Major fallout shifts LPGA landscape

Posted: April 6, 2015 5:16 pm

Major championships carry extra money and rating points. Understandably, the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration won by Brittany Lincicome Sunday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., created some upheaval.

American golfers went winless through the first two months of the LPGA tour season. But Americans have won two of the last three, and swept the top three spots in the year’s first major with Lincicome beating Stacy Lewis in a playoff and Morgan Pressel finishing alone in third, one shot back.

The win pushed Lincicome from 18th to sixth in the Rolex world ranking. Lewis passed Lydia Ko to take the lead in the LPGA money list with $648, 730. Lewis also passed Inbee Park for second in the world ranking, behind Ko.

Ko finished T51 at the Inspiration, and saw her streak of 27 straight sub-par rounds broken. She has never come real close in a major, although she did have top-10s last year in the LPGA Championship and Evian Championship.

Ko might be the best 17 year-old golfer ever relative to her competition, but, as crazy as it sounds, she is likely to be answering questions about her major record in July, when the U.S. Open comes to Lancaster Country Club.