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ANA Inspiration Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Before I start with this week's subject, let me give a big congratulations to Mirim Lee for winning the Kia Classic. It was never a contest. Mirim took control towards the end of round number three, and never looked back! She won by 6 strokes over both Seo Yeon Ryu and Austin Ernst.



This week the LPGA moves to Rancho Mirage, California for the playing of the ANA Inspiration. This is the first Major Championship of the 2017 season.

Most of you will probably remember last year's exciting finish when Lydia Ko birdied the 72nd hole to finish one stroke better than both Charley Hull and In Gee Chun.


This will be tournament #7 of 34 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:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  70-68-69-69 = 276 (-12) 


Final Field:  108 players Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage: 6,769 yards
Purse:  $2,700,000


My stren…

Kia Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to Anna Nordqvist for winning the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Her final total of -25 under par was two shots better than runner-ups, Stacy Lewis, In Gee Chun, and Ariya Jutanugarn. For Jutanugarn, it was her second consecutive runner-up finish.



This week the LPGA moves to the state of California for the playing of the Kia Classic. Lydia Ko will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she finished 4 strokes better than runner-up Inbee Park. Her -19 under par total was one shot off the tournament record that is held by Cristie Kerr.



This will be tournament #6 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Aviara Golf Club
Location: Carlsbad, California
Defending Champion: Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  68-67-67-67 = 269 (-19)

Final Field:  144 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,593 yards
Purse:  $1,800,000

My strength of field rating is an incredibly strong 88% (up from 84% last year), making it the strongest field of the year so …

Bank of Hope Founders Cup Preview, Pairings, and More

After a one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the LPGA Founders Cup. This will be the first of 3 consecutive tournaments that will be played on the west coast of the United States, and will include the year's first major championship.

This will be the seventh year for this tournament which had a history of very close finishes until last year when Sei Young Kim's final round 62, was five strokes better than runner-up Lydia Ko. Kim's total of 27 under par 261, tied Annika Soremstam's record for the most strokes under par in LPGA history.




This will tournament #5 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion:  Sei Young Kim
Winning Score:  63-66-70-62 = 261  (-27)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,538
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 82% (same as last year)…