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
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.
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:
|3||Hee Young Park||-11|
|8||Nicole Broch Larsen||-8|
|24||Na Yeon Choi||-4|
|24||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||-4|
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