2019 LPGA Season Odds and Ends

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  • agolf1agolf1 Members  1953WRX Points: 1,112Posts: 1,953 Platinum Tees
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    I'm curious to hear opinions on this; Would it be a good idea and fair to the field if a few male celebrity golfers were invited to participate in the DowGLI? Say Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala and some of the guys that played in the Diamond Resorts? Two or three teams max.

    My gut reaction is no. One, for the fans I think the event is interesting enough as is. There are some good teams, and the participation is higher than I would have thought given the tournament's spot in the schedule. Second, I think this would be somewhat of a band-aid solution. Maybe it attracts a few more people but it doesn't solve the fundamental issue of how to get people that aren't interested to attend longer term.

    I didn't watch the Diamond Resorts tourney at all. Partly because the field was so limited and partly because it seems like a circus act. I don't really like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am for some of the same reasons unless a player I really like has a chance to win.

    Although maybe this is like a comment in one of the other threads - the opinion is coming from someone that is already "too much of a fan" (don't need more of them).

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    On -, @agolf1 said:

    I also noticed that there are only 4 Asian events now. For a while, there was a 5th event, TBD, after the Japan event. Logistically, this probably makes more sense with a week off before the Tour Championship. And for the non-Asian players 5 weeks in a row is probably too much anyways (I'd say 4 is a stretch).

    I'm hoping to go to one of the fall events. But the weather is can be really bad at the Taiwan event and Korean event will be packed. Only leaves Shanghai or Japan.

    There used to be 6 Beijing/Shanghai, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Blue Bay. Malaysia got the axe because of the change in government and Blue Bay disappeared a couple of weeks ago from the TBA spot in the schedule. There could have been 5 but the LPGA went behind KEB/Hana Bank's back and set up the event in Busan with BMW. Apparently KEB/Hana Bank didn't appreciate they weren't told there was going to be another LPGA event in Korea and withdrew their sponsorship. A lot of people theorize the LPGA could just move all their events to asia but the LPGA certainly has difficulty keeping events there.

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    On -, @agolf1 said:

    I also noticed that there are only 4 Asian events now. For a while, there was a 5th event, TBD, after the Japan event. Logistically, this probably makes more sense with a week off before the Tour Championship. And for the non-Asian players 5 weeks in a row is probably too much anyways (I'd say 4 is a stretch).

    I'm hoping to go to one of the fall events. But the weather is can be really bad at the Taiwan event and Korean event will be packed. Only leaves Shanghai or Japan.

    There used to be 6 Beijing/Shanghai, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Blue Bay. Malaysia got the axe because of the change in government and Blue Bay disappeared a couple of weeks ago from the TBA spot in the schedule. There could have been 5 but the LPGA went behind KEB/Hana Bank's back and set up the event in Busan with BMW. Apparently KEB/Hana Bank didn't appreciate they weren't told there was going to be another LPGA event in Korea and withdrew their sponsorship. A lot of people theorize the LPGA could just move all their events to asia but the LPGA certainly has difficulty keeping events there.

    I think 2016 was the last year there were six events. One Chinese event was lost in 2017 (ended up being 5) and last year was 5 after Malaysia dropped out. This year, there is now only 1 Chinese event vs 2 last year (Blue Bay cut as you mentioned), so down to 4.

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    Stacy and Gerina will team up at the Dow Great Lakes Bay event.

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    Today's winner of the "Well, Duh" award goes to The New York Times’ Karen Crouse (https://nytimes.com/2019/06/24/sports/golf/lpga-stars-tv-coverage.html):

    “…They (the LPGA) are helping to deliver a product that perhaps has never been more appealing: The past 11 majors have produced 11 different winners, the last four all younger than 24. And yet the L.P.G.A. continues to struggle for exposure. The tour’s primary television platform for the past decade has been Golf Channel, whose coverage the first two days of the Women’s P.G.A. consisted of three hours from 6 to 9 p.m., Eastern Time. On Friday that window precluded a single live shot of Green, who had finished her round well before the day’s telecast.”

