Yesterday, I made my 2010 predictions for the PGA Tour. Today, it’s time to shift focus to the ladies, and make my predictions for what could be one of the biggest years in the history of women’s golf.
It goes without saying that this year is going to be very important for the women’s game. With Carolyn Bivens officially out as commissioner of the LPGA, Michael Whan takes over what could be one of the most difficult roles in sports right now.
With that being said, here’s my predictions for the LPGA this year:
1. This will be the year that the LPGA turns the corner…..in a good way. Although they don’t have as many events in the United States as they normally do, the game will benefit from one player completely taking over the sport.
2. That player will be Michelle Wie. She will become the “big thing” that we all thought she would become, and will be the LPGA Player of the Year.
3. After winning Rookie of the Year honors last season, Jiyai Shin will also add another major to her win total this year, and have a huge year on tour.
4. Former Duke standout Amanda Blumenherst will have a solid year in her rookie season, and will pick up a surprising tournament win somewhere along the way.
5. Wie’s biggest challenger this year will be Anna Nordqvist, as this will be the year that the young players turn themselves into superstars, and help women’s golf grow in the process.
6. You’ll see a completely different marketing effort this season by the LPGA. More players will turn to marketing their sex appeal in order to help the sport, and though some will argue against, it’ll be a very successful venture.
7. Despite a slump during last season, Lorena Ochoa will play well again this season, but won’t be the dominant force that she was at times last year.
8. The best tournament of the year will be the U.S. Women’s Open in Oakmont, as Paula Creamer will defeat Wie in a playoff to capture the championship.
9. The player that you had no clue about before this season, but will know her for her great play after this season will be Gwladys Nocera.
10. Finishing 2010 on a strong note, the LPGA will rack up several more events for 2011, marking Whan’s first year on the job as a complete success.
Now it’s your turn! What are your LPGA predictions for 2010?