Skip to main content

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.

Image result for Inbee park wins lorena ochoa
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.

Follow @tonyjesselli  on Twitter (Currently 1,508 followers)
                                 






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.

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
  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.

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

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS
Born: 1/7/83 (36 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:   (Updated through the 2018 season)

329 career starts238 cuts made (72.3%)37 top tens (11.2%)Has $4,898,508 in career earnings through the 2018 season (67th on the all time LPGA career money list).


Other Career Highlights: A three time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (2005, 2…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

1/24/19 Bonus photos added at bottom of page.

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2018. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#17
#16
#12

My Top Ten LPGA Blogs of All-Time

Let me start out today by saying that I am looking forward to next week when the LPGA resumes it's schedule for real this time. They will play four consecutive weeks before the next break that will take them back to the USA. 
Needless to say with all the off time, I have been running out of things to write about. 
This week is the 9th anniversary of my blogging about the LPGA!


Those of you that have been with me from the beginning will remember that the first 3 years I blogged for Mostly Harmless. I created Tony's LPGA Report in 2013.

Over that period of time I have published over 750 blogs. Most have turned out to be quite successful, some have fallen flat. But one thing that you can be sure of is that I have always tried my best to be the "go to" resource for up-to-date and accurate news about the LPGA.

I recently went back through all of my blogs and made a list of the ten most popular. The results were quite surprising. It seems like the pieces that I spend the most t…

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.





Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.



Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for successfully defending her ShopRite Classic title. She came from behind, shooting a final round 64, which turned out to be one stroke better than runner-up Haru Nomura.



This week the LPGA travels to the state of Washington for the the playing of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship. This is the second Major Championship of the season. It is also the start of an extremely important part of the 2016 LPGA schedule that will include 3 Major Championships and the UL International Crown in the next 8 weeks.

This tournament was won last year in run-away fashion, when Inbee Park smoked the field by 5 strokes. She has won this championship 3 years in a row, and will be trying for a very rare four-peat. However, a recent injury to her thumb, will make that highly unlikely.


This will be tournament #16 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #2 of 5 to be played in 2016.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sahalee Country Club

LPGA Announces its 2019 Schedule!

The LPGA officially announced its 2019 schedule today, and it well worth the wait!

Here are the highlights:
1- The schedule features 34 events (33 official + The Solheim Cup). There were 33 last year (32 + UL International Crown).

2- The season will start one week earlier than last year, and kick off with two new tournaments.

3- There are a total of four tournaments:
     a) Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Jan 17-20)
     b) Vic Open (Feb 7-10)
     c) Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 17-20)
     d) BMW Ladies Championship (October 24-27)

     Tournaments that are no longer on the LPGA schedule:
     a) Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Pure Silk will be sponsoring the Virginia Event)
     b) LPGA Volvic Championship
     c) LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
     d) Blue Bay LPGA

     There will be another tournament announced at a later date, that will take place Nov 14-17.

4- Will feature a record setting $70.55 million in prize money (up from 65.35 last year).

5- There w…