The 2020 LPGA season has already teed off, and the start has been quite entertaining with three different winners from the first three events. That said, here's a look at 10 golfers on Tour who are worth keeping an eye on this season.
Listed in alphabetical order.
The 23-year-old Australian burst onto the scene in 2019 when she won twice, first at the Women's PGA Championship in impressive fashion. Green, who has seven professional victories, followed that up with a triumph at September's Portland Classic. With LPGA legend Karrie Webb as a mentor, Green could be in for even better things in 2020 as she continues to get into a rhythm.
This Japanese standout tops the LPGA Money List heading into this weekend's Australian Open. After winning twice in 2018, Hataoka won the Kia Classic in 2019, but that was back in March. She fell short at the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January but is playing well enough and sporting the kind of confidence to be in the hunt just about every weekend.
The Canadian was a finalist for the LPGA Player of the Decade and rightfully so. Henderson won nine times last decade, highlighted by the 2016 PGA Women's PGA Championship. She won twice in 2019 and is already off to a solid start in 2020, where she sits ninth on the LPGA Money List after her two events. However, it's been a while since Henderson won a major, so we'll see if that drought will end in 2020.
A two-time winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur, the San Francisco native has won at least one tournament in each of the past three seasons. Her breakthrough came with a win at the Women's PGA Championship in 2017, and she currently sits No. 5 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. Though it's early in the season, Kang ranks fifth on the LPGA Tour Money List — the highest of any American at the moment.
Jin Young Ko
The world's No. 1 golfer, Ko took home plenty of hardware during her stellar 2019 season. One year after being named LPGA Rookie of the year, Ko won four times on Tour last season, including two majors (ANA Inspiration, The Evian Championship) en route to winning the Tour's Player of the Year Award, Vare Trophy and Rolex Annika Major Award. All eyes will be on Ko to see if she can top that in 2020.
A member of the 2019 United States' Solheim Cup team, Korda is ranked third in the world and coming off a season in which she won twice. The 21-year-old Korda might also be on the verge of claiming her first major championship after she finished in the top 10 at the Women's PGA Championship and the Women's Open Championship. Her sister, Jessica, also remains one of the top performers on the LPGA Tour.
Lopez kicked off this season by outlasting Nasa Hataoka and Inbee Park in a lengthy playoff to win the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions last month. It was the 26-year-old Lopez's second LPGA Tour victory and first since in 2018. The next step for the budding Mexican star will be to elevate her game on the major stage, where she has yet to place in the top 10 of any such event.
Voted the LPGA Tour's Player of the Decade, Park's focus this season appears to be on defending her gold medal when the 2020 Olympics roll around at Tokyo this summer. That means Park, the 19-time LPGA Tour winner and seven-time major champion, is poised to elevate her game this season. Park is ranked 17th on the world and last won an LPGA event in March 2018, but she's seventh on the Tour's Money List after just three tournaments.
Thompson extended her streak of at least one victory to seven straight seasons after winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June. However, the 11-time LPGA Tour winner also dealt with a back issue and went 0-2-2 at the Solheim Cup, so in some ways, 2020 has the potential to be a bounce-back season for Thompson, who just turned 25. She's currently ranked 10th in the world and still trying to find a comfort zone at this stage of her career.
Now, we really don't know how many events, if any at all, Wie will play in 2020. She's married and expecting her first child, but Wie stated last month that she wouldn't rule out playing while pregnant. The 30-year old is due this summer, and she's still got that wrist injury to bounce back from. However, Wie is one of the more intriguing storylines in all of professional golf this year.
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