I have been waiting for the start of the 2009 LPGA season since the ADT championship last November. As many of you know I eat, sleep, and breath golf and I can’t wait to watch my favorite ladies on TV again. It’s not just the outfits that drive me to watch them, but how amazing they are. I love to see how players have changed in the off season. Last year we saw a new Morgan Pressel who was more fit and looked like she lost about 10 lbs. and all of her hard work in the gym paid off because she won the Kapalua LPGA Classic back in October. The off season is the only time that players can fully focus on their fitness and work on their weaknesses, which they barely have, to come out and show the rest of the world that they are a force to be reckoned with.
The start of the season is also exciting because we get to see new players. This year the 2009 rookies class has quite a few familiar faces.
Stacy Lewis, who won q-school in 2008 and appeared in a few events last year, is fully exempt and we will be seeing a lot of her this 2009 season. I hope she has a bunch of top ten finishes this year and she may even come close to winning one.
Jiyai Shin became the first non-LPGA member to win three events in one season. She won the RICOH Women’s British Open, Mizuno Classic, and the ADT Championship. She is already a well decorated player from South Korea and I know we will be seeing a lot more from her this year.
Kim Welch is also a rookie this year. She is most know for winning Big Break Ka’annapali. She played in The Longs Drugs Challenge last year, but she did not make the cut. She is a long hitter, and I think the off season since The Longs Drugs Challenge will have made a huge difference in her game, and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table on Thursday.
Last but not least...Michelle Wie. Michelle has a big task ahead of her this coming week in Hawaii. It is one of the three home tournaments for Michelle, and even though she has played in over 20 professional golf tournaments there is still some pressure on her to do well. She now has her tour card and now she has a chance to silence all of the haters out there. She must do well this season in order to silence others and there is no doubt in my mind that she will come out with both guns blazing. That is not to say that she won’t make mistakes and falter at times, but overall as a season I think this will really build her confidence and allow her to gain more experience for 2010. She might come close to winning a few, but we will be seeing her a lot in the top ten this year.
I can’t wait to see what happens thursday....
Sense of Direction
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