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Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

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It is time to start the 2018 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the UL International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2018 season promises to be the biggest and best ever.


The season will open in the Bahamas once again this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Many of you I am sure will remember last year's exciting finish when Brittany Lincicome defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff. Stacy Lewis finished 1 stroke back, a stroke better than Gerina Piller. Nelly Korda, playing in her first event as an LPGA member finished fifth.

Brittany Lincicome faces the media after winning the 2017 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.


This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lincicome
Winning Score:  64-65-69-68 = 266 (-26)

Final Field: 108 Players
Par: 36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,625
Purse:  $1,400,000

My strength of field rating is 52.5% (up from 44%) last year. Thirty of the top fifty players from the LPGA priority list, and 12 of the top 25 players from the Rolex World Rankings will be in attendance. The field will be led by Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, and Lexi Thompson. Players skipping the event this week include: Sung Hyun Park, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, In Gee Chun, and Lydia Ko.

Here are the first round pairings.


Here are the television times:
Thursday Jan 25 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Friday      Jan 26 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Saturday  Jan 27 - GC 3:30 PM-5:30 PM ET
Sunday    Jan 28 - GC 3:00 PM-5:30 PM ET

Players Most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
1- Shanshan Feng - Hanging on to the #1 spot in the world by a thread.
2- So Yeon Ryu - Should take over the top spot with a win this week.
3- Lexi Thompson - A win should get her to the top of the Rolex Rankings for the first time in her career.

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Brooke Henderson - Finished 7th last week playing from the men's tees.
2- Stacy Lewis - Finished 2nd, 3rd, 11th, and 2nd here the last four years.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)

1- Nelly Korda - Wants to jump out ahead of her sister who is taking the week off.
2- Nasa Hatoaka - Looking to put last year's disaster behind her.


For full tournament recap press here.


This Week's Trivia Question:


Who broke the tournament record last year when she shot a -12 under par 61 in the second round.


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



Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.  They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog. Tournament results will be posted here at the end of each round. Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.


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