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How accurate were my 2017 top 40 player of the Year Predictions?

Trying to predict the LPGA has become more and more difficult every season. Yet, I never seem to learn my lesson, and I keep putting myself out there at the beginning of every season.

The 2017 season was full of surprises:

There were 22 different winners.There were winners from 8 different countries.Three players won for the very first time.The five major championships were won by 5 different players for the second consecutive year.Once again it was a year that was almost impossible to predict, but I gave it a try. 

Way back in January, before the season began, I made my predictions of who I thought would be the top 40 players of 2017. I put it out there for the whole world to see, knowing in advance that people would focus on my massive misses (but that's what makes this so much fun)  Let's see how I did.
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - She was coming off a five win season and looked like she was going to dominate again in 2017. Although she did win twice, she struggled to make cuts at var…

How Well Were My Pre-Season Questions Answered?

Way back in January, before the 2017 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 veteran USA players Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, and Morgan Pressel bounce back from very disappointing 2016 seasons?

We have mixed results here. Michelle Wie made a big comeback in 2017. She finished the year with 6 top five finishes, and moved from #105 on last year's money list to #19 this year. Lincicome also showed some improvement by winning the opening tournament of the year, and moving from #47 to #32 on the money list. Things did not go as well for Creamer or Pressel. Creamer managed just 1 top ten finish, and dropped from #66 to #89 on the year end money list. Pressel did not register a single top ten and fell from #48 to #78.

9-Can Nelly Korda join her sister and become a major player on the LPGA tour?

A big yes to this one! Nelly …

2018 LPGA Priority List

I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments. Below is the 2018 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’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

1. Sung Hyun Park
2. So Yeon Ryu
3. Lexi Thompson
4. Shanshan Feng
5. Ariya Jutanugarn 
6. Brooke M. Henderson
7. Cristie Kerr 
8. Anna Nordqvist 
9. Moriya Jutanugarn 
10. Sei Young Kim 
11. In Gee Chun 
12. In-Kyung Kim 
13. Lydia Ko 
14. Mi Jung Hur 
15. Stacy Lewis 
16. Minjee Lee 
17. Danielle Kang 
18. Hee Young Yang 
19. Michelle Wie 
20. Mirim Lee 
21. Lizette Salas
22. Mi Hyang Lee 
23. Eun-Hee Ji 
24. Carlota Ciganda 
25. Inbee Park 
26. Jessica Korda 
27. Marina Alex 
28. …

Surprises and Disappointments - Final 2017

With the 2017 season in the books, I would like to look back at the players that I thought gave us the most surprising seasons, and those who disappointed. This is based purely on my expectations of these players coming into the 2017 season. You won't see names like Shanshan Feng or So Yeon Ryu on here, as we certainly expected them to have big years. Some of these players aren't household names, but had unexpected results this season.


Biggest Surprises:

1- In-Kyung Kim -At the start of the 2017 season, many questioned I.K.'s motivation. Her pattern throughout most of the 2016 campaign was to play a couple of weeks and then take off a couple. She played in just 17 of 33 official tournaments. She was still playing quality golf, but her better days seemed to be behind her. This season she still only played in 17 events, but the results have been quite spectacular. Who would have thought that only two players would win 3 times on the LPGA tour, and she would be one of them? Nob…