Saturday, December 28, 2013

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 all.

 4-  Can Yani Tseng, who has seen her lead as the #1 player in the world shrink from 9.47 points to just 1.20 points, hold on to the top position?

The answer to this question is a resounding no! Not only did she fail to hold onto #1, but as of this writing is struggling to hold on to a top 30 position.

5-  Can the United States win back the Solheim Cup?

Well, I, Uh....On to the next question.

 6-  Can Moriya Jutanugarn (who finished tied for first in the LPGA Q-School finale), and younger sister Ariya Jutanugarn (who won Q-School on the L.E.T), both win Rookie of the Year on their respective tours?

Moriya, in spite of a poor second half of the season, held up her end. Unfortunately, a serious early season injury kept Ariya from competing, and Charley Hull walked away with the award.

7-  Will the trend of established stars from other tours winning the Rookie of the Year award continue (Chie Arimura will certainly be the favorite), or will someone else step up and surprise us?

No. Although the Rookie of the Year Award once again was not won by an American golfer, the winner, Moriya Jutanugarn was not an established star from another tour.

8-  Can Lexi Thompson, who moved up 16 places in 2012 to her current #23 world ranking, take it to the next level and compete week in and week out with the elite players of the LPGA tour?

Yes. Lexi certainly did take it to the next level in 2013, winning twice late in the season and moving up 14 more spots to #9 in the world. 

 9-  Will Paula Creamer finally get back into the winner's circle, and hold up a trophy for the first time since winning the U.S. Open in 2010?

No Paula did not win in the 2013 season. She did get a very special trophy though, in the way of a ring on the second finger of her left hand. 

10- Can Morgan Pressel, who had a horrible second half of the season, bounce back and get enough points to make the Solheim Cup team?

Morgan did indeed bounce back in 2013. Although she still didn't have a year quite up to her standards, she did make the Solheim Cup Team.

Tune in after the first of the year, as I will be asking ten more questions that I hope will be answered in 2014.


  1. St Andrews Country Club? - come on.....

  2. prediction... Amy Anderson rookie of the year in 2014.

    1. Hey Dave,
      That is a very bold prediction. I know you are not forgetting someone named Ko.
      I think Amy will battle Jaye Marie Green for second place.