Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stats & Facts - Final 2017 (includes 2018 schedule announcements)

First let me congratulate Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the CME Group Championship. Ariya made long birdie putts on both the 17th and 18th holes to win by one stroke.

That wasn't the whole story of the weekend though as three big season ending awards were decided:
  • Lexi Thompson won the Vare Trophy
  • So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park shared the Player of the Year award
  • Lexi Thompson won the Race to the CME Globe and its 1 Million Dollar bonus check.


We have come to the end of another exciting LPGA season. In many ways it was one of the most exciting seasons ever. Each week we were treated to exciting and competitive tournaments. It certainly seemed that almost every week the tournament wasn't decided until the last hole. In fact, there were 5 tournaments that needed a playoff to determine the final outcome. There were 10 tournaments that were decided by one stroke, and 9 more that were decided by two. We had winners from 8 different countries. We also saw Team USA retain possession of the Solheim Cup with a very impressive victory.


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Team USA successfully defended the Solheim Cup Championship in 2017. 

On that note I would like to take a look at some of the most important stats of the 2017 season.

Victories:
1- In-Kyung Kim - 3
1- Shanshan Feng - 3
3- Seven players tied with - 2

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Shanshan Feng - 12
1- So Yeon Ryu - 12
3- Sung Hyun Park - 11
3- Moriya Jutanugarn - 11
3- Lydia Ko - 11

Most Top Twenty-five Finishes:
1- Moriya Jutanugarn - 22
2- Brooke Henderson - 21
3- Sung Hyun Park - 20
4- Shanshan Feng - 18
4- Lydia Ko - 18

Rolex Player of the Year:
1- So Yeon Ryu - 162 points
1- Sung Hyun Park - 162 points
3- Lexi Thompson - 159
3- Shanshan Feng - 159
5- In-Kyung Kim - 127

Vare Trophy:
1-* Lexi Thompson - 69.114 strokes per round
2- Sung Hyun Park - 69.247
3- In Gee Chun - 69.415
4- Stacy Lewis - 69.609
5- Inbee Park - 69.673 (did not play enough rounds to qualify for title)
  * Second best figure in LPGA history, and best since 2002.

Official Money:
1- **Sung Hyun Park - $2,335,883 
2- So Yeon Ryu - $1,981,593
3- Lexi Thompson - $1,877,181
4- Shanshan Feng - $1,728,191
5- Ariya Jutanugarn - $1,549,858
  ** Lowest winning figure since 2012.

*Race to the CME Globe:
1- Lexi Thompson $1,000,000
2- Sung Hyun Park - $150,000
3- Shanshan Feng - $100,000
* All unofficial money, and does not count on official money list.

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sung Hyun Park - 1,620 points
2- Angel Yin - 732
3- Nelly Korda - 599
4- Madelene Sagstrom - 479
5- Nicole Broch Larsen - 405

Average Driving Distance: (minimum 15 tournaments played)
1- Maude Aimee-Leblanc - 279.256
2- Joanna Klatten - 278.073
3- Lexi Thompson - 273.786
4- Angel Yin - 272.452
5- Yani Tseng - 270.815

Greens In Regulation: (minimum 15 tournaments played)
1- Lexi Thompson - 77.7%
2- So Yeon Ryu - 77.5%
3- Anna Nordqvist - 77.4%
4- In Gee Chun - 77.0%
5- Marina Alex - 76.2%
5- Shanshan Feng - 76.2%

Putts Per Green in regulation: (minimum 15 tournaments played)
1- Inbee Park - 1.734 
2- Cristie Kerr - 1.737
3- Lydia Ko - 1.741
4- Stacy Lewis - 1.742
5- Moriya Jutanugarn - 1.747

Most Wins by Country:
1- South Korea - 15
2- United States - 7
3- China - 3
4- Three countries with - 2

Other Tidbits:
Lexi Thompson's second place finish at the CME Group Tour Championship was her 6th of the year. No other player had more than 4.

The Cambia Portland Classic has extended its contract with the LPGA through the year 2020.

The Race to the CME Globe will last at least 6 more years, as Michael Whan announced an extension through 2023.

