Last season, 15 players garnered multiple wins, either on their home tour alone or across 2 or more tours, with Ji-Yai Shin beating out Lorena Ochoa, Sakura Yokomine, and Hee Kyung Seo for 2009 Mostly Harmless Player of the Year. So who are the front-runners for this year's award? Heading into the final weeks on all the women's major tours, it seems like a good time to update my late-September overview. Here are the 16 players with multiple wins worldwide in 2010.
5-time Winners (3): Ai Miyazato (all LPGA--Thailand, Singapore, Tres Marias, ShopRite, Safeway); Lee-Anne Pace (all LET--Switzerland, Wales, Finland, China 2x); Laura Davies (all LET--New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Spain, India)
4-time Winners (3): Ya Ni Tseng (3 LPGA--Kraft Nabisco, British, NW Arkansas--and 2 LET--Australian, British); Ji-Yai Shin (2 LPGA--Evian, Mizuno--2 JLPGA--Cyber Agent, Mizuno--1 KLPGA--KLPGA Championship--and 1 LET--Evian); Sun-Ju Ahn (all JLPGA--Daikin Orchid, Stanley, Sankyo, Fujitsu)
3-time Winners (2): Mi-Jeong Jeon (all JLPGA--Yonex, Nichirei, Munsingwear); Bo Mee Lee (all KLPGA--Kim Young Joo, Daewoo, Star Tour Grand Finale)
2-time Winners (8): Cristie Kerr (both LPGA--State Farm, LPGA Championship); Na Yeon Choi (both LPGA--Farr, Hana); Sakura Yokomine (both JLPGA--Fundokin, Masters GC); Yuri Fudoh (both JLPGA--Bridgestone, Meiji); Akane Iijima (both JLPGA--Suntory, Golf5); Soo-Jin Yang (both KLPGA--Korean Women's Open, Himart); Shin Ae Ahn (both KLPGA--Hidden Valley, High1 Resort); Trish Johnson (both LET--Tenerife, France)
My top 3 right now would be Ya Ni Tseng, Ji-Yai Shin, and Ai Miyazato. How about yours?
[Update 1 (12/8/10, 8:36 am): Check out Jason Sobel's case for Ya Ni Tseng--and he doesn't even mention her LET win!]
[Update 2 (12/30/10, 10:45 am): I should note that Inbee Park (Nishijin, Ricoh) also won twice on the JLPGA this season--the 2nd a major!]