Kristen Gillman and Gurleen Kaur were the Monday qualifiers (completed on Tuesday). MHL will be in Thursday's TV window ... IF her play is worthy of it ... grouped with Meadow and Sharpy. Ryu gets Hsu and The Pink One ... J. Song got Kyriacou and Hong ... I'd follow both groups.
My field rating for this tournament is a mediocre 61%, way way up from 33.5% last year when Jin Young Ko took home the trophy. My breakdown is 69% from the LPGA Priority List and 53% from the Rolex Rankings. The field will include four of the top six players in the Rolex Rankings: #2 Nelly Korda #3 Atthaya Thitikul #5 Lydia Ko #6 Brooke Henderson Players not teeing it up this week include: Jin Young Ko Patty Tavatanakit Minjee Lee Leona Maguire Hyo Joo Kim In Gee Chun Hannah Green Amy Yang Jenny Shin Eun Hee Ji Chella Choi Carlota Ciganda Marina Alex Sung Hyun Park Paula Reto Andrea Lee
Other stuff: Nelly Korda had her cut streak ended at 19 straight cuts made.
Atthaya Thitikul and Lydia Ko both got their 11th top ten finish of the year. No other player has more than nine.
Lydia Ko has teed it up 18 times this year....and has 17 top 25 finishes!
The LPGA has now had six tournaments finish in a playoff this year.
In the all important Race to the CME globe: Dewi Weber moved from 108 to 101 Muni He jumped all the way up from 177 to 114, but still has a lot of work to do to get into the top 100 and retain her playing privileges for next year.
We had a big change in the Race for the Vare Trophy and that Hall of Fame point. Lydia Ko has taken the lead with a 69.300 average. Minjee Lee has fallen to second with 69.333.
In the Rookie of the Year Race. Atthaya Thitikul (with her win this past week) has now taken a commanding lead over Hye-Jin Choi 1,299 to 1,161. Hye-Jin will now need to get her first victory, and some poor play from Atthaya, to have any chance to take the award.
Rolex Rankings: Atthaya Thitikul Jumps up from 5 to 3, and may be able to take over the top spot with a win this week. Danielle Kang Jumped from 21 to 13. Non LPGA player Su Ji Kim leaped from 57 to 47 Chella Choi moved from 81 to 60. Outside the top 100 Pornanong Phatlum 184 to 136 Klara Spilkova 292 to 162 Muni He 356 to 233
Caddie list is out ... for some strange reason, DK has a blank space next to her name for the second straight week. As usual, Man Bun was on her bag in Arkansas ... I think it's safe to assume he'll be working for DK again this week ... he's been around LONG enough for the LPGA to know his name, right? MHL will go with Jeff DeCoen again. Yu Liu dug up the SS Feng's old loop Mercer Leftwich last week and had one of her best finishes of 2022, so she is sticking with him. With the Yangster is still on vacation, Jan Meierling will be working for Haeji Kang.
So Yeon Ryu is on the first page of the Leader Board, yea Since she trains in Texas maybe her game is best fit for playing there. I sure hope not!
Sometimes I wonder what Sei Young Kim is thinking about on the golf course. She plays a lot of loose shots and it seem like she can't figure out the speed of her putts. Also she could try making a quicker decision and not take so long executing the shot.
It was brutal watching Sei Young. My goodness, what is happening to her head? Bad shots and even worse decisions.
Had breakfast with her 2 weeks ago (we were at the same hotel). She said her game was off and she was working with her coach. She certainly doesn't take her problems on the course, off the course with her. She was a treat to spend time with. Always smiling and laughing.
Why does highly successful golfers want to change their swing. Sei Young Kim has I believe twelve wins one Major a great CME win. She also has the lowest four round total in an LPGA Tournament or one of the lowest. She hit a shot over water in from the Fairway to win a Playoff . She has several other shots that she made from the Fairway. I believe that she has never lost a playoff or maybe one. So why!!!!
One time a Club Pro told me that he hope that he win the Lottery. So he can give all the money back to all the golfers that he didn't help.
So Yeon Ryu has a chance for her second top ten this year, maybe top five. I could fantasize and hope for a win.
A Lim Kim had a good round five birdies one bogey.
Yaeeun Hong had seven birdies but five bogeys. It would be nice if she could get the birdies and eliminate the bogeys. She really needs a really good finish to get closer to inside the top one hundred.
So Yeon Ryu had a really good Tournament with a tie for seventh place. She made a jump from 92-77 CME Ranking. I watched the last hour in a half and So Yeon was the only Korean golfer that they showed. They only showed her because she hit par five seventeen in two to go to ten under. She was nine under before that yet they chose to show a lot of golfer not Korean, five under or less.
Yaeeun Hong minus three for the Tournament got a little boost in CME from 119-115
Is there a more inconsistent golfer during the same round than A Lim Kim. She had three birdies and one bogey through eleven holes. Then she went bogey ,par, bogey, bogey, bogey, birdie, birdie. You just got to love her if nothing else because it is exciting to watch her throw caution to the wind. Oh wait, I forgot the Golf channel may have shown a glimpse of her.
I'll admit, once Hye-Jin dropped out, I stopped paying attention to this event. In fact, I totally forgot it was happening until I came here this morning. Senior moment, I guess.
I haven't found any info about why she dropped out. All we need is yet another Korean star with an injury, so I hope it was just that she needed some rest; she has been playing a lot lately.
Congrats to So Yeon, I sure want her back on tour next year. Yaeeun finally had a decent result, although she'll probably need to shine to avoid Q-series. A Lim is GREAT to watch, and it's a mark of how the media doesn't like Koreans that she gets ignored. Long hitter, great personality, completely unpredictable game, and a Major winner; she should be catnip for the media here, but nope.