The LPGA has been counting down the top 13 stories of 2013. What do you think of their choices? You can tell what I think perhaps by the made-up titles I give them....
#5: Suzann Pettersen Surfs Solheim Cup Wave to Late-Season LPGA Dominance
#6: Rain, Rain, Go Away!
#7: Hi, I'm Inbee Park, and I'm the #7 Story of 2013. You Heard Me Right. #7. Yup.
#8: Shanshan Feng Wins 1st LPGA Event in Home Country's Mainland with Walkoff Eagle. And Is #8.
#9: Look Out, World, Lexi's Learned How to Putt!
#10: Meet the World #1s of 2013. You May Have Heard of Them.
#11: Karrie Webb Wins #39 for Grandma
#12: Ariya Jutanugarn to Inbee Park: After You!
#13: The LPGA's Back, Baby!
Perhaps more imaginative (although it takes a lot of imagination to put Inbee's run for the Grand Slam anywhere but #1!) is bangkokbobby's approach of profiling the top 30 LPGAers and WTAers by pairing the #30, #29, and so on from each sport together. I won't link to them all, but here are my faves thus far:
#3: Li Na/Stacy Lewis
#4: Maria Sharapova/Shanshan Feng
#5: Agnieszka Radwanska/So Yeon Ryu
#7: Marion Bartoli/In-Kyung Kim
#9: Na Yeon Choi/Angelique Kerber
#11: Paula Creamer/Roberta Vinci
#22: Ji-Yai Shin/Hsieh Su-Wei
#27: Ai Miyazato/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
#28: Morgan Pressel/Lucie Safarova
So what have been your favorite year-in-review stories? I found The Sports Network's to be all right (although there was no rock involved in Feng's approach on 18 in China).... Haven't had time to read Golfweek's multifaceted approach. But I did enjoy Randall Mell's incredulity that Inbee Park didn't win the AP's Female Athlete of the Year award.
[Update 1 (12/31/13, 10:11 am): Here are the LPGA's top 4 stories of 2013:
#1: The Year of Inbee
#2: Enter the Ko
#3: Euros Take 1st Solheim Cup on U.S. Soil
#4: Stacy Tames the Road Hole
OK, so move the weather story to #13 and make it clearer that the intermediate Inbee story is just that and I'm pretty ok with this list, as snarky as I was earlier....]
[Update 2 (10:15 am): Inbee only made #6 in Golf Channel's year-end review. What do you all think? Behind "controversy" and "anchored stroke"?! Come on!]