Skip to main content

How Well Were My Pre-Season Questions Answered?


Way back in January, before the 2015 LPGA season began, I listed 10 questions that I was looking forward to getting the answers to.

Below I have shown those questions again. Let's see how well they were answered.

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

It was a better year for Japan in 2015 mainly because Mika Miyazato rebounded and put together a much better season than the year before. Yokomine did not dazzle us like many of the other 2015 rookies, as she had just 2 top ten finishes all year.

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).

She did not get that first stroke play victory. She missed part of the season when she had hand surgery, and never quite got back on track after that. She did get married last week, and needs a great start to the season if the Spanish team is going to qualify for the International Crown.

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?

In Hyo Joo's case the answer was yes. A victory and 9 top ten finishes proves that. That was not the case for Q-Baek, who had only one top 10 finish all year.

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?

It was only one. Chella Choi was the only one of the bunch to get her maiden victory. 


Chella Choi won her first LPGA Trophy with a win at the Marathon Classic

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

It was indeed! Yani moved all the way up to # 21 on the money list. Still not the Yani of old, we may never see that player again, but a big comeback season.

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?

It certainly was! Lydia won the first of what should be many major championships, when she won the Evian Championship.

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?

In the most amazing comeback in Solheim Cup history, the United States came back from a 10-6 deficit to bring the cup back home. 


The 2015 winning Solheim Cup Team

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?

It didn't happen. In fact, Stacy did not register a win in 2015, in spite of having 6 second place finishes. She currently sits at #3 in the world.

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?

A resounding No. In an injury plagued season, Michelle didn't register a single top 10 finish, and fell all the way down to #27 in the Rolex Rankings.


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

Considering how great the 2014 season was, I guess it is a matter of opinion if 2015 exceeded it. The two seasons were certainly very comparable. The fact remains that the LPGA is growing bigger and better every year. The 2016 season will bring us a record number of events (34 including the International Crown), a record total purse (they will be playing for over 63 million dollars), and a record number of television hours (410 plus). 



Follow @tonyjesselli  on Twitter (Currently 1,380 followers)
                                     






Free website hit counter

Comments

  1. I applaud you for doing the post season analysis of preseason questions and predictions. You don't see the folks at GC revisiting some of their early season comments and predictions. Well done Tony.
    sports medic

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS
Born: 1/7/83 (36 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:   (Updated through the 2018 season)

329 career starts238 cuts made (72.3%)37 top tens (11.2%)Has $4,898,508 in career earnings through the 2018 season (67th on the all time LPGA career money list).


Other Career Highlights: A three time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (2005, 2…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

1/24/19 Bonus photos added at bottom of page.

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2018. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#17
#16
#12

My Top Ten LPGA Blogs of All-Time

Let me start out today by saying that I am looking forward to next week when the LPGA resumes it's schedule for real this time. They will play four consecutive weeks before the next break that will take them back to the USA. 
Needless to say with all the off time, I have been running out of things to write about. 
This week is the 9th anniversary of my blogging about the LPGA!


Those of you that have been with me from the beginning will remember that the first 3 years I blogged for Mostly Harmless. I created Tony's LPGA Report in 2013.

Over that period of time I have published over 750 blogs. Most have turned out to be quite successful, some have fallen flat. But one thing that you can be sure of is that I have always tried my best to be the "go to" resource for up-to-date and accurate news about the LPGA.

I recently went back through all of my blogs and made a list of the ten most popular. The results were quite surprising. It seems like the pieces that I spend the most t…

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.





Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.



Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for successfully defending her ShopRite Classic title. She came from behind, shooting a final round 64, which turned out to be one stroke better than runner-up Haru Nomura.



This week the LPGA travels to the state of Washington for the the playing of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship. This is the second Major Championship of the season. It is also the start of an extremely important part of the 2016 LPGA schedule that will include 3 Major Championships and the UL International Crown in the next 8 weeks.

This tournament was won last year in run-away fashion, when Inbee Park smoked the field by 5 strokes. She has won this championship 3 years in a row, and will be trying for a very rare four-peat. However, a recent injury to her thumb, will make that highly unlikely.


This will be tournament #16 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #2 of 5 to be played in 2016.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sahalee Country Club

LPGA Announces its 2019 Schedule!

The LPGA officially announced its 2019 schedule today, and it well worth the wait!

Here are the highlights:
1- The schedule features 34 events (33 official + The Solheim Cup). There were 33 last year (32 + UL International Crown).

2- The season will start one week earlier than last year, and kick off with two new tournaments.

3- There are a total of four tournaments:
     a) Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Jan 17-20)
     b) Vic Open (Feb 7-10)
     c) Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 17-20)
     d) BMW Ladies Championship (October 24-27)

     Tournaments that are no longer on the LPGA schedule:
     a) Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Pure Silk will be sponsoring the Virginia Event)
     b) LPGA Volvic Championship
     c) LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
     d) Blue Bay LPGA

     There will be another tournament announced at a later date, that will take place Nov 14-17.

4- Will feature a record setting $70.55 million in prize money (up from 65.35 last year).

5- There w…