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Old 02-20-2011, 08:21 AM   #1
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Congrats to Yani for her umpteenth straight win! OK, not that many...but we've seen her for a month now. Who is going to stand up to this? In-Kyung Kim had a quintuple bogey on 17, but even if she parred the hole, it would not have been enough to win. However, by asking who will stand up to this, I don't mean who will stop the winning streak. Golf itself will take care of that. That's the nature of the game, of sports and of life. The winning streak could end in her next event. What I mean is, who will take their game to the level where Yani is now?

Of course, I expect it to be a long LPGA season where Yani will have ups and downs. And we remember the hot start Ai Miyazato laid down in 2010, looking fearsome early in the year but failing to win POY. But there are a few differences. Ai was not coming off an LPGA Player of the Year season. Yani is, and that has to have boosted her confidence. Ai had not, and has not, shown that she can win one Major, let alone multiple Majors. Yani has. I don't think it's a stretch to think Yani could come away from the 2011 season with at least one more.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:51 AM   #3
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Congrats to Yani for her umpteenth straight win! OK, not that many...but we've seen her for a month now. Who is going to stand up to this? In-Kyung Kim had a quintuple bogey on 17, but even if she parred the hole, it would not have been enough to win. However, by asking who will stand up to this, I don't mean who will stop the winning streak. Golf itself will take care of that. That's the nature of the game, of sports and of life. The winning streak could end in her next event. What I mean is, who will take their game to the level where Yani is now?

Of course, I expect it to be a long LPGA season where Yani will have ups and downs. And we remember the hot start Ai Miyazato laid down in 2010, looking fearsome early in the year but failing to win POY. But there are a few differences. Ai was not coming off an LPGA Player of the Year season. Yani is, and that has to have boosted her confidence. Ai had not, and has not, shown that she can win one Major, let alone multiple Majors. Yani has. I don't think it's a stretch to think Yani could come away from the 2011 season with at least one more.
Not only isn't it a stretch, but Yani has to be the odds-on favorite right now to win any of the four majors in 2011.
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Impressive last four weeks by anyone's standards for Yani.

Stands to reason that betting houses will now post looooong odds on Michelle beating Yani head-to-head anytime soon. But still a great start for her. Hard not to feel sorry for Inky, but she will be back, and soon.

I believe a shout out is due for Karrie Webb. Best start to a season in a while. Maybe not getting a hole named for her at the upcoming Gratis Open is motivation to show the HOF player is not past her due-date.
Actually, the first time I had ever heard of Yani was when she beat Michelle for the US Women's Amateur Public Links in 2004, so she has a history of getting the best of Wie. Even though I was pulling for Wie in that match, I was not too disappointed as Wie had beaten Virada Nirapathpongporn in the Pub Link Am final the year before...and I don't care who you are, nooooooobody hands my Virada a match play loss with impunity!

A great job by Karrie. And I think there are a few who should take away positives from this week. Juli Inkster is showing she still has it. On a personal note, it was nice to see two Thai players, Ariya Jutanugarn and Waen (Pornanong Phatlum) play well. Ariya with a top 10. Waen slipped a little but still finished top 15. And although she finished 17-over par, the important thing was just to finish for Nicole Castrale, coming off surgery.
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" I don't think it's a stretch to think Yani could come away from the 2011 season with at least one more. "

Ya think?

I'm thinking only Pettersen or maybe Lincicome would not be swayed in her presence on the final round at the Kraft or any other major venue.
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I knew Yani was an excellent player, but last night performances was awesome. I have to agree with Gxer. She will rule for a long time. Congratulations to Yani and her fans.

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Yani seems to have both power and accuracy off the tee. I think this is an improvement over time. She always had power but when I saw here on TV (for non-winning events) she was all over the course. But her worst shots on TV today (where she let go of the club with one or more hands) had her just off the fairway or just on the wrong spot. Now that course looked pretty open, yet still an improvement in accuracy.

So with this start are we seeing the beginning of a new dominant player?
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