Monday, September 26, 2016

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview, Pairings, and More.

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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.

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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 determine the field on the Asian Swing), and 20 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will still have some big stars including: Ariya Jutanugarn (#2 in world rankings), Sei Young Kim, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Haru Nomura, Ha Na Jang, and Amy Yang. Players skipping this week's tournament include: Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, In Gee Chun, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, Inbee Park, Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu, and Gerina Piller.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC   Thurs. Sept.29  1:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC   Friday Sept.30  2:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC   Sat.     Oct 1    11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. ET  (tape delay)
GC   Sun.    Oct 2     2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET  (tape delay)

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament.
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Sei Young Kim
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Haru Nomura
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Mirim Lee
8- Amy Yang
9- Candie Kung
10- Hyo Joo Kim
11- Mi Jung Hur
12- Chella Choi
My Alternates are: I.K. Kim, Jenny Shin, and Su Oh.

After the first 25 weeks of the season, I am currently comfortably in first place among the 20 participants.

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Here are the final results:
1 In-Kyung Kim -24
2 Mi Jung Hur -23
3 Mirim Lee -22
4 Shanshan Feng -21
4 Brooke Henderson -21
6 Ariya Jutanugarn -18
7 Mariajo Uribe -17
7 Simin Feng -17
9 Ilhee Lee -16
9 Amy Yang -16
11 Sei Young Kim -15
12 Sarah Jane Smith -14
12 Danielle Kang -14
12 Eun-Hee Ji -14
12 Christina Kim -14
16 Haru Nomura -13
16 Su-Hyun Oh -13
16 Yani Tseng -13
16 Chella Choi -13
20 Pornanong Phatlum -11
20 Lizette Salas -11

Be sure to check back here daily for any 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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