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I'm curious to know how you all answer the following questions.

 

1. Pick 5 winners from 2018 that will win again in 2019.

 

Ariya Jutanugarn

Inbee Park

Sung Hyun Park

So Yeon Ryu

Brooke Henderson

 

It may be easier to pick players that will not win in 2019, but if you limit it to 5, the names you leave off this list makes it difficult.

 

2. Pick 4 players that will either capture their second win or win again after not winning for 2 or more years.

 

Lizette Salas

Jenny Shin

Chella Choi

Carlota Ciganda

 

 

3. Pick 3 players that you believe will capture their 1st win on the LPGA Tour this season.

 

Angel Yin

Amy Olson

Yu Liu

 

4. What 3 players are you rooting for winning their first tournament on the LPGA Tour?

 

Megan Khang

Aditi Ashok

Mariah Stackhouse

 

Megan Khang should be in the other 1st win list, but I don't recall her going through the "holding the lead at the end of a round" and "being in a final group in the last round" stages that players tend to go through before winning.

I initially thought Aditi Ashok didn't have a good sophomore campaign, but examing the results, her 2018 season was better than her 2017.

Stackhouse could still be a season away.

 

5. What players would you like to see team up for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational? Pick 4 Teams.

*Exclude Lexi/Christie, So Yeon/Inbee, the Jutanugarns, the Kordas and Wie/Kang

 

Minjee Lee/Karrie Webb

Nasa Hataoka/Hee Young Park

a pairing from these three Angel Yin/Tiff Joh/Shanshan Feng

Pornanong Phatlum/Chella Choi

 

Minjee and Karrie is a nice multi generational pairing.

Nasa and "The Rocket". I doubt it would happen.

Yin, Joh and Jenny Money would probably be very entertaining.

I'd imagine if you are the top player or one of the most respected players from your country as Nasa, Shanshan and Pornanong are, one of your countrymates is probably eager to play with you. Which is perfectly fine in year 1 of a team event and makes these pairings I selected unlikely.

Ponanong and Chella would be a fashion pick and they both play Volvik.

 

 

6. What players do you think will win their 1st Major Championship this season? Pick 3.

 

Minjee Lee

Nasa Hataoka

Jin Young Ko

 

7. Which events are you looking forward to the most this season? Pick 4.

 

I'm interested in seeing how the back to back majors plays out.

The Dow Great Lakes Invitational

The majors equally.

All other events equally.

 

8. Which players are your top 5 picks to win Player of the Year?

 

Ariya Jutanugarn

Minjee Lee

So Yeon Ryu

Brooke Henderson

Nasa Hataoka

 

9. Which players are your top 4 picks to win Rookie of the Year? or Pick your own question.

 

I'm not that familiar with this years class of rookies.

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I'm hoping for a third major (preferably one they don't already have) for each of So Yeon Ryu and Ingee Chun (maybe a longer shot for Chun but hope the IL Crown and win late last year boosts her confidence).

 

Interested in a) can Minjee Lee win multiple times / a major (very young and keeps improving. Also not Lexi/Ariya long but has 10 yards on most of the players) and b) can Lydia Ko get back to being a top 5 player (not necessarily 2014 - 1H 2016 pace) or is a season like 2018 going to be what's normal for her going forward (which is still very good).

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Not really answering your questions, but here are some things i look forward to among a great many.

 

1) Can Hannah Green recapture the form that got her into third place in the 2018 Aus Open?

2) The Great Haru! is she back? She is so underestimated, I think, for a 3 time career LPGA winner.

3) What will Hye Jin Choi's progress be like?

 

I predict Carlotta Ciganda wins an event (hardly a bold prediction!).

 

Brooke, Lydia, Ariya, Lexi, Minjee and Sung Hyun are inherently fascinating and that goes without saying. Any one of these has the capability to step up a gear, so i will be watching to see if any of them do.

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1. Pick 5 winners from 2018 that will win again in 2019.

Lexi

Lydia

Jin Young

D.K

Marina Alex

 

2. Pick 4 players that will either capture their second win or win again after not winning for 2 or more years.

Carlota

Marina

Moriya

Charley Hull

 

 

3. Pick 3 players that you believe will capture their 1st win on the LPGA Tour this season.

Bronte Law

Anne Van Dam

Su Oh

 

4. What 3 players are you rooting for winning their first tournament on the LPGA Tour?

Su Oh

Louise Ridderstrom

Klara Spilkova

 

5. What players would you like to see team up for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational? Pick 4 Teams.

Lexi and D.K

So Yeon and Jin Young

Minjee and Su Oh

Annna Nordqvist and Louise Ridderstrom

 

 

6. What players do you think will win their 1st Major Championship this season? Pick 3.

Sei Young Kim

Carlota

Nasa

7. Which events are you looking forward to the most this season? Pick 4.

All of them

 

8. Which players are your top 5 picks to win Player of the Year?

Lexi

Ariya

Lydia

Jin Young

So Yeon

 

9. Which players are your top 4 picks to win Rookie of the Year? or Pick your own question.

Lucky6

Anne Van Dam

Klara Spilkova

Jenny Haglund

Louise Ridderstrom

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1. Pick 5 winners from 2018 that will win again in 2019.

