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Lorena Ochoa International Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Shanshan Feng this week for winning the Toto Japan Classic. It was her second consecutive tournament victory. She made it very interesting when she double bogeyed the final hole, but managed to hang on and edge out Ha Na Jang by one stroke.

This week the LPGA moves to Mexico for the playing of the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented By Areomexico and Delta. Many may remember last year's exciting finish when Inbee Park shot a final round 64 to win by 3 strokes over Carlota Ciganda.

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Inbee Park won this event in 2015.

This will be tournament # 32 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course: Club de Golf Mexico
Location:  Mexico City, Mexico
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  68-71-67-64 = 270 (-19)

Final Field: 36 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,804
Purse:  $1,000,000

My strength of field rating is just 23%. This is the lowest rating I have ever given a field in all the years that I have been writing this blog. Only 14 of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority list and 8 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing up. The field will led by Brooke Henderson, and will also include LPGA standouts Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, and In-Kyung Kim.

Here are the the pairings for round 1.

There will be NO television coverage for this event.

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Brooke Henderson
2- Anna Nordqvist
3- Carlota Ciganda
4- Chella Choi
5- In Kyung Kim
6- Candie Kung
7- Mi Jung Hur
8- Pornanong Phatlum
9- Jodi Ewart Shadoff
10- Su Oh
11- Caroline Masson
12- Karine Icher
My alternates are: Paula Creamer, Christina Kim, and Angela Stanford
With just 2 tournaments remaining I have won the 2016 Pak Picker contest!

This Week's Trivia Question:
What LPGA player has the most top twenty finishes this year, without registering a single top 10?

Other Tidbits:
Ariya Jutanugarn registered her 15th top ten finish this past weekend, tying her for the LPGA lead with Brooke Henderson.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Shanshan Feng leaps up four spots from #8 to #4, while Ha Na Jang jumps up 2 spots to #8, and Mi Hyang Lee moves from #44 to #38.

Race to the CME Globe:
Ariya Jutanugarn increases her lead with 4,491 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 4,365 points and Brooke Henderson 3,186.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has finished in the top four in each of her last 6 tournaments.

Who's Not:
With all the major awards coming down to the final weeks, Lydia Ko has picked a bad time to be in the biggest slump of her career. She has failed to register a top ten finish in 5 consecutive tournaments.

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

Here are the final results:
1 Carlota Ciganda -13
2 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -11
2 Karine Icher -11
2 Angela Stanford -11
2 Austin Ernst -11
2 Sarah Jane Smith -11
7 Marina Alex -10
7 Candie Kung -10
7 Chella Choi -10
10 Mi Jung Hur -9
11 Jing Yan -8
12 Pornanong Phatlum -7
12 Mariajo Uribe -7
12 Su-Hyun Oh -7
15 Megan Khang -5
15 Caroline Masson -5
15 Paula Creamer -5
15 Gaby Lopez -5
15 Maria Fassi -5
20 Brooke Henderson -4
21 Lizette Salas -3
22 Beatriz Recari -2
22 Ryann O'Toole -2
24 Michelle Wie -1
24 Ai Miyazato -1
26 Jacqui Concolino 1
27 Anna Nordqvist 2
27 Isabella Fierro 2
29 Sakura Yokomine 3
30 Jennifer Song 5
31 Pernilla Lindberg 7
31 Katie Burnett 7
31 Christina Kim 7
34 Alejandra Llaneza 12
35 Regina Plasencia 14

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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Comments

  1. Good trivia question. I'll have to research it. I'm surprised and glad to see young Megan Khang in the Lorena field.

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  2. This tournament seems to finally be suffering the consecuences of a long stretch in Asia with no off week. People say its because the purse is small but I don't buy it because you only have 36 players. Last place here still gets around $7,000.

    It also doesn't help that it's in Mexico City at a very high altitude. Takes some players time to adjust to the altitude.
    Hopefully this event can stay around. This will be a great opportunity for a rookie to have a great result and who knows maybe a surprise winner.

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  3. Any idea what happened to Inky? Don't see her on the leaderboard dispite seeing her name in the last group of the day and in stories at GC and the LPGA website.

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    1. I don't know. If I get any info I will post it.

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  4. It must have happened before she started play because I don't see a WD on the leaderboard.

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