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Bank of Hope Founders Cup Preview, Pairings, and More.

After a two 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 will be tournament #6 of 33 tournaments 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:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  68-71-63-67 =269 (-19)
History: This tournament started in 2011

Final Field:  144 Players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,679
Purse:  $1,500,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points 
Aon Risk Reward Challenge Hole: 15th (par five)

My strength of field rating is a very strong 80% (way up from 68% last year). This will be one of the strongest non-major fields of the year. Last year there were just two non-major tournaments that scored 80% or better (Kia and Hugel). Sixty-nine of …

LPGA Player Profile - Danielle Kang

With the LPGA in the middle of a two week break before returning to the United States, I would like to get in another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today has been a winner on the LPGA in both 2017 and 2018.

                          Danielle Kang

Born:  10/20/92 (26 years old) Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
Resides: Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2012
2018 Earnings: $1,335,441 (11th)

Danille has won twice on the LPGA Tour, including 1 major championship.
2017 KMPG Women's PGA Championship2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - 25th in 2015 & 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 1st in 2017 U.S. Women's Open - 4th in 2018 AIG Women's British Open - 42nd in 2013 The Evian Championship - 18th in 2017

Career Stats: (Through the 2018 season)
175 starts144 cuts made (82.3%)26 top tens (14.9%)Has $3,641,588 in career earnings (86th on the all-time LPGA money list)

Career Highlights:
Earned her second career victory at the 2018 B…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.

Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.

Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

LPGA Rookie Spotlight - Muni He

With the LPGA in the middle of a two week break, I thought that this would be a good time to do another LPGA Rookie Spotlight.

The player I have chosen today has quickly become one of the most popular players on social media.

The player I have selected today is:
Muni He

Date of Birth: June 16, 1999 (19 years old)
Hometown:  Chengdu, China
Resides: Simi Valley, Calif.
Rookie Year: 2019

With her cover-girl looks, and her instagram glamour posts, she has become an instagram sensation. She has 180,000 followers, which is more than most of the LPGA's proven stars.

She made her LPGA debut as a member, at the ISPS Handa Vic open in February, and received her first LPGA paycheck at the Honda LPGA Thailand, just a few weeks ago.

A former USC standout, He won the Prasco Charity Championship (pictured above) on the Symetra Tour in 2018.

He finished in 27th place at the inaugural LPGA Q-Series to earn category 14 status (will be eligable to play in most full field events) for the 2019 LPGA Season.

Stats & Facts - Nelly Korda Dominates Early Season Play

Before I get started I want to give a big round of applause to Sung Hyun Park for winning the HSBC Women's World Championship. Park fired a final round 8 under par 64, to win by two strokes over Minjee Lee. For Lee it was her second consecutive runner up finish, and has eight top four finishes in her last 18 starts.

With the LPGA taking a two week break before resuming its schedule in the United States, it is as good a time as any to look at some key player statistics after the first four tournaments of the year.

Official Money:
1- Nelly Korda - $380,493
2- Minjee Lee - $314,169
3- Eun-Hee Ji - $292,049
4- Amy Yang - $268,271
5- Sung-Hyun Park - $242,862

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point) 1- Nelly Korda - 44 Points
2- Eun-Hee Ji - 40
3- Amy Yang - 30
3- Celine Boutier - 30
3- Sung Hyun Park - 30
Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Eun-Hee Ji - 68.147 strokes per round
2- Nelly Korda - 68.750
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.000
4- Sung Hyun Park - 69.250

LPGA Player Profile: Lexi Thompson

With the LPGA taking a two week break, I would like to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today has been the number one American player for quite some time now.

Lexi Thompson

Born:  2/10/95 (24 years old) Hometown:  Coral Springs, Fla.
Resides:  Coral Springs, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2012
2018 Earnings: $1,223,748 (9th)

Lexi has won 10 times on the LPGA Tour, including one major championship. 2011 Navistar Championship2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship2015 Mejier LPGA Classic2015 LPGA, KEB-Hana Bank Championship2016 Honda LPGA Thailand2017 Kingsmill Championship2017 Indy Women In Tech Championship2018 CME Group Tour ChampionshipBest Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - 1st in 2014 KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 3rd in 2015  U.S. Women's Open - 5th in 2018 AIG Women's British Open - 8th in 2016 The Evian Championship - 2nd in 2015

Career Stats: (Through the 2018 season)
177 Starts153 Cuts made (86…

HSBC Women's World Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to Amy Yang for winning the Honda LPGA Thailand. Yang held off late charges by Carlota Ciganda and Minjee Lee and came away with her fourth career LPGA victory. Lee missed a 10 foot eagle putt on the final hole, and finished one shot back. For Lee, this was just another in a series of near misses. In her last 17 starts, she has seven top four finishes without a victory. Ciganda finished two strokes back. This was the third time that Yang has won this event. Amazingly Yang, who is in her twelfth season on the LPGA Tour, has never won on American soil.

This week the LPGA moves to Singapore for the playing of the HSBC World Championship. Last year this tournament produced one of the most exciting finishes of the entire year. Michelle Wie's birdie on the 72nd and final hole gave her a one stroke victory over Brooke Henderson, Nelly Korda, Jenny Shin, and Danielle Kang. Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee finished just two shots back.

This will be tournament #5 of…