Monday, February 27, 2017

HSBC Women's Champions Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to Amy Yang for winning the Honda LPGA Thailand. Her final round 68 = 266 (-22), was 5 strokes better than runner up So Yeon Ryu. It was Amy's third win on the LPGA tour, and second at this event in Thailand.


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This week the LPGA moves to Singapore for the playing of the HSBC Women's Champions. Ha Na Jang will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she shot a final round 65, to finish four strokes better than runner up Pornanong Phatlum, and 8 strokes better than 3rd place finisher Amy Yang.

Ha Na Jang dances after winning the 2016 HSBC Women's Champions.

This will be tournament #4 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sentosa Golf Club, The Tanjong Course
Location:  Singapore
Defending Champion:  Ha Na Jang
Winning Score:  70-66-68-65 = 269 (-19)

Final Field:  63 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,600
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid  77.5% (down from last year's 78.5%). Forty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List (I.K. Kim is once again not teeing it up) and 38 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Once again, the reason my field rating isn't higher, is that the limited field leaves out some key players that would have made the field stronger. Players such as: Pernilla Lindberg, Gaby Lopez, Xi Yu Lin, Sandra Gal, Mariajo Uribe, Ai Miyazato, and Yani Tseng are among the players who will not be there.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Wednesday March 1 - 10:30 pm - 2:30 a.m. ET
GC Friday  March 3 - 12:00 mid. - 2:30 a.m. ET
GC Saturday March 4 - 12 mid - 2:30 a.m. ET 
GC Sunday March 5 - 12:00 mid. - 2:30 a.m. ET
I believe the time difference between East Coast and Singapore is 13 hours.

Players Most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
  • Lydia Ko - Number one player in the world
  • Ariya Jutanugarn - #2 and playing well
  • In Gee Chun - Moves into the #3 spot this week
Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
  • Ha Na Jang - The defending champion
  • Amy Yang - Trying to make it two in a row
  • Lexi Thompson - Has 2 top five finishes
Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
  • Danielle Kang - Playing the best golf of her LPGA career
  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff - Ready to contend?
  • Moriya Jutanugarn - Can she beat her sister?

Other Tidbits:
The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced Thursday that the first-ever Facebook Live broadcast of a women’s professional golf tournament round will take place at the season-opening event. An all-female announce team, the first ever in golf, will broadcast the final round of the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic from approximately 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. This is the first time that the Symetra Tour has ever showcased live golf. The broadcast will originate from the LPGA’s Facebook page 




Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang moves into the top 10 this week, jumping from #11 to #8. Jodi Ewart Shadoff leaps up from #56 to #44, while Danielle Kang rises from # 72 to #57.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Brittany Lincicome jumps into the lead with 560 points, She is followed by Ha Na Jang with 539, Amy Yang with 524, and Lexi Thompson with 435.

Who's Hot:
Lexi Thompson became the first player this year to have two top 5 finishes. 
Moriya Jutanugarn and Austin Ernst are the only players to finish in the top 25 in all 3 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Na Yeon Choi picked up where she left off last season. She finished 38 strokes behind winner Amy Yang. She was able to finish better than just one player in the entire field, and that was a non LPGA sponsor invitee.

This Week's Trivia Question: 

Since the current Rolex Rankings went into effect in 2006, nine players have reached the #1 position. How many of them can you name?

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

Here are the final results:
1 Inbee Park -19
2 Ariya Jutanugarn -18
3 Sung Hyun Park -16
4 Brooke Henderson -14
4 Ha-Na Jang -14
4 Michelle Wie -14
7 So Yeon Ryu -13
7 Anna Nordqvist -13
9 Mirim Lee -12
9 Chella Choi -12
9 Lydia Ko -12
12 Moriya Jutanugarn -11
12 Charley Hull -11
12 Shanshan Feng -11
15 Beatriz Recari -10
15 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -10
15 Morgan Pressel -10
15 Jessica Korda -10
15 Suzann Pettersen -10
20 Angela Stanford -9
21 Pornanong Phatlum -8
21 Mo Martin -8
21 Caroline Masson -8
21 Carlota Ciganda -8
25 Lexi Thompson -7
25 Karine Icher -7
25 Stacy Lewis -7
25 Hyo Joo Kim -7
25 Amy Yang -7



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Honda LPGA Thailand Preview, Pairings and More.