    Ummm, the 1st round of the PGA Championship was aired on TNT from 1:00 pm until 7:30 pm. There wasn't a single live shot of the morning wave there, either, which included eventual winner Brooks Koepka. It's not completely unknown for tournaments to start coverage in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday, and show highlights from the morning groups. Oy.

    Try not to read the comments on the article, or at least if you're eating and don't want to lose your lunch. "Too many Asian winners". Let's see, Hannah, Lexi, Brooke, and Bronte have won four of the last five tournaments.

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    Nelly Korda broke 90,000 in Instagram followers; placing her 9th on LPGA list.
    She's behind Wie, Lexi, Muni, Gulbis, Paula, Cheyenne, Jessica and Danielle.

    What exactly is an instagram follower?

    A follower is a fan who signs up to follow a person or a star on Instagram.
    90,000 followers means 90,000 fans.

    Thanks for that. Kinda sounds like modern day fan clubs, but nobody uses the word fan club anymore. Not sure what to think or say about about the players whose names are at the top of that list.
    On the topic above the instagram one it did seem like this last week's tournament was a" back to earth moment"for Kupcho.
    I'm still trying to wrap my tiny mind around how J. Kang went from not being able to pat her **** cheeks using both hands for at least 3 years to being near top of the leader board going into Saturday. She is to me like Christie Kerr is to many on this board. I like to see Christie do well but the worse Kang and a few others do the more it keeps me interested.

    For your information, Jimin Kang is playing Monday Qualifier right now to qualify for this week's Walmart event.

    Hopefully she will carry her form from yesterday into today. I saw she was entered in the qualifier last week (looked like a smallish field),but I will hold out hope that she doesn't qualify until she does, then will be rooting for a missed cut. Were qualifiers held for spots in the PGA ? If not then how did she have status to play it ?

    Possibly she withdrew because the money she made at the PGA will be enough to give her status for next year ?

    She made 6,875 from KPMG; she needs about $120,000 to lock down a 2020 LPGA status.

    Wow, her tumble down the leader board Saturday and Sunday cost her a lot. Do you know how she got into the KPMG field?
    Looks like other than Q school she has a long way to go and a short time to get there for next years status. Whew I breathe a sigh of relief. Who knows though if she keeps getting in the field in majors.......well I guess if Pernilla and Hannah can win a major so can

    She got in as a Club Pro. No idea where she teaches at.

    She got her teaching certification last December. She's still looking for a permanent home.

    https://golfdigest.com/story/how-quitting-golf-and-going-back-to-school-led-jimin-kang-right-back-to-the-weekend-at-a-major

    Wouldn't controversial Omar Uresti be more of a club pro than her? And many say that Omar playing in the men's PGA don't pass the smell test. Outside looking in observation would seem to indicate that her lifestyle since she had the years of high earnings on the Lpga has outrun how long those earnings have lasted. Like many others at that level maybe she thought competitiveness at the highest level could be turned off and on anytime she needed a transfusion of money to maintain the princess lifestyle, When she realized she wasn't getting any younger and that the Lpga career was probably not going to be revitalized she had to try to get a real job. I hope she makes it as a teaching pro but hoping she has to work her **** off for about 25 years doing it.I wonder why she didn't go the karate teaching route?

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    Lydia signed another endorsement:

    "Lululemon isn't technically a golf clothing company, but one of the best female golfers in the world is now wearing their gear on the course. Lydia Ko became a Lululemon elite ambassador officially last month, and the LPGA Tour star discussed the new partnership last week at Hazeltine National during the KPMG Women's PGA Championship."

    https://golfdigest.com/story/lydia-ko-aligns-with-athletic-and-leisure-wear-brand-lululemon

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    I knew something was amiss. Lately, Lydia looks like she has run directly to the course from her Yoga class.

