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Race to the CME Globe: 3500 Points

 

Format: 72 holes

 

Purse: $7,000,000

 

Location: Tiburon Golf Club, Gold Course, Naples, FL

 

Par: 72

 

Yardage: 6,556 yds

 

History: This is the 9th year for the event. In 2021, Jin Young Ko, battling a wrist injury that prevented her from hitting a full practice swing all week, shot a final round 63 to break out of a four-way tie after 54 holes to claim the $1.5 million dollar winner's prize.

 

Coverage:

 

November 17: NBC Sports App (Stream) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
November 17: The Golf Channel 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)

November 18: NBC Sports App (Stream) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)

November 18: The Golf Channel 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)

November 19: Peacock (Stream) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)

November 19: The Golf Channel 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (ET)

November 20: NBC 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)

 

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Good luck keeping up with the coverage. Note that the final round will be broadcast on NBC, and the third round's coverage on The Golf Channel will be tape delayed. Live 3rd round coverage will be on Peacock.

 

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9 hours ago, Argonne69 said:

Good luck keeping up with the coverage. Note that the final round will be broadcast on NBC, and the third round's coverage on The Golf Channel will be tape delayed. Live 3rd round coverage will be on Peacock.

 

What a mess of a TV schedule. Last weekend the live final round was tape delayed on GC. Makes you question the LPGA viewership ratings.

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10 hours ago, Argonne69 said:

Good luck keeping up with the coverage. Note that the final round will be broadcast on NBC, and the third round's coverage on The Golf Channel will be tape delayed. Live 3rd round coverage will be on Peacock.

 

Could you simply watch the coverage on YouTube via SkySportsUK/ VPN?

https://youtube.com/c/skysportsgolf

 

Last week’s Pelican was streamed “Live” via the above Link. 
 

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Bubble breakdown: A look at who kept their LPGA card and qualified for CME Group Tour Championship — and who didn't

Beth Ann NicholsNovember 14, 2022

BELLEAIR, Fla. — While the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship featured a thrilling shootout between America’s best – Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson – the battle going on down the board had just as much at stake, maybe more.

Rookie Morgane Metraux came into the penultimate event of the season in the 101st place on the Race to CME Globe points list, one position outside of keeping her card. When asked whether she feels more pressure playing to win or keep her card, Metraux, who has won on both the LET and Epson Tour, didn’t hesitate.

“Playing to keep your job 100 percent,” said Metraux, who vaulted up the standings with a T-4 finish at Pelican. “The thing is for me, playing to win you already feel like you’re obviously playing really well if you’re in a position to win the tournament, so you can build confidence on that.

“If you’re playing to keep your job it means you haven’t done quite as good. So I think it’s more pressure. It’s like playing to make the cut on the last hole versus playing to win the tournament. They’re both pressure, but I think the pressure of making the cut is actually harder.”

Meanwhile, Gerina Mendoza was projected to finish 100th on the CME when she got to the difficult par-4 18th,  but found the water and made double-bogey, dropping to No. 102.

LPGA cards weren’t the only thing on the line. Players were also vying to finish inside the top 63 of the points list to qualify for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Only 60 qualify for the event, but three players – Jessica Korda, Linn Grant and Inbee Park – will not compete next week. The winner of the CME will earn a record $2 million.

Here’s a look at some of the highs and lows from a dramatic day in Belleaire, Florida (with final CME ranking):

85. Morgane Metraux

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Morgane Metraux of Switzerland lines up a putt on the sixth hole during the first round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on November 11, 2022 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Metraux came into this this week No. 101 on the CME points list, one position outside of keeping her card. A closing 64 from the Swiss player moved her well inside the top 100 and out of Q-Series.

“I don’t really have words, to be honest,” said Metraux. “It’s just like just everything is a little bit overwhelming.”

