As surprised and impressed and pleased as I was by Cheyenne Woods's breakthrough victory yesterday, I can't justify putting her in my top 15 (or, to be honest, my top 25) for the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. Here are my picks for this week's PakPicker over at Seoul Sisters.com:
4. Lewis, Stacy
7. Lee Minjee
Alts: Park Hee Young; Munoz; Webb
Hard to believe I couldn't find a way to fit Sandra Gal, Minsun Kim, Su-Hyun Oh, either of the Jutanugarns, Chella Choi, Anna Nordqvist, or Carlota Ciganda into my top 15, but I have a hunch that Lincicome is getting more serious about playing up to her vast potential, Tseng has turned a corner, and Minjee Lee is for real. I'm also thinking Recari and Webb have a lot to prove after their rocky starts to 2014. By the way, I'd have put Pettersen higher if I didn't suspect she was spending more time cheering Norway on in the Winter Olympics than preparing for this week! With her and Ariya Jutanugarn, as well, I'm not quite sure how healthy they are, either.
Here's hoping Harukyo Nomura surprises me and that Ji-Yai Shin and In-Kyung Kim will be starting their seasons soon.
[Update 1 (2/11/14, 7:00 pm): Here are Tony Jesselli's picks. How about yours?]