Monday, October 31, 2016

Toto Japan Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Shanshan Feng for winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan shot a final round 67 to finish up with a total of 267 (-17), which was three strokes better than runner up Suzann Pettersen.

A few weeks ago I asked for some suggestions to make this blog better. I have gotten a number of e-mails on the subject. Some of the ideas I actually like and will be incorporating them starting next season. One of the ideas I would like to start now. A number of people suggested a quiz question, as they thought it might not only be fun, but also educational. So here goes:

With Shanshan Feng 's win this past week, the LPGA has now had winners from 11 different countries this season. How many countries can you name (Answer will be at bottom of page).

This week the LPGA moves to Japan for the playing of the Toto Japan Classic.
Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish which resulted in a three way playoff. Sun-Ju Ahn birdied the first playoff hole to claim her first LPGA victory.  Ji-Hee Lee and Angela Stanford both missed their birdie putts.

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Sun-Ju Ahn holds up her trophy afer winning the 3-way playoff.

This will be tournament # 31 of 33 on this yea's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Taiheiyo Club - Minori Course (this is a change of venue from last year's event).
Location:  Ibaraki, Japan
Defending Champion:  Sun-Ju Ahn
Winning Score:  68-65-67 = 200 (-16)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,506
Purse:  $1,500,000

This is a 54 hole tournament!

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Japanese star Haru Nomura will be trying to win for the 3rd time on the LPGA tour this year.

My strength of field rating is 57%, up from just 44% last year. The construction of this field is very different from any other field on the LPGA schedule. There are only 43 players in the field that are LPGA members. The field will be led by Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, and Lexi Thompson. Top tier players skipping the event this week include: Brooke Henderson (finally taking a week off), Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, Mirim Lee, Gerina Piller, and Chella Choi.

The field will have an unusual number of highly ranked International stars. They will include:
  • Bo-Me Lee (#16 in Rolex Rankings)
  • Jiyai Shin (#26)
  • Teresa Lu (#30)
  • Sun-Ju Ahn (#33) 
  • Ha-Nuel Kim (#41)
  • Ritsuko Ryu (#42)
  • Ai Suzuki (#47)
  • Ji-Hee Lee (#54)
  • Shiho Oyama (#62)
  • Ayaka Wantanabe (#66)
  • Mi-Jeong Jeon (#68)
  • Erica Kikuchi (#71)
  • Momoko Ueda (#95)
  • Mizuza Narita (#97)
Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Friday November 4 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Saturday November 5 - 10:00 a.m. - to 12:30 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Sunday November 6 - 8:30 a.m. - to 11:30 a.m. ET (tape delay)

The rounds will be long over before they are televised by GC. They did have  some live streaming for this past weekend's tournament, hopefully they will do the same for this.

Here are my Pak Picker Pics for this week's tournament:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Lydia Ko
3- Shanshan Feng
4- In Gee Chun
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Sei Young Kim
7- Jiyai Shin
8- Ji Hee Lee
9- Haru Nomura
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Ha Na Jang
12- M.J. Hur
My alternates are: Sun-Ju Ahn, Suzann Pettersen, and Jessica Korda

Other Tidbits:
Shanshan Feng's victory this year was her first since winning the same event 2 years ago. She had 23 top 10 finishes in between those 2 wins.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Shanshan Feng makes the most important move, jumping jumping from #11 to #8, knocking Amy Yang out of the top ten. We had a number of players jump up exactly six spots this week they include: Azahara Munoz (54-46), Danielle Kang (77-71), and Kim Kaufman (90-84).

Race to the CME Globe:
Ariya Jutanugarn continues to lead with 4,416 points. She is followed by Lydia Ko with 4,365, and Brooke Henderson with 3,186. The top 3 finishes are the only players that have their fate in their own hands (A victory for any one of them at the CME will win the million dollar bonus).

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has finished in the top four the last five weeks. Carlota Ciganda has three consecutive top ten finishes.

