Monday, January 30, 2012

10 Questions for 2012

Now that all my ten questions for 2011 have been answered, it is time that I ask the ten questions that I am hoping will be answered during the 2012 season.

1- We all know that Yani Tseng is the real thing, no question about that. The question here is can she be as dominant in 2012 as she was in 2011, or will someone step up and challenge her for her crown?

2- Lexi Thompson will be 17 years old on February 10th. We all expect her to be an elite golfer soon. The question here is, is it expecting too much for us to think that she could be a top ten golfer this year?

3- No American player has won the player of the year award in 18 years. The last player to do so was Beth Daniel in 1994. Will someone rise to the occasion in 2012?

4- Can Stacy Lewis and Sandra Gal, the golfers who in my opinion improved the most in 2011, continue thier rise in 2012?

5- Who will win the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award? Will it be one of the favorites (Lexi Thompson & So Yeon Ryu), or will someone else sneak up ( Junthima Gulyanamitta, Kathleen Ekey, Sydney Michaels), and pull off an upset?

6- Is Ryann O'Toole the real thing, or just a "flash in the pan"?

7- Who is the real Song-Hee Kim? Is it the golfer that had 15 top ten finishes in 2010, or the golfer who had only two in 2011?

8- Can Michelle Wie, who graduates from Stanford University early this year, now focus only on golf and move to elite status?

9- Can Amy Yang and Brittany Lang, two golfers with so much talent, finally break through and get their first LPGA victory?

10- Can Michael Whan, who has done a great job so far, continue adding tournaments and get the number up to 30 by 2013?

I have other questions, but these are the ones I would like answered most.

Feel free to give me your answers or add your own questions.


DaveAndrews said...

1... she will dominate again
2... top 20, maybe top 10
3.probably not
4.probably not
5.Hannah Yun (sentimental pick)
6.Jury is out
7.somewhere in between
9.Yang, yes. Lang, no
10.Yes, he's doing great job

WooIsMe said...

All rankings below are Rolex.
1. Maybe Yani won't be quite as dominant, but that could mean 4 or 5 wins in 2012, rather than 7. She was scoring leader by .87 strokes, which is an Annika/Lorena margin. She'll still be #1.
2. Lexi is already averaging 4.9 Rolex Ranking points per event, but she has to divide by a minimum of 35 events. Otherwise, she would already be #17. To get to #10, she'll need to increase her average by 1.3 points, which is difficult. In 2012, she peaks at #12.
3. No, Yani is POY again.
4. Stacy Lewis yes, Gal no. Lewis is solid all around: long off the tee, 11th in GIR, 9th in Putts per GIR. Gal relies too much on putting.
5. ROY is either Lexi or Ryu. Each has way more talent than anyone else in the rookie class, so both would have to collapse for someone else to sneak by.
6. Ryann O'Toole is real. She needs consistency and experience.
7. No opinion
8. Wie can get the ball from tee to green and then she is completely lost with a putter. I don't think it's practice time she needs, as much as confidence.
9. Yang, yes. Lang, no. Lang has a lot of bad final rounds.
10. 30 in 2013 is asking too much. 25 in 2013.

Tony Jesselli (Tonyj5) said...

WooIsMe. You do realize we have 27 tournaments this year? Are you saying you are expecting a decrease in 2013?

WooIsMe said...

My bad. I was stuck on the 23 tournaments in 2011.

Jim C said...

Without the spring term she had last year, I expect Wie to return to her form of 2009 and 2010. Last year the spring term seemed to have a very negative delayed effect on her game. No school in the fall should have a positive effect--but I expect the immediate effect in 2012 to be just a modest improvement--I expect major improvement in 2013 when the delayed effect can be seen.

I figure Wie to be about number 8 or 10 this year, with significant improvement next year.