Monday, January 15, 2018

My Top 40 Player of the Year Predictions for 2018

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2018 season.

With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the UL International Crown), this year promises to to be one of the most exciting ever.

With the LPGA getting more and more talented each and every year, it is very difficult to narrow this down to just 40 players.

I  am going strictly by where I think they will finish on the 2018 money list.

Here are my top 40 picks for the 2018 season: (last year's actual money list finish is in parenthesis)

1- Lexi Thompson (3) - After last year's controversial ending to the ANA Inspiration, I am going to assume she will be much more careful in placing her ball. I am also thinking she will drop a few more key putts this year. She was oh so close to sweeping all the major awards last year. Look for her to be the 2018 Player of the Year, and finish the year in the #1 spot on the Rolex World Rankings.

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Look for less controversy and more putts to fall for Lexi Thompson this year.

2- Sung Hyun Park (1) - Look for another terrific year from this young lady. I expect multiple wins, but a #2 finish.

3- So Yeon Ryu (2) - She will win at least once in 2018, but will have a very hard time keeping up with the numbers 1 and 2 above.

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Look for another solid season from So Yeon Ryu.

4- Brooke Henderson (6) - Many thought Brooke was a bit off last year, but she still managed a victory and a 6th place finish on the year end money list. Look for her to continue to win and threaten a top 3 finish.

5- Ariya Jutanugarn (5) - Ariya might be the toughest player on the LPGA to predict. She's capable of missing ten straight cuts and then winning again. Which half of her will turn up more frequently in 2018 is impossible to predict. So I will just place her where she finished last year.

6- Shanshan Feng (4) - Shanshan will start the year as the #1 player in the world. She will not finish there in spite of another solid season.

7- Lydia Ko (13) - I just refuse to believe that she can go another season without a victory. If she does, that will be a story all of its own.

8- Anna Nordqvist (8) - Just plug her in here in this spot every year and you can never go wrong.

9- In-Gee Chun (11) - Look for her to turn one of those many top five finishes into a victory this year.

10- Michelle Wie (19) - It was a big comeback year for Michelle in 2017. If she is healthy this coming season, look for a return to the top ten.

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If healthy, look for a return to the top ten for Michelle Wie in 2018.

11- Cristie Kerr (7) - Cristie had one of the finest years of her career in 2017. A year that included two victories. She is just 5 points short of gaining Hall of Fame membership. That should keep the fires burning.

12- Inbee Park (25) - Where she will finish this year is going to depend on how many tournaments she will play. If she gets 20 starts, she could finish higher than this.

13- Stacy Lewis (15) - I believe Stacy will still play well enough to sneak in another win this year. I believe she will also keep the money this time.

14- Minjee Lee (16) - I can't help but feel that she still hasn't shown us her best. When she out!

15- Jin Young Ko (rookie) - The favorite to win this year's Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award. I don't see her having quite the rookie year that Sung Hyun Park had last year, but a solid season is a sure thing.

16- Angel Yin (44) - She won on the LET late last year. Look for her to win on the LPGA this year.

17- Sei Young Kim (10) - A very solid player, but I see her falling back some this season.

18- Jessica Korda (26) - If healthy this season, look for a bounce back year.

19- Nelly Korda - (47) - Closing the gap on older sister Jessica.

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Can Nelly Korda finish higher than sister Jessica on the 2018 money list?

20- Mirim Lee (20) - Look for her to finish right about where she finished last season.

21- Amy Yang (18) - I always seem to pick her too high. So I will drop her a bit this season.

22- Moriya Jutanugarn (9) - She is still looking for that elusive first victory. She led the tour in top twenty-five finishes in 2017. I don't expect her to do that again this year.

23- Danielle Kang (17) - She made a good chunk of her money when she won the KMPG Women's PGA Championship in 2017. She will have to win again in 2018 to finish that high on the money list again.

