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Americans aren’t winning on LPGA and ‘I find it a little scary’

November 21, 2016

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“If an American wins the CME Group Tour Championship, it will be an upset.

“As another LPGA seasons ends this week at Tiburon Golf Club, that's not an insult but a fact…Only two Americans have won LPGA events during 2016, Lexi Thompson at the Honda LPGA Thailand and Brittany Lang at the U.S. Women's Open. The fewest LPGA titles claimed in a season by Americans was four in 2011,” Bill Fields writes at ESPNW.

“‘I find it a little scary,’ says Golf Channel analyst Judy Rankin, a star player in the 1960s and 1970s. ‘I almost hate to say anything to put more pressure on the American players, because I think they feel it. There is no doubt it’s a sticking point. I am really hopeful that there are big crops of juniors coming up in the U.S. that might be the next wave.’”

A Brit, Charley Hull, won the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday.

Cink, Schneiderjans show that winning isn’t everything

“The winner of the RSM Classic remained a mystery Sunday, daylight giving out as the Gordian Knot of a five-way playoff remained tangled.

“But down in sixth place, where four others shared a crowded room at 14 under par, there was some very concrete satisfaction. Turns out that winning a tournament isn’t everything (and, in fact, it wasn’t anything on this Sunday).”

Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in this story, looks at the top 10 finishes at the RSM Classic of two former Georgia Tech players, Ollie Schneiderjans (tie for sixth) and Stewart Cink (tie for 10th), and their importance.