2019 Tournament of Champions

GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
Hopefully, this is a well attended tournament, this will be the first LPGA tournament I take my daughter to. Any insight on this tournament in Orlando?



Driver: He who shall not be named...
3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    Not a lot of details at this point given that it's new. You should have a great time. The crowds are typically small, so you can get close to the players, and pics and autographs are fairly easy to obtain. I's suggest walking at least 9 holes with your daughter's favorite player, and then stake out a spot in a grandstand near the 18th to watch the other players finish their rounds, or hang out near autograph alley.
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Not a lot of details at this point given that it's new. You should have a great time. The crowds are typically small, so you can get close to the players, and pics and autographs are fairly easy to obtain. I's suggest walking at least 9 holes with your daughter's favorite player, and then stake out a spot in a grandstand near the 18th to watch the other players finish their rounds, or hang out near autograph alley.




    She doesn't have a favorite player, hoping that will happen at this tournament.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    Since this is a no-cut event, any day will allow you to see the whole field. Perhaps you should plan to walk with the first group out for a few holes, then wait for the next group, and follow them for a few holes. Repeating this should allow you to see a large number of players.
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    I intend on taking that Friday off so that we can spend the day out there. My daughter enjoys golf, but she is hit and miss about watching it. She enjoyed Bay Hill till the Tiger crazies came through the hole we were watching, then she wanted to leave, took her to the PGA Superstore to screw around and she was good again.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    The LPGA has nothing like the crowds that follow Tiger, but Michelle Wie can attract a large gathering. On the flipside, there will likely be groups that have only a handful of fans in tow. The players are generally very appreciative of the few that follow them, especially if the weather is dicey.
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    The LPGA has nothing like the crowds that follow Tiger, but Michelle Wie can attract a large gathering. On the flipside, there will likely be groups that have only a handful of fans in tow. The players are generally very appreciative of the few that follow them, especially if the weather is dicey.




    With Wie on the mend unless she is following one of her friends that shouldn't be a problem. I was going to follow Kang, the Kordas, Brooke Henderson & Lexi Thompson.



    If we have time I'll follow Paula Creamer who was always my personal favorite LPGA golfer.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    Yeah, it's unlikely Michelle will be playing.



    Paula isn't in the field. The event is limited to players who have won in the past two seasons. Her last win was at the 2014 HSBC.
  • 18majors18majors Members Posts: 615 ✭✭
    edited Jan 7, 2019 6:03pm #9
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Yeah, it's unlikely Michelle will be playing.



    Paula isn't in the field. The event is limited to players who have won in the past two seasons. Her last win was at the 2014 HSBC.




    Michelle Wie and In Kyung Kim had confirmed but since withdrawn.

    The last report is 27 out of 36 players will play but I've counted 10 no shows including Wie, Kim, In Gee Chun, Jin Young Ko, Jessica Korda, Minjee Lee, Haru Nomura, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu.
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  • mallratmallrat Members Posts: 2,914 ✭✭
    Have your daughter get an autograph from Jessica Korda, she could not have been nicer to my son and actually took the time to talk to him, only a couple minutes but she was sweet to him.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    edited Jan 9, 2019 9:11am #11
    Looks like In Gee is playing.

  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    Not expecting big numbers turning out for this tournament. It's Orlando with a million things going on in the city every weekend and there is absolutely no advertising in the area so it's probably too late at this point to get numbers even with free tickets.



    This somehow should have been tied into the NFL (or at least a few players) as a kick off into the pro-bowl weekend in Orlando and there is nothing.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Members Posts: 949 ✭✭


    I was going to follow Kang, the Kordas, Brooke Henderson & Lexi Thompson.








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  • AWinfortheAgesAWinfortheAges Members Posts: 195 ✭✭



    I was going to follow Kang, the Kordas, Brooke Henderson & Lexi Thompson.








    Good eye sir, good eye. Don`t forget your sunglasses image/cool.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='(cool)' />




    You could need some ear muffs for your daughter following Kang.
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    edited Jan 11, 2019 11:36am #15



    I was going to follow Kang, the Kordas, Brooke Henderson & Lexi Thompson.








    Good eye sir, good eye. Don`t forget your sunglasses image/cool.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='(cool)' />




    You could need some ear muffs for your daughter following Kang.




    I’m worse, so any habit she will pick up from Kang, Dad likely already taught her.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    Well, if anyone wants to go, I have 25 tickets good for any day.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • fredogolferfredogolfer Members Posts: 212 ✭✭
    edited Jan 13, 2019 1:25am #17
    The LPGA is really trying to make it seem the celebrities aren't mostly all has beens/D listers. Roger Clemmons and Toby Keith seem to be the "biggest stars" here. None of these girls are going to be starstruck playing alongside Blair O'Neal.
  • Seamus_McDuffSeamus_McDuff ChicagoMembers Posts: 904 ✭✭
    Check your DVRs, Saturday/Sunday start on Golf Channel and finish on NBC.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    • Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points
    • Format: 72 holes
    • Purse: $1,200,000
    • Location: Four Season Golf & Sports Club Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, FL
    • Par: 71
    • Yardage: 6,645
    • History: This is the first year for the event. The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America promises to be a week of world-class competition and entertainment. LPGA Tour winners from the last two seasons will play alongside celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds.


