There's one money-list title in women's golf that has yet to be decided: the CLPGA's. And it's going to be decided in the 1st KLPGA event of 2012, the Hyundai China Ladies Open.
As the Asia Pacific Golf Group's preview makes clear, a few Thai and Chinese golfers have a chance to leapfrog the absent Porani Chutichai and take the #1 spot for 2011, including Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, Yan Hong Pan, and Jia Yun Li (it looks to me like 19-year-old Thidapa Suwannapura and Tian Hong have an outside chance to take the title, as well). Given that this is the 2011 season-closer for the CLPGA and the 2012 season-opener for the KLPGA, though, the competition should be particularly intense. Let's see how the CLPGA's hopefuls stand up against the likes of Shanshan Feng from the LPGA and JLPGA, Pornanong Phatlum from the LPGA, Li-Ying Ye from the JLPGA, and the top 40 from the 2011 KLPGA money list. It's a swan song of sorts for most of them, as in 2012 Li will be a JLPGA member (along with Chutichai, who finished T11 at JLPGA Q-School) and Kongkraphan and Suwannapura LPGA members.
Who will join the LPGA's Ya Ni Tseng, the JLPGA's Sun-Ju Ahn, the
KLPGA's Ha Neul Kim, and the LET's Ai Miyazato as the queen of the hill
for the CLPGA? Stay tuned!