Who's Not:
Na Yeon Choi has failed to finish better than 50th in her last 14 starts on the LPGA tour. She has now been dropped from this week's field list.
Stacy Lewis has failed to register a top twenty finish in her last 4 starts.

Trivia Answer:
The eleven countries are - The United States, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Spain, and Mainland China.

Here are the final results:
1 Shanshan Feng -13
2 Ha-Na Jang -12
3 So Yeon Ryu -10
3 Kotone Hori -10
3 Sun Ju Ahn -10
3 Soo-Yun Kang -10
7 Pornanong Phatlum -9
7 Mi Hyang Lee -9
7 Suzann Pettersen -9
10 Minjee Lee -8
10 Sandra Gal -8
10 Jenny Shin -8
10 Ariya Jutanugarn -8
14 Lexi Thompson -7
14 Charley Hull -7
14 Megumi Kido -7
14 Ritsuko Ryu -7
14 Jiyai Shin -7
19 Jessica Korda -6
19 Akane Iijima -6
19 Mo Martin -6
19 Xi Yu Lin -6
19 In Gee Chun -6
19 Haru Nomura -6
19 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -6
19 Danielle Kang -6

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview, Pairings, and More.

It was another nail biter on the LPGA tour this past weekend. In what has been the case in just about every tournament this year, it came down to the very last putt on the very last hole. Minjee Lee birdied the 18th hole to squeak out a one shot win over Jessica Korda, who also birdied the 72nd hole. It was Minjee's second win of the season and third of her career.

This week the LPGA moves to Malaysia for the playing of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

Many may remember last year's tournament when Jessica Korda fired a final round 65, to win this tournament by 4 shots over Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, and Shanshan Feng.

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Jessica Korda holds up the winning trophy.


This will be tournament #30 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also stop #5 of 6 on the Asian swing, which will conclude next week in Japan.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Location:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Jessica Korda
Winning Score:  69-67-65-65 = 266 (-18)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,260
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 58% (down from 70% last year). Thirty four of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used during the Asian swing), and 28 of  the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led led by defending champion Jessica Korda, and will include both the number 1 and 2 players in the world, Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn. Players absent from this week's field include: Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee, and In Gee Chun.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday October 27 - 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Friday October 28 - 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Saturday October 29 - 6:00 a.m. - to 8:00 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Sunday October 30 - 6:00 a.m. - to 8:00 a.m. ET (tape delay)

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Lydia Ko
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Jessica Korda
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Amy Yang
8- Stacy Lewis
9- Mirim Lee
10- Carlota Ciganda
11- Mi Jung Hur
12- So Yeon Ryu
My alternates are: Chella Choi, Gerina Piller, and Candie Kung.
I was the winner of last week's contest, and with 4 weeks to go in the season have clinched a first place finish for the year.

Other Tidbits:
Michelle Wie's top ten finish this past weekend was her first in her last 47 starts.

Brooke Henderson becomes the first LPGA player to record 15 top ten finishes this year.

After missing 7 consecutive cuts, Mariajo Uribe has recorded 2 consecutive top ten finishes.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Minjee Lee jumps up from #17 to #15, while Jessica Korda surges from #32 to #27.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
For the first time this year, Lydia Ko does not have the lead. Ariya Jutanugarn now leads with 4,416 points, Lydia follows with 4,226. Brooke Henderson remains in third with 3,186 points.

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn has finished outside the top twenty just once in her last 19 starts.
Carlota Ciganda has 3 consecutive top ten finishes.

Who's Not:
Sun Young Yoo has not finished better than 56th in her last 8 starts.

