28 JANUARY 2018 – UPDATED WITH RESULTS

Brittany Lincicome shot a seven under par 66 in the final round of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic to win the title for the second consecutive year.

Wei-Ling Hsu finished 2nd, two strokes back of Lincicome.

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Brittany Lincicome successfully defended her Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic title.

The victory didn’t come easy as Lincicome trailed the leader Wei-Ling Hsu by one shot going to the 14th hole. Lincicome then made birdie there to tie for the lead.

When both players birdied the par-five 15th hole and made par on 16, they went to the closing holes still tied for the lead.

Everything would change on the par three 17th hole when Hsu bogeyed and Lincicome, playing in the group behind her, birdied. That would give Lincicome a two stroke lead going to the 18th hole.

Hsu would make birdie on 18, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Lincicome followed with a birdie of her own.

It was an incredible finish for Lincicome as she birdied 11, 14, 15, 17, and 18, shooting a 5 under par 32 on the back nine.

Shanshan Feng was the only player to successfully defend a title in 2017 (the TOTO Japan Classic). Lincicome does it in the first tournament of the 2018 season.

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It is time to start the 2018 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the UL International), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2018 season promises to be the biggest and best ever.
The season will open in the Bahamas once again this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Brittany Lincicome at the 2017 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic womensgolf.com
Brittany Lincicome at the 2017 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. | Photo: LPGA Media

Many of you I am sure will remember last year’s exciting finish when Brittany Lincicome defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff. Stacy Lewis finished 1 stroke back, a stroke better than Gerina Piller. Nelly Korda, playing in her first event as an LPGA member finished fifth.

This is tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year’s schedule.

KEY DETAILS OF BAHAMAS LPGA

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lincicome
Winning Score:  64-65-69-68 = 266 (-26)
Final Field: 108 Players
Par: 36/37 = 73
Yardage: 6,625
Purse: $1,400,000
My strength of field rating is 52.5% (up from 44%) last year. Thirty of the top fifty players from the LPGA priority list and 12 of the top 25 players from the Rolex World Rankings will be in attendance. The field will be led by Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, and Lexi Thompson. Players skipping the event this week include Sung Hyun Park, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, In Gee Chun, and Lydia Ko.

Here are the television times:

Thursday, Jan 25 – GOLF CHANNEL 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Friday, Jan 26 – GOLF CHANNEL 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Saturday, Jan 27 – GOLF CHANNEL 3:30 PM-5:30 PM ET
Sunday, Jan 28 – GOLF CHANNEL 3:00 PM-5:30 PM ET
Lexi Thompson LPGA Bahamas Classic Women's Golf
Lexi Thompson, a favorite to win this week in the LPGA Bahamas | Photo: Ben Harpring for WomensGolf.com

Players Most likely to win: (Top players in the field)

Shanshan Feng – Hanging on to the #1 spot in the world by a thread.
So Yeon Ryu – Should take over the top spot with a win this week.
Lexi Thompson – A win should get her to the top of the Rolex Rankings for the first time in her career.

Players to watch out for: (I’m feeling it this week)

Brooke Henderson – Finished 7th last week playing from the men’s tees.
Stacy Lewis – Finished 2nd, 3rd, 11th, and 2nd here over the last four years.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)

Nelly Korda – Wants to jump out ahead of her sister who is taking the week off.
Nasa Hatoaka – Looking to put last year’s disaster behind her.
Look out for first and second round pairings which will be published here as soon as they are available.

Tony


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In Gee Chun with Tony Jesselli

Tony Jesselli is the author of the very popular blog TONY’S LPGA REPORT, which has been covering tour and player news since 2010. Every week Tony reports on the latest news and results from women’s professional golf around the world and previews upcoming tournaments with player news, the strength of field ratings, and TV times. It has earned the reputation as the ‘go-to’ resource for up to date and accurate news about the LPGA.

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