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HSBC Women's Champions Preview & Pairings

A big congratulations goes out to Lexi Thompson for winning the Honda LPGA Thailand. It was quite a performance, and although she was pressed by In Gee Chun for most of the final round, she won by a very comfortable six strokes. It was the 7th LPGA Victory for the 21 year old superstar.


This week the LPGA moves to Singapore for the playing of the HSBC Women's Champions.
This tournament was won in 2015 by Inbee Park, who held off the charging Lydia Ko for a two stroke victory.


This will be tournament #5 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sentosa Golf Club, The Serapong Course.
Location:  Singapore
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  66-69-68-70 = 273 (-15)

Final Field: 63 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,600
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 79% (up from 70% last year). This will be one of the stronger non major championship fields that you will see this year. Forty-nine of the top 50 players on the LPGA …

Lexi Thompson Becomes New #1 American Golfer!

When the official Rolex Rankings come out tomorrow, Lexi Thompson will be the new #1 American ranked player in the world.

Lexi will pass Stacy Lewis, who held the #1 American title since May of 2012 (195 weeks), and move up to #3 in the overall world rankings.




She won the Honda LPGA Thailand by the amazing margin of 6 strokes over 2nd place finisher In Gee Chun. But it was not anywhere near as easy as that margin indicates. Lexi started the final round with a four stroke lead, but when In Gee birdied the first 3 holes, it was quickly down to one. Lexi turned it on from there, playing almost perfect golf the rest of the way. Her birdies on 6 and 8 gave her a 2 stroke advantage at the turn. When she eagled the par 5 10th hole, she increased her lead to three strokes, which seemed to take In Gee out of her game. In Gee would then bogey holes 11, 14, and 16 thus playing to maintain second place. She bounced back nicely with a birdie on the final hole to take the runner-up position. Lexi w…

Honda LPGA Thailand Preview & Pairings

A big congratulations goes out to Hara Nomura who won the ISPS LPGA Australian Open. It was her first victory on the LPGA Tour. She did it in spectacular fashion, taking down the world's #1 player Lydia Ko. Nomura birdied the 10th, 13th, 15th, 16th, and 17th hole to finish 3 strokes ahead of Ko.



The LPGA moves to the Thailand for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Amy Yang won this event by 2 strokes over Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, and Mirim Lee.


This will be tournament #4 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Coarse:  Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Winning Score:  67-66-71-69 = 273 (-15)

Final Field:  70 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,548
Purse:  $1,600,000

My strength of field is a very solid 78.50%. In spite of the fact that it is missing the #1 player in the world, most all the other top players will be there. The …

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings

After a one week break the LPGA heads to Australia for the playing of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

This tournament has a history of very close and very exciting finishes. Who could ever forget 2012, when Jessica Korda won in a 6 player playoff. Or the following year when Jiyai Shin battled it out with Yani Tseng for 72 holes, with Jiyai winning by 2 strokes. In 2013, nine players finished within 3 strokes of the lead with Karrie Webb being the eventual winner. Last year Lydia Ko brought home the trophy with a two stroke win over runner up Amy Yang.


This will be tournament #3 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Grange Golf Club, West Course
Location: Grange, South Australia
Defending Champion: Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  70-70-72-69 = 283 (-9)

Final Field: 156 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,600
Purse: $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very low 31.50% (down from 48%) last year. Just 15 of the top 50 players on the LPGA …