The LPGA is likely going to lose three events next year, but it will gain three new ones, leaving the tour with 34 events, including the UL International Crown. That’s the same number of events being played this year. Total prize money is expected to reach $69 million, up from the record $65 million played for this season.

The Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada is off next year’s schedule, and the Lorena Ochoa Match Play also is not expected to return. The McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open is not returning, but only because it is sliding off the schedule to move up early on the 2019 schedule.
Whan said two new West Coast events are being added, and they will be positioned on the calendar next to the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, to give players more reasons to stay out west.
Whan said there’s also a new international event being added to the schedule, but details of the new events won’t be released until the full schedule is released sometime after Thanksgiving.
Q-School officially overhauled . . .
Whan said the LPGA Qualifying Tournament will still be played in three stages next year, but the final stage will get a makeover as the Q-School Series.
The LPGA will continue to host first and second stages, but instead of a five-round final stage, there will be an eight-round finals series, with two four-round tournaments scheduled in back-to-back weeks in the same city, with cumulative scores used over eight rounds. The new Q-Series site will be announced early next year.
A field of 108 will make the Q-Series finals, with 40 to 50 LPGA tour cards up for grabs.
The Q-Series field will be filled by players finishing 101st to 150th on the LPGA money list, players finishing 31st to 50th on the Symetra Tour money list, with up to 10 players from among the top 75 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings who don’t have LPGA membership. Also, the field will include the top five in the Golfweek Sagarin College Rankings. The rest of the field will be filled by players advancing through Q-School’s second stage, which could be anywhere from 23 to 33 players, depending how many from the world rankings and college rankings choose to go to the Q-Series.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
Ariya Jutanugarn makes the most important move this week jumping from #9 to #5. Jessica Korda leaps up from #37 to #26. Further down the list, Kim Kaufman jumps up 16 spots to #103. Shanshan Feng retains the #1 spot by the narrowest of margins over Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, and Lexi Thompson. Any one of those players mentioned can take over the top spot after the first tournament of 2018. Stay tuned!

This Week's Trivia Question: 
Three players won their first LPGA tournament in 2017. Can you name them?


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lexi Thompson Wins 1 Million Dollar Bonus!

If this was a Hollywood script, no one would believe it. Who would possibly believe that after 33 LPGA tournaments, the award for Player of the Year, the LPGA 2017 money title, The Race for the CME Globe (and the 1 million dollar bonus), and the player to finish the season in the #1 position in the Rolex Rankings, would all come down to the final stroke on the final hole of the final tournament. But yet that is exactly the way it played out at the CME Group Tour Championship.

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Lexi Thompson won the 1 Million Dollar Race to the CME Globe check

Lexi Thompson, although she did not win the tournament, wound up the big winner of the day as she won the following:

  • The Race to the CME Globe and its $1,000,000 bonus. She did this (accumulating the most points) in spite of playing in just 21 of 33 tournaments this year.
  • The Vare Trophy - She finished the year as the player with the lowest scoring average. In fact, it was one of the lowest scoring averages in LPGA history. In doing so, Lexi receives a Hall of Fame point. 
Although winning the above capped off a tremendously successful season, it could have, and should have, been better.

Lexi who had not had a bogey in her last 34 holes, missed a two foot par putt on the final hole that would have put her in a playoff with Ariya Jutanugarn (the eventual winner after birdying the final 2 holes). If Lexi would had won that playoff she would have:
  • Won the Player of the Year award, and another Hall of Fame point.
  • Would have been the new #1 player in the Rolex Rankings.
As it turned out those honors would go to:
  • So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park shared the Player of the Year award.
  • Shanshan Feng is projected to hang on to her #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings.
Who would have thought that on a weekend when the big budget movie Justice League, and a Julia Roberts flick would open up wide in the United States, the CME Group Tour Championship and the LPGA would have the best Hollywood ending of them all!



This Week's Trivia Question:  (for those who missed it earlier in the week)

This is the fourth year for the CME Group Tour Championship. In the previous three years only 1 player has finished in the top 10 each time. Can you name her?

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Monday, November 13, 2017

CME Group Tour Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

I would like to start off by congratulating Shanshan Feng on winning the Blue Bay LPGA. For a full recap on that tournament press here.


