I don't think that there is one American player, that if she gets her card, will make an impact on the LPGA Tour. I hope I am wrong...but I can't find one.
As the Oscar-winning Korean actress used to say on one of her old K-dramas, BING-GO!!!!!
Excluding the two amateurs (Kim and Matthews) and the recent amateurs (Papp and Corpuz), everyone with a USA flag next to her name on the leaderboard looks like a RE-TREAD. As for the ams, they didn't set the world on fire during the first three rounds. Corpuz is playing better than I thought she was ... maybe she is better, we'll see. As for Papp, her resemblance to Lewis is enough for the GIC to jump on her bandwagon ... that's the spirit.
Katie Yoo has a U.S. flag next to her name, but was born in Korea, spent some time in Oz, and then moved to the U.S. ... maybe a U.S. citizen now? Article from 2017 on her background ... collected hand-me-downs and unused gear from NYC (they lived in the same neighborhood) -
For the most part the cream did rise to the top ten. No big surprises of players that made it or didn't. I guess Mi Hyang was the toughest hit, thought she would get in.
When is that over hyped thing in Georgia going to help U.S. golfers. I don't see many Corporations giving Sponsorship to the younger players to take some of the money worries from them to help them relax Its also will help them get a decent Caddy. The Tour needs more U.S players in contention to help Nelly Korda. The pure numbers of players, enable them to pick up a win now and then. But they need more players in contention more often.
But Mi Hyang Lee plummeted, and it looks like she'll be in the minor leagues next year.
Yeah, back to the one dollar hamburger circuit ... just pick up another four wins there and she'll be tied with ... uh, Christine Song. That's probably a better financial option than burning up your retirement savings on weekly Monday LPGA qualifiers. Even if a ton of players skipped Shoprite/Acer, could she still get into that one? I also think finding a rich husband is now on the table and there would be no shortage of interested candidates.
After Week One, 10 of my 45 picks have bitten the dust. That's better than my random list, which lost 13 players. I'm trailing the Rolex Computer, which lost only 7 players.
Week One is done and no pics in Getty Images or AP Images ... "Brownie Mollie, you're doing a heck of a job."