The LPGA moves to Australia this week for the playing of the ISPS Handa Vic Open.
LPGA players will be competing alongside the men for an equal purse at the 2019 Vic Open. The event will be held February 7-10 and be co-sanctioned by the LPGA, The European Tour (men's), The ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australia (men's), and the ALPG (women's).
|13th Beach Club Links|
This will be tournament #2 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:
Course: 13th Beach Club Links
Location: Victoria, Australia
Defending Champion: Inaugural event for the LPGA
Winning Score: N/A
Final Field: 156 players (women)
Cut: The field will be cut to the top 65 and ties after the second round. It will then be cut to the top 35 and ties after round 3.
Here are the first round pairings.
Here are the television times: (16 hour time differential between East Coast and Victoria)
GC Wednesday February 6, 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
GC Thursday February 7, 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
GC Friday February 8, 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM ET
GC Saturday February 9, 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET
Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Minjee Lee - Number 6 player in the world is the top player in the field.
2- Georgia Hall - She will be very comfortable on this course.
3- *Brooke Henderson - Always dangerous when she tees it up. (Has withdrawn)
Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Mirim Lee - Coming off 2nd place finish.
2- Charley Hull - Has to be considered a favorite here.
3- Katherine Kirk - Always plays well in Australia.
Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Su Oh - Will have home crowd behind her.
2- Bronte Law - Because I think she will win this year. Why not here?
3- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - Still looking for her first LPGA victory.
Sarah Jane Smith will be the latest LPGA player to be taking a maternity leave. The Smiths are expecting a baby in July.
Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Eun-Hee Ji moves up from #32 to #25, while Mirim Lee leaps from #78 to #59.
Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
Eun-Hee Ji takes a quick lead with 500 points. She is followed by Mirim Lee with 300 and Nelly Korda with 190.
Aon Risk Reward Challenge: (1 million dollars)
Mirim Lee is the leader after the first tournament with a score of -1.5. There are 9 players tied for second at -1.
Eun- Hee Ji took home the year's first trophy.
Thidapa Suwannapura finished dead last in the year's first event.
This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the last repeat winner of the Vare Trophy?
For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.
UPDATE: 2/4/19 - Brooke Henderson has withdrawn due to illness.
Here are thefinal results:
|8||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||-4|
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