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This week the LPGA returns to the United States with the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. This is the final tournament on the 2017 LPGA schedule. Last year's exciting finish saw Charley Hull and So Yeon Ryu tied for the lead with just two holes to play. Hull would birdie the 17th hole while Ryu bogeyed it, sending Hull home with a two stroke victory and the championship trophy. Ariya Jutanugarn who finished tied for fourth, hung on to win the one million dollar bonus.

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Charley Hull won this Championship (and the $500,000 first place check) in 2016

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

Here are the key details:
Course:  Tiburon Golf Club
Location:  Naples, Florida
Defending Champion:  Charley Hull
Winning Score:  67-70-66-66 = 269 (-19)

Final Field:  74 players (72 plus non LPGA member winners Jin Young Ko and Ha Na Jang)
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,540
Purse:  $2,500,000

My strength of field rating is 68% (down from 73% last year). Forty of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List (not used for this event) and twenty-one of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Unlike previous years, a number of top players who qualified for this event will not be teeing it up. Those players include: Haru Nomura, Hyo Joo Kim, M.J. Hur, Chella Choi, Inbee Park (injury), Su Oh, and Laura Gonzalez Escallon. 

There is a lot at stake this week besides the CME Trophy:

  • I million dollars will go to the winner of the Race to the CME Globe. Lexi Thompson currently leads (see below for current standings).
  • The Rolex Player of the Year is still up for grabs. So Yeon Ryu currently has the lead by a very narrow margin over Shanshan Feng, Sung Hyun Park, and Lexi Thompson. The winner receives a Hall of Fame point.
  • The Vare Trophy is about as tight as could be as Lexi Thompson has a very narrow lead over Sung Hyun Park.
  • It still remains a mystery as to who will finish the season as #1 in the Rolex Rankings. Shanshan Feng (the current leader), Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, and Lexi Thompson are all tightly bunched up and have mathematical chances of finishing on top.


Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC    Thurs. Nov 16,  4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. ET  (tape delay)
GC    Fri.      Nov 17,  4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. ET  (tape delay)
GC    Sat.     Nov 18,  4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. ET  (tape delay)
ABC  Sun.    Nov 19,  1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
1- Shanshan Feng - Looking for 3rd consecutive win to go along with Bonus
2- Sung Hyun Park - Looking to take back the #1 spot
3- So Yeon Ryu - Ditto

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Lexi Thompson - A win will get her the bonus and the Vare Trophy
2- Brooke Henderson - A win gets her the million dollar bonus

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Moriya Jutanugarn - Eventually she will have to finish one. Why not here?
2- Lizette Salas - She is playing the best golf of her career

In 2017 The Race to the CME Globe has made the following changes this year:

1- The top five (5) finishers entering Naples will control their own destiny at the CME Group Tour Championship, meaning if they win in Naples they will also win the $1M CME Globe.

2- The top twelve (12) finishers entering Naples will have a mathematical chance to win the $1M CME Globe.

Previously the top 3 finishers controlled their own destiny, and the top 9 had a mathematical chance to win the $1M CME Globe.

Other Tidbits:
The 2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship will be held at the Aronimink GC in suburban Philadelphia.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Shanshan Feng rises two spots to become the new #1 player in the world.
Moriya Jutanugarn jumps up 4 more spots to #17, while Megan Khang jumps into my field rating by moving up from #102 to #96.


Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
The points have been reset and here are the top 5 players that hold their fate in their own hands.
  • Lexi Thompson = 5,000 points
  • Sung Hyun Park = 4,750 
  • Shanshan Feng = 4,500
  • So Yeon Ryu = 4,250
  • Brooke Henderson 4,000
The above five players will win the 1 million dollar bonus if they win the tournament.

Seven other players have an outside chance of winning the 1 million dollar bonus.
  • In Gee Chun = 3,600 points
  • Cristie Kerr = 3,200
  • Moriya Jutanugarn = 2,800
  • Ariya Jutanugarn = 2,400
  • Anna Nordqvist = 2,100
  • Stacy Lewis = 1,800
  • Lydia Ko = 1,600
The above seven players can win the bonus if none of the top 5 players win the tournament.

Who's Hot:
Lizette has 5 top tens in her last six starts (the other finish was 13th). 
Moriya Jutanugarn has 4 top fives in her last five starts.
Sarah Jane Smith has three consecutive top 15 finishes.

