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Solheim Cup Update - U.S. Players Fighting for Remaining Spots

With the LPGA taking a two week break before heading to Australia and Asia, I don't think it is too early to take a look at the United States players who are fighting to gain a spot on the 2019 Solheim Cup team.

Qualifications For Entry: 1- A player must finish in the top 8 on the Solheim Cup points list. 2- The top 2 players in the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified. 3- There will be 2 captain's picks.

Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2017 through the end of the 2018 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2019 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - 25.5 points, all the way down to a 20th place finish worth 3 points.
The reason for the increased points for the last part of the term is to give an advantage to the players who are hot …

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.