There is plenty of anticipation at the start of the LPGA season, but who is ready to step up as the most dominant player on the LPGA Tour? The Rolex Rankings No. 1 Player should be a great story all year. Only six players have been ranked No. 1 since the rankings were introduced in 2006. Annika Sörenstam and Lorena Ochoa dominated the spot while they competed. However, since they both retired there has been a struggle to earn the world’s No. 1 ranking.
The LPGA will kick off the 2011 season with the Honda LPGA Thailand Feb. 17-20. The event will return to the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course in Chonburi, Thailand. In 2010, Ai Miyazato won the season opening event by holing a 30-foot birdie chip on the final hole to shoot a 9 under 63 and earn a one stroke victory for over Suzann Pettersen. She then went on to sweep the first two events, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished for 44 years on the LPGA Tour. Miyazato will certainly be one of the favorites to replace Ochoa as the LPGA ‘s best player.
Yani Tseng, the current No. 1 player in the world, will be one of the favorites when she tees it up this week. However, she will have plenty of competition from former No. 1 ranked players which include the Honda LPGA Thailand defending champion Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin and Cristie Kerr. Miyazato, Shin and Kerr have exchanged the top ranking nine times since Lorena Ochoa left the LPGA Tour in 2010.
Many other players such as Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer and Na Yeon Choi will be looking to earn the No. 1 ranking. Michelle Wie is looking to make a big impact in 2011. She is currently ranked at No. 11 in the official Rolex Rankings.