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Kia Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

A Huge congratulations goes out this week to Jin Young Ko  for winning the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Ko's final round 65 was good enough to come out on top by one stroke over Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Carlota Ciganda, and Yu Liu. For Ko, it was her 3rd victory on the LPGA Tour (second as an LPGA member).

This week the LPGA moves to the state of California for the playing of the Kia Classic. Eun-Hee Ji will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she fired a final round sixty-seven to win by two strokes over Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas.

This will be tournament #7 of 33 on the 2019 LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Aviara Golf Club
Location: Carlsbad, California
Defending Champion: Eun-Hee Ji
Winning Score:  70-68-67-67 = 272 (-16)
History: This is the 10th year for this tournament

Final Field:144 players
Par 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,558 yards
Purse:  $1,800,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk Reward Challenge Hole: 16th (par four)

My strength of field…

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…