Here are the final results:
1 Shanshan Feng -17
2 Suzann Pettersen -14
3 Amy Yang -12
3 Anna Nordqvist -12
5 So Yeon Ryu -11
6 Kim Kaufman -10
6 Azahara Munoz -10
8 Carlota Ciganda -9
8 Mi Jung Hur -9
8 Paula Creamer -9
8 Jenny Shin -9
12 Ryann O'Toole -8
12 Charley Hull -8
12 Danielle Kang -8
12 Beatriz Recari -8
12 Jessica Korda -8
12 Lydia Ko -8
18 Marina Alex -7

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Se Ri Pak: A True LPGA Legend Retires


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Se Ri Pak, a true LPGA legend retired, this past week. As I checked through the sports sections of the newspapers, there was not a lot written on this subject. There were a few nice articles on the web, but if you blinked twice, you may have missed them.

Pak played her final round of professional golf last Thursday at the KEB LPGA Hana Bank Classic. It didn't have a story book ending. With an ailing left shoulder she would shoot a round of 80. She withdrew after the round, which was the plan all along no matter what she shot.

It didn't matter what her score was this final day. Se Ri had made her mark on the LPGA, and with Korean fans, long ago.

Pak won 25 tournaments on the LPGA tour (5 of them Major Championships), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

That does not even begin to tell the Se Ri Pak story. What Se Ri did for golf in Korea, is comparable to what Arnold Palmer did for golf in the United States. She has inspired a generation of Korean golfers to take up the sport. Before Se Ri, only one  South Korean woman, Ok -Hee Ku had won an LPGA event. Now we have had approximately 40 different winners, totaling more than 150 tournaments from that country. 

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Se Ri had an emotional on course sendoff.

I had the pleasure of talking to Se Ri earlier this year in the media room of the United States Open. She is one of the most honest people you are ever going to meet. Of all the things she said that day, the thing that stands out in my mind is when she said the following, "I was always very happy when I was on the golf course, but that was the only time I was happy. When I left the golf course and went back to my room, I was very lonely." 

She went on to say that she looks forward to being much happier in "the next part of my life."
She said that would include going back to South Korea to help young girls pursue their dreams. 

She certainly has done that already.

Here are some of her career highlights:
In 1997, qualified for the tour by winning the final LPGA qualifying tournament.
Ranks eight all time in earnings with over $12,500,000.
Ranks 23rd on the LPGA's all time win list with 25.
Has a career playoff record of 6-0
Captured the 2007 Jamie Farr Open, becoming just the third player to win the same event 5 times.
In 2003 she became the first Asian player to win the Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average)
Won 14 times on the KLPGA tour.

Awards:
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.
1998 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.
2003 Vare Trophy winner.
2006 Heather Farr Player award.

Let me finish by sharing a personal experience. Back in 2011 at the U.S. Open in Colorado Springs, Colorado, my wife and I hung around the course after play had long been finished. It was a rainy day. Play had been stopped several times. It was near dark and Se Ri was the only golfer on the practice green. I think my wife and I were the only fans still left on the course (or one of the very few). We sat down and watched Se Ri putt for about 20 minutes. When she was done, we saw her and her caddie walking towards us. When they got to us Se Ri asked her caddie for a ball. She then signed it and handed it to me. She then took off her glove, signed that, and handed it to my wife.

Good luck Se Ri, on all your future endeavors.


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Blue Bay LPGA Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Carlota Ciganda this week for winning the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Classic. Tied at the end of regulation with Alison Lee, Carlota birdied the first playoff hole to come out victorious. It was the first LPGA win of her career. It was also the 5th playoff on the LPGA tour this season. There have been six other tournaments decided by just one shot.

This week the LPGA moves to China for the playing of the LPGA Blue Bay. Last year's tournament brought us one of the most exciting finishes of the year. Sei Young Kim birdied the final hole to finish one stroke better than Kim Kaufman, Stacy Lewis, and Candie Kung.

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Sei Young Kim poses with her 2015 Blue Bay LPGA trophy.