Metraux went into the final round with an aggressive attitude, pushing herself to make birdies. The mindset paid off. She’ll travel to Spain next week for the LET finale while her sister, Kim, heads to the second stage of LPGA Q-School. Metraux’s father, Oliver, flew in from Saudi Arabia Sunday morning after caddying for Kim. He noted that last year Morgane went into the final event on the Epson Tour in 10th place on the money list. (The top 10 earn LPGA cards.) With everything on the line, she moved up to ninth.

“She loves pressure,” he said.

64. Jenny Shin

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Jenny Shin of South Korea hits her tee shot on the 3rd hole during the second round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 4, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Jenny Shin has competed in every CME Group Tour Championship since 2011. A pair of bogeys on the closing holes, however, wiped out any chance she had to keep that streak alive. Shin said she felt the pressure that rookies feel this week, and it didn’t feel good. She missed the CME by one spot.

“I think it’s the talent level,” said Shin of why this year felt so difficult. “I’m not getting worse.”

Shin said her ball-striking this year is significantly better than it was six years ago when she won on the LPGA. Most of her disappointments this year, she said, can be chalked up to her mental game. Now 30 years old, Shin admitted that she hasn’t always made golf a priority, but this year, she wanted see how good she can be.

“I’m trying to prove something to myself,” said Shin, “and that never works out.”

62. Stacy Lewis

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Stacy Lewis of the United States plays her shot on the seventh tee during the first round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at The Saticoy Club on October 06, 2022 in Somis, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis came into the week in the 60th position on the CME list. The former No. 1 said she found something with her putting heading into next week. She also felt like she could be more aggressive over the ball, rather than play for a miss. Lewis double-bogeyed the last hole but still managed to hold onto the 62nd spot.

“I knew I had a pretty good shot at making it,” said Lewis, “but then I saw Matilda was playing good so then it kind of makes you pay attention a little bit more. I haven’t played very good, so I don’t really feel like I deserved it, but I’m excited to have another week because I felt like I actually did some good stuff this week, it’s just the golf course doesn’t always show it.”

65. Maria Fassi

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Maria Fassi of Mexico reacts to a putt on the first hole during the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on November 13, 2022 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Maria Fassi posted a career-best 62 to lead the Pelican after Day 1 and came into the final round one shot back. The former NCAA champ got off to a slow start with three bogeys on the front nine. The focus on the back nine turned from winning the event to qualifying for the CME. She needed to finish inside the top 6 at least to have a chance. Instead, Fassi bogeyed the last two holes to slip to 65th on the CME list.

Ariya Jutanugarn jumped up to take the last spot.

54. Matilda Castren

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Matilda Castren of Finland hits her tee shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Matilda Castren entered the week No. 62 on the CME points list. The first Finnish player to win on the LPGA, Castren chased distance early in the season and struggled not only on the course, but with her mental outlook. After a top-10 finish in Japan and a closing 64 at the Pelican again to finish T-10, she’s now starting to find her stride.

“I’m not going to lie,” said Castren. “It’s been super-stressful. I’m just really happy about today. It could have gone anyway, and it went our way today.”

101. Dewi Weber

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Dewi Weber of the Netherlands plays a shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at The Saticoy Club on October 08, 2022 in Somis, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Dewi Weber came into the tournament 102 on the CME points list. After a strong par save on the challenging 18th, Weber walked out of the scoring tent greatly disappointed with her closing 70 and mostly thinking about the double-bogey she carded on the penultimate hole that will ultimately send her back to Q-Series.

“I think I needed a good round today and I kind of knew that,” said Weber, “and it was a bit of a guessing game where everybody else was. … Sorry, I’m a little pissed at myself because we think I had it at 17 and I didn’t know that; I thought I needed to go a lot lower than that and I did something dumb and I made double bogey. I’m pretty sure I didn’t make it, and I am really not looking forward to going to Alabama for two weeks again. It’s part of the game.”

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20 hours ago, Hacker76 said:

What a mess of a TV schedule. Last weekend the live final round was tape delayed on GC. Makes you question the LPGA viewership ratings.