24- In-Kyung Kim (12) - She won three times in 2017, and still only managed to finish #12 on the year's money list. It is hard to pick her higher on this list when she sits out 50% of the tournaments.

25- Mi Hyang Lee (22) - Expect a slight drop off in 2018. But another solid season.

26- Marina Alex (27) - She gets better every year. No reason to believe she will not continue to improve.

27- Chella Choi (28) - Chella finishes about here every year. This year will be no different.

28- Georgia Hall (rookie) - I believe she will be one of the best players to come from the LET in years. She will have a solid season. Only question is whether or not she can challenge Jin Young Ko for rookie honors.

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Can Georgia Hall challenge for the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year honors?

29- Mi Jung Hur (14) - M.J. had a career year in 2017. I look for her to drop back some in 2018.

30- Carlota Ciganda (24) - She fell back 10 spots in 2017. I look for her to drop 6 more this year.

31- Brittany Altomare (30) - Surprised us all in 2017 with a very solid season. Look for more of the same this year as she tries to continue to pile up some Solheim Cup points.

32- Brittany Lincicome (32) - Still capable of winning, but doesn't contend enough anymore for me to put her higher.

33- Charley Hull (46) - After finishing #15 in 2016, she fell back sharply last season. I believe she will rebound a bit this year.

34- Lizette Salas (21) - Had a very solid second half of the season in 2017. Putting together two good halves has always been her problem.

35- Megan Khang (43) - Played up to our expectations the second half of last season. Look for more improvement this season.

36- Suzann Pettersen (37) - If she is healthy, she can finish much higher than this.

37- Jenny Shin (36) - Fell back quite a few places in 2017. I expect her to play about the same this year.

38- Madelene Sagstrom (49) - Madelene had a very solid rookie season that got stronger as the year went by. Look for continued improvement this year.

39- Austin Ernst (33) - Austin is a solid player, but I don't see a big upside here. Look for her to play well enough to solidify a 2019 Solheim Cup position.

40- Jodi Ewart Shadoff (31) - Makes a high percentage of cuts, but doesn't contend enough for me to put her higher than this on my list.

Player most likely to make me look foolish for leaving her off this list: Nasa Hataoka.

Player I left off because she is expecting a child in 2018 and will probably not play enough: Gerina Piller.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ten Question for the 2018 Season

As we approach the beginning of the 2018 LPGA season, there are a number of questions that I am looking forward to getting the answers to. In reverse order, here are my top ten:

10- Can the LPGA make it through a full season without a single tournament being canceled?

9- Can Lydia Ko bounce back from a 2017 season where she did not win a single tournament, and dropped from #1 to #9 in the world rankings?

8- Can Cristie Kerr, who won twice in 2017, and now has 22 Hall of Fame points, get closer to the 27 points needed for induction?

7- Can In-Gee Chun finally put together 4 solid rounds and turn some of those second place finishes into victories?

In-Gee Chun had 8 top five finishes in 2017, but did not have a single victory.

6- Will the brand new LPGA Q-Series be a success?

5- Will Moriya Jutanugarn finally break through and get her first LPGA victory?

4- Can Michelle Wie continue where she left off in 2017 (moving from #174 to # 29) and get back into the Rolex Rankings top 10?

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Will Michelle Wie bring home any trophies in 2018?

3- After successfully defending their Solheim Cup Championship in 2017, can Team USA sucessfully defend the UL International Crown in 2018?

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Can Team USA successfully defend their UL International Crown title in 2018?

2- Can Jin Young Ko keep up South Korea's streak of winning the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award, or can Georgia Hall put a stop to it?

1- Can Lexi Thompson avoid controversy, and make enough putts to take over the #1 position in the world rankings?

Feel free to answer the above questions or add some of your own.

Other News:
Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club has reached an extension to remain the host site of the ShopRite LPGA Classic through 2023.

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How many players successfully defended their 2016 LPGA tournament titles in 2017?

