Monday, May 1, 2017

Lorena Ochoa Match Play Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Congratulations go out to Haru Nomura for winning the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Her birdie on the 6th playoff hole was good enough to defeat Cristie Kerr.

Several times in the past I have blasted Golf Channel for their coverage of LPGA golf. This time I have to commend them on a fabulous job. With the LPGA tournament running over two hours past its allotted time, it was not easy to cover two tournaments at the same time. They did not miss a beat, and we got to see every shot in the playoff. It is nice to see them finally showing some respect for the LPGA Tour!

This week the LPGA moves to Mexico for the playing of the Citimanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play Presented by Aeromexico and Delta.

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Carlota Ciganda holds her 2017 championship trophy

Carlota Ciganda will be trying to defend the title she won last year when her final round score of 68 (275 -13) was 2 strokes better than 5 other players. 

If she is to defend successfully, she will have to do it in a much different way. This tournament has changed this year from stroke play to match play.

This will be tournament #10 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Club de Golf Mexico
Location:  Mexico City, Mexico
Defending Champion:  Carlota Ciganda
Winning Score:  67-72-68-68 = 275 (-13)

Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,804
Purse:  $1,200,000

* The field will be made up of the top 20 LPGA players in the Rolex Rankings as of 4/25/17, two sponsor invitees, and the remaining field being filled out by the 2017 money list as of 4/25/17.

In addition, on the weekend of tournament week, an exhibition will be played featuring: Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster, and Se Ri Pak. They will play 18 holes in twosomes on Saturday in a scramble format, and then again on Sunday in best ball.

My strength of field rating is 59 %, up substantially from just 23% last year when the field consisted of just 36 players. Although the field lacks depth (64 players), most of the big stars are playing. Seventeen of the top 25 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 17 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players who qualified but chose to skip the event include: Anna Nordqvist, So Yeon Ryu, Haru Nomura, Minjee Lee, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, and Amy Yang.

Here are the first round matches:

Here are the television times:
Oh, wait! That big buildup for this event.......and there is NO TV coverage!


Players Most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
Lydia Ko - #1 player in the world.
Ariya Jutanugarn - Number 2 in Rolex Rankings has done everything but win.
In Gee Chun - World's #4 will be trying to atone for her missed cut this past week.

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
Jessica Korda - Will she have to play her sister?
Cristie Kerr - Tour's hottest player - hates to lose these matches.
Inbee Park - Because she played so bad last week.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
Danielle Kang - She used to be really good at this (2 time amateur champion).
Ryann O'Toole - She makes a lot of birdies. She could go far in this format.
Angel Yin - Because many of you don't know who she is.

Other Tidbits:
Angel Yin (there's that name again) has passed Nelly Korda and moved up into second place in the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year standings.

So Yeon Ryu has made 70 consecutive cuts.


The 36 hole cut at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout was not kind to a trio of LPGA Stars. In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, and Ha Na Jang, all missed their first cut of the year.


This week's field in Mexico City will include 5 rookies: Sung Hyun Park, Angel Yin, Nelly Korda, Peiyun Chien, and Laura Gonzalez Escallon.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Cristie Kerr jumps up four more spots to #14. Haru Nomura moves from #24 to #17, while Angel Yin soars from #118 to #86.


Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
It tightens up some this week with more players getting into the mix. So Yeon Ryu continues to lead with 1,605 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn (1,225), Crister Kerr (1,101), Inbee Park (1,028), and Lexi Thompson (980).

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn and So Yeon Ryu both now have 7 top ten finishes. Nobody else has more than four.

Cristie Kerr has finished in the top seven in each of her last 4 starts.

Who's Not:
Hee Young Park continues to struggle, missing her 5th consecutive cut. Only Payarisa Yoktuan (6) has more.

Karrie Webb has not finished better than 48th this year. In seven starts she has made just 3 cuts.

This Week's Trivia Question:
  • I won 3 times as a non LPGA member.
  • I won 3 more times as a rookie
  • I have won 11 times on the LPGA tour
  • I have not only won on the LPGA, but have won on the LET, KLPGA, JLPGA, and the ALPG.
  • If you are a fan of the LPGA and Golf Channel, you probably have NOT seen much of me lately.
  • Who am I?

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



Results of Day 4 matches:
There will be two rounds of matches today the first, the round of 4, will be played in the morning. The winners will play in the final in the afternoon.

Morning results:
Sei Young Kim over M.J. Hur - 5 and 4
Ariya Jutanugarn over Michelle Wie - 4 and 3

Afternoon results: 
Sei Young Kim defeats Ariya Jutanugarn - 1up and is the Winner!
M.J. Hur takes 3rd place by defeating Michelle Wie - 22 holes

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates. They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.



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3 comments:

  1. i found the playoff coverage to be excellent and exciting!

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  2. They did a good job under tough circumstances. Only problem I had was that on some of the Tee and approach shots there was no commentery, so at times i was a little lost as a viewer.

    Both players had some good recovery shots. Just a strange hole.

    Another foot or 2 to the left on Christie's approach on the final playoff hole and she is possible closer to the hole. But that's golf.

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  3. Carlota Ciganda, the defending champion lost.

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