Sunday, February 19, 2017

Honda LPGA Thailand Preview, Pairings and More.

A big congratulations goes out to Ha Na Jang for winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. Her eagle on the 17th hole, and bidie on the 18th, enabled her to blow past the rest of the field and go on to win by 3 strokes.

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This week the LPGA moves to Thailand for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Last season brought us close finishes in almost every tournament.....but this was not one of them. Lexi Thompson's twenty under par total of 268 blew away the field, and was 6 strokes better than runner-up In Gee Chun and 7 strokes better than 3rd place finishers Jessica Korda and Amy Yang. It was Lexi's 7th win on the LPGA tour.

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Lexi Thompson raises her arms in victory at last year's Honda LPGA Thailand event.

This will tournament #3 of 34 on the this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score: 64-72-64-68 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:  69 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,642
Purse:  $1,600,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 77.5 % ( down from  78.5 last year). Forty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up, with only I.K. Kim missing from that list. Thirty-six of the top 50 players will be teeing it up from the Rolex World Rankings. The reason my field rating isn't even higher than it is, is because the limited field lacks depth. Players such as Sung Hyun Park, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Nelly Korda, and Ilhee Lee (to name a few), will not be teeing it up because of the small field. In fact, Inbee Park, Sandra Gal, Yani Tseng, and Ai Miyazato are only playing because they are sponsor invitees, and any prize money they will earn will not count as official earnings.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday February 23 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday  February 24 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday February 25 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET 
GC Sunday February 26 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
I believe the time difference between East Coast and Thailand is 12 hours.

Other Tidbits:
Sarah Jane Smith's third place finish in Australia might have come as a big surprise to many people. Fact is, Sarah has been flying under the radar and playing well for quite some time now. She has made 23 consecutive cuts.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
The only major move this week was made by Nanna Madsen who leaps up from #110 to #68. She finished 2nd to Ha Na Jang in Australia.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Brittany Lincicome and Ha Na Jang are tied for the lead with 500 points. Lexi Thompason is third with 300.

Who's Hot:
Pornanong Phatlum is the only player to finish in the top ten in both tournaments this year.

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng, Kris Tamulis, and highly touted rookie Madelene Sagstrom, have all missed the cut in both LPGA events this season.

This week's Trivia Question: 

  • I was A rookie in 2009.
  • I have won 5 times including a major championship.
  • In my 9 years on tour, I have only missed 9 cuts.
  • I started this season having played in 189 tournaments and have made 180 cuts. That is a rate of 95.24%. No current member on the LPGA tour who has teed it up as many times as me, has a better percentage.
Who Am I?

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

Here are the final results:

1 Amy Yang -22
2 So Yeon Ryu -17
3 Sei Young Kim -15
4 Lexi Thompson -13
4 Danielle Kang -13
4 In Gee Chun -13
7 Moriya Jutanugarn -12
8 Lydia Ko -11
8 Mirim Lee -11
8 Austin Ernst -11
8 Ariya Jutanugarn -11
8 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -11
13 Brittany Lincicome -10
14 Stacy Lewis -9
14 Hyo Joo Kim -9
14 Jessica Korda -9
14 Yani Tseng -9
18 Eun-Hee Ji -8
18 Angela Stanford -8
18 Cristie Kerr -8
21 Chella Choi -7
21 Shanshan Feng -7
23 Charley Hull -6
23 Azahara Munoz -6
25 Brittany Lang -5
25 Inbee Park -5
25 Minjee Lee -5
25 Carlota Ciganda -5
25 Mi Jung Hur -5
25 Mi Hyang Lee -5
25 Kim Kaufman -5

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1 comment:

  1. Ha Na turned it on in R4 in Australia and saved the ISPS Handa from a dismal ending. There were lots of good performances this past week but Amy Yang was really too much to handle! Just like Lexi last year when she won by 6. So congrats to Amy Yang for enduring the weather, the schedule and putting forth an awesome performance. Wondering if she can have a tournament like this again? Also wondering what's happening with BMH and will the past week initiate the beginning of a new Shanshan?