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2017

1/9/18 - Bonus pics added at bottom of this page!

Danielle Kang

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2017. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc
Azahara Munoz
Cheyenne Woods
Michelle Wie
Brooke Henderson

Belen Mozo and Sandra Gal
Ai Miyazato
Amy Yang
Moriya Jutanugarn
Lydia Ko
Madedlene Sagstrom
Cheyenne Woods
Alison Lee
Hee Young Park
Jaye Marie Green
In-Gee Chun
Hee Young Park
Before I get to number one. Let me say that we have a new champion!

Our 2015 Champion was Muni He.

Our 2016 Champion was In-Gee Chun

The following photos were, by a large margin, the most popular photos of 2017:

Danielle Kang's photos were the most popular in 2017.

Bonus Pictures

Update 1/9/18 - You asked for more. Press here for the next 15 most popular pictures.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

LPGA Player Profile: Stacy Lewis

With the start of the LPGA season still about three weeks away, I think it is a good time to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today is a former #1 player in the world rankings:

Stacy Lewis

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Stacy Lewis spent 25 weeks as the world's #1 player in 2013-2014.

Born:  February 16, 1985
Hometown:  The Woodlands, Texas
Resides: Houston, Texas
Rookie Year: 2009
2017 Earnings:  $1,057,208

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Stacy Lewis wins the 2013 Ricoh British Open at St. Andrews.

Stacy has won 12 times on the LPGA tour, including 2 major championships:

  • 2011 - Kraft Nabisco Championship
  • 2012 - Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
  • 2012 - ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • 2012 - Navistar LPGA Classic
  • 2012 - Mizuno Classic
  • 2013 - HSBC Women's Champions
  • 2013 - RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
  • 2013 - Ricoh Women's British Open
  • 2014 - North Texas LPGA Shootout
  • 2014 - ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • 2014 - Northwest Arkansas Championship
  • 2017 - Cambia Portland Classic
Stacy Lewis with yours truly.

Best finishes in major championships:

  • ANA Inspiration - 1st in 2011
  • KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 2nd in 2012
  • U.S. Women's Open - 2nd in 2014
  • Ricoh Women's British Open - 1st in 2013
  • The Evian Championship - 6th in 2013

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Stacy Lewis won the Vare Trophy, Player of the Year, and Money List title in 2014.

Career Stats:

  • 237 career starts
  • 218 cuts made (92%)
  • 104 top ten finishes (47.7%)
  • Has $12,465,483 in career earnings (9th on the all-time LPGA career money list)
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Stacy Lewis has been a member of Team USA in the last four Solheim Cups.

Other career highlights:

  • Spent 264 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Rolex Women's Golf World Rankings.
  • Three consecutive seasons from 2013-15 with a scoring average of below 70, with each one ranking in the top 20 in LPGA history.
  • In 2015 led the LPGA in birdies (407) and putts per greens in regulation (1.74).
  • Tallied an LPGA record 85 sub-par rounds in 2014.
  • Has held the #1 spot in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings for 25 weeks in her career.
  • Donated her entire $195,000 winner's check to the Hurricane Relief Fund in her hometown of Houston, Texas.
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Stacy was a member of the winning United States UL Internation Crown team in 2016.

Special Achievements:

  • Represented the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 4th.
  • Member of the victorious U.S. Team in th 2016 UL International Crown.
  • A four time U.S. Solheim Cup team member (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017).
  • 2014 Money List title.
  • 2014 and 2012 Player of the Year.
  • 2013 and 2014 Vare Trophy

Links to Previous Player Profiles:
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2017 - Final

As we wait for the 2018 season to begin, it gives me time to look back at the players that made the biggest moves in the Rolex Rankings in 2017.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 

 I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2017 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names).

