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 finish tied for 3rd.
- Na Yeon Choi's birdie on 13 vaulted her to the top, but she was unable to make another birdie after that, and bogeyed the 16th hole. She joined the 4 way tie for third place. Na Yeon had 31 putts, a disturbing Sunday trend that plagued her the entire 2013 season.
Lydia Ko, making her LPGA debut, finished in a tie for 7th place.
Defending champion Ilhee Lee failed to make the cut.
Sue Kim and Karine Icher made the first two hole in ones of the 2014 season.
Race to the CME Globe:
We will be following this one all season. Jessica Korda gets 500 points and leads 2nd place finisher Stacy Lewis by 200 points, in this race for $1,000,000.
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