No again!

Congratulations to Caroline Masson for getting her first LPGA win. I'm betting she was the player that most …