Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ANA Inspiration Preview & Pairings (The year's first Major Championship)

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko for winning the Kia Classic. Lydia shot a final round 67, which was 4 shots better than runner-up Inbee Park. It was Lydia's first win of the season.



The LPGA moves to Rancho Mirage, California for the playing of the ANA Inspiration.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Brittany Lincicome eagled the final hole to force a playoff with Stacy Lewis. Brittany would go on to win the championship on the third playoff hole.

Brittany Lincicome will be trying to win this Major Championship for the 3rd time.

This will be tournament #8 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the first of five Major Championships.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club: Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lincicome
Winning Score:  72-68-70-69 = 279 (-9) 

Final Field: 111 players (104 pros + 7 amateurs)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,769 yards
Purse:  $2,600,000


Mission Hills Country Club. The home of this year's first Major Championship

My strength of field rating is a huge 89% (up from 87% last year). All the big stars will be there, and some big names from other tours.

Here are the pairings:

Here are the television times:
Mar 31 - GC 12:00 PM-4:00 PM ET
Mar 31 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 1 - GC 12:00 PM-4:00 PM ET
Apr 1 - GC 7:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 2 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Apr 3 - GC 5:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Lexi Thompson
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Brooke Henderson
6- Inbee Park
7- Ha Na Jang
8- Gerina Piller
9- Brittany Lincicome
10- Shanshan Feng
11- HSung Hyun Park
12- Anna Nordqvist
My alternates are: Hyo-Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen, and Amy Yang.
My nifty picking last week has moved me up to #4 in the overall standings among the 18 participants.

Other Tidbits:
Ai Miyazato's third place finish at the Kia Classic was her first top ten finish in her last 66 starts.

Mika Miyazato and Xi Yu Lin both missed the cut at the Kia Classic. Their cut streaks came to an end at 16 straight.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson was the only player in the top ten to advance, as she moves past Amy Yang into the #7 position.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Ha Na Jang continues to lead with 1,405 points, but sneaking up right behind her with 1,346 points is Lydia Ko.

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson is the only LPGA player to have 5 top ten finishes this year.

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has not finished better than 60th place in any of her 6 starts this year.


Here are the final results:

1Lydia Ko-1270686969276$390,000
T2Charley Hull-1170696969277$208,182
T2In Gee Chun-1169696970277$208,182
4Ariya Jutanugarn-1069716771278$135,417
5Lexi Thompson-969686973279$108,996
T6Inbee Park-870736968280$72,004
T6Gerina Piller-869717070280$72,004
T6Sung Hyun Park-871677171280$72,004
T6Caroline Masson-870716871280$72,004
T10Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-773697267281$48,155
T10So Yeon Ryu-772697169281$48,155
T10Bo-Mee Lee-773667270281$48,155
T10Suzann Pettersen-771677172281$48,155
T14Mo Martin-673717167282$37,388
T14Amy Yang-669717468282$37,388
T14Mi Jung Hur-673726671282$37,388
T14Lee-Anne Pace-668707173282$37,388
T18Jodi Ewart Shadoff-572687568283$28,851
T18Paula Reto-571717071283$28,851
T18Sun Young Yoo-572707071283$28,851
T18Na Yeon Choi-570736971283$28,851
T18Stacy Lewis-572687172283$28,851
T18Hyo Joo Kim-571706973283$28,851
T18Pernilla Lindberg-571736673283$28,851
T18Ai Miyazato-567707175283$28,851

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Kia Classic Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out Sei Young Kim for winning the JTBC Founders Cup. It was a very dominant performance as she took control early in the fourth round and never looked back, winning by 5 strokes over Lydia Ko. In doing so, she tied the all time LPGA record of -27 under par.




This week the LPGA moves to the state of California for the playing of the Kia Classic. Cristie Kerr will be trying to defend the title she won last year, when she birdied the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th holes on Sunday, to finish 2 strokes better than Mirim Lee, and 3 strokes better than Lydia Ko. Her score of -20 under par was a new tournament record.

In the previous six years that this tournament has been played, we have had winners from 6 different countries:

2010 - Hee Kyung Seo - South Korea
2011 - Sandra Gal - Germany
2012 - Yani Tseng - Taiwan
2013 - Beatriz Recari - Spain
2014 - Anna Nordqvist - Sweden
2015 - Cristie Kerr - U.S.A.


Cristie Kerr holds up her 2015 Kia Classic Trophy

This will be tournament #7 of 33 tournaments on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Aviara Golf Club
Location: Carlsbad, California
Defending Champion: Cristie Kerr 
Winning Score:  67- 68 - 68 - 65 = 275 (-20)

Final Field:  144 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,593 yards
Purse:  $1,700,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 84% (down from 88.5% last year), making it the strongest field of the year so far. Last year this tournament had the strongest field of any non major championship. The players missing in action this week include: Amy Yang, In Gee Chun, and So Yeon Ryu. 

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Mar 24 - GC 8:00 PM-10:00 PM ET (Tape)
Mar 25 - GC 8:00 PM-10:00 PM ET (Tape)
Mar 26 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 27 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Ha Na Jang
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Inbee Park
9- Anna Nordqvist
10- Cristie Kerr
11- Paula Creamer
12- Minjee Lee
My alternates are: Shanshan Feng, Jessica Korda, and Sung-Hyun Park.

Other Tidbits:
The cut at the Founders Cup this past week was -3 under par. The LPGA record is -4 under par. The cut was not kind to many of the LPGA stars. Inbee Park, Jessica Korda, Suzann Pettersen, Chella Choi, Karrie Webb, Ilhee Lee, and Hee Young Park, all did not make it to the weekend. It also was not kind to players who had existing cut streaks as: Lizette Salas (20), Danielle Kang (16), and Sandra Gal (15), all saw those streaks come to an end. On the other hand, Vicky Hurst, who had missed her last 18 cuts, made the cut this week.

Brooke Henderson has four consecutive top ten finishes. The only player on the LPGA to do so. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sei Young Kim made the most important move jumping from #7 to #5. Other big moves include: Brooke Henderson (10 to 8), Paula Creamer (54 to 40), Kim Kaufman (77 to 67), and Ryann O'Toole (107 to 87). 

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Hana Jang continues to lead with 1,350 points. She is followed by: Sei Young Kim (1,027), Lydia Ko (846), Haru Nomura (775), and Lexi Thompson (686).

Who's Hot:
Just about everyone playing under the South Korean Flag.

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie does not have a top 20 finish this year. Julietta Granada's best finish this year is a tie for 38th, with 3 missed cuts.

UPDATE 1 - The Monday local qualifiers are Dewi Clair Schreefel and Hannah Collier.

UPDATE 2 - Alison Lee after shooting +14 over par, has withdrawn from the tournament.
Here are the Final Scores:

1Lydia Ko-19F
2Inbee Park-15F
3Ai Miyazato-12F
4Jenny Shin-11F
4Sung Hyun Park-11F
6Gerina Piller-10F
6Shanshan Feng-10F
6Hyo Joo Kim-10F
6Jessica Korda-10F
10Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-9F
10Brittany Lang-9F
12Anna Nordqvist-8F
12Mi Jung Hur-8F
12Suzann Pettersen-8F
12Na Yeon Choi-8F
16Carlota Ciganda-7F
16Ha-Na Jang-7F
16Candie Kung-7F
16Haru Nomura-7F
20Lizette Salas-6F
20Holly Clyburn-6F
20Gaby Lopez-6F
20Minjee Lee-6F

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