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Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Well.... Here We Go!
It is time to start the 2016 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2016 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.



This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas Defending Champion:  Sei Young Kim Winning Score: 70-68-72-68 = (-14)
Final Field: 108 players Par: 36/37 = 73 Yardage:  6,625 Purse:  $1,400,000
My strength of field rating is 65%. Thirty-eight of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 30 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players not teeing it up this week include: Lydia Ko, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Mirim Lee, In Gee Chun, and Karr…

My Top 40 Player of the Year Predictions for 2016

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2016 season.

With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), this year promises to to be one of the most exciting ever.

In past years, when doing my predictions, I have picked my top 30 players. Because of the incredible increase in talented players on the LPGA  tour in recent years, I am now going to increase my picks to the top 40 players. Even with the increase of ten players, I find that I am leaving off some highly talented players.

I am strictly going by where I predict they will finish on the 2016 money list.

Here are by top 40 picks for the 2016 season: (last year's actual money list finish is in parenthesis)

1- Lydia Ko(1) - How can you bet against this girl? She won just about every major award last year and is the Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world. Unless she loses some motivation, and I can't see that happening at her age, she will still be on top at year's end.

2- Inbee Park - …

Ten Questions for the 2016 Season

As we approach the beginning of the 2016 LPGA season, there are a number of questions that I am looking forward to getting the answers to. In reverse order, here are my top ten:

10- Was Michelle Wie's 2015 season an aberration mainly caused by her injuries?
And if so,can she return to her 2014 form?

9- Will the inclusion of golf in the 2016 Olympics be a success, or will it be dropped by the IOC?

8-  With rookies Budsabakorn Sukapan, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, Benyapa Niphatsophon, Wichanee Meechai, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong, Prima Thammaraks, and Pavarisa Yoktuan, is Thailand the new South Korea?

7- Can International Crown defending champion Spain, who as of this writing does not qualify, get it together and make the final eight?

6- Can Lydia Ko win the CME Group Championship and its 1 million dollar bonus for the third consecutive year?

5- Can one or more of the following players: Gerina Piller, Carlotta Ciganda, Ha Na Jang, or Alison Lee, break through and get that first LPG…

Top LPGA Moments of 2015

As we wait for the start of the 2016 season, which is only two weeks away, I would like to look back at what I consider to be the top stories of 2015.

It was a very interesting and exciting past year. There were multiple teenage winners, exciting playoffs, miraculous comebacks, engagements, marriages, and a number of first time winners.

I have narrowed it down to ten, although I know there were many more. This list is very subjective, depending on who your favorite golfers are. A top story for me may be one that someone else might want to forget.

So in reverse order, here we go:

10- In Gee Chun Wins the U.S. Open.
For the second time in the last 5 years, the U.S. Open was won by a non-LPGA member from South Korea. It was done in spectacular fashion as In Gee birdied the 15th, 16th, and 17th hole on Sunday to beat Amy Yang by one stroke. It was the 13th time in the last 14 years (Annika Sorenstam won in 2006), that the U.S. Open trophy went to either an American or South Korean golfer.

9…

LPGA 2016 Priority List

I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.

Below is the 2016 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:
The following priority with regards to a Member’s playing status will be used for Standard Tournament fields and other tournaments as applicable:


1. Top 80: Members in the top 80 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list.
Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(1) Lydia Ko
(2) Inbee Park
(3) Stacy Lewis
(4) Sei Young Kim
(5) Lexi Thompson
(6) Amy Yang
(7) Cristie Kerr
(8) So Yeon Ryu
(9) Shanshan Feng
(10) Anna Nordqvist
(11) Morgan Pressel
(12) Brittany Lincicome
(13) Hyo Joo Kim
(14) Suzann Pettersen
(15) Ha Na Jang
(16) Minjee Lee
(17) Na Yeon Choi
(18) Gerina Piller
(19) Mirim Lee
(20) Chella Choi
(21) Yani Tseng
(22) Mi Hyang Lee
(23) Alison Lee
(24) Ilhee Lee
(25) Brittany Lang
(26) Jenny Shin
(27) Jessica Korda
(28) Mika Miyazato
(29) Cand…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2015

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The #1 most popular photo(s) were of a non LPGA member. They were downloaded 5 times more than any other photos I published all year. I believe she is eligible to compete in Q-school in 2016.
Because of their popularity, I will post the entire set here once again:

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