Now that Shanshan Feng has won the CME Group Titleholders golf tournament in Naples, Florida, the 2013 season is finally in the history books for all of the major tours. Of course, The PGA Tour, and European Tour have already gotten into the their 2014 seasons, but we are approaching the holiday break before the 2014 season goes full swing in January. The question I have is, has golf gotten better in the last 12 months, and what are the expectations for 2014?
I don’t know about you, but I think LPGA Tour Commissioner, Michael Whan has done a good job since taking over in 2010. He has been able to consistently add events on the schedule, and not diminish the prize funds around the world. The LPGA continues to suffer from small tournament purses, but with a couple of more seasons like 2013, everyone should be happier soon.
Not only was the LPGA exciting this year, but the Solheim Cup lived up to every expectation I had. Although it doesn’t quite have the luster of the Ryder Cup, I felt it was a much more exciting tournament than the Presidents Cup this year, and can’t wait until 2015.
It’s hard to believe that Jason Day hasn’t won since the 2010 Colonial, but with a heavy heart, the young Aussie wins the individual competition at the World Cup, and along with Adam Scott, wins the team trophy as well.
“It’s just been an amazing tournament for me,” Day said. “My mother, my family, coming down to support me. I’m just so happy the hard work has paid off, and I’m glad it happened in Melbourne.
“It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week,” he added. “But I really wanted to come down here and play.”
According to the writers at Golf.com, the best rivalry in golf for 2014 is still Tiger Woods and Jack Niclaus’ major championship record. As we roll into 2014, do you think Tiger will make up any ground on the Golden Bear this year? I think as long as he struggles with his driver, Jack’s record is safe.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are always a potential on any given day, but I think Rory McIlroy may rejoin the the mix this year, and Henrik Stenson will be looking for a major in 2014. It should be a great year, and it’s only a month away.
With the arrival of Lydia Ko to the LPGA Tour, and Lexi Thompson learning to win, this should be a top rivalry for the next decade.
Not only did Shanshan Feng break Stacy Lewis’ heart in China last month, but the 24 year-old from Guangzhou, China surprised the world on Sunday by winning the LPGA finale’.
Feng closed with a 6-under 66 for a one-shot win over Piller to claim $700,000, the richest prize in women’s golf.
“I actually didn’t think I was going to achieve my goal, but I made it at the last-minute at the last tournament in Florida, so I’m really, really happy,” Feng said.
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