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LPGA 2018 Year In Review

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The year 2018 was a very exciting year for the LPGA tour. There were a record number of first time winners. There were rookie winners. There were winners from several different countries. There were several tournaments that needed extra holes to determine the winner. There were 5 different major championship winners that came from 5 different countries. There were two pairs of sisters that each recorded victories. All in all it was one of the most interesting seasons ever. Let's take a peek:

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Gabby Lopez became the LPGA's latest first time winner.

There were nine players who won their first LPGA tournament:
  1. Pernilla Lindberg - ANA Inspiration
  2. Moriya Jutanugarn - HUGEL-JTBC Open
  3. Annie Park - ShopRite LPGA Classic
  4. Nasa Hataoka - Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and Toto Japan Classic
  5. Thidapa Suwannapura - Marathon Classic
  6. Georgia Hall - Ricoh Women's British Open
  7. Marina Alex - Cambia Portland Classic
  8. Nelly Korda - Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Classic
  9. Gabby Lopez - Blue Bay LPGA
Note: Jin Young Ko's victory is not included in the above count as she won in 2017 as a non-LPGA member.

There were two rookie winners:
  1. Jin Young Ko - ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
  2. Georgia Hall - Ricoh Women's British Open
There were winners from ten different countries:
  • United States = 9 winners - Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Annie Park, Marina Alex, Angela Stanford, Danielle Kang, Nelly Korda, and Lexi Thompson.
  • South Korea = 7 winners - Jin Young Ko, Inbee Park, Eun-Hee Ji, Sung Hyun Park (3), So Yeon Ryu, Sei Young Kim, and In Gee Chun
  • Thailand = 3 winners - Moriya Jutanugarn, Ariya Jutanugarn (3), Thidapa Suwannapura.
  • Canada = 1 winner - Brooke Henderson (2)
  • Japan = 1 winner - Nasa Hataoka (2)
  • Sweden = 1 winner - Pernilla Lindberg
  • New Zealand = 1 winner - Lydia Ko
  • Austrailia = 1 winner - Minjee Lee
  • England = 1 winner - Georgia Hall
  • Mexico = 1 winner - Gabby Lopez
There were five differnt major winners from five different countries:
  1. Pernilla Linberg - (ANA Inspiration) - Sweden
  2. Ariya Jutanugarn - (U.S. Women's Open Championship) - Thailand
  3. Sung Hyun Park - (KMPG Women's PGA Championship) - South Korea
  4. Georgia Hall - (Ricoh Women's British Open) - England
  5. Angela Stanford (The Evian Championship) - United States
There were seven tournaments decided in a playoff:
  1. ANA Inspiration - Pernilla Lindberg defeated Inbee Park and Jennifer Song
  2. LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship - Lydia Ko defeated Minjee Lee
  3. Kingsmill Championship - Ariya Jutanugarn defeated Nasa Hataoka and In Gee Chun
  4. U.S. Women's Open Championship - Ariya Jutanugarn defeated Hyo Joo Kim
  5. KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Sung Hyun Park defeated Nasa Hataoka and So Yeon Ryu
  6. Marathon Classic - Thidapa Suwannapura defeated Brittany Lincicome
  7. Indy Women in Tech Championship - Sung Hyun Park defeated Lizette Salas
There were four multiple winners:
  • Ariya Jutanugarn - Three wins
  • Sung Hyun Park - Three wins
  • Brooke Henderson - Two wins
  • Nasa Hataoka - Two wins
There were two pairs of sisters that recorded victories:
  • Jessica and Nelly Korda
  • Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn
Note: Before this year only one sister act (The Sorenstams) had won on the LPGA tour in its history.

There you have it. It was quite a year. Here's hoping that 2019 will be even better!

Other Tidbits:
Nelly Korda's strong finish to the 2018 LPGA season landed her in 13th place on the season end money list. That is 5 places better than her older sister Jessica.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lexi Thompson makes the most important move this week jumping from #8 to #5. Nelly Korda continues to make the biggest leaps in the top 100, jumping another 11 spots and moving from #33 to #22.

This Week's Trivia Question:
What players victory in 2018 was her only top ten finish in twenty-eight starts?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.


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