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A Commissioner That Really Has Made A Difference

I have been a big LPGA fan for a very long time. The first LPGA tournament I ever attended was back in 1974, and I remember following Jan Stephenson for 36 holes. The LPGA was quite popular back then, and would become even more popular in 1978 when a rookie named Nancy Lopez came onto the scene. Nancy would go on to win the Rookie of the Year, Vare Trophy, and Player of the Year in the same season. Nancy was making headlines and the LPGA was thriving. In the decades to come the game would still remain popular with players such as Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, and Se Ri Pak bringing new fans to the game.

Unfortunately, things started changing for the worse as we entered the 21st century.
The nation's dreadful economy led to sponsors not having the funds to support the LPGA. The LPGA's failure to take the current economic conditions into consideration when negotiating contract renewals. Several long term sponsors would not be returning in the year 2010 amidst complaints from tour…

Jessica Korda Wins in the Bahamas!

Just two short weeks ago when I did my Top 30 Player of the Year Predictions for 2014, I picked Jessica Korda as the player most likely to have a breakout season. She has already made me look good today by winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Jessica was victorious by one shot over Stacy Lewis. Stacy, playing one group ahead of Jessica, failed to birdie the par five final hole when her approach shot sailed over the green.

Jessica, needing a birdie to win, made things exciting when her approach shot also sailed over the green. She then putted to within about 6 feet and drained the winning putt from there.

Earlier in the day it looked like several other players had a better chance of winning, but all would falter.
Paula Creamer double bogeyed the 9th hole, all but eliminating her from contention. She then birdied 5 of the last 8 holes but finished in a tie for 3rd, 3 shots back.Lizette Salas had a two stroke lead after 8 holes, but bogeyed #'s 9, 11, and 12. She would also fi…

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Well here we go!
It is time to start the 2014 LPGA season. With 5 new tournaments (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2014 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

This will be tournament #1 of 32 official tournaments this season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Ilhee Lee
**Winning Score:  41 - 43 - 42 = 144 (Even Par)

Final Field:  108 players
Par:  36/37 = 73 (There are 3 par 5's on the back nine, 5 in all)
Yardage:  6,664
Purse:  $1,300,000

** Only 36 holes were played in 2013, over a 3 day period.

My strength of field rating is just 52%, which would have ranked as the 4th lowest number in the 2013 season. Nine of the top 20 Rolex ranked players, and 30 of the top 80 players on the 2014 Priority List will not be in attendance. When the tournamen…

My Top 30 Player of the Year Predictions for 2014

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2014 LPGA season.
With 33 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), this year promises to be the most interesting season ever.

Here are my top 30 picks for the 2014 LPGA Player of the Year: (last year's actual finish is in parenthesis)

1-  Stacy Lewis (3) - I kept going back and forth with this one because I truly believe that this might go back and forth all season, and anyone in my top six could win this Hall of Fame point. I finally decided on Stacy because she is just so consistent. I am thinking that she might turn more of those 19 top ten finishes into victories.

2-Suzann Pettersen (2) - She was the best player on the planet the second half of last year. If she continues playing that way she will win it all. My gut feeling is she will duplicate last year's 2nd place finish, and be a bridesmaid again.

3- Lydia Ko (Rookie) - This one is a tough call. Part of me says that she will win at least 4 tim…

Ten Questions for the 2014 season

As we approach the beginning of the 2014 LPGA season, there are a number of questions I am looking forward to getting the answers to. In reverse order, here are my top 10:
10- Can the American team shake off two consecutive Solheim Cup defeats and make a better showing at the International Crown?

 9- What effect will Paula Creamer's recent engagement (if any), have on her 2014 season? Will she get that elusive 10th win?

 8-  Is Beatriz Recari really the best of the young Spaniards (Ciganda, Munoz, Mozo), or did she just have a career year?

 7-  Can top Japanese players Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Chie Arimura, and Momoko Ueda bounce back from what may have been their poorest seasons ever? (Momoko has stated she may not play many LPGA events.)

 6-  Can Gerina Piller, Pornanong Phatlum, and Lizette Salas follow up their breakthrough seasons and take it to the next level?

 5-  Can Yani Tseng break the free fall she's been in during the past year and a half, and return to somethi…

2014 LPGA Priority List

The following priority with regards to a Member’s playing status will be used for Standard Tournament fields and other tournaments as applicable:
1. Top 80 Members in the top 80 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’ position on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. (1) Inbee Park
(2) Suzann Pettersen
(3) Stacy Lewis
(4) Shanshan Feng
(5) So Yeon Ryu
(6) Lexi Thompson
(7) I.K. Kim
(8) Beatriz Recari
(9) Na Yeon Choi
(10) Hee Young Park
(11) Paula Creamer
(12) Angela Stanford
(13) Karrie Webb
(14) Caroline Hedwall
(15) Lizette Salas
(16) Karine Icher
(17) Chella Choi
(18) Amy Yang
(19) Cristie Kerr
(20) Anna Nordqvist
(21) Catriona Matthew
(22) Jiyai Shin
(23) Pornanong Phatlum
(24) Ilhee Lee
(25) Jessica Korda
(26) Gerina Piller
(27) Ai Miyazato
(28) Morgan Pressel
(29) Jodi Ewart Shadoff
(30) Jennifer Johnson
(31) Azahara Munoz
(32) Brittany Lincicome
(33) Hee Kyung Seo
(34) S…