Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CME Titleholders Features All 3 Rookie of the Year Candidates in Same Group, But It's Not Even the Most Interesting Pairing

Check out the 1st-round pairings for the CME Titleholders!  Caroline Masson, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Ayako Uehara are going off the 1st tee at 10:08 am tomorrow to see which of them will become the LPGA's Rookie of the Year.  Uehara need to win the tournament to have a chance to overtake Masson and Jutanugarn.

The tournament organizers also have all-Swedish (Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Hedwall, and Pernilla Lindberg) and all-Spanish pairings (Azahara Munoz, Beatriz Recari, and Carlota Ciganda) going off the 1st tee at 9:02 and 9:13 am, respectively, followed by the all-Korean pairing of Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu, and In-Kyung Kim at 9:46 am and by the all-American pairing of Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, and Lizette Salas at 9:57 am.

The last two pairings off the front are also pretty high-powered, to say the least.  Lydia Ko makes her professional debut alongside Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda, while the LPGA's Big 3 of Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, and Stacy Lewis are the last off the front.  It'll be a victory lap for 2013 Player of the Year Park, but a real battle between Pettersen and Lewis for the Vare Trophy, which honors the player with the lowest scoring average on tour.

The B Team going off the back 9 includes the likes of Brittany Lang (9:46 am), Mika Miyazato (10:08 am), Shanshan Feng and Chella Choi (10:30 am), and Hee Kyung Seo (10:41 am).  Not bad!

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