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Old 01-11-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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LPGA adds four new tournaments for 2012, including three in the U.S. | GOLF.com

http://www.golf.com/ap-news/lpga-adds-four-new-tournaments-2012-including-three-usJanuary 11, 2012

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2012 will be 16-year-old American phenom Lexi Thompson's first full year on tour.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The LPGA Tour begins a new season with four more tournaments and a lot more reason for optimism.
The tour took a big step toward beefing up its schedule by adding three tournaments in the United States, including the return of two popular events in Ohio and Virginia.
The biggest surprise Tuesday was the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, which was not played a year ago. The LPGA also is going back to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., a favorite among players that was last played in 2009.
The tour previously announced new tournaments in Hawaii and Canada, along with sanctioning the Women's Australian Open, which will kick off the new season Feb. 9-12 at fabled Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Right when it looked as though the LPGA Tour would suffer irreparable harm from the economic downturn, Commissioner Mike Whan delivered a schedule of 27 tournaments worth $47 million in prize money that signals a strong recovery.
Along with the new tournaments, Whan said the North American events will get live television coverage on the Golf Channel on the weekend, instead of being shown on tape delay. That led to complaints for its fan base that it didn't know when to watch.
Another big improvement is the flow of the schedule.
A year ago, the LPGA was coming off its first major championship - Stacy Lewis winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship - when it took three weeks off before its next tournament. Even with a global schedule in which tournaments will be played in a dozen countries, the LPGA will not go more than two weeks without playing.
It also might get more attention for its biggest event - the U.S. Women's Open, which in the last three years was held a week before the men's British Open. This year, the Women's Open will be played July 5-8, two weeks before the British Open.
Meanwhile, the Women's British Open will be held at Royal Liverpool on Sept. 13-16, moved back a month in part because of the 2012 Olympics in London.
The LPGA goes to Australia, Thailand and Singapore in consecutive weeks to start the year. The first domestic tournament will be the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup outside Phoenix, and this time the players will actually get paid. A year ago, it was a mock purse. The earnings were applied toward the money list, but the actually money went toward a charity program to honor LPGA founders.
Whan said the LPGA was able to renew eight of the nine tournament contracts that ended in 2011, and 10 of its 11 marketing agreements. The one tournament it lost was the State Farm Classic in Illinois.
``With more tournaments, more corporate partners, more viewers and more fans, the anticipation and excitement for the 2012 season is at an all-time high,'' Whan said. ``Our message to everyone is `see why it's different out here,' and we're hopeful that more people than ever before will take notice and become a part of our growth.''
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Here is what Senior Writer for GOLFWORLD magazine James Achenbach had to say about a question as to how many wins Lexi will have this season:
"Michelle Wie graduates from Stanford, has a breakout year (as in breaking out of college), dominates the LPGA Tour. Lexi Thompson runs into the teenage jinx, fails to win."
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Originally Posted by UpDev View Post
Here is what Senior Writer for GOLFWORLD magazine James Achenbach had to say about a question as to how many wins Lexi will have this season:
"Michelle Wie graduates from Stanford, has a breakout year (as in breaking out of college), dominates the LPGA Tour. Lexi Thompson runs into the teenage jinx, fails to win."
Did you entertain the possibility that his tongue might have been firmly planted in his cheek when he wrote that ?...

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Old 01-16-2012, 07:28 AM   #4
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Looks to me like Whan is doing a pretty good job.
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Originally Posted by UpDev View Post
Here is what Senior Writer for GOLFWORLD magazine James Achenbach had to say about a question as to how many wins Lexi will have this season:
"Michelle Wie graduates from Stanford, has a breakout year (as in breaking out of college), dominates the LPGA Tour. Lexi Thompson runs into the teenage jinx, fails to win."
I'm more interested in what he had to say If UpDev and Gxer dine together in a restaurant and talk about women's golf!
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Originally Posted by UpDev View Post
Here is what Senior Writer for GOLFWORLD magazine James Achenbach had to say about a question as to how many wins Lexi will have this season:
"Michelle Wie graduates from Stanford, has a breakout year (as in breaking out of college), dominates the LPGA Tour. Lexi Thompson runs into the teenage jinx, fails to win."
While I admire your consistancy and your loyalty, I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in this happening. Yani will dominate again, I think, and Michelle will have some top tens, possibly another win, and be a decent, but far from dominant player. Unless she learns to putt, that's as good as she'll get.
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While I admire your consistancy and your loyalty, I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in this happening. Yani will dominate again, I think, and Michelle will have some top tens, possibly another win, and be a decent, but far from dominant player. Unless she learns to putt, that's as good as she'll get.
I respect your input MP, but I think that once the pressure of getting her Stanford degree is seen to, putting will become much easier for Michelle, and she WILL become dominant in a sense. Meaning she will be consistantly in the top 10s, and maybe even win 3 or 4 this year. And I do think that Achenbach was serious, as this was a serious poll, and all of the other writers were predicting Lexi would win from one to 5 events.
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Updev, I have the same concerns as always about her. As long as her parents are clinging, she'll never be able to reach her potential. I have no doubts she's physically capable of beng a very good player, but golf is more a mental than physical game.
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I can't help but think that her parents continual hovering over her and forcing her to practise so very much takes the fun out of the game for her.
Look at how much fun she seemed to have at the Solheim when the parents can't get to her.
Some players don't need to hit balls until their arms drop off. MW just might be one of those talented (and we can't deny her talent) players that should spend more time putting and less banging out balls......without her mama and papa casting the big shadow.

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MW just doesn't get it. Using the long putter, she has been leaving all her putts short...never up...never in.

IMO....this indicates a lack of confidence to putt the ball 18-24" past the hole to sink the come backer.

It shouldn't take any coach or her caddy to tell her to putt with more authority...she should have figure this out in the latter quarter of 2011.
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