I remember the last commissioner Michael Whan crowing about all the extra TV coverage he had secured from the GC. Considering it's a paid service and the GC also get income from advertisers only 3 hrs of coverage for the premier event of the year might suggest the level of viewership ratings for the LPGA...I guess the GC would never tell us the information needed to know why even if it is only streamed online that such little coverage is worthwhile. I have worked out that in 3 hours of coverage we see only 2 hours of actual golf and a lot is recorded during commercial breaks and replayed when switched back to so called live coverage! 

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The Grand Finale is upon us, c'mon guys and gals who's gonna win this? You all can play along for the last event. Pick 3 favorites and 3 longish shots.

Interesting that the heavy hitters are all playing the afternoon wave day one.

Gonna say Lexi, Charley and Gaby for the frontrunners.

Mina, A Lim Kim and Ally for surprises.

Coverage is fantastic as mentioned before 👎🤮👎

 

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48 minutes ago, ChronicSlicer said:

The Grand Finale is upon us, c'mon guys and gals who's gonna win this? You all can play along for the last event. Pick 3 favorites and 3 longish shots.

Interesting that the heavy hitters are all playing the afternoon wave day one.

Gonna say Lexi, Charley and Gaby for the frontrunners.

Mina, A Lim Kim and Ally for surprises.

Coverage is fantastic as mentioned before 👎🤮👎

 

Front runners: Lexi, Nelly, Lydia Ko.  Hannah Green has played well at Tiburon, and had a good finish last week at Pelican (T4).

 

Atthaya/Hye-Jin have been steady, so despite being a rookie/debut at Tiburon ... might spring a surprise?

 

Hoping JYK puts up a good showing (but unlikely, given she is experiencing wrist pain "just holding the club" according to Beth Ann Nichols?)

 

Some betting odds = here.  
https://thegolfnewsnet.com/golfnewsnetteam/2022/11/14/2022-cme-group-tour-championship-betting-odds-and-tips-futures-picks-who-will-win-127532/ 

 

Tee times: https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/leaderboard 

Pairings: https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/pairings

 

 

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2022 CME Group Tour Championship: How to watch, who’s playing in LPGA’s season finale

November 15, 2022

Nelly Korda of the United States plays her shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the Pelican Women's Championship.

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The 2022 LPGA season culminates this week at the CME Group Tour Championship, where the top 60 players in the Race to the CME Globe will compete for the $7 million prize purse (with $2 million going to the winner) along with several coveted end-of-season awards at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

While the Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition, there will be no points reset or any points at all involved this week. This is a 72-hole, no-cut competition, and the Tour Championship winner will be crowned “Race to the CME Globe Champion.” World No. 3 Lydia Ko currently leads the race, followed by Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, who recently won Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors.

Also on the line in Naples is the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year award, as Ko (150 points) holds a one-point lead over Minjee Lee (149) in the standings entering this week. Brooke Henderson and Thitikul (130 points each) also are mathematically in the race for No. 1, as the winner gets 30 points in the POY standings. Additionally, Ko leads the tour in scoring average at 69.049 and looks to earn her second consecutive Vare Trophy. Lastly, the money title hangs in the balance, with Lee holding a $1.1 million lead over In Gee Chun, but the Tour Championship’s whopping prize purse means we may not know who wins it until the final putt drops.


How to watch the CME Group Tour Championship

You can watch the 2022 CME Group Tour Championship on Golf Channel, Peacock, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Here’s the complete TV/streaming schedule:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17: 2-3 p.m. ET, streaming online/app; 3-5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel and Peacock
  • Friday, Nov. 18: 2-3 p.m. ET, streaming online/app; 3-5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel and Peacock
  • Saturday, Nov. 19: 2-5 p.m. ET, streaming online/app; 4-7 p.m. ET (tape delay), Golf Channel and Peacock
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: 1-4 p.m. ET, NBC (also streaming online/app)

 


Who’s playing in the CME Group Tour Championship

The field for this year’s CME Group Tour Championship features the top 11 players in the Rolex Rankings and 58 players in the top 100. Leading the charge is Nelly Korda, who returned to No. 1 in the world rankings after a win last week at the Pelican Women’s Championship, where she successfully defended her 2021 title.

