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LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2017 - Final Stage

The Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament will be held Wednesday November 29 through Sunday December 3 at LPGA International - Jones & Hills Courses, Daytona, Florida.

Players will rotate between the Jones and Hills courses over the first 4 days. 

There will be a 72 hole cut made after Saturday's round to the top 70 and ties.

Sunday's final round will be played on the Hills course.

Key Details:
Field: 166 players
Par: 72 on both courses
Hills Course: 6566 yards
Jones Course: 6,449 yards

Players who finish in the top 20 will earn category 12 Priority List membership. This means that they will get to play in all full field LPGA tournaments. Players finishing 21-45 will get category 17 membership, which amounts to conditional playing privileges. The players in category 17 usually do not get into many LPGA events and will probably spend most of the 2018 season playing on the Symetra Tour. Bronte Law, Aditi Ashok, Nicole Broch Larson, and Emily Pedersen were the only category 17…

Rating the 2017 Rookies - Final Analysis

Let me start off by saying that 2017 was a much better year for LPGA rookies than was predicted at the start of the season. When looking over the rookie roster back in January, this much was obvious:

Sung Hyun Park, coming off seven wins on the KLPGA in 2016, was a sure thing.Nelly Korda sure had the famous name.Madelene Sagstrom broke just about every Symetra Tour record that previously existed.Mel Reid was the crafty veteran coming from the L.E.T. Of the above four players, only Park was a sure shot to succeed.
Korda struggled for most of the year on the Symetra Tour in 2016, before finishing strong and just barely squeaking into 9th place to secure her card. LPGA success was not a guarantee.
Sagstrom had the best year in Symetra Tour history, but success on that tour certainly has not always translated in success on the LPGA.
Reid has always been a solid player on the L.E.T. But that tour is not even close to being as strong as the KLPGA or even the JLPGA. 
With thirty-seven rookies…

Stats & Facts - Final 2017 (includes 2018 schedule announcements)

First let me congratulate Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the CME Group Championship. Ariya made long birdie putts on both the 17th and 18th holes to win by one stroke.

That wasn't the whole story of the weekend though as three big season ending awards were decided:
Lexi Thompson won the Vare TrophySo Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park shared the Player of the Year awardLexi Thompson won the Race to the CME Globe and its 1 Million Dollar bonus check. For a full recap of the CME Group Tour championship and the awards that followed press here.

We have come to the end of another exciting LPGA season. In many ways it was one of the most exciting seasons ever. Each week we were treated to exciting and competitive tournaments. It certainly seemed that almost every week the tournament wasn't decided until the last hole. In fact, there were 5 tournaments that needed a playoff to determine the final outcome. There were 10 tournaments that were decided by one stroke, and 9 more that were decided b…

Lexi Thompson Wins 1 Million Dollar Bonus!

If this was a Hollywood script, no one would believe it. Who would possibly believe that after 33 LPGA tournaments, the award for Player of the Year, the LPGA 2017 money title, The Race for the CME Globe (and the 1 million dollar bonus), and the player to finish the season in the #1 position in the Rolex Rankings, would all come down to the final stroke on the final hole of the final tournament. But yet that is exactly the way it played out at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Lexi Thompson, although she did not win the tournament, wound up the big winner of the day as she won the following:

The Race to the CME Globe and its $1,000,000 bonus. She did this (accumulating the most points) in spite of playing in just 21 of 33 tournaments this year.The Vare Trophy - She finished the year as the player with the lowest scoring average. In fact, it was one of the lowest scoring averages in LPGA history. In doing so, Lexi receives a Hall of Fame point.  Although winning the above capped off a tr…

CME Group Tour Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

I would like to start off by congratulating Shanshan Feng on winning the Blue Bay LPGA. For a full recap on that tournament press here.

This week the LPGA returns to the United States with the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. This is the final tournament on the 2017 LPGA schedule. Last year's exciting finish saw Charley Hull and So Yeon Ryu tied for the lead with just two holes to play. Hull would birdie the 17th hole while Ryu bogeyed it, sending Hull home with a two stroke victory and the championship trophy. Ariya Jutanugarn who finished tied for fourth, hung on to win the one million dollar bonus.

This will be tournament #33 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details: Course:  Tiburon Golf Club Location:  Naples, Florida Defending Champion:  Charley Hull Winning Score:  67-70-66-66 = 269 (-19)
Final Field:  74 players (72 plus non LPGA member winners Jin Young Ko and Ha Na Jang) Par:  36/36 = 72 Yardage:  6,540 Purse:  $2,500,000
My strength of field rat…

Shanshan Feng Projected to be New #1 Player in the World!

In what was once again another exciting LPGA tournament finish, Shanshan Feng has won the Blue Bay LPGA. It wasn't easy. Feng finished -9 under par, one shot better than Moriya Jutanugarn, whose short birdie putt at the par five 18th lipped out.

For Feng, it was her second consecutive victory, and third win of the year.

The victory was Feng's 9th of her career. Shanshan has now earned $1,703,326 this season and is projected to move up from 6th to 3rd on the LPGA Tour official money list.

Of much more importance, with the victory Feng is projected to be the new #1 player in the Rolex Rankings; the first ever Chinese player (male or female) to get to world No. 1.

For Feng, one of the most consistent players on tour for the past decade, getting to the top didn't come easy:

This is her 10th year on tourThis was her 208th startThis was her 9th win (includes 1 major championship)Has 78 top ten finishes on the LPGA Tour This was Feng's third win of the season, joining In-Kyung…