Monday, December 22, 2014

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 Inbee Park hold on to the world's #1 ranking?

She lost it pretty early in the season, but regained it with a very strong second half. 

2- Can anyone really challenge Lydia Ko for the rookie of the year award?

No one did. Although Mirim Lee tried her best, winning two tournaments.

3- Is Lexi Thompson ready to join the big three (Inbee, Stacy, Suzann), and make it the big four?

No. She did win her first major, but that was her only win in a very inconsistent year. Lydia Ko replaced Suzanne in the big three.

4-  Will one or more of the following players: Chella Choi, Caroline Hedwall, Carlotta Ciganda, Gerina Piller, break through and get that highly anticipated first LPGA victory?

Although there were a number of players that broke through for their first career victories, none of the above were able to accomplish that.

5-  Can Yani Tseng break the free fall she's been in during the past year and a half, and return to something that at least resembles her previous form?

No. Yani hasn't even come close to her old form. In fact she is not even ranked in the top 80 in the world.

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

Lizette won her first LPGA tournament in 2014, and Pornanong was consistently good all year. Gerina did not improve on her 2013 finish.

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.)

It was an awful year for Japanese players in 2014. Ai, Mika, and Chie had seasons they hope to forget. Momoko quit the LPGA tour. 

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

At this point it looks like she may have had a career year. She did not resemble the same golfer she was in 2013. Azahara had the best year of the four.

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

Part of the above question was answered, she did get that 10th win. However her 2014 season was not a good one when compared to the high standards she has set for herself. Now married...........

10- Can the American team shake off two consecutive Solheim Cup defeats and make a better showing at the International Crown?

Spain won the 2014 International Crown. The United States, along with the other co-favorite South Korea, did not play well. 

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1 comment:

  1. Lexi posted a swing video today and said she was working on keeping her left foot more planted on the ground during her swing. Good idea. Her free wheeling swing, although powerful, might be a problem for her in the long run... hard to hit it consistently with that much foot motion, I would think.