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

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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.

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Inbee Park will be trying to defend her 2018 Founders Cup title.

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 the top 75 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 20 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top ten ranked players: Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Minjee Lee, Inbee Park, Nelly Korda, Jin- Young Ko, and Brooke Henderson. Players skipping the event this week include: So Yeon Ryu, Nasa Hataoka, and Lexi Thompson.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Mar 21 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 22 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 23 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET
Mar 24 - GC 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Sung Hyun Park - Can she stay #1 longer than she did the first time?
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - A victory will put her back on top.
3- Minjee Lee - Finishes top five every week. But can she finally win?

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Inbee Park - Never count this defending champion out.
2- Nelly Korda - Has been the best player on tour so far this year.
3- Sei Young Kim - Knows how to win here.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- In Gee Chun - Maybe not such a longshot as she always plays well here.
2- Marina Alex - Runner-up last year will be in the mix again.
3- Jessica Korda - Returning after long layoff. Is well rested.

Other Tidbits:
There are a number of players playing in their first tournament of the year this week. They include: Jessica Korda, I.K. Kim, Karine Icher, Na Yeon Choi, and M.J Hur.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Let's see who can go two for two.
A) Who is the only American to ever win this title?
B) Who is the only player to win this championship twice?

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

Here are thefinal results:

1 Jin Young Ko -22
2 Jessica Korda -21
2 Nelly Korda -21
2 Carlota Ciganda -21
2 Yu Liu -21
6 Charlotte Thomas -19
6 Shanshan Feng -19
8 Brooke Henderson -18
8 Lydia Ko -18
10 Cristie Kerr -17
10 Sei Young Kim -17
10 Hyo Joo Kim -17
13 Mi Jung Hur -16
14 Jeongeun6 Lee -15
14 Pornanong Phatlum -15
14 Amy Yang -15
14 Sung Hyun Park -15
18 Su-Hyun Oh -14
18 Emma Talley -14
18 Hee Young Park -14
18 Ariya Jutanugarn -14
18 Caroline Masson -14
18 Sarah Schmelzel -14
18 Linnea Strom -14
18 Bronte Law -14

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