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Non LPGA member Hye-Jin Choi (pictured here with Lexi Thompson) was the biggest Rolex Rankings gainer in 2017.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:

1- Hye-Jin Choi - 0.79 to 4.70 = Gain of 3.91 (moved from #143 to #12)
2- In-Kyung Kim - 2.81 to 6.26 = Gain of 3.45 (move 28-8)
3- Cristie Kerr - 2.78 to 5.39 = Gain of 2.61 (move 30-10)
4- Sung Hyun Park - 5.59 to 7.92 = Gain of 2.33 (move 10-2)
5- Michelle Wie - 0.67 to 2.97 = Gain of 2.30 (move 174-29)
6- Moriya Jutanugarn - 1.30 to 3.51 = Gain of 2.21 (move 85-22)
7- Jeongeun Lee - 1.21 to 3.35 = Gain of 2.14 (move 94-23)
8- Danielle Kang - 1.57 to 3.56 = Gain of 1.99 (move 68-21)
9- So Yeon Ryu - 5.73 to 7.70 = Gain of 1.97 (move 9-3)
10- Brittany Altomare - 0.66 to 2.45 = Gain of 1.79 (move 180-42)
11- Anna Nordqvist - 4.55 to 6.29 = Gain of 1.74 (move 14-7)
12- Georgia Hall - 1.06 to 2.57 = Gain of 1.51 (move 106-40)
13- Nasa Hataoka - 0.81 to 2.30 = Gain of 1.49 (move 135-44)
14- Lizette Salas - 1.57 to 2.87 = Gain of 1.30 (move 67-33)
15- Lexi Thompson - 6.12 to 7.41 = Gain of 1.29 (move 5-4)
16- Marina Alex - 1.00 to 2.22 = Gain of 1.22 (move 113-47)
17- Shanshan Feng - 6.94 to 8.05 = Gain of 1.11 (move 4-1)
18- Madelene Sagstrom - 0.52 to 1.57 = Gain of 1.05 (move 221-74)
19- Mi Jung Hur - 2.43 to 3.29 = Gain of 0.86 (move 35-24)
20- Jin-Young Ko - 2.86 to 3.71 = Gain of 0.85 (move 26-18)

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Lydia Ko was the biggest Rolex Rankings decliner in 2017.

The Year's Biggest Decliners:

1- Lydia Ko - 11.25 to 5.57 = Loss of 5.68 (moved from #1 to #9)
2- Ha Na Jang - 5.91 to 3.16 = Loss of 2.75 (move 7-27)
3- Bo-Me Lee - 4.20 to 2.00 = Loss of 2.20 (move 15-52)
4- Brittany Lang - 3.29 to 1.72 = Loss of 1.57 (move 22-65)
5- Ariya Jutanugarn - 7.79 to 6.35 = Loss of 1.44 (move 2-6)
6- Na Yeon Choi - 1.90 to 0.56 = Loss of 1.34 (move 55-193)
7- Brooke Henderson - 5.84 to 4 56 = Loss of 1.28 (move 8-14)
8- Alison Lee - 2.49 to 1.23 = Loss of 1.26 (move 34-91)
9- Gerina Piller - 3.69 to 2.45 = Loss of 1.24 (move 19-41)
10 - Sei Young Kim - 5.99 to 4.76 = Loss of 1.23 (move 6-11)
11- Charley Hull - 4.16 to 3.07 = Loss of 1.09 (move 16-28)
12- Candie Kung - 2.54 to 1.46 = Loss of 1.08 (move 33-78)
13- Morgan Pressel - 1.90 to 0.88 = Loss of 1.02 (move 56-127)
14- Mika Miyazato - 1.42 to 0.40 = Loss of 1.02 (move 79-243)
15- Beth Allen - 1.79 to 0.78 = Loss of 1.01 (move 60-142)
16- Catriona Matthew - 1.75 to 0.77 = Loss of 0.98 (move 62-143)
17- Hyo-Joo Kim - 3.17 to 2.21 = Loss of 0.96 (move 25-48)
18- Mo Martin - 2.59 to 1.63 = Loss of 0.96 (move 32-70)
19- Lee-Anne Pace - 1.97 to 1.02 = Loss of 0.95 (move 53-111)
20- Suzann Pettersen - 3.82 to 2.88 = Loss of 0.94 (move 18-32)

There you have it. The biggest gainers and decliners of 2017. Who do you think will rebound in 2018? Who will be the next Hye-Jin Choi and surprise us all?

