Minjee Lee Wins Founders Cup

Minjee Lee won the Cognizant Founders Cup by 2-shots over Lexi Thompson, finishing at 19-under after a final round of two-under par 70. This is the seventh LPGA tour win for Lee, and her first of the 2022 season despite leading the tour in scoring for the season.

With a one-shot lead on the final hole, Lee stuck her approach to near tap-in range to seal the tournament.


The Founders Cup is all about celebrating the 13-founding members of the LPGA Tour.

For the LPGA Golf Pool, Tim Powell is the top point-earner for the week with 38 points.

Points for Cognizant Founders Cup

1Minjee Lee15
2Lexi Thompson10
3Angel Yin9
3Madelene Sagstrom9
5Carlota Ciganda7
6Nasa Hataoka6
6Megan Khang6
8Atthaya Thitikul4
8Hye-Jin Choi4
10Jenny Shin2

Here are highlights from Minjee Lee’s final round from the LPGA Youtube page:

Marina Alex Comes From Behind and Wins Palos Verdes Championship


Marina Alex started the day 3-shots off the lead, but made six birdies to shoot a 5-under 66 and win the Palos Verdes Championship by a shot over Jin Young Ko (who also shot a final-round 66). Alex finished at 10-under.

Alex finished a few groups ahead of the final group of Lydia Ko and Hannah Green, who finished tied for third and fifth respectively, and the broadcast cut to her waiting outside of the clubhouse for final groups to finish up. During one of their cuts to Alex, they caught her telling someone “I had to go to the bathroom the last two holes”.

As for the LPGA Golf Pool, Judy Wzola was the top-earner for the week with 42 points.

Points for Palos Verdes Championship

1Marina Alex15
2Jin Young Ko10
3Megan Khang9
3Lydia Ko9
5Ryann O'Toole7
5Andrea Lee*7
5Annie Park7
5Hannah Green7
9Ashleigh Buhai3
9Madelen Sagstrom3
9Jasmin Suwannapura3
9Albane Valenzuela3

* indicates not part of LPGA Golf Pool

Here is Alex talking to the media following the tournament:


During the final round, Lydia Ko required some physical therapy treatment a couple of times to stretch out some issue she was having. After the round, Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz asked Lydia why she needed the treatment and the answer left him speechless.

Here are some final round highlights:

Nasa Hataoka Wins LA Open


Nasa Hataoka won the DIO Implant LA Open in a runaway, winning by 5-shots over Hannah Green. It seemed like Hataoka hit the dead center of every fairway and the win is her sixth on the LPGA Tour. During the telecast the announcers said she was working on turning her body more in her swing, and that swing thought was definitely working.

She also made a lot of putts, and this eagle putt on the 15th pretty much finished the tournament on the 15th:



In the LPGA Golf Pool, Steve Schankula and Derek Lindeman each scored 38 points, to be the top point-earners for the week.

Points for DIO Implant LA Open

1Nasa Hataoka15
2Hannah Green10
3Madelene Sagstrom9
3Minjee Lee9
3Inbee Park9
6Hye-Jin Choi6
6Sei Young Kim6
6Chella Choi6
6Haeji Kang6
10Marina Alex2
10Yealimi Noh2
10Yu Liu2
10Lilia Vu2

Here is an example of a player reacting like they think the putt is not going in. Inbee Park no doubt thinks the putt is missing to the right… :


Celine Boutier also tried to hit a super flop shot from the rough, only to have her club go under the ball. I am looking for video of it and will post if I ever find it.

Here are the final round highlights from LPGA.com:

Hyo Joo Kim Wins LOTTE Championship

Hyo Joo Kim won the LOTTE Championship by two-shots over Hinako Shibuno.  This was Kim’s fifth LPGA Tour win. Kim bogeyed the 17th, allowing Shibuno to get within one-shot of the lead, but then birdied the final hole to seal the win.


The LOTTE Championship has its own victory celebration tradition:

In the LPGA Pool, Tim Powell and Rick Pero were the top point-earners for the week, with 30 points.

Points for LOTTE Championship

1Hyo Joo Kim15
2Hinako Shibuno*10
3Hye-Jin Choi9
4Ashleigh Buhai8
5Somi Lee*7
6Atthaya Thitikul6
6Gerina Mendoza6
6Ryann O'Toole6
6Na Rin An6
10Brittany Altomare2
10Celine Boutier2

* denotes not part of the LPGA Golf Pool

It seemed like there was always a steady wind, and during the coverage, the broadcast crew discussed Shibuno’s approach to playing in the wind:

Here are highlights of the final round:


Jennifer Kupcho Wins Chevron Championship


Jennifer Kupcho got her first LPGA Tour win and first major, capturing the Chevron Championship by 2-shots over Jessica Korda. Kupcho finished at 14-under after a final-round +2 (74), but started the final round with a 6-shot lead and no one got closer than two shots.

