Sunday, November 23, 2014

Spectacular Ending to 2014 LPGA Season

If this was a movie script we would have said that "it could never happen that way." The fact that it actually did, left us all with smiles on our faces, as the 2014 LPGA season came to an end. In the opinion of many, this was the greatest LPGA season ever.

I have said over and over again that it seems that every tournament this year came down to the 72nd hole, and many weren't even decided then. The last three tournaments of the season all went to a playoff. There were eight playoffs this year.

Lydio Ko, the amazing 17 year old from New Zealand was the latest playoff winner, winning the CME Group Tour Championship on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. She defeated Julieta Granada and Carlotta Ciganda, as all three players finished regulation at ten under par.

Besides winning the $500,000 first prize check, Lydia also won the $1,000,000 bonus.

Lydia Ko Won the $1,000,000 Bonus

Carlotta Ciganda had a chance to win the tournament on the 3rd playoff hole, but missed a short putt and play would continue. Carlotta's 2nd shot on the fourth playoff hole went into the hazard. When she had to take a drop and a one stroke penalty, it was all but over.

The tournament was filled with many other joyful accomplishments and bitter disappointments.

The weekend's biggest winner however, turned out to be Stacy Lewis. Stacy, who would finish in 9th place, would wind up the winner of every season ending award. She also earned two big Hall of Fame points. Stacy won all of the following:

  • Player of the Year award, which comes with a Hall of fame point.
  • The Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average), which also comes with a Hall of Fame point.
  • 2014 money list winner.
Stacy Lewis wins all the big season ending awards

Stacy had made it quite clear all week that winning those 2 Hall of Fame points was what was most important to her.

It was Stacy's 2nd consecutive Vare Trophy win, and second Player of the Year award in the last 3 years. It now gives Stacy 16 of the 27 points needed to get into the Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, the weekend also had its disappointments. Inbee Park, who had a chance at all the awards that Stacy won, was never in contention.

Inbee Park came up short at a most crucial time

Inbee had come into this tournament as the LPGA's hottest golfer. She finished in the top ten in her last nine events, but her game let her down at the most crucial time of the season. Her 24th place finish this week left her with empty hands, as Stacy Lewis grabbed every award. It was a bitter disappointment for what was otherwise a very good season.

With the conclusion of the 2014 season, it has left us all looking forward to what is in store next year.

I want to congratulate Commissioner Michael Whan for all his efforts in bringing us this extroadinary 2014 LPGA season.

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  1. While Lyds did not win the official money list she still pockets $549,994.00 more than Stacy who won. Plenty of time for Lyds to win the trophies so it was good that Stacy has won these now.

  2. Probably the most successful season in the LPGA's history, for many reasons. Mike Whan has done a fantastic job building the tour in his five years on the job.