My Most sensible 40 LPGA Participant of the 12 months Predictions for 2023


Avid gamers at the LPGA Excursion are getting an increasing number of gifted every and annually so it is vitally tricky to slim this down to simply 40 avid gamers. However let’s give it a pass. Listed below are my best 40 choices for the 2023 season in opposite order: (ultimate yr’s precise Participant of the 12 months end is in parenthesis).

40. Hae Ran Ryu – (rookie) She received medalist honors on the 2022 LPGA Q-Sequence. She used to be the KLPGA Rookie of the 12 months in 2020, and has received 5 occasions on that excursion. Considered one of two newbies that seem in this checklist.

39. Maria Fassi  (56) – Maria got here onto the LPGA as a rookie in 2019 with very top expectancies, however has most commonly struggled her first few years on excursion. Ultimate yr she had an excessively deficient first part of the season, however got here roaring again in the second one part with two 3rd position finishes and 3 best tens. She led the excursion in riding distance ultimate yr (280 yards), however used to be 135th in riding accuracy. She must reinforce on that ultimate quantity to complete this top.

38. A Lim Kim (53) – A winner of the 2020 U.S. Ladies’s Open in 2020, she hasn’t received since. She controlled simply 4 best tens ultimate yr in 29 begins. She had all forms of bother conserving the ball within the fairway, completing 125th in that class. She has an excessive amount of skill to complete outdoor the highest fifty once more.

37. Carlota Ciganda (35) – She led Group Spain to an World Crown victory in 2014 and used to be intended to be that nation’s largest superstar for future years. After profitable two times early in her profession, she has been a sadness. In truth, she has now long past six years with no victory at the LPGA Excursion. Till she presentations that she will be able to win once more, I will’t put her upper than this.

36. Eun-Hee Ji (34) – A winner ultimate yr of the Financial institution of Hope Fit-Play Championship. It used to be her 6th LPGA victory. She is a 17 yr veteran at the LPGA Excursion. She simplest controlled two best tens ultimate yr in nineteen begins, so her higher days could also be at the back of her.

35. Georgia Corridor (35) – Didn’t leave out a unmarried reduce in nineteen begins in 2022. She controlled 4 best tens however hasn’t received since getting her 2d LPGA victory in 2020. I search for her to complete about in the similar position as ultimate yr.

34. Best friend Ewing (33) – Now not a family identify, however Best friend has received an LPGA event in every of the ultimate 3 years. She must reinforce her consistency as she had just one different best ten ultimate yr. She additionally has to reinforce her hanging as she used to be 158th on excursion ultimate yr.

33. Megan Khang (30) – She makes virtually all of her cuts (20 of 24), however hasn’t ever received at the LPGA Excursion. Her six best tens ultimate yr presentations us she is succesful, however till she hits the winner’s circle I will’t fee her upper than this.

Megan Khang 2018 CME Group LPGA Championship | Photo: Ben Harpring
Megan Khang | Picture: Ben Harpring

32. Nanna Koerstz Madsen (24) – The 28 yr outdated broke via together with her first LPGA victory in 2022. At the unfavourable aspect despite the fact that, she controlled simply two different best tens. The truth that she controlled to make simply twelve cuts in 23 begins is annoying.

31. Yuko Saso (37) – Winner of the 2021 U.S. Ladies’s Open, she didn’t are living as much as the expectancies that got here with that victory. She simplest had 4 best ten finishes in 2022 in 26 begins. At simply 21 years outdated, I consider the most productive is but to return. Search for her to have a bounce-back season.

30. Madelene Sagstrom (28) – Madelene’s simplest LPGA victory got here in 2020, however did have 5 best ten finishes this previous yr. Conserving the ball within the fairway has been a very long time downside for her as she completed 136th in that class in 2021 and 151st ultimate yr. She is without doubt one of the excursion’s easiest putters, completing 5th in putts in keeping with G.I.R. ultimate yr.

29. Marina Alex (23) – Recorded her 2d LPGA victory ultimate yr and added 4 extra best tens. A forged participant who turns out to all the time end on this space.

