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Find out how our "2019 10 to watch" performed

At the beginning of 2019 we selected 10 players who we thought could achieve big things this year. The 10 players were from all over the world and are a mixture of those at the top of the world game and those just starting out. We have given every player a marking out of 10 for their year's achievements.



 

1. Jin Young Ko (South Korea)



World ranking at start of 2019: 10th

Current World Ranking: 1st (↑9)


What a year that was for JYK. She won 4 times on the LPGA, including 2 majors, the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship as well as 3rd at the British Open. She managed 12 top 10s from her 22 starts on the LPGA. She also won the Jinro Championship on the KLPGA, making it 5 wins this year.


Ko also broke Tiger Woods record and went 114 holes in a row without making a bogey or worse!


Can she continue this form into next year and do what Shanshan Feng and Ariya Jutanugarn haven’t been able to do over the last few years and maintain her dominance?


Year Rating: 10/10




2. Jeoungeun Lee6 (South Korea)



World ranking at start of 2019: 20th

Current World Ranking: 7th (↑13)


What a rookie season for 6 following in Jin Young Ko's footsteps. She won the US Open in fine style and then won the rookie of the year easily on the LPGA with 10 top 10 finishes this year. 6 now seems to be a firm fixture in the worlds top 10. Will she do what Ko did last year and go from Rookie of the year to winning the Race to the Globe. She definitely has the game to do so.


Year Rating: 9/10




3. Bronte Law (England)



World ranking at start of 2019: 63rd

Current World Ranking: 31st (↑32)

Bronte, claimed her first LPGA win claiming the Pure Silk Championship and going on to finish 24th on the Race to the Globe. Bronte, managed 3 top 10s on the LPGA. She also shone at the Ryder Cup for Team Europe especially in the Sunday singles and is now arguably the best British player on the LPGA.


Year Rating: 8/10




4. Nasa Hataoka (Japan)



World ranking at start of 2019: 7th

Current World Ranking: 5th (↑2)

Nasa, won the Kia Classic and had 6 top 10s on the LPGA. She went onto finish 14th this year on the Race to the Globe. She rose up the world rankings to be 5th with 2 wins on the JLPGA at the end of the year. Still hard to believe she is only 20!

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Year Rating: 8/10




5. Laura Fuenfstueck (Germany)



World ranking at start of 2019: 541st

Current World Ranking: 265th (↑276)


Laura, had a good 2nd season on the LET. She finished 9th on the Order of Merit where she had 6 top 10 finishes with a best of 4th at the Lalla Meryem Cup and at the Estrella Damn Ladies Open in Spain. That doesn’t tell the whole story as she was in contention on numerous occasions this year. One to watch on the LET in 2020.


Year Rating: 7/10



6. Arpichaya Yubol (Thailand)



World ranking at start of 2019: 696th