Three players in the top 60 in the Race to the CME Globe withdrew ahead of the week (No. 33 Jessica Korda, No. 51 Inbee Park and No. 52 Linn Grant), and were replaced by Nos. 61, 62 and 63, respectively: Pornanong PhatlumStacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Also in the field are six past champions (Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim, Jin Young Ko, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson) as well as all 26 LPGA Tour winners in 2022. Ten players will make their Tour Championship debut:

  • Na Rin An
  • Hye-Jin Choi
  • Allisen Corpuz
  • Gemma Dryburgh
  • Ayaka Furue
  • Sophia Schubert
  • Hinako Shibuno
  • Maja Stark
  • Atthaya Thitikul
  • Lilia Vu

Past champions of the CME Group Tour Championship

YEAR WINNER SCORE MARGIN RUNNERUP
2021 Jin Young Ko (South Korea) 23-under 265 1 stroke Nasa Hataoka
2020 Jin Young Ko (South Korea) 18-under 270 5 strokes Hannah Green, Sei Young Kim
2019 Sei Young Kim (South Korea) 18-under 270 1 stroke Charley Hull
2018 Lexi Thompson (USA) 18-under 270 4 strokes Nelly Korda
2017 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 15-under 273 1 stroke Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda

Last year at the CME Group Tour Championship

Four players slept on the 54-hole co-lead, but it was Jin Young Ko who came out on top following a bogey-free, 9-under 63 on Sunday, winning the $1.5 million prize by one stroke over Nasa Hataoka. Ko battled through a wrist injury that kept her from practicing at the Tour Championship (an injury that has continued to interrupt her 2022 season), but she tied her career-best score for 18 holes on the final day and set the new tournament scoring record in the process, finishing at 23-under 265.


More about Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold Course

Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold Course is one of more than 30 golf courses in the United States designed by Greg Norman. The club originally opened in November 1998 with 27 holes, and nine additional holes were opened in October 2002 to form the Gold Course and the Black Course. Tiburon, which is the Spanish word for “shark,” will play as a par 72 with scorecard yardage for the tournament at 6,556 yards.

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Bubble breakdown: A look at who kept their LPGA card and qualified for CME Group Tour Championship — and who didn't

Beth Ann NicholsNovember 14, 2022

BELLEAIR, Fla. — While the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship featured a thrilling shootout between America’s best – Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson – the battle going on down the board had just as much at stake, maybe more.

Rookie Morgane Metraux came into the penultimate event of the season in the 101st place on the Race to CME Globe points list, one position outside of keeping her card. When asked whether she feels more pressure playing to win or keep her card, Metraux, who has won on both the LET and Epson Tour, didn’t hesitate.

“Playing to keep your job 100 percent,” said Metraux, who vaulted up the standings with a T-4 finish at Pelican. “The thing is for me, playing to win you already feel like you’re obviously playing really well if you’re in a position to win the tournament, so you can build confidence on that.

“If you’re playing to keep your job it means you haven’t done quite as good. So I think it’s more pressure. It’s like playing to make the cut on the last hole versus playing to win the tournament. They’re both pressure, but I think the pressure of making the cut is actually harder.”

Meanwhile, Gerina Mendoza was projected to finish 100th on the CME when she got to the difficult par-4 18th,  but found the water and made double-bogey, dropping to No. 102.

LPGA cards weren’t the only thing on the line. Players were also vying to finish inside the top 63 of the points list to qualify for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Only 60 qualify for the event, but three players – Jessica Korda, Linn Grant and Inbee Park – will not compete next week. The winner of the CME will earn a record $2 million.

Here’s a look at some of the highs and lows from a dramatic day in Belleaire, Florida (with final CME ranking):

85. Morgane Metraux

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Morgane Metraux of Switzerland lines up a putt on the sixth hole during the first round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on November 11, 2022 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Metraux came into this this week No. 101 on the CME points list, one position outside of keeping her card. A closing 64 from the Swiss player moved her well inside the top 100 and out of Q-Series.