When her lead was cut to two after a couple of shaky holes, that’s when Kupcho responded with this:


This was the last time the Chevron Championship (formerly the Dinah Shore Classic, the Nabisco Championship, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and ANA Inspiration) will be held at the Mission Hills Club in Rancho Mirage California, and the last time the winner will get take a celebration leap into Poppie’s Pond, in my opinion the best victory celebration in sports.


The top point earner for the LPGA Golf Pool is Andrew Corner (again), with 35 points.

Points for Chevron Championship

1Jennifer Kupcho15
2Jessica Korda10
3Pia Babnik9
4Hinako Shubuno*8
4Celine Boutier8
4Lexi Thompson8
4Patty Tavatanakit8
8Alison Lee4
8Hannah Green4
8Nanna Koerstz Madsen4
8Hyo Joo Kim4

* indicates not in the pool

The shot of the day belonged to Chella Choi, making an ace and winning a BMW.


Here are highlights from LPGA’s Youtube page:

2022 Drive Chip & Putt


The Sunday prior to the Masters Tournament is national finals of the Drive, Chip & Put competition, and in its short history it has become a must-watch tradition for golf fans. The 80 competitors range in age from 7 to 15, and all qualified by winning sub-regional and regional competitions.

Each competitor hits two drives (with the best one counting towards their ranking), two chips (with the cumulative distance from the hole counting towards their ranking), and two putts (on the 18th green of Augusta National Golf Club with the cumulative distance from the hole counting towards their ranking).  Each competitor is awarded points based on their rank in each discipline, 10 points for first, down to 1 point for 10th, and the one with the most points over the 3 events is the winner.

Division WinnerPoints (D-C-P)
Boys 7-9Hudson Knapp22 (7-6-9)
Girls 7-9Autumn Solesbee26 (7-10-9)
Boys 10-11Bentley Coon24.5 (10-9-5.5)
Girls 10-11Kylie Chung18 (5-3-10)
Boys 12-13Michael Jorski21 (3-8-10)*
Girls 12-13Jenna Kim26 (9-9-8)
Boys 14-15Jaden Dumdumaya29 (10-9-10)
Girls 14-15Mia Hammond28 (9-9-10)

* indicates playoff

Here is Jaden Dumdumaya clinching the win for the 14-15 year old boys:

There are lots of great stories among the competitors, girls 7-9 year old winner Autumn Solesbee being one of the best


Michael Jorski came from way back, with some great putts, to win the boys 12-13 in a playoff.


And girls 10-11 winner Kylie Chung, when asked how it feels to win “I feel like I’m (long pause) amazing!”



Ohio’s Emerson Roychoudhury had a great segment on her which featured her connection to a golfing legend.



Ella Walsh and Mia Hammond both made both of their putts in the girls 14-15 division. Hammond won a putt-off.



And here are the champions









Atthaya Thitikul Wins JTBC Classic in Playoff

Atthaya Thitikul won the JTBC Classic  after a two-hole playoff with Nanna Koerstz Madsen. Thitikul shot a final-round 8-under par, and then had to wait over an hour to see if it would be enough to force a playoff.  Madsen three-putted the final hole of regulation to fall back into a tie with Thitikul, who won with a bogey on the second playoff hole. They had finished at 16-under par for the tournament.

This was Thitikul’s first win on the LPGA, she is a rookie on the tour and is only 19 years old.

Here is the putt that Thitikul made on the 72nd hole, which turned out to be needed for force the playoff:



For the LPGA Golf Pool, Andrew Corner was the week’s top point earner with 47 pts.

Points for Honda JTBC Classic

1Attaya Thitikul15
2Nanna Koerstz Madsen10
3Na Rin An9
4Pajaree Anannarukarn8
4Maude-Aimee Leblanc8
4Jin Young Ko8
7Charley Hull5
8Inbee Park4
8Lilia Vu4
10Amy Yang2
10Stephanie Meadow2

Here are the final round highlights from LPGA.com

Nanna Koerstz Madsen Wins Honda LPGA Thailand in Playoff

Nanna Koerstz Madsen eagled the second playoff hole to win the Honda LPGA Thailand over Xiyu Lin. The win is the first career win for Koertz Madsen, and she is the first LPGA winner from Denmark.

Koerstz Madsen and Lin both finished regulation at 26-under par, a tournament record, and scored -5 and -6 for the final round respectively.  Koerstz Madsen had bogeyed the 72nd hole, with Lin birdieing to force the playoff, but then went birdie-eagle in the playoff to win.


For the LPGA Golf Pool, William Coward was the top point-earner with 50 points.

Points for Honda LPGA Thailand

1Nanna Koerstz Madsen15
2Xiyu Lin10
3Celine Boutier9
4Amy Yang8
4Brooke M. Henderson8
6Hyo Joo Kim6
6Jennifer Kupcho6
8Jeongeun Lee64
8Atthaya Thitikul4
8Danielle Kang4
8Hinako Shibuno4