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

How accurate were my 2017 top 40 player of the Year Predictions?

Trying to predict the LPGA has become more and more difficult every season. Yet, I never seem to learn my lesson, and I keep putting myself out there at the beginning of every season.

The 2017 season was full of surprises:

  • There were 22 different winners.
  • There were winners from 8 different countries.
  • Three players won for the very first time.
  • The five major championships were won by 5 different players for the second consecutive year.
Once again it was a year that was almost impossible to predict, but I gave it a try. 

Way back in January, before the season began, I made my predictions of who I thought would be the top 40 players of 2017. I put it out there for the whole world to see, knowing in advance that people would focus on my massive misses (but that's what makes this so much fun)  Let's see how I did.

1- Ariya Jutanugarn - She was coming off a five win season and looked like she was going to dominate again in 2017. Although she did win twice, she struggled to make cuts at various points in the season. Her lack of consistency resulted in her finishing #5 on the year's money list.

2- Lydia Ko - I didn't give this one much thought. I figured it was a no-brainer. I don't think anyone would have predicted a winless season, but that is exactly what happened. She finished #13 on the year end money list and #17 for Player of the Year.

3- In Gee Chun - How can a player who plays so well week in and week out, have this much trouble finishing on Sunday? She had 8 top five finishes, but did not win. She finished outside the top ten on the money list and for POY honors.

4- Sung Hyun Park (Rookie) - I thought picking a rookie this high was taking a big risk. As it turned out she won the 2017 ML title, and shared player of the year honors.

5- Brooke Henderson - It was another terrific season for this Canadian superstar. A two time winner in 2017, she finished #6 on the ML and #9 for POY. She recently celebrated her 20th birthday, and already is a 5 time winner.

6- Shanshan Feng - A 3 time winner in 2017, Shanshan finished #4 on the ML and #3 in the POY race. She is also the current #1 player in the world.

7- Ha Na Jang - She won the second tournament of the season, but left the LPGA. 

8- Lexi Thompson - It was a year of - what could have been - for Lexi. In spite of the penalty and the missed clutch putts, she still won twice and finished 3rd on both the ML and POY ranking.

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If the saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is true, then Lexi Thompson will have a banner year in 2018.

9- Sei Young Kim - I was on target again here as she finished #10 on the ML and #11 for POY.

10- Carlota Ciganda - Coming off a career year in 2016 when she finished #14, I expected a slight improvement. She fell back some to #24 this year.

11- Charley Hull - She was not able to follow up her solid 2016 season. In fact, she hardly was in contention at all this year, finishing #46 on the money list.

12-  Stacy Lewis - I predicted a bounce back year in 2017 for Stacy, and that is exactly what we got as she finished 14th for POY honors. 

13- Minjee Lee - Minjee's finishes of 16th on the ML and 15th for POY, made me look good here.

14- Amy Yang - After winning early in the season, Amy had a quiet year, but still finished 18th on the ML and POY rankings.

15- Haru Nomura - Haru also won early, but then she disappeared. She finished in 28th place for POY.

16- So Yeon Ryu - A big miss here. She finished #3 on the money list and tied for Player of the Year honors.

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So Yeon Ryu had plenty to cheer about in 2017. She won a major championship and tied for Player of the Year.

17- Anna Nordqvist - Anna had one of her finest seasons in 2017. She won twice, and finished #8 on the year end money list.

18- Brittany Lang - Brittany won the U.S. Open in 2016 and finished #9 for POY. I figured a drop this year, but not a drop this big. She dropped all the way down to #69 on the money list.