“I don’t really have words, to be honest,” said Metraux. “It’s just like just everything is a little bit overwhelming.”

Metraux went into the final round with an aggressive attitude, pushing herself to make birdies. The mindset paid off. She’ll travel to Spain next week for the LET finale while her sister, Kim, heads to the second stage of LPGA Q-School. Metraux’s father, Oliver, flew in from Saudi Arabia Sunday morning after caddying for Kim. He noted that last year Morgane went into the final event on the Epson Tour in 10th place on the money list. (The top 10 earn LPGA cards.) With everything on the line, she moved up to ninth.

“She loves pressure,” he said.

64. Jenny Shin

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Jenny Shin of South Korea hits her tee shot on the 3rd hole during the second round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 4, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Jenny Shin has competed in every CME Group Tour Championship since 2011. A pair of bogeys on the closing holes, however, wiped out any chance she had to keep that streak alive. Shin said she felt the pressure that rookies feel this week, and it didn’t feel good. She missed the CME by one spot.

“I think it’s the talent level,” said Shin of why this year felt so difficult. “I’m not getting worse.”

Shin said her ball-striking this year is significantly better than it was six years ago when she won on the LPGA. Most of her disappointments this year, she said, can be chalked up to her mental game. Now 30 years old, Shin admitted that she hasn’t always made golf a priority, but this year, she wanted see how good she can be.

“I’m trying to prove something to myself,” said Shin, “and that never works out.”

62. Stacy Lewis

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Stacy Lewis of the United States plays her shot on the seventh tee during the first round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at The Saticoy Club on October 06, 2022 in Somis, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis came into the week in the 60th position on the CME list. The former No. 1 said she found something with her putting heading into next week. She also felt like she could be more aggressive over the ball, rather than play for a miss. Lewis double-bogeyed the last hole but still managed to hold onto the 62nd spot.

“I knew I had a pretty good shot at making it,” said Lewis, “but then I saw Matilda was playing good so then it kind of makes you pay attention a little bit more. I haven’t played very good, so I don’t really feel like I deserved it, but I’m excited to have another week because I felt like I actually did some good stuff this week, it’s just the golf course doesn’t always show it.”

65. Maria Fassi

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Maria Fassi of Mexico reacts to a putt on the first hole during the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on November 13, 2022 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Maria Fassi posted a career-best 62 to lead the Pelican after Day 1 and came into the final round one shot back. The former NCAA champ got off to a slow start with three bogeys on the front nine. The focus on the back nine turned from winning the event to qualifying for the CME. She needed to finish inside the top 6 at least to have a chance. Instead, Fassi bogeyed the last two holes to slip to 65th on the CME list.

Ariya Jutanugarn jumped up to take the last spot.

54. Matilda Castren

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Matilda Castren of Finland hits her tee shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Matilda Castren entered the week No. 62 on the CME points list. The first Finnish player to win on the LPGA, Castren chased distance early in the season and struggled not only on the course, but with her mental outlook. After a top-10 finish in Japan and a closing 64 at the Pelican again to finish T-10, she’s now starting to find her stride.

“I’m not going to lie,” said Castren. “It’s been super-stressful. I’m just really happy about today. It could have gone anyway, and it went our way today.”

101. Dewi Weber

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Dewi Weber of the Netherlands plays a shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at The Saticoy Club on October 08, 2022 in Somis, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Dewi Weber came into the tournament 102 on the CME points list. After a strong par save on the challenging 18th, Weber walked out of the scoring tent greatly disappointed with her closing 70 and mostly thinking about the double-bogey she carded on the penultimate hole that will ultimately send her back to Q-Series.

“I think I needed a good round today and I kind of knew that,” said Weber, “and it was a bit of a guessing game where everybody else was. … Sorry, I’m a little pissed at myself because we think I had it at 17 and I didn’t know that; I thought I needed to go a lot lower than that and I did something dumb and I made double bogey. I’m pretty sure I didn’t make it, and I am really not looking forward to going to Alabama for two weeks again. It’s part of the game.”