A big congratulations goes out to Ha Na Jang for winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. Her eagle on the 17th hole, and bidie on the 18th, enabled her to blow past the rest of the field and go on to win by 3 strokes.

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This week the LPGA moves to Thailand for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Last season brought us close finishes in almost every tournament.....but this was not one of them. Lexi Thompson's twenty under par total of 268 blew away the field, and was 6 strokes better than runner-up In Gee Chun and 7 strokes better than 3rd place finishers Jessica Korda and Amy Yang. It was Lexi's 7th win on the LPGA tour.

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Lexi Thompson raises her arms in victory at last year's Honda LPGA Thailand event.

This will tournament #3 of 34 on the this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Location:  Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score: 64-72-64-68 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:  69 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,642
Purse:  $1,600,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 77.5 % ( down from  78.5 last year). Forty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up, with only I.K. Kim missing from that list. Thirty-six of the top 50 players will be teeing it up from the Rolex World Rankings. The reason my field rating isn't even higher than it is, is because the limited field lacks depth. Players such as Sung Hyun Park, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Nelly Korda, and Ilhee Lee (to name a few), will not be teeing it up because of the small field. In fact, Inbee Park, Sandra Gal, Yani Tseng, and Ai Miyazato are only playing because they are sponsor invitees, and any prize money they will earn will not count as official earnings.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC Thursday February 23 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday  February 24 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday February 25 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET 
GC Sunday February 26 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
I believe the time difference between East Coast and Thailand is 12 hours.

Other Tidbits:
Sarah Jane Smith's third place finish in Australia might have come as a big surprise to many people. Fact is, Sarah has been flying under the radar and playing well for quite some time now. She has made 23 consecutive cuts.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
The only major move this week was made by Nanna Madsen who leaps up from #110 to #68. She finished 2nd to Ha Na Jang in Australia.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Brittany Lincicome and Ha Na Jang are tied for the lead with 500 points. Lexi Thompason is third with 300.

Who's Hot:
Pornanong Phatlum is the only player to finish in the top ten in both tournaments this year.

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng, Kris Tamulis, and highly touted rookie Madelene Sagstrom, have all missed the cut in both LPGA events this season.

This week's Trivia Question: 

  • I was A rookie in 2009.
  • I have won 5 times including a major championship.
  • In my 9 years on tour, I have only missed 9 cuts.
  • I started this season having played in 189 tournaments and have made 180 cuts. That is a rate of 95.24%. No current member on the LPGA tour who has teed it up as many times as me, has a better percentage.
Who Am I?

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

Here are the final results:

1 Amy Yang -22
2 So Yeon Ryu -17
3 Sei Young Kim -15
4 Lexi Thompson -13
4 Danielle Kang -13
4 In Gee Chun -13
7 Moriya Jutanugarn -12
8 Lydia Ko -11
8 Mirim Lee -11
8 Austin Ernst -11
8 Ariya Jutanugarn -11
8 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -11
13 Brittany Lincicome -10
14 Stacy Lewis -9
14 Hyo Joo Kim -9
14 Jessica Korda -9
14 Yani Tseng -9
18 Eun-Hee Ji -8
18 Angela Stanford -8
18 Cristie Kerr -8
21 Chella Choi -7
21 Shanshan Feng -7
23 Charley Hull -6
23 Azahara Munoz -6
25 Brittany Lang -5
25 Inbee Park -5
25 Minjee Lee -5
25 Carlota Ciganda -5
25 Mi Jung Hur -5
25 Mi Hyang Lee -5
25 Kim Kaufman -5

