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LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship Preview, Pairings, and More.

Let me start off today by giving a big congratulations to Ha Na Jang for winning the Fubon Taiwan LPGA Classic. It wasn't done without some very scary moments, as she had an 8 stroke lead with 12 holes to play, but she hung on to win by one stroke over Shanshan Feng.

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It's all smiles from Ha Na Jang after winning the Fubon Taiwan LPGA Classic.

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Lexi Thompson will be trying to defend her title.
This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Classic.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Lexi Thompson shot a final round 69 to finish one stroke ahead of both Yani Tseng and Sung Hyun Park.

This will be tournament #28 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course
Location:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  68-67-69-69 = 273 (-15)

Final Field:  78 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 75% (up from 73.5 last year). Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used for this event), and forty-one of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players not teeing it up this week include: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Charley Hull, Karrie Webb, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie, and Ilhee Lee. Although this being a limited field event lowers my rating (lack of depth), there are some highly rated players in the field from the KLPGA which brings the rating back up. They include:
  •  Sung Hyun Park (#9 in Rolex Rankings)
  •  Jin Young Ko (#23)
  •  Seon Woo Bae (#43)
  •  Min Young Lee (#56)
  •  Seung Hyun Lee (58)
  •  Jeong Min Cho (64)
  •  Hae Rym Kim (#65)
  •  Min Sun Kim (#66)
  •  Ji Hyun Oh (86)
  •  Ji Hyun Kim (#92)
Here are the pairings for round one.

Here are the television times:
GC   Thurs.  Oct 13,  12:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET (tape)
GC   Thurs.  Oct 13,  11:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET
GC   Friday  Oct 14,  11:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET
GC   Sat.      Oct 15,  11:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Sung Hyun Park
3- Lydia Ko
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Brooke Henderson
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Shanshan Feng
8- In Gee Chun
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Amy Yang
11- Gerina Piller
12- So Yeon Ryu
My alternates are: Hyo Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen, and Minjee Lee.
After the first 27 weeks of the season, I enjoy a comfortable first place lead.

Other Tidbits:
Carlotta Ciganda has quietly put together a very consistent season. She has 11 top 20 finishes, which believe it or not, is one more than both Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis.

With Lydia Ko failing to finish in the top ten for the second consecutive week, Brooke Henderson now stands alone on top with 14 top ten finishes.

The last 3 tournaments have been won by players from South Korea, giving that country 9 wins this year.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Ha Na Jang leaps into the top ten moving up four spots to #8. Lee-Anne Pace (44-39), Hee Young Park (66-59), and Megan Khang (86-79), also made nice moves.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)

Lydia Ko leads with 4,300 points. She is closely followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 4,166. Brooke Henderson is third with 3,101.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan feng has finished 4th, 4th, and 2nd, in her last 3 starts. Amy Yang has 5 consecutive top 15 finishes. Alison Lee has 3 top ten finishes in her last 6 starts.

Who's Not:
Morgan Pressel has failed to register a top twenty finish in her last seven starts. Na Yeon Choi has not seen the weekend in 9 of her last 11 starts. She finished 50th and 80th in the other two.

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Here are the Final Results:
1 *Carlota Ciganda -10
2 Alison Lee -10
3 Shanshan Feng -8
3 Min Sun Kim -8
5 Mi Jung Hur -7
5 Brittany Lang -7
7 Seon-Woo Bae -6
7 Karine Icher -6
7 Cristie Kerr -6
10 Danielle Kang -5
10 Kim Kaufman -5
10 In-Kyung Kim -5
13 Ariya Jutanugarn -4
13 In Gee Chun -4
13 Lexi Thompson -4
13 Sung Hyun Park -4
13 Candie Kung -4
18 Mirim Lee -3
18 Eun Jeong Seong -3
18 Jessica Korda -3
18 Jeong Min Cho -3
18 Haru Nomura -3
* Won in playoff

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  1. I was really looking forward to a grouping of Ariya, Lexi & SHP on a course setup for 6666+ yds and we could see Ariya hit driver. The Korean galleries would have gone nuts with maybe even a Kim Jong-un sighting! What we get is Lydia, InGee and SHP at 6364 yds or less..


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