19- Suzann Pettersen - It seems Suzann can no longer play through a season in good health. Nagging back issues have prevented her from being the kind of player she was for so many years. She finished 37th on the ML and POY rankings.

20- Jessica Korda - It was another winless season for Jessica in 2017. Although I was certainly on target with her 26th place year end finish, I have to wonder if she will even be the best Korda in 2018. 

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Which Korda will have the better season in 2018?

21- Mirim Lee - I certainly did well on this one. Mirim finished exactly on the spot I predicted.

22- Hyo Joo Kim - Hyo Joo took 2 steps backward in 2017, finishing the year at #38 on ML and #46 for POY.

23- Gerina Piller - Gerina is still looking for her first career LPGA win. It seems a bit further away after dropping down to #32 on the year's ML.

24- Alison Lee - A big miss here! Ali wasn't even a shell of her former self in 2017. She dropped all the way down to #86.

25- Pornanong Phatlum - Pornanong started the year well, and then she just stopped contending. It was a big fall for her as she finished the year #46.

26- I.K. Kim - I dare any of my readers to tell me they saw this coming! Three wins including a Major Championship? She still only plays about half the tournaments, which makes it difficult to pick her very high. For that reason, in spite of the 3 victories, she still manged to finish no higher than #12 on the ML.

27- Madelene Sagstrom (Rookie) - I can still hear the laughs I received for picking this player this high. I really wasn't that far off as Madedlene finished #39 on the POY rankings.

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Madelene Sagstrom had a fine rookie season, finishing 39th for Player of the Year.

28- Candie Kung - It was a disappointing year for Candie as she finished way back at #62 for POY.

29- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - Her 31st place finish on the ML, and her 30th place finish for POY, makes me look real good on this one.

30- M.J. Hur - Another solid season for M.J. She finished #22 for POY.

31- Mel Reid (Rookie) - This veteran LET player did not have a very good season in 2017. In fact, she was lucky to keep her playing privileges as she finished #94 on the ML.

32- Mo Martin - Mo had a very strong year in 2016 (finishing #23). I predicted a drop this season, but didn't expect her to fall to #64.

33- Jenny Shin - I did well here as she finished #36.

34- Beth Allen - It hasn't been easy for players coming off the LET. Allen's 110th place finish on the money list will certainly attest to that.

35- Karine Icher - Karine had her best year in 2016 (finishing 28th). I predicted her to drop back some in 2017, and I was correct. She finished up #40 on the ML.

36- Chella Choi - Another solid pick here as she finished #28 on the ML and #34 for POY.

37- Danielle Kang - Danielle finally lived up to the expectations we had for her when she came onto the LPGA tour. She won for the first time in 2017, and made it a Major Championship!

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Danielle Kang made her first LPGA victory a Major Championship!

38- Su Oh - Su had a mediocre season in 2017, finishing #51.

39- Kim Kaufman - A slight drop off for Kim this year as she dropped from #53 to #58 on the year end money list.

40- Nasa Hatoaka (Rookie) - This is why it is hard to predict rookies. I believed all the hype and made room for her here at the very bottom of my picks. Unfortunately, she had a nightmare of a year. She finished #140 on the money list and had to go back to Q-School to get back her playing privileges. She did well there, actually winning the tournament. She will have another chance in 2018 to show her stuff.

There you have it. How did I do? I will let my readers decide. 

I will be back in a couple of weeks with my top 40 predictions for 2018.

I want to thank all my readers for making 2017 a record breaking year. I was extremely happy at the end of 2016 when I announced a 15% increase in readers over 2015. I am even happier this year to announce a 37% increase when compared to 2016. 

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season, and a let's make 2018 the greatest year ever!

I will be back in a few days with more LPGA news.

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There were nine multiple winners on the LPGA tour in 2017. How many can you name?

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