Sunday, September 24, 2017

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.

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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 player teeing it up that is ranked in the top 100 in the Rolex Rankings!

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
GC September 28 3:00 AM - 4:30 AM ET (tape)
GC September 29 3:00 AM - 4:30 AM ET (tape)
GC September 30 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET (tape)
GC October 1 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET (tape)

Note: There is a 16 hour time differential between ET and Auckland, New Zealand, meaning that these rounds will be long over before we get to see the broadcast. 

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
1- Lydia Ko - She is the top player in the field and is playing in her home country, if she doesn't win this one.........
2- Brooke Henderson - The only other "Superstar" in the field.

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Danielle Kang - Next best player in a weak field.
2- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - Still looking for that first victory.

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Jennifer Song - Could surprise here.
2- Madelene Sagstrom - Because she is better than most of this field.
3- Hee Young Park - Needs a top ten if she wants to retain her card.

Other Tidbits:
Catriona Matthew has been named the Captain for Team Europe in the 2019 Solheim Cup.

This Week's Trivia Question:

Who was the last person to win both the Player of the Year award and Vare Trophy in the same year?

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

Here are the final results:

1 Brooke Henderson -17
2 Jing Yan -12
3 Hee Young Park -11
4 Jennifer Song -10
5 Su-Hyun Oh -9
5 Beatriz Recari -9
5 Belen Mozo -9
8 Cheyenne Woods -8
8 Lindy Duncan -8
8 Madelene Sagstrom -8
8 Nicole Broch Larsen -8
8 Brittany Lincicome -8
13 Christina Kim -7
13 Alena Sharp -7
13 Gaby Lopez -7
13 Amy Boulden -7
17 Catriona Matthew -6
17 Lee Lopez -6
17 Bronte Law -6
17 Paula Reto -6
17 Ayean Cho -6
22 Ryann O'Toole -5
22 Lydia Ko -5
24 Laura Eum -4
24 Na Yeon Choi -4
24 Danielle Kang -4
24 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -4
24 Thidapa Suwannapura -4

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  1. The players have not been totally supportive of the new events this year. Commissioner Whan may need to get involved or provide some gentle persuasion. I wonder how many ladies pulled out of NZ Open after the cancellation of the China event. Not totally surprised by LPGA Korean ladies taking extended vacation at home and time with the sponsors before the KEB-Hana Bank. Still it could have been a good opportunity for a top-three player pick-up some POY and CME points that could come in handy at the end of the year. Thought maybe you might even get a KLPGA player like Rolex #19 Hye Jin Choi or Rolex #23Jeongeun Lee enter for a chance to pick up a 2 year LPGA membership or at least a larger than KLPGA average purse.

    Keep up the great reporting.

    Sports medic

  2. I didn't see anyone pull out after China cancelled. I think this tournament should be moved to the beginning of the year. That way they can play New Zealand, then Australia, then Thailand.

  3. Totally agree... Lydia Ko deserves better support, especially from the Korean girls........ Nice of Brooke Henderson.....

  4. I wonder how many will skip the Blue Bay China event the week before the CME. Will any of top-5 CME show? $2.1M China purse might keep some of the middling players interested. Yo might be right on change to early Asian Swing for NZ.

    sports medic

  5. Travel wise, it's also very inefficient. Zig zagging across Asia eats up lots of travel dollars. For those who make every stop, 14300 air miles for the swing from New Zealand to Seoul, to Taipei,back down to Malaysia, back up to Japan and back down to Hainan. Yikes! It,'s no wonder players are selective where they choose to play and spend their hard earned money.

    Jet Jockey

  6. I fear a couple of events will disappear next year and allow some flexibility in scheduling.The ladies will definitely be playing overseaas more.