My field rating for this tournament is a solid 67%. My breakdown is 76% from the LPGA Priority List and 58% from the Rolex Rankings.
Seven of the top ten players from this week's Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up.
Players not teeing it up this week include: Atthaya Thitikul MinJee Lee Nasa Hataoka Inbee Park Danielle Kang Jeongeun Lee 6 Georgia Hall Charley Hull Chelly Choi
Other Stuff: With the win last weekend by Gemma Driver we now have a record 14 different countries in the winner's circle this year. Gemma was also the 11th first time winner, tying the all-time record. With only 2 tournaments left to play, the USA has wrapped up the title for the second consecutive year with 7 wins. The Republic of Korea is second with four.
With her sixth consecutive top ten finish. Atthaya Thitikul has increased her lead over Hye-Jin Choi 1537 to1287. Atthaya is off this week but it will probably take 2 victories to overtake her.
Not much movement in the Rolex Rankings; LinnGrant makes the most important move jumping from 37 to 25.
Other moves by non LPGA players include: So MI Lee 57 to 48 Jung Min Hong 79 to 73 Momoko Ueda 85 to 74 Gemma Dryburgh jumped into the top 100 with a jump from 199 to 92. Ga Eun Song dropped out.
Accuweather says this course will get soaked on Thursday and Friday ... don't be surprised if this event gets shortened to three rounds.
Groups are set ... MHL with French Gamecock and Jasmine, mildly interesting ... JTibs and The EMP, I like that ... Dryburgh was ushered to the front row, now with Reto and The Kup Show ... Dr. Noh/Kyriacou/Bethany, not bad ... Muni/Do/Chan, a threesome of desperation.
Caddie list is out ... MHL with Nicolas Pereira ... don't know that name, had to look him up ... was with Paula Reto during first half of 2022, but got dumped before she won the Canuck Open ... bounced around recently with Mo Martin and A Lim Kim. Speaking of ALK, she picked up Mercer Leftwich ... don't recall them teaming up before. Maybe Kristy McPherson is ready to quit as she'll be toting Bam Bam's bag ... interesting that Lincicome's long-time looper, Missy Pederson, is working this week for Caroline Masson ... what's that about? Last but not least, Waitwait Zhang, who has not played the LPGA since Walmart in September, has someone with a Chinese name, but not the guy she had at Cognizant.
Ayaka Furue left her home in Kobe at 4am on Monday, the day after her previous week's "TOTO Japan Classic". She flew from Itami Airport to Haneda Airport and crossed the Pacific to Dallas, Texas. She arrived at the airport in Tampa, Florida, near this week's course, around 2:30 p.m. local time. The next day after such a long trip, she entered the course after 8:00 am and played 18 holes in good spirits.
Post by verdantgarden on Nov 10, 2022 23:29:34 GMT
Of course, it was too bad that had to postpone the tournament, but it was interesting to re-watch the last round of last year's event. How impressive was Nelly to bounce back from a triple bogey on 17 to birdie 18 and get into the playoff and then birdie the hole again from practically the same position to win it in the playoff. By contrast, how amateurish Lexi was by bogeying the last hole to drop into a playoff and then failing to birdie her putt on the playoff hole from the same position on the green.
Nice start by In Gee considering she hasn't played in a while. Jin Young managed to shoot under par; hardly a great day by her standard but promising to see her shoot a reasonable round. Fingers crossed she has some good golf coming.
Hyo Joo and Yaeeun did a good job.
It's a pity this seems to be another birdie fest in the making, but hopefully Dumbo and JY will get on the broadcast tomorrow.
Not exactly a scintillating week developing here... Jin Young needs to get a reality check and skip the CME, but I don't think she will. In Gee was OK. She doesn't seem to get a lot of top tens or wins, but she sure finishes often in the 15th-35th range. Well, she's been injured, so hopefully she can notch a good week.
Hyo Joo is three back and, as usual, there's only one Sister in the top ten. I think it's been 14 straight weeks since a Korean won. Fingers crossed that Hyo Joo can rally Sunday.
Another one nine bad and one nine good for So Yeon Ryu. Started with three straight bogeys her front nine and had three birdies no bogeys back nine. That has been how she has played a lot this year. She would have a good front nine and bad back nine or bad front nine and good back nine. Which means that she can score, just have to be more consistent,