Teeing Off

November 23, 2009

MY BAG

FOR THE LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Lorena Ochoa

"I like my driver because, hopefully, I hit most of the fairways. I like my driver."

FAIRWAY METAL

Ping

G10 (15.5°)

SHAFT

Ping

TFC 129f (stiff)

DRIVER

Ping

i15 (8.5°)

SHAFT

Mitsubishi

Diamana Blue (stiff)

IRONS

Ping

(Four and five) S58; (six through PW) S57

SHAFTS

Ping

ZZ-Lite

WEDGES

Ping

Tour W (50°, 54° and 58°)

SHAFTS

True Temper

Dynalite Gold S300

BALL

Callaway

Tour i

PUTTER

Ping

Redwood Piper S

HYBRID

Ping

Rapture V2 (20°)

SHAFT

Grafalloy

PL Red (stiff)

GRIPS

Golf Pride

Dual Durometer Red Cap 60R

THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT

LPGA tour championship

The Shin Slam?

Even if Jiyai Shin doesn't win this week, she has a chance to make LPGA history. Shin, a 21-year-old from South Korea, has already wrapped up rookie of the year and leads the player-of-the-year and money-list races. She's also second in scoring average, but only .05 of a stroke behind the leader, Lorena Ochoa. The only person to win all four of those honors in one year was Nancy Lopez, who accomplished the sweep in 1978, when she won nine events. If Shin finishes ahead of Ochoa and beats her by enough to make up the difference in stroke average, Shin's season could rank with the best ever on the tour.

POY Story

A mere eight points separate Shin and Ochoa in the race for player of the year, although Shin has played in three more events. Only the top 10 players in each event earn points, as follows: 1st 30; 2nd 12; 3rd 9; 4th 7; 5th 6; 6th 5; 7th 4; 8th 3; 9th 2; and 10th 1. With as much as a 30-point swing possible in Houston, the POY award is still up for grabs. Here's how the race has played out over the course of the season.

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

Jiyal Shin

NUMBER OF POINTS

Lorena Ochoa

NUMBER OF EVENTS

Compiled by Sal Johnson

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SI IMAGING; ERICK W. RASCO (BALL, BAG, DRIVER) PHOTODARREN CARROLL (OCHOA) CHARTSLIM FILMS (CHART)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)