Week of September 30, 2013
Reignwood LPGA Classic
Pine Valley Golf Club
(Note: Beijing is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time)
Back in the ‘Swing’ of things
The LPGA Tour returns to action after a two-week break following its fifth and final major of the season at the Evian Championship in France. This week marks the first event of Golf’s Global Tour’s fall Asian swing and the world’s best female golfers will compete in an official LPGA Tour event in China for the first time at the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Eighty-one players will be competing for a $1.8 million purse at the Jack Nicklaus designed course at Pine Valley Golf Club in Beijing.
The Tour will make five stops in Asia this fall with the addition of the Reignwood LPGA Classic and close out the season in North America with the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico and the season-finale, CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla.
|Remaining 2013 LPGA Tour Schedule|
|Oct. 3-6||Reignwood LPGA Classic||Pine Valley Golf Club, Beijing, China|
|Oct. 10-13||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Oct. 17-20||LPGA KEB HanaBank Champ.||Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea|
|Oct. 24-27||Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Champ.||Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Yang Mei, Taiwan|
|Nov. 7-10||Mizuno Classic||Kintetsu Kashikojima, Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan|
|Nov. 14-17||Lorena Ochoa Invitational||Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Nov. 21-24||CME Group Titleholders||Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.|
A lot on the line…
The level of competition throughout the 2013 season on the LPGA Tour has created worthy champions, exciting finishes and will provide tight title races for the remainder of the year. The Tour’s three major champions (Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen) have been the top performers so far in 2013 and find themselves in some heated battle for end of the year honors.
Inbee Park currently leads the Official Money list with $2,186,601 earnings this season thanks to her six victories but is by no means safe to finish in the top spot for the money title. After her victory at The Evian Championship, Suzann Pettersen increased her 2013 total to $1,721,342 and trails Park by $465,259. Stacy Lewis rounds out the top three and sits on Pettersen’s heels, only $172,543 back, at $1,548,799.
If Pettersen and Lewis are able to break the $2 million mark this year, it will be only the second time in LPGA Tour history to have two players earn $2 million in one season. Lorena Ochoa ($2,592,872) and Karrie Webb ($2,090,113) both earned $2 million in the 2006 season.
|Official Money List Through The Evian Championship|
|4||So Yeon Ryu||$1,083,901|
Suzann Pettersen currently leads the Vare Trophy race for low scoring average but has no breathing room with Stacy Lewis trailing her by just a .016 margin. The Norwegian will not be in action in China this week and sets up Lewis and Inbee Park to make their moves. Park will be trying to defend her title after she won her first Vare Trophy last season when she finished with a 70.21 scoring average.
|Scoring Average Through The Evian Championship|
|4||Na Yeon Choi||70.145|
Stacy Lewis had been overshadowed by Inbee Park’s dominance the first half of the season, but the American has been making her mark with her consistency. Lewis currently leads the Tour with 14 top-10 finishes and is on pace to pick up her second-consecutive Kia Drive to the Top award. She won the inaugural title, which recognizes the player with the most top 10’s, in 2012 when she recorded 15 top-10 finishes in 22 starts.
|Top 10 Finishes Through The Evian Championship|
|Rank||Player||Top 10’s||Events Played||Percentage|
Park tries to close out banner year on a high note
Inbee Park undoubtedly stole all the headlines on the LPGA Tour the first half of the 2013 season after notching six victories in her first 13 starts this year. After claiming her third-consecutive major of the year at the U.S. Women’s Open (Park also won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Wegmans LPGA Championship), the South Korean has cooled off a bit from her hot streak.
Since her win at Sebonack, Park has not recorded a top-10 and best finish in her last four starts came at the CN Canadian Women’s Open where she tied for 13th. The top-ranked player in the world withdrew with flu-like symptoms a week later prior to the start of the Safeway Classic in Portland and is coming off a T67 at the Evian Championship two weeks ago.
But Park, who has earned celebrity status in her homeland of South Korea, has shown she’s comfortable playing in Asia. Out of the Tour’s four stops in the fall Asian swing last season, the 25-year old did not finish outside the top-17 and picked up a win (Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia) and a runner-up (Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship).
|Inbee Park 2012 Results in Fall Asian Events|
|1||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia|
|T15||LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship|
|2||Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship|
Seven events left…all eyes on the Crown
With just seven events left on the LPGA Tour schedule, every finish can reward players with moves in the Rolex Rankings to secure spots in the inaugural International Crown. The new international team event will be played July 21-27, 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. outside of Baltimore. The event is a first-of-its-kind, global match play competition featuring teams from eight countries battling for the right to be “Crowned” the world’s best golf nation. Each of the countries will be represented by four players.
Eighteen players currently ranked in their respective top-8 countries’ rankings will be in action this week in China (see below in bold).
The field of eight countries will be set by the top four players’ ranks in the Rolex Rankings on Monday, November 25, 2013 following the LPGA Tour’s season-finale, CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla.
Once the country teams are set, players from those countries will still have a chance to fight for one of the final four spots on the team. The field of 32 players will be set the Monday of the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Below are the current standings for the top-8 teams with Rolex Rankings for each player and country total.
|1) South Korea||20||2) United States||41||3) Japan||107|
|Inbee Park||1||Stacy Lewis||3||Ai Miyazato||14|
|So Yeon Ryu||5||Paula Creamer||11||Mika Miyazato||19|
|Na Yeon Choi||6||Cristie Kerr||12||Rikako Morita||36|
|I.K. Kim||8||Lizette Salas||15||Miki Saiki||38|
|4) Spain||255||5) Sweden||283||6) Australia||295|
|Beatriz Recari||18||Anna Nordqvist||24||Karrie Webb||7|
|Azahara Munoz||33||Caroline Hedwall||25||Katherine Hull-Kirk||91|
|Carlota Ciganda||35||Pernilla Lindberg||110||Stacey Keating||97|
|Belen Mozo||169||Karin Sjodin||124||Lindsey Wright||100|
|7) Thailand||322||8) Chinese Tapei||342|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||23||Yani Tseng||20|
|Pornanong Phatlum||57||Candie Kung||80|
|Moriya Jutanugarn||101||Teresa Lu||81|
|Onnarin Sattayabanphot||141||Hsuan Yu-Yao||161|
October 3- October 6
Reignwood LPGA Classic
Pine Valley Golf Club
Field: 81 (76 professionals, 5 amateurs)
Par: 36-37, 73
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Defending champion: First-year event
Oct 3 3:00 – 5:00 a.m.
Oct 4 4:00 – 6:00 a.m.
Oct 5 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Oct 6 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
All times Eastern
***This week’s field information: Reignwood LPGA Classic***
2013 LPGA Tour rookies (4)
2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 6/10
Top 20: 13/20
Top 50: 36/50
Press conference schedule
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00 p.m.
Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 3, top-ranked American with three wins in 2013
Shanshan Feng, Rolex Rankings No. 10, first Chinese player to win an LPGA major
Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1, six victories and three major championships in 2013
Yani Tseng, Rolex Rankings No. 20, 15-time LPGA Tour winner
Michelle Wie, Rolex Rankings No. 85, two-time LPGA Tour winner
*Times are local in Beijing