This will be tournament #29 of 33 on this year's LPGA Schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  Sei Young Kim
Winning Score:  70-72-74-70 = 286 (-2)

Final Field:  81 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,778
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is an extremely low 43% (down from 59.5% last year). Just 28 of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used to determine field on Asian swing), and 18 of the top 50 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by defending champion Sei Young Kim. Other top name players include: Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, and Amy Yang. Among the highly ranked players skipping the event this week include: Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun, Lexi Thompson, Ha Na Jang, Stacy Lewis, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, Haru Nomura, Mirim Lee, Alison Lee, Hyo Joo Kim, I.K. Kim, and Cristie Kerr.
Michelle Wie and Yani Tseng received the two sponsor invitations.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday October 20 - 2:30 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Friday October 21 - 2:30 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Saturday October 22 - 3:00 a.m. - to 7:00 a.m. ET (tape delay)
GC Sunday October 23 - 3:00 a.m. - to 7:00 a.m. ET (tape delay)

Once again Golf Channel shows that they don't care about their LPGA viewers. They are televising these rounds after they are already over.

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Sei Young Kim
3- Amy Yang
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Candie Kung
6- Minjee Lee
7- Gerina Piller
8- Carlota Ciganda
9- Brittany Lang
10- Charley Hull
11- Jessica Korda
12- Ilhee Lee
My alternates are: Chella Choi, Lee-Anne Pace, and Danielle Kang.
After the first 28 weeks of the season I sit very comfortably in first place among the 20 contestants.

Other Tidbits:
Carlota Ciganda becomes the 6th first time winner on the LPGA tour this season.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Carlota Ciganda leaps up from #37 to #23, while Alison Lee jumps from #44 to #29. Kim Kaufman soars from #97 to #88.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Lydia Ko barely holds on to her lead with 4,300 points. Following close behind (and could pass the idle Ko this week) is Ariya Jutanugarn with 4,226 points. Brooke Henderson remains in that crucial 3rd spot (the top 3 control their own destiny, and win it all with a CME victory) with 3,101 points.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has four top 4 finishes in a row. M.J. Hur has 6 top 25 finishes in her last 7 starts. Two of those are top tens.

Who's Not:
Lydia Ko is in the first mini slump of her career. She has finished 44th, 20th, and 51st, in her last three starts.

Since her win in Texas, Jenny Shin has failed to register a top ten finish in 13 starts.

Here are the Final Results:

1 Minjee Lee -13 F
2 Jessica Korda -12 F
3 Ariya Jutanugarn -11 F
4 Pornanong Phatlum -6 F
4 Caroline Masson -6 F
6 Charley Hull -5 F
7 Pernilla Lindberg -4 F
8 Brooke Henderson -3 F
9 Kris Tamulis -2 F
10 Mariajo Uribe -1 F
10 Azahara Munoz -1 F
10 Carlota Ciganda -1 F
10 Michelle Wie -1 F
14 Brittany Lincicome E F
14 Austin Ernst E F
14 Xi Yu Lin E F
14 Chella Choi E F
18 Marina Alex 1 F
18 Gaby Lopez 1 F
18 Simin Feng 1 F


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nelly Korda to Join her Sister on LPGA Tour in 2017

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Nelly Korda has secured her LPGA Playing Card for 2017.

Nelly Korda's 6th place finish at this week's Symetra Tour Championship has guaranteed her a Category 9  LPGA playing card in 2017. This means that she will be playing in all full field events next season.

She will be joining her sister, and four time LPGA champion, Jessica Korda.

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Nelly will be joining her sister Jessica on tour next year.


Nelly, who got off to a poor start on the Symetra tour this season, heated up at the right time. She finished in the top 20 in six of her last seven starts, with four of them top 10 finishes.

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Former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda will now have 2 daughters on the LPGA tour.


Nelly's father Petr Korda, won the 1998 Australian Open tennis Championship in 1998. He will now have 2 daughters on the LPGA tour.




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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship Preview, Pairings, and More.

Let me start off today by giving a big congratulations to Ha Na Jang for winning the Fubon Taiwan LPGA Classic. It wasn't done without some very scary moments, as she had an 8 stroke lead with 12 holes to play, but she hung on to win by one stroke over Shanshan Feng.

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It's all smiles from Ha Na Jang after winning the Fubon Taiwan LPGA Classic.


