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Coates Golf Championship Presented By R&L Carriers Preview

Well here we go!
It is time to start the 2015 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments (including the Solheim Cup), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2015 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in Florida this year, with the playing of the Coates Golf Championship Presented by R&L Carriers.

This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments this season.

Here are the key details:

Course: Golden Ocala Golf and Eqestrian Club
Location: Ocala, Florida
Defending Champion: This is the inaugural event
Winning Score: N/A

Final Field: 120 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,541
Purse:  $1,500,000

This is a very strong field. My strength of field rating is 76%. As a comparison, this field would have been the 8th strongest field of the year last year out of 32 events. Twenty-two of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings, and 44 of the top 50 players on the 2015 LPGA priority list will be teeing it up. Notable players that are not in attendance t…

LPGA 2015 Priority List

2015 LPGA Priority List I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments. Below is the 2015 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:
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) Stacy Lewis
(2) Inbee Park
(3) Lydia Ko
(4) Michelle Wie
(5) So Yeon Ryu
(6) Shanshan Feng
(7) Anna Nordqvist
(8) Karrie Webb
(9) Azahara Munoz
(10) Chella Choi
(11) Suzann Pettersen
(12) Lexi Thompson
(13) Na Yeon Choi
(14) Mirim Lee
(15) Cristie Kerr
(16) Jessica Korda
(17) Brittany Lincicome
(18) Julieta Granada
(19) Angela Stanford
(20) Pornanong Phatlum
(21) Jenny Shin
(22) Paula Creamer
(23) Mo Martin
(24) Lizette Salas
(25) A…

My Top 30 Player of the Year Predictions for 2015

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2015 LPGA season.
With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the Solheim Cup), this year promises to be the most interesting season ever.

Here are my top 30 picks for the 2015 LPGA Player of the Year: (last year's actual finish is in parenthesis)

1- Stacy Lewis (1) - This one is really tough. I kept changing my mind. Any one of my top 4 players could finish here. I pick Stacy because I believe she wants that #1 Rolex Ranking back very badly and will come out of the gate faster than anyone else. I look for her to repeat.

2- Lydia Ko (3) - Can she become the next Player of the Year? Of course she could. For the reasons I stated above, I think she will have to wait another year. It will help if she could win her first Major Championship.

3- Inbee Park (2) - The 2013 winner, almost pulled it out again last year. I look for her to slip back ever so slightly into this position.

4- Michelle Wie (4) - A late season injury prevented M…

Ten Questions for the 2015 Season

As we approach the beginning of the 2015 LPGA season, there are a number of questions that I am looking forward to getting the answers to. In reverse order, here are my top ten:

10- Can Sakura Yokomine (2015 LPGA rookie) break the terrible slump that Japanese players have been in for the past couple of years?

9- Will Azahara Munoz, one of the most consistent players on tour, break through and get her first stroke play victory? (She won the Sybase Championship which was a match play event.)

8- Can Hyo-Joo Kim (ranked #7 in the world) and Kyu Jung Baek (ranked #11), have the same kind of success on the LPGA Tour that they had on the KLPGA?

7- Will one or more of the following players: Pornanong Phatlum, Chella Choi, Carlotta Ciganda, or Gerina Piller, finally break through and get that highly anticipated first victory?

6- Is this the year that former #1 player Yani Tseng (now #83) starts climbing back in the right direction?

5- With youngsters Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson winning thei…

Top LPGA Stories of 2014

As we wait for the start of the 2015 season, which is only three weeks away, I would like to look back at what I consider to be the top stories of 2014.

It was a very interesting and exciting past year. There were multiple teenage winners, exciting playoffs, miraculous comebacks, engagements, marriages, and a number of first time winners.

I have narrowed it down to ten, although I know there were many more. This list is very subjective, depending on who your favorite golfers are. A top story for me may be one that someone else might want to forget.

Please feel free to add your own in the comments section. I would like to hear your opinions.

So in reverse order, here we go:

10- Christina Kim Wins the Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Normally winning this tournament probably wouldn't make this list, but it's the story within the story that makes this news worthy. Her problems were well documented. It appeared her golfing career (and maybe much more than that), were in a serious downward sp…

Why The LPGA is Pro Golf's Fastest Rising Tour

The LPGA Pro Golf's fastest Rising Tour?
If I said that 5 years ago you would have laughed at me. You can't now as the LPGA has not only become the fastest rising pro golf tour, but it just might be the fastest growing tour in all of sports.

We have all seen the television ads stating "See Why It's Different Out Here".  At first glance you might say that sounds corny. The truth of the matter is that it is absolutely true. It is different out there, and that is why the LPGA has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 5 years. What are the reasons for such rapid growth?

1- Commissioner Michael Whan - On January 4th 2010 Mr. Whan took the reigns as the Commissioner of the LPGA. He took over what many called "a sinking ship" and made a difference immediately. He took over a tour that only had 23 tournaments on its schedule. In 2015 the LPGA has 33 tournaments on its schedule, and that does not include the Solheim Cup. Mr. Whan has continuously come up with …