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    On -, @18majors said:

    Lydia signed another endorsement:

    "Lululemon isn't technically a golf clothing company, but one of the best female golfers in the world is now wearing their gear on the course. Lydia Ko became a Lululemon elite ambassador officially last month, and the LPGA Tour star discussed the new partnership last week at Hazeltine National during the KPMG Women's PGA Championship."

    https://golfdigest.com/story/lydia-ko-aligns-with-athletic-and-leisure-wear-brand-lululemon

    Lululemon ABC pants for men are some of the best pants to golf in. Stretchy, extra room in the crotch. Their polos are also really nice as well for men, look less knit and slightly more of a button down and sleek. Big fan of their stuff.

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    Bo Mee Lee of JLPGA shot a first round of 82 today. Bo Mee dominated JLPGA from 2013 to 2016.
    Both Bo Mee and Lydia did the right thing; they won a bunch when they're hot.
    With the exception of Tiger and Annika; golf is transitory. Lydia of LPGA, In Gee Chun of KLPGA or Bo Mee Lee of JLPGA didn't stay on top for too long.

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    On -, @18majors said:

    Lydia signed another endorsement:

    "Lululemon isn't technically a golf clothing company, but one of the best female golfers in the world is now wearing their gear on the course. Lydia Ko became a Lululemon elite ambassador officially last month, and the LPGA Tour star discussed the new partnership last week at Hazeltine National during the KPMG Women's PGA Championship."

    https://golfdigest.com/story/lydia-ko-aligns-with-athletic-and-leisure-wear-brand-lululemon

    This is a huge get and good for Lydia for signing with them. They're obviously not known as a golf brand but at some of the higher end gyms in my area this is the brand you want to wear if you're "someone." They're very much known as one of the companies that helped make athletic wear ok for everyday, casual use.

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    Yealimi Noh is one of 14 entries for Thornberry Creek Monday Qualifier; this is her best chance to play LPGA since her sponsor invites to both CP Women's Open and KEB Hana Bank last year.
    Edit: Yealimi shot -5 and appeared to have qualified.

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    As expected, Sung Hyun moved to #1 in the World. Inbee moved up four spots to #5. Hyo Joo had a big move this week, moving 7 spots up to #20. Gaby moved into the top 50.

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    Hyo Joo. That goofball has a good chance to play in the Olympics.

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    Hyo Joo. That goofball has a good chance to play in the Olympics.

    I dunno. She has to outplay a lot of talented players, including Inbee, 6ix, So Yeon, Sei Young, Eun Hee, and Amy, Jiyai. That's a tough ask. I think Jin Young and Sung Hyun are pretty much locks at this point.

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    It's happening!

    "he R&A announced a 40 percent increase in prize money to $4,500,000 for the 2019

    On -, @AIGWBO"

    https://twitter.com/GolfweekNichols/status/1148220061020229632
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    The two weeks of Evian and Women's British Open will offer a combined purse of $8.6 million.
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    Thanks to Women's World Cup, good news for LPGA all over the places:

    "Another event is coming to Florida in 2020! ☀️🏖 Pelican Golf Club will host the Pelican Women’s Championship Presented by

    On -, @deximaging the week of May 11th.

    "https://twitter.com/LPGA/status/1148269499231211532

    The purse is $1.75 million, full field of 144 players.

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    I heard that this is the final year for Indy.

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    Too bad Indy is one of my favorite events/courses

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    On -, @Argonne69 said:

    I heard that this is the final year for Indy.

    I hope not, the course was interesting and the location historic. The fact the sponsor yad a focus on Women in the Tehnology field gave it an added dimension. If true, I wonder what it was? Indianapolis doesn't strike my as a golf town, for a tournament with a larger purse it seemed many at the top skipped this event and crowds seemed sparse. I feel that in some ways this and Oneida were/are missed opportuniies for the LPGA. I remember when Oneida was announced, the representative from the Oneida nation said they were excited about attracting a top field since it was one of the higher purse events. I don't think Oneida has ever attracted a top tier field despite the purse size. Maybe it's the course?

