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Honda LPGA Thailand Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to Nelly Korda for winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. Nelly started the final round with a three stroke lead, and increased it to six as she teed off on the 12th hole. It looked like she would win this one easily, but that is never the case at this tournament, which is known for its close finishes. Jin Young Ko went on a back nine birdie run and cut the deficit to two strokes, but would eventually run out of holes. When Nelly birdied the 17th hole it was all but over.

For Korda it was her second career LPGA victory, both coming in her last seven starts.

It took me three tournaments, but I correctly picked the winner and the runner-up in my preview to this event.

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. Jessica Korda took a five stroke lead into the final round and breezed to an easy four shot victory. He…

LPGA Rookie Spotlight - Jeongeun Lee6

Because of all the requests I receive for information on LPGA rookies, about ten days ago I decided to try something new on here. I decided that throughout the season I would spotlight different LPGA rookies.

My first spotlight was of former University of Alabama star and 2019 LPGA rookie Lauren Stephenson. To say it was a huge success would be an understatement. In fact, of the seventeen blogs that I have published so far this year, it was the second most popular.
So I would like to do a second one today. The player I chose is Jeongeun Lee6.

No, I didn't spell that incorrectly. There is the number 6 after her name. Why you might ask? There were five other players on the KLPGA Tour with the same name, therefore the six was added.

Date of Birth: May 28, 1996 (22 years old)
Hometown:  Yongin, Republic of Korea
Resides: Gyeonggi-Do, Republic of Korea
Rookie Year: 2019

Lee6 is making her debut as an LPGA member this week at the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open. As I write this, after thr…

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

A big congratulations goes out to Celine Boutier for winning the ISPS Handa Vic open. You can read my full tournament recap here.

The LPGA stays in Australia for the second consecutive week, for the playing of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

This tournament has a history of very close finishes. In fact, Jin-Young Ko's 3 shot victory last year tied for the largest margin of victory in the history of this event.

This will be tournament #3 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:
Course: The Grange Golf Club
Location:  Grange, South Australia
Defending Champion: Jin-Young Ko
Winning Score: 65-69-71-69 = 274 (-14)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,648
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is 51% (up from 46% last year). Twenty-eight of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 20 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top ten ranked players: Ariya Jutanugarn, Minjee Lee, Ge…