Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Key Pairings for the Showdown in Singapore

The HSBC Women's Champions event is about to start in Singapore, so here are my top pairings for the Showdown in Singapore.

Welcome Back, Chalk Line!
1st tee, 10:15 am:  Ji-Yai Shin, Karrie Webb, Stacy Lewis
Here's hoping Shin goes low this week so we can find out why she chose the JLPGA over the LPGA for 2014.

The Once and Future Queens
1st tee, 9:53 am:  Inbee Park, Ai Miyazato, Lexi Thompson
Current #1, former #1, future #1?

World's Fair
1st tee, 9:42 am:  Suzann Pettersen, Ya Ni Tseng, Catriona Matthew
1st tee, 9:20 am:  So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Hedwall
10th tee, 10:04 am:  Hee Young Park, Carlota Ciganda, Julieta Granada
10th tee, 9:31 am:  Se Ri Pak, Karine Icher, Jodi Ewart Shadoff
10th tee, 9:42 am:  Meena Lee, Caroline Masson, Moriya Jutanugarn
By my count, that's 12 countries represented in just these pairings!

American Pilgrims vs. World
1st tee, 9:31 am:  Paula Creamer, Jessica Korda, Lydia Ko
10th tee, 8:47 am:  Morgan Pressel, Jennifer Johnson, Ha Na Jang
1st tee, 10:04 am:  Angela Stanford, Michelle Wie, Anna Nordqvist
Ko and Jang are the real deal.  How will the Americans do against them?  Nordqvist doesn't quite fit the teen theme, but she's going for her 2nd win in a row (after waiting nearly 5 years between victory #2 and #3.

It's Not Lu, It's Me
10th tee, 9:09 am:  Teresa Lu, Chella Choi, Giulia Sergas
JLPGAer Lu plays her 1st LPGA event since winning the Mizuno Classic and turning down LPGA membership for 2014.  Would also like to see her go low and get interviews.

Don't Call It a Comeback
1st tee, 8:36 am:  Nicole Castrale, Ayako Uehara, Xiyu Lin
It's Castrale's 1st LPGA start since surgery.  Would be great to see Uehara and Lin adjust to LPGA competition faster than expected.

Welcome to the Big Leagues, Kid!
1st tee, 8:47 am:  Amy Yang, Jenny Shin, Amanda Tan
1st tee, 9:09 am:  Na Yeon Choi, Mika Miyazato, Danielle Kang
Great to see Kang in a prime-time pairing!

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