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Buick LPGA Shanghai Preview, Pairings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to In Gee Chun for winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship. In Gee took control on the back nine of the final round and finished three strokes better than runner-up Charley Hull. The win was her third on the LPGA tour, with the first two being major championships.

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This week the LPGA travels to China for the playing of the Buick LPGA Shanghai.
This is the inaugural playing of this event.

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This tournament will be #28 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the 2nd of five tournaments on the current Asian swing.

Here are the key details:
Course:  Qizhong Garden Golf Club
Location:  Shanghai, China
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural event
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  81 players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,541
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is 64%. Thirty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List (not used for this tournament), and thirty-two of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players skipping the event this week include: Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, In Gee Chun, Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Nasa Hataoka, and Austin Ernst.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
GC October 18 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET (Tape)
GC October 19 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET (Tape)
GC October 20 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET (Tape)
GC October 21 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET (Tape)

There is a 12 hour time difference between ET and Shanghai.

Players most likely to win: (Top players in the field)
1- Sung Hyun Park - Holding on to #1 position by a very narrow margin.
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - A win here could put her on top of rankings.
3- So Yeon Ryu - Number three player in the world is always a threat.

Players to watch out for: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Minjee Lee - Seems to be in contention every week.
2- Brooke Henderson - Almost never finishes out of the top 20.
3- Shanshan Feng - Has not played well this year but that could change this week.

Longshot picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Nelly Korda - Still looking for that first win. It could happen here.
2- Angel Yin - Has had a quiet season. Too quiet.
3- Yu Liu - Just a hunch.

Other Tidbits:
Phase two of Q-School will be starting today. The LPGA Senior Championship also starts today (Laura Davies has jumped out to the lead after the first round).

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Minjee Lee makes the most important move this week jumping into the top five. She moves up from #7 to #5. In Gee Chun makes the biggest jump, moving up 13 spots to #12. Charley Hull jumps up from #33 to #25.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
As of this writing the LPGA has not updated this category. One thing you can be sure of is that Ariya Jutanugarn will still have a huge lead over her closest pursuers Minjee Lee and Brooke Henderson. I will update this here when the info is posted.

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson has nine consecutive top 23 finishes. Lydia Ko has five consecutive top 20 finishes.

Who's Not:
Shanshan Feng does not have a top 40 finish in her last three starts.

This Week's Trivia Question:
What player held the the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings for the longest period of time?

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

Here are the final results:

1 Danielle Kang -13
2 Lydia Ko -11
2 Annie Park -11
2 Marina Alex -11
2 Wenbo Liu -11
2 Brittany Altomare -11
2 Ariya Jutanugarn -11
2 Sei Young Kim -11
9 Bronte Law -10
9 Yu Liu -10
9 Carlota Ciganda -10
12 Paula Creamer -9
13 Jin Young Ko -8
14 Su-Hyun Oh -7
14 Mi Hyang Lee -7
14 Minjee Lee -7
17 Jeong Eun Lee -6
17 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -6
17 Angel Yin -6

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 on the right side of this page (or on pull down menu on mobile website).

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