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How Well Were My Pre-Season Questions Answered.

Way back in January, before the LPGA season began, I listed 10 questions that I hoped would be answered this year.

Below I have shown those questions again. Let's see how well those questions were answered:

1-  Can Stacy Lewis repeat as Player of the Year?
Well we got a definitive answer on that one. The answer was no. Not that she didn't give it a great try. Stacy won three times, including the British Open, which was played at the Old Course at the prestigious St. Andrews Links. She also led the tour with 19 top ten finishes. That may have been enough to repeat in many other years. It just wasn't enough in 2013.

2-  Can an American finally win a Major Championship after being shut out last year?

As mentioned above, Stacy Lewis won a Major Championship.

3-  Can Ai Miyazato finally break through and win a Major Championship?

Ai Miazato did not break through and win her first Major Championship in 2013. In fact, she had quite a poor season, by her standards, and failed to win at…

Natalie Gulbis Ties the Knot

It has been a big week for LPGA announcements. Just a few days after Paula Creamer announced her engagement, Natalie Gulbis has gotten married.

The 29 year old Gulbis was married yesterday to former Yale quarterback Josh Rodarmel.

Here are some photos of the happy event:

Update: Sorry most of these pics have been taken offline and are no longer available.

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Surprises & Disappointments - Final 2013

Back in July I sat down here and wrote who I thought were my Biggest Surprises & Disappointments of the 2013 season. The LPGA had only played 15 of the 28 tournaments on the schedule at that point, a lot has changed since then. Now that the season has ended, it is time to take a final look.

Biggest Surprises:

1- Lydia Ko - How can somebody this young be so good? Lydia defended her Canadian Open Title in 2013 at the tender age of 16. She also finished 2nd at the Evian Championship, 3rd at the Australian Open, 4th at the Walmart Championship, 7th at the Marathon Classic, and 9th at the Lotte Championship. She did all of that making just 10 LPGA starts.

 2-Beatriz Recari - Beatriz really stepped up to the next level in 2013. Although she did get her maiden victory in 2012, few expected this much of an improvement. Beatriz won twice in 2013, had 4 top 5 finishes, 9 top tens, and 14 top twenties. She finished #32 on the 2012 money list, and jumped all the way up to #8 this year.

3- Inbee P…

Paula Creamer Announces Her Engagement!

Paula Creamer broke the hearts of many young men today with the announcement of  her engagement. Paula, arguably the most popular player on the LPGA Tour, made the big announcement via Twitter early this morning.

The LPGA superstar is the winner of nine tournaments, including the 2010 United States Open at Oakmont. She has also been part of the last 5 Solheim Cup teams, where she has posted a splendid 12-6-5 record.  

My wife and I have had the pleasure of meeting Paula's fiancé Derek and his parents, at the incredible St. Andrews Golf Club. She could not be marrying into a nicer family.

Here are some photo's of the happy couple:

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My 2013 Predictions. Did I Get it Right?

The 2013 season was full of surprises. We had 15 different winners. We had 6 multiple winners. We had winners from 8 different countries. We had four first time winners. The player that started the year #1 in the world, is now #32. We had a non LPGA player defend a title. It certainly was a crazy year. It was a year that was almost impossible to predict, although I did give it a try.

Way back in January, before the season began, I made my predictions of who I thought would be the top 30 golfers of 2013. I put it out there for the whole world to see. Let's take a look at how I did:

Inbee Park - I had a strong feeling that this would be her year. I couldn't have imagined that she would win three major championships. She finished #1 on the money list and made me look good.Seo Yeon Ryu - She didn't win in 2013, but she contended very often. Often enough to finish #5 on the money list and keep me looking good.Stacy Lewis - She was the Rolex Player of the Year in 2012. I expected…

International Crown - Players Still Fighting for Spots

When the 2013 LPGA season came to an end, so did the race for qualifying for the inaugural International Crown that will be played in 2014. Well, sort of anyway. The countries will no longer be vying for position, as that part of the qualifying process has come to an end. The 8 countries are now set. They are as follows:

1- South Korea
2- United States
3- Japan
4- Spain
5- Thailand
6- Sweden
7- Chinese Taipei
8- Australia

So now all we have to do is wait until the tournament is played next year?
No, not so quick.
LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan has made sure that we'll still have to pay close attention next year, by keeping the battle for the players representing the above countries open.

Over the course of the next four months, players who hail from the eight qualifying countries will continue to battle for positioning on their respective teams based on their position in the Rolex World Rankings.  Final country rosters from the pre-qualified countries – and their final team …

LPGA Qualifying School Preview & Pairings

The LPGA completed its 2013 schedule a couple of weeks ago, but one of its most important events, the final phase of Qualifying School, will take place this week.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jones & Hill Courses
Location:  Daytona Beach, Fl.
Last Year's Winners:  Rebecca Lee-Bentham & Moriya Jutanugarn (tie)
Winning Scores:  Lee Bentham - 69-75-67-69-67 = 347 (-13) Jutanugarn - 68-66-69-70-74 = 347
Final Field: 154 players

Here are the first round pairings:
Here are the second round pairings:
Here are the third round pairings:

Of the 154 entries, 27 different countries will be represented along with 30 different states.

All of these players will be fighting to finish in the top 20, and receive a category 12 playing card.
That category will get them into all full field events, and they are not subject to the 2 LPGA reshuffles that take place during the season, meaning they will have full time status all year long.

Players that finish 21-45 will also receive an LPGA c…

Rating the Rookies Part 3 - Final Analysis

First let me say that this has not been a very good year for LPGA rookies. In fact, it may be the poorest in quite some time.

