A big congratulations goes out to Ha Na Jang for winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. Her eagle on the 17th hole, and bidie on the 18th, enabled her to blow past the rest of the field and go on to win by 3 strokes.
This week the LPGA moves to Thailand for the playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Last season brought us close finishes in almost every tournament.....but this was not one of them. Lexi Thompson's twenty under par total of 268 blew away the field, and was 6 strokes better than runner-up In Gee Chun and 7 strokes better than 3rd place finishers Jessica Korda and Amy Yang. It was Lexi's 7th win on the LPGA tour.
Lexi Thompson raises her arms in victory at last year's Honda LPGA Thailand event.
his will tournament #3 of 34 on the this year's LPGA schedule.
Here are the key details:
Course: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Location: Chonburi, Thailand
Defending Champion: Lexi Thompson
Winning Score: 64-72-64-68 = 268 (-20)
Final Field: 69 Players
Par: 36/36 = 72
My strength of field rating is a very solid 77.5 % ( down from 78.5 last year). Forty-nine of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List will be teeing it up, with only I.K. Kim missing from that list. Thirty-six of the top 50 players will be teeing it up from the Rolex World Rankings. The reason my field rating isn't even higher than it is, is because the limited field lacks depth. Players such as Sung Hyun Park, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Nelly Korda, and Ilhee Lee (to name a few), will not be teeing it up because of the small field. In fact, Inbee Park, Sandra Gal, Yani Tseng, and Ai Miyazato are only playing because they are sponsor invitees, and any prize money they will earn will not count as official earnings.
Here are the television times:
GC Thursday February 23 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday February 24 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
GC Saturday February 25 - 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. ET
Now that we know @kpaulhus kinda-sorta can hit a cut, if there are any holes like the 17th at Moon Valley I want him on my team.
There's still snow on the ground by me, but I did go to an indoor driving range this weekend, so hopefully I'll be able to get out on a course semi-soon. I'll see if I can put together the rest of my video this week.