This is getting very repetitious, but let me start by congratulating Yani Tseng on winning her 6th LPGA tournament of the year. With the Player of the Year and Vare Trophy titles already in the bag, she will add ten Hall of Fame points this year (2 of her wins are majors), even without another victory.
Here are some of the details of the Sime Darby LPGA Championship being held this week:
Course: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion: Jimin Kang
2010 Winning Score: 70-69-65=204 (-9)
Final Field: 72 Players
Yardage: 6208 Yards
Purse: $1.9 Million
The tournament has expanded this year from 54 to 72 holes. There will be no cut.
The only notable absentees are Inbee Park, Hee Kyeong Seo, and Song Hee Kim.
Here is the television schedule:
Oct 13 : GC 9:30-11:30 PM ET
Oct 14 : GC 9:30-11:30 PM ET
Oct 15 : GC 9:30-11:30 PM ET
Oct 16 : GC 9:30-11:30 PM ET
Between the late showing on The Golf Channel and the 12-hour time differential, we will be watching the first round while the second round is already underway.
Tony Jesselli's Player of the Year race:
1- Yani Tseng - 315.46 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 185.34
3- Cristie Kerr - 158.50
4- Suzann Pettersen - 147.44
5- Angela Stanford - 135.62
6- Brittany Lincicome - 126.20
7- I.K. Kim - 124.08
8- Amy Yang - 122.30
9- Paula Creamer - 116.88
10-Na Yeon Choi - 115.68
11-Mika Miyazato - 114.02
12-Karrie Webb - 111.56
13-Morgan Pressel - 106.26
14-Ai Miyazato - 96.36
15-Jiyai Shin - 87.24
16-Maria Hjorth - 86.00
17-Brittany Lang - 78.28
18-Michelle Wie - 76.70
19-Sun Young Yoo - 75.86
20-Inbee Park - 72.72
Rolex Ranking Mover of the Week:
Brittany Lincicome moves from #10 to #8.
The Titleholders Championship:
Qualifying this week are Jimin Kang, Shanshan Feng, and Chella Choi.
Katherine Hull remains the highest ranking player yet to qualify.
Hard to believe stat of the week:
This one is really hard to believe. Yani Tseng is so far out in front in the Rolex Rankings, that #2 Suzann Pettersen is closer to #16 than she is to #1.