 

Ariya

Minjee

Sung Hyun

Nasa

Sei Young

 

2. Pick 4 players that will either capture their second win or win again after not winning for 2 or more years.

 

Nelly

Moriya

Carlota (Last win 2016)

Marina

 

3. Pick 3 players that you believe will capture their 1st win on the LPGA Tour this season.

 

Lucky 6

Amy Olsen

Kristen Gillman

 

4. What 3 players are you rooting for winning their first tournament on the LPGA Tour?

 

Megan Khang

Muni He

Lucky 6

 

Jeong Eun should win in her first two seasons. Megan and Muni have little chance, but I'd like to see them pull through.

 

5. What players would you like to see team up for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational? Pick 4 Teams.

 

So Yeon and In gee

Nelly and Jessica

Lydia and Jin Young

Danielle and Michelle

 

6. What players do you think will win their 1st Major Championship this season? Pick 3.

 

Minjee

Nasa

Jin Young

 

7. Which events are you looking forward to the most this season? Pick 4.

 

KPMG

ANA Inspiration

USWO

BMW

 

8. Which players are your top 5 picks to win Player of the Year?

 

Ariya

Minjee

Jin Young

Nasa Sung Hyun

 

9. Which players are your top 4 picks to win Rookie of the Year? or Pick your own question.

 

Lucky 6 (Give her the trophy now)

Kristen Gillman

Youngin Chun

Jennifer Kupcho (Unlikely due to her deferring membership until after her spring semester)

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3) What will Hye Jin Choi's progress be like?

 

 

Hye Jin plays on the KLPGA. Are you referring to Jeong Eun (Lucky 6), or are you talking about Hye Jin's play at the USWO?

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3) What will Hye Jin Choi's progress be like?

 

 

Hye Jin plays on the KLPGA. Are you referring to Jeong Eun (Lucky 6), or are you talking about Hye Jin's play at the USWO?

 

I wasn't sure what tour she'd be on, so thanks for that. If she is the KLPGA she will still probably play the British and US Opens. last year she played the Australian Open, so i am hoping she tees it up again next week!

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1. Pick 5 winners from 2018 that will win again in 2019.

 

Sung Hyun Park

So Yeon Ryu

Brooke Henderson

Lexi Thompson

Ariya Jutanugarn

 

(I'm adding Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee and In Gee Chun because I have to, math was never my strong suit)

 

 

2. Pick 4 players that will either capture their second win or win again after not winning for 2 or more years.

 

Marina Alex

Nelly Korda

Georgia Hall

Carlota Ciganda

 

 

3. Pick 3 players that you believe will capture their 1st win on the LPGA Tour this season.

 

Yu Liu

Ponanong Phatlum

Su Oh

 

4. What 3 players are you rooting for winning their first tournament on the LPGA Tour?

 

Ayako Uehara

Megan Khang

Angel Yin

 

5. What players would you like to see team up for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational? Pick 4 Teams.

*Exclude Lexi/Christie, So Yeon/Inbee, the Jutanugarns, the Kordas and Wie/Kang

 

Minjee Lee/Su Oh

Nasa Hataoka/Ayako Uehara

In Gee Chun/Sung Hyun Park

F it, coming off the bag, it's Brooke and Brittany Henderson!

 

 

 

6. What players do you think will win their 1st Major Championship this season? Pick 3.

 

Nasa Hataoka

Minjee Lee

Jin Young Ko or Nelly Korda, I can't decide

 

7. Which events are you looking forward to the most this season? Pick 4.

 

I'm only going to list the KPMG, because I think So Yeon is going to be going full tilt to make up for her 17th water shot last year.

 

8. Which players are your top 5 picks to win Player of the Year?

 

Ariya Jutanugarn

Nasa Hataoka

Minjee Lee

So Yeon Ryu

Sung Hyun Park

 

(Although I would love to see In Gee have a dominating season to boost her confidence again)

 

 

9. Which players are your top 4 picks to win Rookie of the Year? or Pick your own question.

 

Lucky 6, no doubt.

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2. Pick 4 players that will either capture their second win or win again after not winning for 2 or more years.

 

Nelly

Moriya

Carlota (Last win 2016)

Marina

 

 

Lol. That didn't take long.

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Looking back at this;
As has been said, Jin Young Ko did as predicted and exceeded all expectations.
Carlota teased all season.
Nasa and Minjee didn't take that next step and earn Major Status as many of us expected.
So Yeon and Ariya had down seasons as has been mentioned.
Hannah Green answered @Raving Shanker question definitively yes.@ChronicSlicer good call with Bronte Law getting to taste the champagne as a pro.

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