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Lexi Thompson will be trying to defend her title.
This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Classic.

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Lexi Thompson shot a final round 69 to finish one stroke ahead of both Yani Tseng and Sung Hyun Park.


This will be tournament #28 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course
Location:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  68-67-69-69 = 273 (-15)

Final Field:  78 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 75% (up from 73.5 last year). Thirty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used for this event), and forty-one of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players not teeing it up this week include: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Charley Hull, Karrie Webb, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie, and Ilhee Lee. Although this being a limited field event lowers my rating (lack of depth), there are some highly rated players in the field from the KLPGA which brings the rating back up. They include:
  •  Sung Hyun Park (#9 in Rolex Rankings)
  •  Jin Young Ko (#23)
  •  Seon Woo Bae (#43)
  •  Min Young Lee (#56)
  •  Seung Hyun Lee (58)
  •  Jeong Min Cho (64)
  •  Hae Rym Kim (#65)
  •  Min Sun Kim (#66)
  •  Ji Hyun Oh (86)
  •  Ji Hyun Kim (#92)
Here are the pairings for round one.


Here are the television times:
GC   Thurs.  Oct 13,  12:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET (tape)
GC   Thurs.  Oct 13,  11:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET
GC   Friday  Oct 14,  11:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET
GC   Sat.      Oct 15,  11:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn
2- Sung Hyun Park
3- Lydia Ko
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Brooke Henderson
6- Ha Na Jang
7- Shanshan Feng
8- In Gee Chun
9- Lexi Thompson
10- Amy Yang
11- Gerina Piller
12- So Yeon Ryu
My alternates are: Hyo Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen, and Minjee Lee.
After the first 27 weeks of the season, I enjoy a comfortable first place lead.

Other Tidbits:
Carlotta Ciganda has quietly put together a very consistent season. She has 11 top 20 finishes, which believe it or not, is one more than both Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis.

With Lydia Ko failing to finish in the top ten for the second consecutive week, Brooke Henderson now stands alone on top with 14 top ten finishes.

The last 3 tournaments have been won by players from South Korea, giving that country 9 wins this year.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Ha Na Jang leaps into the top ten moving up four spots to #8. Lee-Anne Pace (44-39), Hee Young Park (66-59), and Megan Khang (86-79), also made nice moves.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)

Lydia Ko leads with 4,300 points. She is closely followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 4,166. Brooke Henderson is third with 3,101.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan feng has finished 4th, 4th, and 2nd, in her last 3 starts. Amy Yang has 5 consecutive top 15 finishes. Alison Lee has 3 top ten finishes in her last 6 starts.

Who's Not:
Morgan Pressel has failed to register a top twenty finish in her last seven starts. Na Yeon Choi has not seen the weekend in 9 of her last 11 starts. She finished 50th and 80th in the other two.

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Here are the Final Results:
1 *Carlota Ciganda -10
2 Alison Lee -10
3 Shanshan Feng -8
3 Min Sun Kim -8
5 Mi Jung Hur -7
5 Brittany Lang -7
7 Seon-Woo Bae -6
7 Karine Icher -6
7 Cristie Kerr -6
10 Danielle Kang -5
10 Kim Kaufman -5
10 In-Kyung Kim -5
13 Ariya Jutanugarn -4
13 In Gee Chun -4
13 Lexi Thompson -4
13 Sung Hyun Park -4
13 Candie Kung -4
18 Mirim Lee -3
18 Eun Jeong Seong -3
18 Jessica Korda -3
18 Jeong Min Cho -3
18 Haru Nomura -3
* Won in playoff

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to In-Kyung Kim for winning the 2016 Reignwood LPGA Classic. Kim shot a final round 66, to finish one stroke better than Mi Jung Hur. Hur mounted a late charge with birdies on 5 of the last 6 holes but came up just short. For Kim it was her first victory on the LPGA tour in nearly 6 years.

