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Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Preview

Well.... Here We Go!
It is time to start the 2019 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the Solheim Cup), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2019 season promises to be the biggest and best ever.

The season this year will kick-off with a brand new event: The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Presented by Insurance office of America. 

This Championship will be hosted by the Four season Golf and Sports Club, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and held from January 17-20, 2019.

The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions will include LPGA winners from the previous two seasons, with winners from 2017 and 2018 invited to the inaugural event. The field will also include 45 celebrity participants and 10 amateurs, who will be paired with LPGA players for all four tournament days. The LPGA players will compete for a $1.2 million purse, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. Celebrities and amateurs will play a Modified Stableford format.

This wil…

My Top 40 Player of the Year Predictions for 2019

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2019 season.

With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the Solheim Cup), 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 2019 money list.

Here are my top 40 picks for the 2019 season: (last year's actual money list finish is in parenthesis)

1- Ariya Jutanugarn (1) - Ariya is coming off one of the greatest seasons in LPGA history. She won every single season ending award that she was eligible for. How could you possibly bet against her doing it again? I certaintly won't.


2- Lexi Thompson (9) - Lexi is the only other player on tour that plays Ariya's game. Like Jutanugarn above, Lexi can overpower a course. She ended the 2018 season by winning the CME Group Tour Championship, her 10th career victory. To challenge for pla…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. 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 2018. 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.

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2019 LPGA Priority List

I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.

Below is the 2019 LPGA Priority List:

2019 LPGA Priority List
1. Top-80: Members in the top 80 (and ties) on the previous year's season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members' positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

1. Ariya Jutanugarn 
2. Minjee Lee 
3. Sung Hyun Park 
4. Brooke M. Henderson 
5. Nasa Hataoka 
6. So Yeon Ryu 
7. Sei Young Kim 
8. Carlota Ciganda 
9. Lexi Thompson 
10. Jin Young Ko 
11. Danielle Kang 
12. Lydia Ko 
13. Nelly Korda 
14. Moriya Jutanugarn 
15. Inbee Park 
16. Angela Stanford 
17. Marina Alex 
18. Jessica Korda 
19. Charley Hull 
20. Austin Ernst 
21. Georgia Hall 
22. Brittany Lincicome 
23. Lizette Salas 
24. Amy Yang 
25. Hyo Joo Kim 
26. In Gee Chun 
27. Shanshan Feng 
28. Eun-Hee Ji 
29. Pernilla Lindberg
30. Angel Yin 
31. Wei-Ling Hsu
32. Ryann O'Toole