    Certainly events like Phoenix and Kingsmill attract better fields with smaller purses.

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    I think it boils down to the schedule. With a long stretch without a week off, and then back to back majors, something has to give.

    That said, I wouldn't be surprised if the low scoring keeps away some of the top talent. There are grinders that simply don't like birdiefests. Danielle has been rather vocal about liking tough courses.

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    Match set for September 21-22 at Seolhaeone Resort in Yangyang on the east coast of South Korea:

    Legends:

    Annika
    Se Ri
    Lorena
    Inkster

    Next Generation:

    Sung Hyun
    Lexi
    Ariya
    Minjee

    https://lpga.com/news/2019-korean-fans-set-for-a-star-studded-exhibition-match

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    On -, @18majors said:

    Match set for September 21-22 at Seolhaeone Resort in Yangyang on the east coast of South Korea:

    Legends:

    Annika
    Se Ri
    Lorena
    Inkster

    Next Generation:

    Sung Hyun
    Lexi
    Ariya
    Minjee

    https://lpga.com/news/2019-korean-fans-set-for-a-star-studded-exhibition-match

    Should add Dame Laura and Brooke Henderson.

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    Yuka Saso tied first at The Girls Junior PGA Championship after first round.

    https://pga.com/events/juniorpgachamps/phoebe-brinker-sara-im-yuka-saso-post-record-tying-scores-open-girls-junior

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    Good news, Muni is set to play the next 4 events.

    Who's she playing with at the team event? Feng and Liu Yu are playing together (China).

    I don't know.
    My guess is Tiffany Chan of Hong Kong; they're teammates at University of Southern California.

    Muni is playing with P.K Kongkraphan. Never heard of this person before.

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    brooke henderson won the espy for female golfer of the year..???? uh ok

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    Congratulations, Yuka!

    "A come-from-behind victory to become the 2019 Girls #JuniorPGA Champion. Congrats, Yuka!"

    https://twitter.com/JuniorPGAChamp/status/1149741488827445248

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    A good article about DOW next week:

    https://golfweek.com/2019/07/13/korda-jutanugarn-sisters-lpga-dow-great-lakes-bay-invitational/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=home-latest-news

    "Players skipping the Dow include World No. 1 Sung Hyun Park, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Jeongeun Lee6, Sei Young Kim, Hannah Green, Shanshan Feng and several top-ranked European Solheim Cup players in Carlota Ciganda, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz and Caroline Masson.
    Every American ranked in the top 100 is in the field, with the exception of a few players out with injuries (Michelle Wie, Mo Martin) or on maternity leave (Brittany Lincicome)."

    "The money and Race to the CME Globe points will be official. But no points will be allotted toward the Rolex Rankings, Solheim, Rolex Player of the Year or Rookie of the Year standings."

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    On -, @18majors said:

    A good article about DOW next week:

    https://golfweek.com/2019/07/13/korda-jutanugarn-sisters-lpga-dow-great-lakes-bay-invitational/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=home-latest-news

    "Players skipping the Dow include World No. 1 Sung Hyun Park, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Jeongeun Lee6, Sei Young Kim, Hannah Green, Shanshan Feng and several top-ranked European Solheim Cup players in Carlota Ciganda, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz and Caroline Masson.
    Every American ranked in the top 100 is in the field, with the exception of a few players out with injuries (Michelle Wie, Mo Martin) or on maternity leave (Brittany Lincicome)."

    "The money and Race to the CME Globe points will be official. But no points will be allotted toward the Rolex Rankings, Solheim, Rolex Player of the Year or Rookie of the Year standings."

    The turnout is pretty good considering the schedule. I think the format is kind of cool (at least interesting and different) and the tournament could have benefited from being a week or two earlier or having a week off before Evian. Would have been cool to have all of the top players teaming up with someone and playing here.

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