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings

After a two week break the LPGA heads to Australia for the playing of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

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This tournament has a history of very close and very exciting finishes. Who could ever forget 2012, when Jessica Korda won in a 6 player playoff. Or the following year when Jiyai Shin battled it out with Yani Tseng for 72 holes, with Jiyai winning by 2 strokes. In 2014, nine players finished within 3 strokes of the lead with Karrie Webb becoming the eventual winner. In 2015, Lydia Ko brought home the trophy with a two stroke win over runner up Amy Yang. Last year Haru Nomura shot a final round 65, to come out three shots ahead of Lydia Ko.

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Haru Nomura will be trying to defend her ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Championship

This will be tournament #2 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Royal Adelaide Golf Club
Location:  Grange, South Australia
Defending Champion: Haru Nomura
Winning Score:  69-68-70-65 = 272 (-16)

Final Field: 132 players
Par:  73
Yardage:  6,681
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 44% (up from 31.50% last year). Twenty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list, and 14 of the top 50 players from the current Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by World #1 Lydia Ko and #2 Ariya Jutanugarn. Other big names teeing it up this week include: Ha Na Jang, Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Minjee Lee, Carlota Ciganda, and defending champion Haru Nomura. Most of the American players are sitting this one out, with #31 Mo Martin the highest ranked American in the field.

Here are the first round pairings:

Here are the television times: (16 hour time differential between East Coast and Australia)
Feb 15 - GC   9:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Feb 16 - GC 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Feb 17 - GC 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Feb 18 - GC   9:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET


Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
  • Lydia Ko
  • Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Ha Na Jang
  • Brooke Henderson
Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
  • Carlota Ciganda
  • Charley Hull
  • Jenny Shin
Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
  • Megan Khang
  • Nelly Korda
  • Mo Martin
In the last tournament (The Pure Silk Bahamas Classic), winner Brittany Lincicome was my longshot pick.

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis announced that she will be cutting down on her schedule this year to concentrate on "family." Among the tournaments she will be skipping will be the Evian Championship.

2017 will be the final year for Manulife as title sponsor of the Manulife LPGA Classic.  “We thank Manulife for being such a wonderful title sponsor and partner to the LPGA for the past six years,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “The Waterloo Region is full of tremendous golf fans and the support shown by the community has helped to make this a very successful event both on and off the golf course. We look forward to another great Manulife LPGA Classic this June and will continue to work to bring an LPGA tournament back to this area in the future.”

This Week's Trivia Question:

Twenty-seven points are needed to become a Hall of Fame member. What four active players (who are not already in the Hall of Fame) have the most points. 

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

Here are the final results:

1 Ha-Na Jang -10
2 Nanna Madsen -7
3 Minjee Lee -6
3 Ariya Jutanugarn -6
3 Haru Nomura -6
3 Sarah Jane Smith -6
7 Beth Allen -5
7 Hannah Green -5
7 Hye Jin Choi -5
7 Marina Alex -5
7 Maude-Aimee Leblanc -5
7 Pornanong Phatlum -5
7 Lizette Salas -5
14 Chella Choi -4
14 Su-Hyun Oh -4
16 Moriya Jutanugarn -3
16 Kim Kaufman -3
16 Pei-Yun Chien -3
16 Xi Yu Lin -3
16 Alena Sharp -3

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Solheim Cup Update - U.S. Players Fighting For Remaining Spots


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With the LPGA taking a two week break before heading to Australia and Asia, I don't think it is too early to take a look at the United States players who are fighting to gain a spot on the 2017 Solheim Cup team.


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The United States will be trying to defend their Solheim Cup title they won two years ago with a record breaking comeback.

Qualifications For Entry:
1- A player must finish in the top 8 on the Solheim Cup points list.
2- The top 2 players in the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified.
3- There will be 2 captain's picks.



Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2015 through the end of the 2016 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2017 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - 25.5 points, all the way down to a 20th place finish worth 3 points.
The reason for the increased points for the last part of the term is to give an advantage to the players who are hot going into the match.
Points are doubled for major championships.

With many players fighting to get into a position to make the team, let's look at where they stand.


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Captain Juli Inkster is surrounded by a very jubilant USA team

Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders as of today:
1- Lexi Thompson - 381 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 305.5
3- Gerina Piller - 286
4- Brittany Lang - 211
5- Jessica Korda - 173
6- Angela Stanford - 148
7- Brittany Lincicome - 147
8- Cristie Kerr - 145
The above 8 players would make the team on points.

9- Mo Martin - 139
10- Austin Ernst - 135
11- Alison Lee - 124
12- Danielle Kang - 99
13- Jennifer Song - 95
12- Ryann O'Toole - 90
13- Kim Kaufman - 88
14- Megan Khang - 81
14- Christina Kim - 81
16- Paula Creamer - 78
17- Sydnee Michaels - 75
The above 11 players would fail to qualify via the points sysyem.

Here are the highest Rolex Ranked players, that wouldn't have already qualified:
1- Mo Martin - #31 in current Rolex Rankings
2- Alison Lee - #36
The above 2 players would make the team via the Rolex Rankings

3- Beth Allen - #57
4- Morgan Pressel - #60
5- Jennifer Song #66
6- Danielle Kang #67
7- Lizette Salas #68
8- Megan Khang #69
9- Austin Ernst #77
10- Ryann O'Toole #82
11- Kim Kaufman #85
12- Paula Creamer #87
The above 10 players would fail to qualify via the Rolex Rankings.



This Week's Trivia Question: (In case you missed it earlier in the week)

What former Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world, has never won a major championship (she is 0 for 46). 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

LPGA Player Profile: Brittany Lincicome


As I stated a few weeks back, I have received many requests from my readers to do LPGA profiles.

I did my first one on So Yeon Ryu a few weeks ago.  It was a huge success.

I would like to follow it up today. For my second profile I have chosen.



Brittany Lincicome



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Brittany Linicome and Dad (R) take a plunge in Poppie's Pond after her 2015 ANA Inspiration victory.

Born: 9/19/85 (31 years old)

Rookie Year: 2005

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Resides: Seminole, Fla.

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Brittany Lincicome holds up her 2015 ANA Inspiration Trophy.

She has won 7 times on the LPGA tour:

  • 2006 HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship
  • 2007 Ginn Open
  • 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship (major championship)
  • 2011 ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • 2011 CN Canadian Open
  • 2015 ANA Inspiration (major championship)
  • 2017 Pure Silk LPGA Classic

Best Finishes in Major Championships:

  • ANA Inspiration (formerly Kraft Nabisco Championship) - Winner in 2009 and 2015
  • KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 2nd in 2014
  • U.S. Women's Open - Finished 5th in 2009
  • Ricoh Women's British Open - Finished 9th in 2010
  • The Evian Championship - Finished 8th in 2014

Brittany stopped to take a photo with me at Oakmont.

Career Stats:
  • 280 career starts
  • 226 cuts made  (80.7%)
  • 50 top tens (17.8%)
  • Has earned $7,577,097 in prize money at the end of the 2016 season (23rd on all time LPGA career money list).
Other Career Highlights:
  • Won her second career major at the 2015 ANA Inspiration defeating Stacy Lewis in a 3 hole playoff.
  • A five time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) with a 5-11-2 overall record.
  • Carded a career low 61 in the first round of the CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge.
  • Became a first time LPGA winner after winning 6 consecutive matches as the 39th seed at the 2006 HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
  • Qualified for the tour in her first attempt, at the 2004 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status in 2005.
This week's Trivia Question:

What former Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world, has never won a major championship (she is 0 for 46). 





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