|Nobody predicted Sei Young Kim would be a 3 time winner.|
3- Alison Lee - When the season started American fans were hopeful that they may have a new star. She did not disappoint. In fact, she exceeded our expectations with three top 5 finishes, 6 top tens, and 11 top twenties.
4- Yani Tseng - Maybe we wrote her off a bit too quickly. It was a big comeback season for Yani who registered four top 5 finishes. Still not the Yani of old, but she jumped from #57 to #21 on the money list.
5- Alena Sharp - This veteran deserves to be acknowledged for her 2015 season. A real fighter, over the years she has had to battle her way back onto the LPGA through Q-School, and again through the Symetra Tour. With the influx of all these "super teenage rookies," many veterans are finding surviving on the LPGA Tour getting tougher and tougher each year. Alena has showed us that she's tough too. Finishing #65 on the money list shows she still has something left in the tank.
6- Jaye Marie Green - After a very disappointing rookie season in which she barely retained her LPGA membership, it was a big bounce back year in 2015. Jaye really found it in the last third of the season when she had 3 top tens, and 5 top twenties in her last 9 starts.
7- Xi Yu Lin - Another player who barely held on to their card in 2014. This year was another story. With 4 top tens and 9 top twenties, she improved from # 93 to #38 in 2015.
1- Michelle Wie - What a difference a year makes. Last year she was my biggest surprise. There are going to be some that will point to her injuries, and yes she did have enough of them. But the fact remains that she did play in 24 tournaments without registering a single top ten. She was only able to hit 61% of her fairways, which ranked #136 on the LPGA Tour. Wie, normally one of the real monster drivers on tour, finished 26th in driving distance. That tells us she is either sacrificing distance by not using her driver, or she is hitting lots of trees.
2- Beatriz Recari - The fall here has been very far and very fast. Two years ago she finished # 8 on the money list. Last year she fell to #53, and this year to #75. She had just one top ten all year. She is going to have to pick it up quickly, or the defending champion Spanish Team will not qualify for the 2016 International Crown. They currently rank 9th (eight teams qualify).
|Beatriz must improve quickly if she wants a chance to defend the International Crown title|
3- Meena Lee - After a solid 2014 campaign where she finished #26 on the money list, she dropped all the way down to #93 this year. She managed just three top 30 finishes all season.
4- Julieta Granada - After her most solid LPGA season in 2014 when she finished #18 on the money list, many expected a solid follow up. What they didn't expect was a 17 week drought without a top ten, and a 51st place finish on this year's money list.
5- M.J. Hur - M.J. really came into her own the second half of 2014, leading us to believe this was going to be a stellar year. What happened in 2015 is hard to explain. Not only did she fall from #30 to #72 on the money list, but she failed to register a single top ten finish.
6- Caroline Hedwall - Her career has been a very puzzling one so far. Once considered a future star, her stock has dropped significantly in the past couple of years. She finished #14 on the money list in 2013, 46th in 2014, and fell all the way to #93 this year. She did not have a top 20 finish in any of her 18 LPGA starts.
7- Christina Kim - The comeback player of the year in 2014, Christina gave it all back in 2015. She managed just 2 top 20 finishes in 28 starts, and fell from #27 to #69 on the money list.
8- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - Once considered an up and coming star, Jodi had to fight to keep her card this year. Finishing in the top 25 on the money list just 2 years ago, she fell all the way to #98 this year. In 21 starts, she failed to register a single top 20 finish.
9- Moriya Jutanugarn - Moriya was the Rookie of the Year just 2 years ago. She has struggled with her game since. She finished the 2015 season #64 on the money list, but things got worse as the season progressed. She did not have a top 20 finish in her last 17 starts.
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