Tuesday, February 7

LPGA Tour Season Kicks Off in Australia

The 2012 LPGA Tour season starts on Thursday with the inaugural ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. It’s the first time in its long history that Royal Melbourne will host women pros. One hundred fifty-six players will compete for a $1.1 million purse. Six of the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings are in the field, including No. 1 Yani Tseng, No. 7 Jiyai Shin, No. 9 Stacy Lewis and No. 10 Brittany Lincicome.

Tseng was asked about her goals for 2012 at LPGA.com

“I think my new goal is to get stronger,” she said. “I want my swing to be more consistent. Maybe I can improve my mental status.”

It could be hard to improve on a 2011 season that included 12 worldwide victories, seven of them on the LPGA Tour. But Tseng is a huge talent who could rack up dozens of wins if she continues to improve and doesn’t lose her focus.

Purse: $1.1 million
Defending champion: Inaugural event
Course: Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Par 73, 6,505 yards

Tournament preview
Final field
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open website


TV coverage of the 2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is on Golf Channel.

Thu, Feb 9
12:30-2:30 PM ET

Fri, Feb 10
12:30-2:30 PM ET

Sat, Feb 11
10:00-12:30 PM ET

Sun, Feb 12
10:00-12:30 PM ET

(Image: Courtesy of LPGA.com)

1 comment:

DaveAndrews said...

Rookie Hannah Yun tees off at 7:40 on Thursday... 2nd group out of the gate.