28. Hinako Shibuno (21) – Hinako received a big championship as a non LPGA participant in 2019, however has no longer received once more in 40 begins. Neglected means too many cuts ultimate yr as she simplest noticed the weekend 13 occasions in 23 begins.

27. Sei Younger Kim (37) – In line with her requirements, ultimate yr used to be a yr to disregard. A twelve time winner at the LPGA Excursion, she hasn’t received since 2020. Search for that to switch this yr and she is going to transfer up no less than ten spots.

Sei Younger Kim | Picture Ben Harpring

26. Xi Yu Lin (21) – Had her easiest yr at the LPGA Excursion ultimate yr with six best tens, however has but to win at the LPGA Excursion. Can’t fee her upper till she wins.

My Most sensible 25 Predictions for 2023 LPGA Participant of the 12 months

25. Linn Grant (41) – Performed lots of the ultimate yr at the Women Ecu Excursion the place she received 4 occasions. She simplest performed in 6 LPGA occasions however made 5 cuts and had two best ten finishes. We will be able to be seeing a lot more of her this yr.

24. Lucy Li (rookie) – The second one of 2 newbies in this checklist, I search for large issues from her in 2023. She certified for the U.S. Ladies’s Open when she used to be 11 years outdated. She received two times ultimate yr at the Epson Excursion. Performed six occasions at the LPGA Excursion ultimate yr with 3 best 12 finishes. No American participant has received best rookie honors since Paula Creamer in 2005. That are supposed to trade this yr.

23. Gaby Lopez (25) – Probably the most constant avid gamers on excursion, Gaby used to be a winner for the 3rd time in her profession ultimate yr. I search for her to have an excessively equivalent season this yr.

22. Charley Hull (18) – The 26 yr outdated shall be getting into her 9th yr at the LPGA Excursion. Her subsequent best ten would be the 30th of her profession, however has simplest discovered the winner’s circle two times. Wishes to show a few of the ones best tens into wins to complete upper.

21. Jessica Korda (31) – When she is wholesome she remains to be some of the best avid gamers on excursion. Sadly, nagging accidents held her to simply 14 begins ultimate yr. She did have six best ten finishes, however remains to be on the lookout for profession victory quantity seven.

Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda | Picture by means of Ben Harpring

20. Lilia Vu (32) – I wager there are lots of who don’t seem to be accustomed to this identify. In her first complete season on excursion ultimate yr she used to be some of the largest surprises. She accumulated 8 best tens and fourteen best twenty finishes. Search for her to proceed to upward push this season.

19. Ayaka Furue (20) – Struggled the primary part of her rookie season ultimate yr, however became it round past due within the yr. Her maiden victory and all 4 of her best tens got here in the second one part of the yr.

18. Maja Stark (23) – A large superstar at the LET the place she received 5 occasions in 11 months, she received at the LPGA Excursion ultimate yr as a non-LPGA member. She then authorized club at the LPGA Excursion and had 3 best ten finishes. A emerging superstar, she may just end a lot upper than this.

17. Andrea Lee (17) – She began the yr at the Epson Excursion but if she were given her probability on the large display she didn’t disappoint. She no longer simplest received her first LPGA event, but in addition had 5 different best ten finishes.

16. Hyo Joo Kim (7) – She simplest performed in seventeen tournaments ultimate yr however had an enormous yr. She picked up victory quantity 5, and had 8 best ten finishes. She must play extra for me to assume she is going to end upper than this.

15. Jennifer Kupcho (6) – She used to be certainly one of simplest two avid gamers to win thrice ultimate yr together with one main championship. Why am I shedding her this yr? Rather than her wins, she had just one different best ten, and had a depressing 2d part. She must be extra constant to duplicate what she did ultimate yr.

14. Hannah Inexperienced (19) – She has proven she will be able to win at the LPGA Excursion as she has no longer simplest received two times, however a kind of used to be a big championship. She had 8 best ten finishes ultimate yr. She appears to be within the combine on Sundays, however hasn’t been in a position to win in 3 years. I believe that may trade this yr.

