This week the LPGA travels to Taiwan for the playing of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Many may remember last year's tournament when Lydia Ko blew away the field and won by 9 strokes. It was the largest margin of victory on the LPGA tour the entire year.
|Lydia Ko holds up her 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship trophy.|
This will be tournament #27 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the Key Details:
Course: Miramar Golf Country Club
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Defending Champion: Lydia Ko
Winning Score: 69-67-67-65 = 268 (-20)
Final Field: 81 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: Not available on LPGA website
My strength of field rating is 60% (down from 65% last year). Thirty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used for this tournament), and 30 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by defending champion and #1 player in the world, Lydia Ko. It will also include top 10 players Brooke Henderson and Amy Yang. Missing from this week's field include Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun, Suzann Pettersen, and Gerina Piller.
Here are the first round pairings:
Here are the television times:
GC Thurs. Oct 6, 1:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday Oct 7, 1:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC Sat. Oct 8, 12:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC Sun. Oct 9, 12:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
1- Lydia Ko
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Brooke Henderson
4- Haru Nomura
5- Amy Yang
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Mi Jung Hur
8- In Kyung Kim
9- Mirim Lee
10- Minjee Lee
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Ha Na Jang
My alternates are: Candie Kung, Chella Choi, and Hyo Joo Kim.
Through the first 26 tournaments of the year, I remain solidly in first place.
Ariya Jutanugarn's top 10 finish this past weekend, moves her ahead of Lydia Ko for the first time this year in the race for the Rolex Player of the Year award.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc, who missed eight of her first 10 cuts this year, has now made a career high ten in a row.
Ilhee Lee's 9th place at the Reignwood LPGA Classic, was her first top ten in her last 21 starts. Yani Tseng's 16th place finish, was her first top 20 of the year.
Brooke Henderson's 4th place finish was her 13th top ten of the year, putting her in a first place tie with Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn.
Madelene Sagstrom capped off what is the greatest season in Symetra Tour history with her third win at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout. The first place check of $15,000 increases Sagstrom's record setting total to $156,184. Earlier this season she became the first player to crack the $100,000 mark in tour history. She now is the first to break $150,000. She will make one more start, at the Symetra Championship later this month. In just 14 starts she has won 3 times and has 11 top tens. Sagstrom, 23, secures Symetra Player of the Year, Gaelle Truet, Rookie of the Year, and the top spot on the final Volvic Race for the Card money list, with her win. Sangstrom made the cut in both her LPGA starts this year (The U.S. Women's Open, and the Canadian Pacific Women's Open), and will be a full time player on the LPGA tour next season.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
In Kyung Kim jumps up from #42 to #29, while Mi Jung Hur leaps up from #54 to #39.
Race to the CME Globe:
Lydia Ko is still on top with 4,249 points, but Ariya Jutanugarn creeps a little closer with 4,166. Brooke Henderson is third with 2,911.
Ariya Jutanugarn has 6 consecutive top 10 finishes.
Q-Baek has not registered a top 10 finish in her last 28 starts.
After finishing 2nd at the Lotte Championship, Katie Burnett has failed to finish higher than 37th, covering 14 starts.
Here are the final results:
|1||Ha Na Jang||-17|
|T3||Hyo Joo Kim||-10|
|T5||Hee Young Park||-9|
|T8||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||-8|
|T14||Sarah Jane Smith||-4|
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