Friday, April 28, 2017

LPGA Women's Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play

The 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play golf tournament for women players on the LPGA Tour is taking place this week from May 4-7, 2017, at the Club de Golf Mexico located in Mexico City, Mexico. Here is a list of the top LPGA women golfers in the playing field for the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play.

                                           (Photo by Keith Allison)

This tournament was the Lorena Ochoa Invitational until this year when it became a match play event. As an invitational event the playing field was limited to 36 players. This year the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play has a playing field of 64 women golfers.

In addition, Lorena Ochoa is playing in this event vs Anika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Juli Inkster. The four women legends of golf are not officially in the playing field and are just playing against each other for publicity purposes.

As for the actual playing field six out of the top 10 ranked women golfers in the world are in the playing field for the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play. 

  • Lydia Ko

  • Aryia Jutanugarn

  • In Gee Chun

  • Shanshan Feng

  • Inbee Park

  • Ha Na Jang

The four top 10 women golfers skipping this event this year are So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang and Anna Nordqvist.

Top 25 women in the playing field include Sei Young Kim, Sung Hyun Park, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Charley Hull, Cristie Kerr, Gerina Piller, Carlota Ciganda and Jessic Korda

Popular and well known women golfers in the playing field not already mentioned above include Sandra Gal, Brittany Lang, Mo Martin, Morgan Pressel, Beatriz Recari, Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie.

The LPGA is taking a big risk making the Lorena Ochoa a match play event. Match play is risky because all the best women golfers and all the women golfers fans want to see can get knocked out of the tournament early leaving a big void fans are not interested in. 

The LPGA used to conduct a match play event just a few miles from this author's home. The first two days were always crowded but too many times by the weekend all the big name women golfers were gone and the golf course would be a ghost town on Saturday and Sunday.

Hopefully that will not be the case for the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play. Good luck to all the women golfers this week in Mexico!

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