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MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open

After a one week break the LPGA returns to action this week for the inaugural playing of the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open. This tournament will lead into the fall Asian swing.

This will be tournament #27 of33 on the 2017 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Windross Farm Golf Club
Location:  Auckland, New Zealand
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural playing of this event.
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,419 
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a putrid 22%. This is by far the lowest field rating I have given an event (The previous all-time low was 37%). Just 2 of the top 25 players from the LPGA Priority list (13 of the top 50) and 6 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by Lydia Ko (playing in her home country) and Brooke Henderson. The highest ranked American player teeing it up this week is Danielle Kang (#23 RR). Incredibly there is not one South Korean pla…

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

With the LPGA taking a 1 week break, I would like to take this opportunity to take a look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2017. 

I last did this back in April when the LPGA had completed just 25% of its schedule. Now they have completed about 70% of their schedule and things have changed quite dramatically.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 

 I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the …

LPGA Player Profile: Ai Miyazato (and much more)

Let me start off this week by giving a big congratulations to Anna Nordqvist for winning the Evian Championship in a playoff over Brittany Altomare. Both players were not even in the mix as we approached the turn on Sunday, but all the players ahead of them folded to the major championship pressure. Moriya Jutanugarn, who had the lead for most of the round, could not make a single birdie on the back nine and finished in a third place tie. Lydia Ko looked like she would be in the playoff until she bogeyed the final hole to miss out by one shot. Sung Hyun Park, who looked like a runaway winner earlier in the tournament, had a complete meltdown shooting a six over par 42 on the back nine. She failed to even finish in the top twenty-five. For Nordqvist it was her 10th career victory, and 2nd major championship win.

With the LPGA schedule having very few breaks in it the last four months (they played 12 consecutive weeks at one point), I have not done an LPGA profile in quite some time.

Evian Championship Preview, Pairings and More

Congratulations go out this week to Lexi Thompson for winning the Indy Women In Tech Championship. Lexi and Lydia Ko entered the final round tied for the lead, but Lexi took control early and never looked back. She shot a final round 4 under par 68, which was good enough for an easy 4 shot victory. For the 22 year old Thompson, it was her second win of the season, and 9th of her career. For Ko, it was just her 2nd top five finish of the year. She is still searching for that allusive first victory of the season.

This week the LPGA travels to France for the playing of the Evian Championship.

In Gee Chun will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she cruised to a four shot victory over So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park.

The first four major championships of the 2017 season have been won by four different players.
ANA Inspiration - So Yeon RyuKPMG Women's PGA Championship - Danielle KangU.S. Women's Open - Sung Hyun ParkRicoh Women's British Open - I.K. KimWill we ge…