Who's Not:
Haru Nomura has not finished in the top twenty in her last 13 starts.
M.J. Hur's last seven starts have failed to produce a single top thirty finish.

This Week's Trivia Question: 

This is the fourth year for the CME Group Tour Championship. In the previous three years only 1 player has finished in the top 10 each time. Can you name her?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1 Kim Kaufman -10
1 Michelle Wie -10
1 Ariya Jutanugarn -10
1 Suzann Pettersen -10
5 Stacy Lewis -9
5 Karine Icher -9
5 Lexi Thompson -9
5 Austin Ernst -9
5 Jessica Korda -9
5 Pernilla Lindberg -9
5 Sung Hyun Park -9
12 Amy Yang -8
12 Jin Young Ko -8
12 Charley Hull -8
12 Jenny Shin -8
12 Eun-Hee Ji -8
12 Pornanong Phatlum -8
12 In-Kyung Kim -8
19 Cydney Clanton -7
19 Anna Nordqvist -7
19 Nelly Korda -7
19 Sarah Jane Smith -7
23 Shanshan Feng -6
23 Candie Kung -6
23 Minjee Lee -6
23 Brooke Henderson -6
23 Marina Alex -6
23 Lydia Ko -6
23 Ha-Na Jang -6
23 Madelene Sagstrom -6
23 Caroline Masson -6

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shanshan Feng Projected to be New #1 Player in the World!

In what was once again another exciting LPGA tournament finish, Shanshan Feng has won the Blue Bay LPGA. It wasn't easy. Feng finished -9 under par, one shot better than Moriya Jutanugarn, whose short birdie putt at the par five 18th lipped out.

For Feng, it was her second consecutive victory, and third win of the year.


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Shanshan Feng watches her approach shot on her way to her second consecutive victory


The victory was Feng's 9th of her career. Shanshan has now earned $1,703,326 this season and is projected to move up from 6th to 3rd on the LPGA Tour official money list.

Of much more importance, with the victory Feng is projected to be the new #1 player in the Rolex Rankings; the first ever Chinese player (male or female) to get to world No. 1.

For Feng, one of the most consistent players on tour for the past decade, getting to the top didn't come easy:

  • This is her 10th year on tour
  • This was her 208th start
  • This was her 9th win (includes 1 major championship)
  • Has 78 top ten finishes on the LPGA Tour
This was Feng's third win of the season, joining In-Kyung Kim as the only 2 players with more than 2 wins this season. 

Feng is the first player to win back to back tournaments on the LPGA Tour since she accomplished the feat last year.


This Week's Trivia Question:  (for those who missed it earlier)

This is the fourth year that the Blue Bay LPGA is being played. The first three years brought us 3 winners from 3 different countries. Can you name the three winners and the countries that they are from?


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Blue Bay LPGA Preview, Pairings and Much More

Let me start out by giving a big round of applause to Shanshan Feng for winning the Toto Japan Classic. Shanshan's final round 68 was good enough for her to win the title for the second consecutive year. Ai Suzuki, who bogeyed the final hole, finished in second place two strokes back.

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Beautiful Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club

This week the LPGA moves to China for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. Many of you may remember last year's nail biting finish when Minjee Lee's birdie on the 72nd hole, was enough to defeat a charging Jessica Korda by one stroke. Ariya Jutanugarn finished just one stroke further back.

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Minjee Lee will be trying to successfully defend the Blue Bay LPGA title she won in 2016

This will be tournament #32 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the 5th of five events on the current Asian swing.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  Minjee Lee
Winning Score:  65-67-73-70 = 275 (-13)

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

It will have a Wednesday start (with the time difference it will be Tuesday night in the USA) and finish up on Saturday.

My strength of field rating is 42% (down from 44% last year). The field will be led by the new #1 player in the world, Sung Hyun Park. It will also include current top ten players: Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, I.K. Kim, and Ariya Jutanugarn. Players skipping the event this week include: Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Stacy Lewis, and Lexi Thompson.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC   Tues.  Nov. 7,   11:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET 
GC   Wed.   Nov. 8,  11:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET
GC   Thurs. Nov. 9,   11:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET
GC   Fri.      Nov. 10, 11:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. ET

I believe all the above broadcasts are scheduled to be shown live.

