The LPGA Tour gets to ride the “Michelle Wie Wave” this week into its final tournament of the season. The LPGA meets at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Houston for The LPGA Tour Championship. All the top women in the world are in the 120 player field led by three time winners Jiyai Shin and Lorena Ochoa.
The Player of the Year battle is going right down to the wire with Shin leading Ochoa by a mere eight points. Shin has already run away with The Rookie of the Year trophy and is looking to become the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to claim both honors. Ochoa is trying to make it four years straight as The Player of the Year.
This looks to be shaping up to be very competitive tournament and the since The PGA Tour has wrapped up its season the ladies will get some much needed television time. They don’t have to worry about another golf tournament taking their viewers; all they have to worry about is NFL football, ouch.
This should be an interesting and spirited tournament. There are plenty of great golfers who can make a charge at this trophy and many interesting stories.
Jiyai Shin: #1 on the money list, 3 wins, 2nd in scoring average, leads in Player of the Year points, tied for 2nd in scoring average, tied for 1st with Ochoa in putts per GIR, #2 in the World Rankings. Technically a rookie, but has 3 wins last year to go with her 3 wins this year.
Lorena Ochoa: #4 on the money list, 2nd in Player of the Year, tied for 1st with Shin in putts per GIR, #1 in scoring average, 3 wins and still #1 in the world.
Cristie Kerr: 1 win this year, #5 in the world, tied for 2nd in scoring average, 2nd in the money list and third in Player of the Year points. Kerr plays as hard as anyone out there.
Ai Miyazato: 1 win this year and third on the money list and fourth in scoring average. She could easily win here.
Paula Creamer: She is the highest player on the money list without a win. She has 10 top tens, hits more greens than anyone and comes off a second place last week. She is determined to get a win this year and this is her last chance.
Angela Stanford: 1 win and 11 top tens this year, 10th on the money list. A Texas girl that would love to win in her home state.
Michelle Wie: Can she keep it up? The tour would love it if she could. Wie is playing well with 3 top tens in her last five tournaments, including last week’s win.
Stacy Lewis: Dark Horse pick for the hometown girl. Lewis has two top tens and hasn’t been setting the world on fire but she has had a good rookie season and this is her hometown. I’ve been following her all year so I have to give her some props at her hometown tournament.