    Coverage:
    • Jan 17: Golf Channel 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
    • Jan 18: Golf Channel 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
    • Jan 19: Golf Channel 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
    • Jan 19: NBC: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)
    • Jan 20: Golf Channel 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
    • Jan 20: NBC: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    The new season kicks off on Thursday in Orlando. The weather forecast looks very pleasant for Thursday through Saturday, but Sunday is going to bring a thunderstorm and 20 mph winds.



    Don't forget to check your DVR schedule, as the tournament has split coverage on TGC/NBC on Saturday and Sunday.



    Tough to pick a winner in this first time event, especially when you throw the celebrities into the mix.Which player is going to be able to remain focused? I'm going to go with Lexi. She won the CME, played well under the spotlight at the QBE Shootout, and generally seems to play well in her home state. Lydia should contend as well.
  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Members Posts: 949 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:






    Tough to pick a winner in this first time event, especially when you throw the celebrities into the mix.Which player is going to be able to remain focused? I'm going to go with Lexi. She won the CME, played well under the spotlight at the QBE Shootout, and generally seems to play well in her home state. Lydia should contend as well.




    It would be alot harder to pick a winner if everybody showed up. According to this http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/diamond-resorts-tournament-of-champions/final-field No Jin Young, So Yeon,IK, Minjee, Haru, Inbee, Sung Hyun Park, Jess Korda...
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    Given that the field is made up of winners from the past two seasons, I certainly wouldn't categorize it as weak. However, missing 5 out of the World's Top 10 does hurt.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    edited Jan 15, 2019 12:36pm #23
    The pairings are out (http://www.lpga.com/...mpions/pairings), and they are a bit strange. Group 2, 4, and 6 are not listed. Normally the groups would go off on the 10th tee. I have to assume the groups will be celebrities only playing without a pro. What happens when you send out 30+ invites, and only 27 accept? My guess is that they have more celebrities than pros.



    Edit: Just found a press release that notes that there are 49 celebrities in the field.
  • 18majors18majors Members Posts: 615 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    The pairings are out (http://www.lpga.com/...mpions/pairings), and they are a bit strange. Group 2, 4, and 6 are not listed. Normally the groups would go off on the 10th tee. I have to assume the groups will be celebrities only playing without a pro. What happens when you send out 30+ invites, and only 27 accept? My guess is that they have more celebrities than pros.



    Edit: Just found a press release that notes that there are 49 celebrities in the field.




    26 players including In Gee Chun; the big sports fan Angela Stanford is a no show.
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,499 ✭✭
    edited Jan 15, 2019 4:37pm #25
    I'll be attending with my wife and another lady golfer who have been wanting to see an LPGA event, rather than just the API.



    My wife learned how to play golf by watching Michelle Wie swings on youtube, so this will be cool for her. Looks like Wie is not attending, though.



    With that said, I dont think attendance is going to be too stellar. They are currently giving away tickets at a local brewery, and IOA is also giving hundreds away to employees and their friends. Maybe it's because both companies are sponsors, but who knows. It'll be fun either way.
    Long Live Nike
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,401 ✭✭
    Attendance is generally poor at most U.S. tournaments. It's a shame, but it does allow one to get close to the action. I followed Tiger once for 18 holes at the BMW. Ha. I think I saw 3 swings.
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭
    Currently in the hospital with my little golfer, but still hoping to make it out to see the tournament with her this week health permitting.



    Oddly, enough, she thinks the thing that holds the cards for flowers is a trident. I figured I’d roll with it.



    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • Seamus_McDuffSeamus_McDuff ChicagoMembers Posts: 904 ✭✭


    Currently in the hospital with my little golfer, but still hoping to make it out to see the tournament with her this week health permitting.



    Oddly, enough, she thinks the thing that holds the cards for flowers is a trident. I figured I’d roll with it.







    That stinks. Hope she gets well enough to go.
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,737 ✭✭


    Currently in the hospital with my little golfer, but still hoping to make it out to see the tournament with her this week health permitting.



    Oddly, enough, she thinks the thing that holds the cards for flowers is a trident. I figured I’d roll with it.







    That stinks. Hope she gets well enough to go.




    I do to. They have an area dedicated to Sorenstam in the hospital and she wanted to know as much about her as possible since they share an “interest” in golf.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • MellowMellow Members Posts: 268 ✭✭
    Oh am I glad the season is starting. Got swamped by real life in December and the new year, missed the whole post-season ... happy to have the tour to think about again.



    This sure looks like an unusual one. Not sure I understand it, will it be like a pro am? Hard to figure who will do best with this setup. Lexi's an interesting choice, and that's a nice turn around from how things were just shortly before the globe.



    Wish some hadn't withdrawn, I guess that's life as an Inky fan sometimes ... but still looks like a fantastic list for such a small field. Really glad In Gee is there after all, maybe this will be a good atmosphere for her.



    Super cute trooper / Lady Poseidon there, hope she gets better fast!
  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 808 ✭✭
    edited Jan 16, 2019 12:08am #31
    Tough to pick a winner coming out of the gate, but Brittany, Lexi and Brooke have played here the past 2 years. Lexi and Brooke both have finished top10 with the PGA Champions tour players and Brooke had the best finish among the LPGA players with Champions players scores. Keep an eye on18 it's a beast, it will probably have an impact on the result.
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