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
Sung Hyun Park - New #1 may demolish this weak field
Shanshan Feng - Hottest player on tour right now
Anna Nordqvist - Moves into the top five this week in the world rankings

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
I.K. Kim - Biggest surprise this year will be looking for win #4
Minjee Lee - Defending Champion is playing well

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Jessica Korda - Ideal course for her to break out of her slump
Lizette Salas - Playing her best golf of the year


Other Tidbits:
With just 2 tournaments remaining, both the Player of the Year award and Vare Trophy are still up for grabs.  So Yeon Ryu (182 points) leads Sung Hyun Park (148) and Lexi Thompson (147) for the P.O.Y award. Park is the only player of the three who is teeing it up this week. Lexi Thompson (69.147) leads Sung Hyun Park (69.169) for the Vare Trophy. Each winner will receive a Hall of Fame point.


Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sung Hyun Park takes over the #1 ranking this week by a very slim margin over So Yeon Ryu. Shanshan Feng moves into the #3 spot. Lizette Salas continues her upward surge, moving from #38 to #32. LPGA player Aditi Ashok, who won on the LET this past week, is now part of my field rating as she surges from # 105 to #81.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Lexi Thompson still leads with 3,304 points. So Yeon Ryu moves into second with 3,064. They are followed by Sung Hyun Park (3,029), Brooke Henderson (2,785), and Shanshan Feng (2,647).

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has finished 3rd, 2nd, and 1st, in her last 3 starts.

Who's Not:
Ariya Jutanugarn has not finished better than 30th in her last 11 starts.

This Week's Trivia Question: 

This is the fourth year that this tournament is being played. The first three years brought us 3 winners from 3 different countries. Can you name the three winners and the countries that they are from?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

Here are the final standings:

1 Shanshan Feng -9
2 Moriya Jutanugarn -8
3 Megan Khang -4
3 Jessica Korda -4
3 Sung Hyun Park -4
3 Ashleigh Buhai -4
7 Sun Young Yoo -3
7 Sandra Gal -3
7 Na Yeon Choi -3
10 Mi Hyang Lee -2
10 Austin Ernst -2
10 Jeong Eun Lee -2
10 Lizette Salas -2
14 Sarah Jane Smith -1
14 Hyo Joo Kim -1
16 Michelle Wie E
16 Ariya Jutanugarn E
18 Karine Icher 1
19 Ryann O'Toole 2
19 Ayako Uehara 2
21 Morgan Pressel 3
21 Pernilla Lindberg 3
21 Lee-Anne Pace 3
24 Gaby Lopez 4
25 In-Kyung Kim 5
25 Pornanong Phatlum 5
25 Pei-Yun Chien 5
25 Minjee Lee 5
25 Azahara Munoz 5

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Toto Japan Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

Congratulations go out to Cristie Kerr for winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. This was definitely one of the most exciting finishes of the year (and there have been plenty). With just two holes to go in Sunday's final round, there were still a half dozen players within a stroke of the lead. It looked as if it was a certainty that there would be a 4 way playoff (with Danielle Kang, Jacqui Concolino, and Shanshan Feng) when Kerr sank a 35 foot putt on the final hole to win it! For Kerr, it was her 2nd win of the 2017 season.

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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 when Shanshan Feng double bogeyed the final hole, but still managed to come up victorious by one shot over runner-up Ha Na Jang.

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Shanshan Feng will be trying to successfully defend the Toto Japan Classic title she won in 2016

This will be tournament #31 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the 4th of 5 events on the current Asian swing.

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:  Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  69-64-70 = 203 (-13)

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

This is a 54 hole tournament!