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From Golf Digest.. Here is the layout for POY..

 

CME is 30 points..

 

Brooke and Atthaya has to win the CME to have a chance to win POY..

 

Guarantee win for POY for Lydia or Minjee, if they win the CME..

Did not even know that Brook was in contention..

 

It makes this tournament more interesting..

 

 

 

 

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Tough call on this one. Jeeno is a no brainer pick. Lydia has been solid. Minjee? Stumbling lately. Nelly in fine form. Wouldn't be shocked to see Lexi pick up a win, as she loves the course. 

 

I'm going with Hye Jin. She's due for a win in her solid rookie season that has been (rightfully) overshadowed by Jeeno. 

 

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I think it has to be a previous LPGA winner who can deal with final round pressure. Don't see a rookie doing this. I'll rule out Lexi, too fragile. Lydia too - she could win but bogeys creep in to her rounds. Sei Young Kim has been off form, though a very solid player on her day. Minjee quiet lately. Don't see Brooke taking it all the way to the line though she's capable of doing it when on top form. And so on....

 

That leaves us with Nelly and Atthaya as good bets. Kupcho maybe. Beyond that, hard to call. 

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2 hours ago, 8602081 said:

Lot of weight is put on Lydia and Minjee..  

 

Lydia and Minjee can win twice this weekend (tournament and POY)..

 

I'm picking Lydia.. 

 

 

 

Minjee is nowhere near the same form since the US Open, she's been scuffling of late. The top 5 rn are Lyds, Nelly, Lexi, Jeeno, and Vu

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9 minutes ago, woahnelly said:

 

Minjee is nowhere near the same form since the US Open, she's been scuffling of late. The top 5 rn are Lyds, Nelly, Lexi, Jeeno, and Vu

 

 

I agree that recent results are there, such is the case for Lilia Vu.  But form is transient and can change any week; Nelly's winning last week is a best example.

 

As well as Lilia and Andrea Lee have been playing this year, there're always danger they can regress back to 2019 for Lilia and 2021 for Andrea.

 

Superimposed on form are intrinsic talent and mental strength associated with superstars.  That's why Lydia, Nelly, Minjee and Brooke can't be counted out any week.

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My last pick of the season.  This boils down to who can handle the pressure and the moment on a "relatively easy" track.  There's a lot of trouble to be had for the long ball hitters if the fairways firm up.  Wind is forecast to pickup on Sunday which will make for some interesting shot choices on 14 of the holes where water and penalty areas come into play.  

 

Lydia and Nelly are my front runners.  They both live on courses in South Florida and spend a lot of time on similar greens.

 

Lexi would be but she has to figure her short game out in the final rounds.  Unfortunately, that is 99% in her head.

 

Atthaya has all the skills and none of the bad memories, but this will be won and lost inside of 75 yards.  That is not the strength of her game.

 

Minjee has the advantage of Jason G on her bag.  Not sure what is missing in her game the last 3 months but she isn't striking the ball well at all.

 

Danielle Kang would be my outside pick.  She plays well in Florida historically.    

 

Should be fun to watch.  Despite being flat, there are some hikes between the greens and tee boxes (typical Florida neighborhood layout).  Thankfully the temps and humidity look like they will cooperate.  

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2 hours ago, 18majors said:

 

 

I agree that recent results are there, such is the case for Lilia Vu.  But form is transient and can change any week; Nelly's winning last week is a best example.

 

As well as Lilia and Andrea Lee have been playing this year, there're always danger they can regress back to 2019 for Lilia and 2021 for Andrea.

 

Superimposed on form are intrinsic talent and mental strength associated with superstars.  That's why Lydia, Nelly, Minjee and Brooke can't be counted out any week.

 

Brooke is certainly among the elites, I just knocked her down a peg due to her WD last week albeit nothing serious. 

 

Lilia Vu and Andrea Lee have always had the potential, it's just good to see them play to their pedigree and be contending each week.  

 

 

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