Monday, November 14, 2016

CME Group Tour Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Congratulations go out once again to Carlota Ciganda for winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Her four round total of 275 was 2 shots better than 5 other players. It was Ciganda's second victory in the last 5 weeks.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Florida for the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. This is the final tournament on the 2016 schedule. Last year's exciting finish saw Cristie Kerr shoot a final round 68, which was good enough to finish one stroke better than both Gerina Piller and Ha Na Jang. In spite of Lydia Ko finishing in 7th place, it was good enough for her to win the "Race to the CME Globe" bonus of 1 million dollars.



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Cristie Kerr won this event last year along the winning prize of $500,000



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

Here are the key details:
Course:  Tiburon Golf Club
Location:  Naples, Florida
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  68-69-66-68 = 271 (-17)

Final Field:  72 players (the field list is just showing 68)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,540
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 73% (down from 74% last year). The reason it is slightly lower than last year is that both Inbee Park and I.K. Kim who qualified for the event will not be teeing it up. Other than that, all of the star LPGA players will be there. My strength of field always comes out higher for the Major Championships because there are stars from other tours invited to those events. 

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC November 17 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET (tape delay)
GC November 18 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET (tape delay)
GC November 19 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET (tape delay)
ABC November 20 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET (live)

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament.
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Carlota Ciganda
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Ha Na Jang
5- Lydia Ko
6- In Gee Chun
7- Lexi Thompson
8- Amy Yang
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Minjee Lee
11- So Yeon Ryu
12- Suzann Pettersen
My alternates are: Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller, and Sei Young Kim.
I am the 2016 Pak Picker Champion!

This Week's Trivia Question:
Last week, Karrie Webb became the 2nd player in LPGA history to earn 20 million dollars in LPGA prize money. Annika Sorenstam was the first. What active LPGA player is currently in 3rd place with earnings of $17,722,912?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

In Case You missed it:
Sun Hyun Park has announced that she will be joining the LPGA tour in 2017. She qualifies for membership under category 10, and will play in most LPGA events next year.

The 2021 Solheim Cup will be played at the Inverness Club in Toledo Ohio.


Other Tidbits:

Gaby Lopez's 15th place finish this past weekend in Mexico was the rookie's 8th top 20 finish of the year. She is still looking for her first top ten.

Rolex Movers of the Week:

Carlota Ciganda moves up two more places to #21. Austin Ernst was the only LPGA player to move up 3 spots, she jumps to #77.

Race to the CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)

Ariya Jutanugarn finishes up with 4,491 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 4,365, and Brooke Henderson with 3,237. They are the only players that hold their fate in their own hands. If any of those players win this week's event, they will win the 1 million dollar bonus in addition to the $500,000 first prize. It will take a very unlikely scenario for anyone else to win the bonus money.

Who's Hot:

Carlota Ciganda has four consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Not:

Lizette Salas has failed to register a single top ten finish in 23 starts this year.

Here are the final results:

1 Charley Hull -19
2 So Yeon Ryu -17
3 Jennifer Song -15
4 Beatriz Recari -14
4 Mo Martin -14
4 Ariya Jutanugarn -14
7 In Gee Chun -13
8 Shanshan Feng -12
8 Amy Yang -12
10 Lydia Ko -11
10 Brittany Lincicome -11
12 Lizette Salas -10
13 Karine Icher -9
13 Suzann Pettersen -9
13 Haru Nomura -9
16 Chella Choi -8
16 Mi Hyang Lee -8
16 Hyo Joo Kim -8
16 Minjee Lee -8
16 Mariajo Uribe -8
16 Brittany Lang -8


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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3 comments:

  1. Ever find out what gappened to I.K. Kim? I see she isn't in the field this week either.

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  2. Tony: Thanks for all the work you do. I know it's a passion of love but it's still impressive. Job well done!!

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