Primer: 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand

The LPGA Tour will take a six-hour flight from Western Australia to Thailand for this for this week’s Honda LPGA Thailand, where Amy Yang returns to defend her 2017 title.

In addition to Yang, the field at Siam Country Club’s Old Course also includes two other recent Honda winners in Lexi Thompson (2016) and Anna Nordqvist (2014).

As we do each week, here’s a round up of information and historical data to get you prepped for a weekend of watching (or gambling on) the 12th edition of the popular tournament in Southeast Asia.


THE SKINNY

Tournament: Honda LPGA Thailand
Dates: Feb. 22-25, 2018
Where: Chonburi, Thailand
Course: Siam Country Club, Old Course
Distance: Par 72, 6576 yards
Architect: Isao Mazumi, Schmidt-Curley
Format: 72-holes, stroke play, no cut
Purse: $1,600,000
Social: #HondaLPGAThailand2018, #DareToDream
Winning Share: $240,000
Defending Champion: Amy Yang
Marquee Players: Yang, Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompson, Jin Young Ko, Brittany Lincicome, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, and So Yeon Ryu.


TV AND ONLINE

Round 1: Thu 1:00 am-5:00 am (GOLF)
Round 2: Fri 1:00 am-5:00 am (GOLF)
Round 3: Sat 1:00 am-5:00 am (GOLF)
Round 4: Sun 1:00 am-5:00 am (GOLF)
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HISTORY

The Honda LPGA Thailand was first contested in 2006 at the Amata Spring Country Club with Hee-Won Han taking home the inaugural trophy and $195,000 prize.

The following year, the tournament moved to its current home at the Siam Country Club, on its Pattaya Old Course. It became the first LPGA Tour event held in Thailand, increasing the number of countries at the time to eight (now 14).

The tournament was not held in 2008, due to a date change from the fall (October) to early winter (February). In 2009, with its new February slot, it was held at the newer Plantation Course, but then returned to the Old Course in 2010.

The title sponsor has always been Honda, a Japanese-based manufacturer of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles.


RECENT WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP

2017: Amy Yang (-22), So Yeon Ryu (-17)
2016: Lexi Thompson (-20), In Gee Chun (-14)
2015: Amy Yang (-15), Mirim Lee, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis (-13)
2014: Anna Nordqvist (-15), Inbee Park (-13)
2013: Inbee Park (-12), Ariya Jutanugarn (-11)


TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORDS

18 holes: 63 (-9) Seven tied
36 holes: 130 (-14) Suzann Pettersen (2010), Stacy Lewis (2015)
54 holes: 196 (-20) Suzann Pettersen (2007)
72 holes: 266 (-22) Amy Yang (2017)


WEATHER REPORT

CHONBURI,THAILAND WEATHER

RD 1: Thu. High 88° Scattered T-Storms
RD 2: Fri. High 87° Scattered T-Storms
RD 3: Sat. High 90° Scattered T-Storms
RD 4: Sun. High 93° Partly Cloudy


THE FIELD

The field this week at Siam C.C.’s Old Course includes the top-six players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings – No. 1 Shanshan Feng, No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, No. 3 So Yeon Ryu, No. 4 Lexi Thompson, No. 5 Anna Nordqvist and No. 6 In Gee Chun.

Other marquee players include Amy Yang, Jin Young Ko, Brittany Lincicome, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Moriya Jutanugarn


ROUND ONE PAIRINGS

HOLETIMEPLAYER
17:30 AMAngel Yin
Georgia Hall
107:30 AMJacqui Concolino
Danielle Kang
17:41 AMCarlota Ciganda
Stacy Lewis
Minjee Lee
107:41 AMJennifer Song
Saranporn Langkulgasettri
Brittany Altomare
17:52 AMCristie Kerr
So Yeon Ryu
Brooke M. Henderson
107:52 AMBo-Mee Lee
Karine Icher
Ashleigh Buhai
18:03 AMBrittany Lincicome
Jin Young Ko
Amy Yang
108:03 AMKatherine Kirk
Jenny Shin
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
18:14 AMLydia Ko
Pornanong Phatlum
In Gee Chun
108:14 AMAzahara Munoz
Mirim Lee
Haru Nomura
18:25 AMSung Hyun Park
Lexi Thompson
Ariya Jutanugarn
108:25 AMMadelene Sagstrom
Misuzu Narita
Kim Kaufman
18:36 AMMoriya Jutanugarn
Shanshan Feng
Anna Nordqvist
108:36 AMAyako Uehara
Jane Park
Caroline Masson
18:47 AMNicole Broch Larsen
Angela Stanford
Alison Lee
108:47 AMChella Choi
Austin Ernst
Muni He
18:58 AMNelly Korda
Sei Young Kim
Ha-Neul Kim
108:58 AMMegan Khang
Eun-Hee Ji
Sarah Jane Smith
19:09 AMLizette Salas
Su Oh
Sandra Gal
109:09 AMCharley Hull
Mo Martin
Jeong Eun Lee
19:20 AMBenyapa Niphatsophon
Jing Yan
Michelle Wie
109:20 AMPernilla Lindberg
Mi Jung Hur
Kotone Hori
19:31 AMJessica Korda
Mi Hyang Lee
Supamas Sangchan
109:31 AMAlena Sharp
Candie Kung
Marina Alex

Credits: LPGA Communications, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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