This week the LPGA travels to Taiwan for the playing of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Many may remember last year's tournament when Lydia Ko blew away the field and won by 9 strokes. It was the largest margin of victory on the LPGA tour the entire year.

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Lydia Ko holds up her 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship trophy.

This will be tournament #27 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Miramar Golf Country Club
Location:  Taipei, Taiwan
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  69-67-67-65 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:  81 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: Not available on LPGA website
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 60% (down from 65% last year). Thirty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list (not used for this tournament), and 30 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by defending champion and #1 player in the world, Lydia Ko. It will also include top 10 players Brooke Henderson and Amy Yang. Missing from this week's field include Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun, Suzann Pettersen, and Gerina Piller.

Here are the first round pairings:

Here are the television times:
GC   Thurs.  Oct 6,   1:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC   Friday  Oct 7,   1:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET
GC   Sat.      Oct 8,   12:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET   
GC   Sun.     Oct 9,   12:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m. ET   

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Brooke Henderson
4- Haru Nomura
5- Amy Yang
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Mi Jung Hur
8- In Kyung Kim
9- Mirim Lee
10- Minjee Lee
11- Anna Nordqvist
12- Ha Na Jang
My alternates are: Candie Kung, Chella Choi, and Hyo Joo Kim.
Through the first 26 tournaments of the year, I remain solidly in first place.

Other Tidbits:
Ariya Jutanugarn's top 10 finish this past weekend, moves her ahead of Lydia Ko for the first time this year in the race for the Rolex Player of the Year award.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc, who missed eight of her first 10 cuts this year, has now made a career high ten in a row.

Ilhee Lee's 9th place at the Reignwood LPGA Classic, was her first top ten in her last 21 starts. Yani Tseng's 16th place finish, was her first top 20 of the year.

Brooke Henderson's 4th place finish was her 13th top ten of the year, putting her in a first place tie with Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn.

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Madelene Sagstrom capped off what is the greatest season in Symetra Tour history with her third win at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout. The first place check of $15,000 increases Sagstrom's record setting total to $156,184. Earlier this season she became the first player to crack the $100,000 mark in tour history. She now is the first to break $150,000. She will make one more start, at the Symetra Championship later this month. In just 14 starts she has won 3 times and has 11 top tens. Sagstrom, 23, secures Symetra Player of the Year, Gaelle Truet, Rookie of the Year, and the top spot on the final Volvic Race for the Card money list, with her win. Sangstrom made the cut in both her LPGA starts this year (The U.S. Women's Open, and the Canadian Pacific Women's Open), and will be a full time player on the LPGA tour next season.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
In Kyung Kim jumps up from #42 to #29, while Mi Jung Hur leaps up from #54 to #39.

Race to the CME Globe:
Lydia Ko is still on top with 4,249 points, but Ariya Jutanugarn creeps a little closer with 4,166. Brooke Henderson is third with 2,911.

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn has 6 consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Not:
Q-Baek has not registered a top 10 finish in her last 28 starts.
After finishing 2nd at the Lotte Championship, Katie Burnett has failed to finish higher than 37th, covering 14 starts.

Here are the final results:

1 Ha Na Jang   -17
2 Shanshan Feng   -16
T3 Brooke Henderson   -10
T3 Hyo Joo Kim   -10
T5 Candie Kung   -9
T5 Lee-Anne Pace   -9
T5 Hee Young Park
-9
T8 Carlota Ciganda   -8
T8 Jodi Ewart Shadoff   -8
T10 Cristie Kerr   -7
T10 Alison Lee   -7
T12 Megan Khang   -5
T12 Amy Yang   -5
T14 Minjee Lee   -4
T14 Moriya Jutanugarn   -4
T14 Anna Nordqvist
-4
T14 Sarah Jane Smith   -4
T14 Mika Miyazato   -4
T14 Sakura Yokomine   -4
T20 Eun-Hee Ji   -3
T20 Su-Hyun Oh   -3
T20 Lydia Ko   -3
T20 Catriona Matthew   -3
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