13. In Gee Chun (5) – She has simplest received 4 occasions in her profession, however 3 of the ones have been main championships, together with one in 2022. Wish to see extra consistency from her as she simplest had 3 best tens in nineteen begins.

12. Leona Maguire (9) – It will get in point of fact laborious score the rest avid gamers as any of those avid gamers may just end on or close to the highest. Leona received for the primary time and had 8 best ten finishes in 2022. Doesn’t pressure the ball very some distance (121st), however is without doubt one of the easiest putters within the recreation (9th).

11. Celine Boutier (12) – She didn’t get her 3rd LPGA victory ultimate yr however used to be 3rd on excursion with twelve best ten finishes.

My Most sensible 10 Predictions for 2023 LPGA Participant of the 12 months

10. Jin Younger Ko (13) – She received early within the 2022 season choosing up win quantity 13. As we don’t seem to be positive of the state of her damage and even the state of her recreation, she may just end upper than this or no longer within the best 40 in any respect.

 9. Nasa Hataoka (16) – She picked up win quantity six in 2022 and had six different best ten finishes. She now and again seems like she might be the most productive participant within the recreation, but in addition disappears for lengthy stretches.

 8. Lexi Thompson (8) – It sort of feels unimaginable, however Lexi has no longer received in 4 years. All the time some of the leaders in best tens, she is going to end this top even supposing she doesn’t win. She has such a lot of shut calls the place she will be able to’t appear to sink a putt when it counts. I consider a kind of profitable putts will have to drop this yr.

 7. Minjee Lee (2) – She received two times in 2022 together with the U.S. Ladies’s Open, giving her 8 wins in her profession. Extremely, she did all of that ultimate yr even if she completed 103rd in hanging.

Minjee Lee together with her 2022 US OPEN trophy | Picture Ben Harpring

 6. Danielle Kang (13) – She received for the 6th time ultimate yr. An overly critical sickness pressured her to leave out 3 months of the season. In simply 18 begins she had ten best tens and completed the yr very robust.

 5. Hye-Jin Choi (11) – Completed 2d for the rookie of the yr award, however had the stats to win it in maximum years. She did the entirety however win ultimate yr as she had 3 3rd position finishes and one 2d position end amongst her ten best tens.

4. Lydia Ko (1) – She received thrice ultimate yr giving her nineteen wins for her profession. She used to be participant of the yr and likewise received the Vare trophy. She is simply 2 issues clear of being the primary LPGA participant to earn her means into the Corridor of Repute with the desired 27 issues, since Inbee Park.

3. Atthaya Thitikul (4) – The 2022 Rookie of the 12 months had a fantastic season. Now not simplest used to be she a two time winner, however led the excursion with a surprising 16 best ten finishes. She is simplest 19 years outdated, so the most productive is but to return.

2. Nelly Korda (10) – Quite a lot of diseases and accidents restricted her season to simply 15 occasions. She is an 8 time winner, and he or she received the following to ultimate event of the season proving that she is in spite of everything wholesome. She remains to be simply 24 years outdated and I search for her to have a large yr in 2023.

1. Brooke Henderson (3) – Brooke hasn’t ever had a nasty yr on excursion. In truth she has received each unmarried season aside from the Covid shortened 2020. She is simply 25 years outdated and has already accumulated 13 victories. She received two times in 2022, and I search for her to win a couple of occasions this yr and convey the participant of the 12 months trophy house.

    Avid gamers perhaps to make me glance silly for leaving them off this checklist: Patty Tavatanakit, Mina Harigae, Jeongeun Lee6.

    There have been 4 veteran avid gamers that received for the primary time in 2022 after a few years on excursion.
    The ones avid gamers are Ashleigh Buhai, Paula Reto, Jodi-Ewart Shadoff, and Gemma Dryburgh. Even though this used to be an impressive fulfillment, I want to see a follow-up victory ahead of I will say that they’re best 40 avid gamers.

    Function Picture: Brooke Henderson in complete flight off the tee with driving force. All pictures on this article taken by means of Ben Harpring.



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