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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 fiancĂ© 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…