After Further Review: Stellar end to stellar LPGA season


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on a terrific year for the LPGA, a historic vote for the PGA of America and an anti-climactic finish in the Race to Dubai.

The LPGA’s stars shined all year long. Big names kept delivering big wins.

From Paula Creamer’s 75-foot bomb for eagle to win at HSBC, to Lexi Thompson outdueling Michelle Wie in the season opening major at the Kraft Nabisco, to Wie winning the U.S. Women’s Open, to Mo Martin’s Cinderella Story victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, to Christina Kim’s win in Mexico to Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park’s beating No. 2 Stacy Lewis in a back-nine duel in Taiwan, the year was loaded with drama.

The women didn’t disappoint Sunday in their season-ending event in Naples. Lydia Ko and Lewis gave the tour a big-bang finish, with Ko taking home $1.5 million, sweeping the Tour Championship and the Race to the CME Globe, and Lewis sweeping the Rolex Player of the Year Award, Vare Trophy and money title.

Ko and Lewis were a pair of exclamation points on a terrific year. - Randall Mell

While Saturday’s vote at the PGA of America annual meeting was historic, it was not hasty. Suzy Whaley became the association’s first female officer and is now on track to ascend to the presidency of one of golf’s most influential organizations.

As monumental as Whaley’s election may have been, it should not be viewed as an overreaction to recent events.

When Ted Bishop was ousted from office following an insensitive tweet in which he called Ian Poulter a “Lil Girl” last month, there was a school of thought among some observers that the PGA had become cornered by circumstances.

But Whaley’s commanding victory on the first ballot proved the association elected the right person, regardless of gender. - Rex Hoggard

People are always gonna complain about something.

No, that's not a new concept, but we were reminded of it once again this week, when Rory McIlroy merely had to remain alive and breathing to clinch the European Tour's Race to Dubai crown.

This lack of drama follows a FedEx Cup finale two months ago during which Billy Horschel, who had barely made a peep in the regular season, won his second straight event to vanquish McIlroy and every other top player who hadn't spent the previous 11 months in hibernation.

You can dislike the uninteresting nature of McIlroy's season-long title. You can hate the volatility of Horschel's win. But to complain about both? Well, that's literally a no-win situation. - Jason Sobel