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The Resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

The Resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

The resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

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For almost 2 decades, we have seen the LPGA Tour dominated by Asian and European players.

But now, it seems as if American golfers have found their games, their guts, and their fearless play. In 2014 there were more American Winners on the LPGA Tour than in 2012 and 2013 combined. Americans won 13 of 32 tournaments, with other Asian, European, Australian, and South African winners.

I love this trend where spunky players like Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, and Jessica Korda are duking it out with Europe’s and Asia’s best. This is a great thing for the LPGA, women’s golf, and the game in general.

 

Resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

Michelle Wie leads the charge of American women on the LPGA who are now winning again.

The resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

 If you’ve been watching any women’s golf lately you might have noticed a nice trend for our homegrown gals. The American women have found their games and are firing on all cylinders. It seems to be spreading like wildfire amongst the Americans too. If you watched the last 9 holes of the Airbus LPGA Classic this week you could see Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and Michelle Wie all duking it out with 2 of Europes best in Anna Nordqvist and phenom Charley Hull.

In the end it was Korda delivering a back nine 30 that was exhilerating to watch as she poured every putt in from everywhere. Besides scoring a ho-hum Par on the reachable par 5 13th she hit sensational approaches and her red hot putter was there to finish the job. This was Jessica’s second win on tour this season making her the 3rd two time winner on the LPGA tour this year.

Michelle Wie almost had her second win this year in hand but for the buzz saw Korda.

Michelle had a few balky putter moments down the stretch and missed opportunities on par 5’s where she usually dominates. With all that she still finished with a strong final round 67 and it’s a great thing for the LPGA, women’s golf, and the game of golf in general when she’s in the mix. Michelle is on pace to have one of her best seasons on tour thus far, one we all hoped would come way back when but better late than never!

Lexi Thompson has continued to roll on in her consistent manner. Including her first major victory at the Kraft Nabisco she has finished in the top 10 in her last 4 events. Lexi’s improved putting and overall game management has really taken her to then next level and she has shown she has the game to beat anyone. With her length off the tee and impressive ball striking she has to be a favorite at Pinehurst next month.

With Korda, Thompson and Wie playing like they are, its hard to discount any of them on any given week, and we haven’t even mentioned Stacy Lewis or Paula Creamer.

Stacy seems to spoil us consistently with how steady and amazing she is.

With 6 top 10’s in the last 7 events it’s no wonder she leads the Race to the Globe and is only a top 5 away from becoming #1 in the world.  Paula also seems to be back on track with her game, with her first win in a while coming at the HSBC Championship earlier this year. She hasn’t lit up the field since then but has made all but one cut. We can never count her out as she is one of the most passionate players on the LPGA and always a crowd favorite.

These American girls are showing guts and fearless play as they have taken their games up a notch. They seem to be feeding off of each others games. So far in 2014 we have more American winners on tour than we did in 2012 and 2013 combined. 7 out of 12 events this year have been won by Americans. Lizette Salas has been another star on the rise as she mowed down Kingsmill two weeks ago. With players like Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, and Morgan Pressel representing the veteran group, they are great mentors for rookies like Amy Anderson, Kim Kaufman, and Jaye Marie Green who are all showing great promise in their rookie seasons.

So the present and future looks very bright right now for US women’s golf. We can only hope it continues on this trend and that these girls can get some redemption next year at the Solheim Cup.

Source : 9-Dine.com

Pictures : Larry Neuberger    Keith Allison

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