My strength of field rating is 60% (up from 57% last year).  The construction of this field is very different from any other field on the LPGA schedule. There are only 44 players in the field that are LPGA members. Thirty-four of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List (not used on the Asian swing), and 16 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players skipping the event this week include: I.K. Kim, Brittany Lang, Amy Yang, Carlota Ciganda, Mirim Lee, Brittany Lincicome, and Sung Hyun Park. The reason why the field rating is as strong as it is (ranks in the middle of the year's strongest tournaments), is that there are a number of strong players from other tours. They include:

  • Jiyai Shin - #29 (in Rolex Rankings dated 10/23/17)
  • Teresa Lu - #35
  • Ai Suzaki - #44
  • Fumika Kawagishi - #46
  • Ritsuko Ryu - #60
  • Ji-Hee Lee - #69
  • Sun Ju Ahn - #72
  • Momoko Ueda - #73
  • Misuzu Narita #77
  • Erika Kikuchi - #87
  • Mamiko Higa - #88
  • Hee Kyung Bae - #92
  • Kotone Hari - #95
  • Soo-Yun Kang - #96
  • Yumika Yoshida - #99

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC   Thursday  Nov 2,   11:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m. ET 
GC   Friday      Nov 3,   11:00 p.m.- 2:30 a.m. ET 
GC   Saturday  Nov 4,   11:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m. ET 

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
So Yeon Ryu - Hanging on to the top spot by a thread
Lexi Thompson - Hasn't played much of late but is well rested and ready
Shanshan Feng - Ranked #4, and just missed winning this past week

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
In Gee Chun - How has she not won a tournament this year?
Brooke Henderson - Ready to join I.K. Kim as the year's only 3 time winner

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Sun-Ju Ahn - She always plays well here
Jessica Korda - Hasn't played well in awhile - is overdue


Other Tidbits:
As has been the case in the past several years, it appears the battle for the Vare Trophy will go down to the very last tournament. It appears to be a two person race right now with Lexi Thompson (69.125) holding a slim lead over Sung Hyun Park (69.169). The winner receives a Hall of Fame point.

It has been a big comeback year for players from the USA. After winning just twice in 2016, they now have seven victories this year. They also won the Solheim Cup. 

Cristie Kerr's win was the 20th of her career. She now has 22 Hall of Fame points. Twenty-seven is needed for induction.

Cristie Kerr and In Gee Chun both picked up their 10th top ten of the year. Only So Yeon Ryu (12) has more.

Brooke Henderson's 5th place finish was her 20th top 25 finish of the year, tying her with Moriya Jutanugarn for the most on tour.


Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Shanshan Feng makes the most important move this week (passing In Gee Chun and Anna Nordqvist) moving from #6 to #4. Cristie Kerr returns to the top ten moving up 4 spots to #10. Jacqui Concolino soars from #82 to #68, while Nelly Korda leaps up from #90 to #78.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)

Lexi Thompson, who has played in just one of the last 4, and 7 of the last 15 tournaments, amazingly still has the lead with 3,266 points. She is followed closely by Sung Hyun Park with 3,029 and So Yeon Ryu with 3,026. Brooke Henderson (2,785) and Cristie Kerr (2,583) fill out the top five.

Who's Hot:
Cristie Kerr has a win, two top fives, four top tens, and six top twenties in her last six starts.

In Gee Chun has three top fives, four top tens, and five top twenties in her last 5 starts.

Who's Not:
Haru Nomura has not had a top 20 finish in her last eleven starts.

This Week's Trivia Question: 

Only one American player has won this tournament in the last 23 years. Can you name her?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.


Here are the fian results:

1 Shanshan Feng -15
2 Ai Suzuki -13
3 Charley Hull -10
3 Min-Young Lee -10
5 Momoko Ueda -9
5 Ayaka Watanabe -9
5 Stacy Lewis -9
5 Anna Nordqvist -9
5 Lizette Salas -9
10 Teresa Lu -8
10 Pei-Ying Tsai -8
10 Lydia Ko -8
10 So Yeon Ryu -8
10 Brittany Altomare -8
15 Minjee Lee -7
15 Mamiko Higa -7
15 Saki Takeo -7
15 Yukari Nishiyama -7
15 Jiyai Shin -7
15 Sei Young Kim -7
15 Nasa Hataoka -7
15 Jane Park -7
23 Eri Okayama -6
23 Angel Yin -6
23 Sun Ju Ahn -6
23 Sarah Jane Smith -6
23 Serena Aoki -6
23 Asuka Kashiwabara -6
23 Moriya Jutanugarn -6
23 Karine Icher -6
23 Mi Hyang Lee -6
23 Caroline Masson -6
23 Jenny Shin -6
23 Chae Young Yoon -6
23 Saiki Fujita -6

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