Friday, January 16, 2015

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.)

Azahara Munoz Holds Up Her Match Play Trophy for Winning the Sybase Championship

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 their first Major Championships in 2014, is it Lydia Ko's turn to do it in 2015?

Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie Both Won Major Championships in 2014

4- Can the U.S., coming off major disappointments in the last two Solheim Cup competitions, bounce back and bring the trophy back to America?

3- Can Stacy Lewis return to the #1 position in the world for the third time, or will Lydia Ko take Inbee Park's spot on top of the Rolex Rankings?

2- With Michelle Wie coming off the best season of her career, is she ready to join the big three (Inbee, Stacy, Lydia) and make it the big four?

1- Is it even possible for the LPGA to match or better the success it had in 2014?

Feel free to add your own questions, or give your answers to the above in the comments section.

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  1. It will be hard for the LPGA to match its success of the 2014 season. I hope it does though. Lydia Ko should win her first major this year. Predict Minjee Lee takes rookie of the year honors. Longshot... Marissa Steen.

  2. Lets not forget Brooke Henderson as rookie of the year

    1. Sorry to bust your bubble, but Brooke is not an LPGA member and can not win any awards until she is.

    2. 1 Lydia Ko type tournament, and everything changes!

  3. Let's not forget how good Ariya Jutanygarn was playing pre-injury in 2013. If I recall correctly she didn't finish outside of the top 5 in any event she compete in, including that near miss at the Honda LPGA Thailand. If she can get back to 100% health she could really bring another bit of special to this already crazy talented rookie of the year race.

    1. Yes, she will be a big factor if she is healthy.

  4. For #8 if you would require Kim to win 3 majors to match her KLPGA majors last season I think that would be a long shot. However, I'd be a bit disappointed if Hyo-joo isn't ranked in the top 3 or 4 in the world which would be a phenomenal LPGA rookie season. I could see Lewis on the outside of a top 3 of Ko, Park, and Kim unless Lewis can get back to her early 2014 season form.

    I am hoping for great seasons from Wie, Baek, Pettersen, and Ryu. 2014 was Wie's first full season since graduating university so barring injuries I think Wie could easily improve and possibly break into the top 3.

  5. Not sure that I agree that Hyo-Joo will pass both Wie and Lewis in the Rolex Rankings this year, but long term the potential is there for her to contend for the top spot.

  6. If we stop expecting Yani Tseng to climb back, we might just end up with more surprising results by the end of the year.
    With Yani Tseng and Candie Kung's results going down, do you think Chinese Taipei will qualify for International Crown in 2015?

  7. Three aren't many countries with enough ranked players to qualify. I think England with Charley Hull and Lena Vedel could pose a threat to knock out Chinese Taipei.