There were 35 rookies who started the 2013 season with lots of hope of establishing themselves. The sad fact is, that only 8 of them retained their playing cards as a result of their 2013 performance on the LPGA tour. That's right, just 22.8%. That is down from 36.3% last year, when 12 of 33 rookies retained their playing cards. Three other players retained their playing cards because of their play on the Symetra Tour this year, and 2 did in 2012.

Below are my final ratings for all 2013 rookies. These ratings are strictly based on how they fared on the LPGA tour this season. Any successes or failures on other tours (excluding the Symetra Tour), are not considered here. Success in retaining their LPGA tour cards was the determining factor for my final ratings.

The Best:
1- Moriya Jutanugarn - The 2013 Rookie of the Year had a very good start to the 2013 seaso…

Stats & Facts - Volume 17

We have come to the end of the 2013 LPGA season. A season that was, in my opinion, the best season ever. It certainly seemed that week in and week out, the final result of a tournament wasn't decided until the 72nd hole. Sometimes it wasn't even decided then, and we had to go to a playoff.
It was a year with 5 Major Championships, the first 3 won by the same player. We had winners from 8 different countries. I was asking myself, "How can this be topped next year?" Well, Commissioner Michael Whan sure is going to try. His announcement of four new tournaments, 3 on American soil, sure has us looking forward to the start of 2014.

On that note, I would like to look at some of the most important statistics from 2013:

Rolex Player of the Year:
Winner:  Inbee Park - 303 points (Gets a Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Suzann Pettersen - 258
3rd Place:  Stacy Lewis - 220

Inbee won the first 3 Major Championships of the year, and got off to a huge lead.
Suzann outplayed everyone …

LPGA Announces 2014 Schedule

The first time that I ever talked with LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan was back in 2010.
He had taken over the job as head honcho of the LPGA shortly before that. The LPGA had just 24 tournaments on the schedule at that time. I asked him how many tournaments he would like to add to the schedule over the next few years. He answered that he would like to see the number of tournaments grow to 30.

Today just a few years later, Mr. Whan has exceeded his goal.

The LPGA announced its 2014 schedule today, and the number of tournaments has increased from 28 in 2013, to 32 in 2014. And that doesn't even include the International Crown. That has to be great news for all LPGA fans.

Four new tournaments will be added to the schedule, plus the International Crown. They are as follows:

1- The International Crown. This tournament will be played in Owings Mills, MD next year before moving to its permanent home at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The tournament will take place July 24t…

CME Group Titleholders Preview & Pairings

A big congratulations goes out to Lexi Thompson for winning last week's Loreno Ochoa Invitational.
It was Lexi's second victory in her last four starts. At the age of eighteen, Lexi has now joined those few elite players on the LPGA who will be making a run at becoming #1 in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Naples, Florida for the CME Group Titleholders. This is the final tournament of the 2013 season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Tiburón Golf Club
Location:  Naples, FL
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score:  67 - 68 - 69 - 70 = 274 (-14)

Final Field: 70 players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  Not indicated
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 71%. This is very high considering that this is not a full field event.
Players that did qualify, but chose not to compete include: Jiyai Shin, Yani Tseng, Se Ri Pak, Cristel Boeljon, Mina Haragae, Teresa Lu and Hanu Nomura.

Here are the television times:
Nov 21 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET Nov 22 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM E…

Lorena Ochoa Invitational Preview & Pairings

The LPGA completed its 5 tournament Asian swing last week, and we had a surprise winner. Non LPGA player Teresa Lu was victorious and will now have the opportunity to play full time on the world's biggest women's tour in 2014. Chella Choi, who I have said is  the best golfer on the LPGA without a win, finished second just 2 back.

The LPGA moves to Mexico this week for the playing of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

This will be tournament #27 of 28 on the LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Guadalajara Country Club
Location:  Guadalajara, Mexico
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  67 - 69 - 67 - 69 = 272 (-16)

Final Field:  36 players
Par:  36/36 - 72
Yardage:  6,626
Purse: $1,000,000

Here are the pairings for the first round.

My strength of field rating is 49%, but in this case that can be misleading. The low field rating can be attributed to the lack of depth in this small field, but there sure is lots of star power here.
Fourteen of the top 20 pla…

Another Major LPGA Announcement!

Kraig Kahn, Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA, promised us a big week of announcements and he has not let us down.

Just a few days ago, Commissioner Michael Whan, on behalf of the LPGA, announced a three year partnership with transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific to become the title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Open. That seems to be just the beginning.

The LPGA announced today that the best players in women’s golf will head to Grand Rapids, Mich. for the first time in more than a decade to take part in the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic, which will be held August 7-10, 2014 at Blythefield Country Club.

This will be the LPGA's first stop in Michigan since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing ended its 9-year run.

The $1.5 million Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

I am looking forward to more announcements in the near future.
Check back here for further updates.

2014 Canadian Women's to be played in Ontario.

Breaking News!
The LPGA and Golf Canada today announced a three-year partnership with transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women’s Open.

 The tournament will be renamed the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. The inaugural event will be held at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario from August 18-24, 2014.

The LPGA last played at this location in 2006, when Cristie Kerr overcame an 8 shot deficit to win for the eighth time in her career.

Lydia Ko, who will be an LPGA rookie next year, will return as the event's two time defending champion.

Here is the video of commissioner Michael Whan's announcement.

According to a tweet by Kraig Kahn, Chief Communications officer for the LPGA, there is more big news coming. He also said the LPGA schedule will be released sooner than last year.

Check back here for further updates.

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