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ANA Inspiration Preview, Pairings, and More

Before I start with this week's subject, let me give a big congratulations to Eun-Hee Ji for winning the Kia Classic. Ji aced the 14th hole to take a commanding 3 shot lead with just four holes to play, and coasted home to a two shot victory over Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas. For Ji it was the fourth victory of her career, and second in her last eight starts.

This week the LPGA moves to Rancho Mirage, California for the playing of the ANA Inspiration. This is the first Major Championship of the 2018 season.

I am sure everyone remembers last year's controversial finish, where Lexi Thompson was assessed a 4 stroke penalty and was defeated by So Yeon Ryu in a playoff.

This will be tournament #7 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the first of five Major Championships.

Course:  Mission Hills Country Club: Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Location:  Rancho Mirage, California
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Winning Score:  68-69-69-68 = 274 (-14) 

Final Field:  108 players
Par:  36/3…

Kia Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to Inbee Park for winning the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She did it quite easily playing conservative the front nine and then turning it on down the stretch. For Inbee it was the 19th win of her Hall of Fame career.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of California for the playing of the Kia Classic. In 2017 most of the tournaments went down to the final hole or to a playoff before the winner was determined. This tournament was not one of them. Mirim Lee blew away the field, shooting a record tying -20 under par score. She won the tournament by 6 strokes over runners-up So Yeon Ryu and Austin Ernst.

This will be tournament #6 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:

Course:  Aviara Golf Club
Location: Carlsbad, California
Defending Champion: Mirim Lee
Winning Score:  68-68-67-65 = 268 (-20)

Final Field:144 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,593 yards
Purse:  $1,800,000

My strength of field rating is a very strong 80% (down from 88% last …

LPGA Announces New Event - Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

The LPGA will have a brand new season opener in 2019. The LPGA announced today that the 2019 season will kick off with the playing of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. It will be held January 17-20 at the Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, in Lake Bueno Vista, Fla.

The field will be made up of winners from the last two LPGA seasons, 45 celebrities and fan favorites and 10 amateurs.

Thus far, 24 LPGA pros have already qualified for the event as winners in 2017 and ’18: Brittany Lincicome, Jin Young Ko, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Eun Hee Ji, Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim, Sei Young Kim, Katherine Kirk, Mi Hyang Lee, Mirim Lee, Stacy Lewis, Haru Nomura, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and Amy Yang.

In addition to winners from the previous two years, a number of sponsor exemptions will be selected by Diamond Resorts from all LPGA Tour winners. LPGA p…

Bank Of Hope Founders Cup Preview, Pairings, and More

After a one week break the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. This will be the first of 3 consecutive tournaments that will be played on the west coast of the United States, and will include the year's first major championship.

This tournament has a reputation of yielding many birdies. In 2016, Sei Young Kim set the all-time LPGA record shooting a score of -27 under par. It also has a history of very close finishes. Last year Anna Nordqvist's score of -25 under par was 2 strokes better than In Gee Chun, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Stacy Lewis.

This will tournament #5 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:
Course:  Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score:  67-67-61-68 =263 (-25)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,679
Purse:  $1,500,000

History: This is the eighth year for this event.

My strength of f…

LPGA Player Profile: Yani Tseng

As we wait for the LPGA to resume its schedule, I would like to do another LPGA profile. These profiles have proven very popular with my readers.

The player I have chosen today is:

Yani Tseng

Born:  1/23/89 (29 years old)
Hometown:  Toayuan, Chines Taipei
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2008

2017 Earnings:  $107,504 (99th)

Yani has won 15 times on the LPGA tour, Including 5 Major Championships:
2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship2009 LPGA Corning Classic2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship2010 Ricoh Women's British Open2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship2011 Honda LPGA Thailand2011 LPGA State Farm Classic2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship2011 Ricoh Women's British Open2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship2011 HanaBank LPGA Championship2011 LPGA Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship2012 Honda LPGA Thailand2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup2012 Kia Classic
Best finishes in major championships:
ANA Inspiration - 1st in 2010KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 1st in 2008, 2011U.S. Women's O…