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How Good are the 2018 LPGA Rookies?

The 2018 season is sure off to an amazing start. As has been the case for the past number of years, it seems that every tournament goes down to the very last hole, or results in a playoff.

Congratulations go out to Brittany Lincicome for winning the Pure Silk LPGA Bahamas Classic, the first tournament of the year. As usual the tournament went right down to the final hole before the winner was determined. See my recap here.

It was a very fast start for some of the 2018 LPGA rookies:
Hannah Green shot a 4 under par 215 to finish in 11th place.Erynne Lee's 2 under par 217 was good enough for a 21st place finish.Nannah Koertz Madsen, Maria Torres, Yu Liu, and Lindsey Weaver, in their first tournaments as LPGA members, all managed to shoot even par (tied for 31st) in the blustery conditions in the Bahamas. That brings us to today's subject. Just how good is this year's crop of LPGA rookies?

Last year was a strong year for LPGA rookies. Twelve of thirty-seven rookies finished in …

Juli Inkster Named Solheim Cup Captain for 3rd Third Time

Juli has been appointed the U.S. Solheim Cup Captain for the unprecedented  third consecutive time.

Inkster has led Team USA to back to back Solheim Cup victories in 2015 and 2017. Inkster, 57, will be trying to successfully defend the title on European soil on Sept. 13-15, 2019, at the PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

“This is an unbelievable honor and one I do not take lightly,” Inkster said. “I’m so stoked to be able to take the U.S. Team to Scotland, the home of golf, to compete in the 2019 Solheim Cup. We can’t wait to get started.” 

In 2015 the Solheim Cup was held in Germany, where Team USA made the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history. The Americans trailed by 4 points going into Sunday's single matches, but won 8.5 points to win by a 14.5 to 13.5 score.

Last year the Solheim Cup was back on U.S. soil where Team USA once again came out on top, this time by a 16.5 to 11.5 score. With that victory, Inkster joined Judy Rankin as the only…

Brittany Lincicome Successfully Defends Title in the Bahamas

Brittany Lincicome shot a seven under par 66 in the final round of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic to win the title for the second consecutive year.

Wei-Ling Hsu finished 2nd, two strokes back of Lincicome.

The victory didn't come easy as Lincicome trailed the leader Wei-Ling Hsu by one shot going to the 14th hole. Lincicome then made birdie there to tie for the lead.

When both players birdied the par five 15th hole, and made par on 16, they went to the closing holes still tied for the lead.

Everything would change on the par three 17th hole when Hsu bogeyed and Lincicome, playing in the group behind her, birdied. That would give Lincicome a two stroke lead going to the 18th hole.

Hsu would make birdie on 18, but it wasn't nearly enough as Lincicome followed with a birdie of her own.

It was an incredible finish for Lincicome as she birdied 11, 14, 15, 17, and 18, shooting a 5 under par 32 on the back nine.

Shanshan Feng was the only player to successfully defend a title in 2017 (t…

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

Well.... Here We Go!

It is time to start the 2018 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the UL International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2018 season promises to be the biggest and best ever.

The season will open in the Bahamas once again this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Many of you I am sure will remember last year's exciting finish when Brittany Lincicome defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff. Stacy Lewis finished 1 stroke back, a stroke better than Gerina Piller. Nelly Korda, playing in her first event as an LPGA member finished fifth.

This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas Defending Champion:  Brittany Lincicome
Winning Score:  64-65-69-68 = 266 (-26)
Final Field: 108 Players Par: 36/37 = 73 Yardage:  6,625 Purse:  $1,400,000
My strength of field rating is 52.5% (up …

LPGA Player Profile: Beatriz Recari

With the start of the 2018 LPGA just a few days away, I would like to sneak in one more player profile.

The player I have chosen today is:

**All stats now updated through the 2018 LPGA season.

Beatriz Recari
Born:  4/21/87 (30 years old)
Hometown:  Pamplona, Spain
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2010
2017 Earnings:  $197,765 (77th)

Beatriz has won 3 times on the LPGA tour:

2010 - CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge2013 - Kia Classic2013 Marathon Classic

Best finishes in major championships
ANA Inspiration - 25th in 2013KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 19th in 2013U.S. Women's Open - 27th in 2011Ricoh Women's British Open - 14th in 2016The Evian Championship -9th in 2013

Career Stats:

222 career starts156 cuts made (70.3%)26 top ten finishes (11.7%)Has $3,180,880 in career earnings (103rd on the all-time LPGA career money list)

Other career highlights:

Carded a career low 63 in the final round of the 2015 Honda LPGA Classic.In 2013, had two victories and seven additional top ten finishes a…

My Top 40 Player of the Year Predictions for 2018

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2018 season.

With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the UL International Crown), this year promises to to be one of the most exciting ever.

With the LPGA getting more and more talented each and every year, it is very difficult to narrow this down to just 40 players.

I  am going strictly by where I think they will finish on the 2018 money list.

Here are my top 40 picks for the 2018 season: (last year's actual money list finish is in parenthesis)

1- Lexi Thompson (3) - After last year's controversial ending to the ANA Inspiration, I am going to assume she will be much more careful in placing her ball. I am also thinking she will drop a few more key putts this year. She was oh so close to sweeping all the major awards last year. Look for her to be the 2018 Player of the Year, and finish the year in the #1 spot on the Rolex World Rankings.

2- Sung Hyun Park (1) - Look for another terrific year from this young lady. I e…

Ten Question for the 2018 Season

As we approach the beginning of the 2018 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 the LPGA make it through a full season without a single tournament being canceled?

9- Can Lydia Ko bounce back from a 2017 season where she did not win a single tournament, and dropped from #1 to #9 in the world rankings?

8- Can Cristie Kerr, who won twice in 2017, and now has 22 Hall of Fame points, get closer to the 27 points needed for induction?

7- Can In-Gee Chun finally put together 4 solid rounds and turn some of those second place finishes into victories?

6- Will the brand new LPGA Q-Series be a success?

5- Will Moriya Jutanugarn finally break through and get her first LPGA victory?

4- Can Michelle Wie continue where she left off in 2017 (moving from #174 to # 29) and get back into the Rolex Rankings top 10?

3- After successfully defending their Solheim Cup Championship in 2017, can Team USA sucessfull…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2017

1/9/18 - Bonus pics added at bottom of this page!

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. 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 2017. 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.


LPGA Player Profile: Stacy Lewis

With the start of the LPGA season still about three weeks away, I think it is a good time to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today is a former #1 player in the world rankings:

Stacy Lewis

Born:  February 16, 1985
Hometown:  The Woodlands, Texas
Resides: Houston, Texas
Rookie Year: 2009
2017 Earnings:  $1,057,208

Stacy has won 12 times on the LPGA tour, including 2 major championships:

2011 - Kraft Nabisco Championship2012 - Mobile Bay LPGA Classic2012 - ShopRite LPGA Classic2012 - Navistar LPGA Classic2012 - Mizuno Classic2013 - HSBC Women's Champions2013 - RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup2013 - Ricoh Women's British Open2014 - North Texas LPGA Shootout2014 - ShopRite LPGA Classic2014 - Northwest Arkansas Championship2017 - Cambia Portland Classic

Best finishes in major championships:

ANA Inspiration - 1st in 2011KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 2nd in 2012U.S. Women's Open - 2nd in 2014Ricoh Women's British Open - 1st in 2013The Evian Championshi…