Four Players on the Rise in 2014

Shanshan Feng
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With another LPGA Tour season, comes another year for players looking to make their marks on Tour. Here are the four players on the rise to keep an eye out for in 2014.

Shanshan Feng

Coming into 2014 with the goal of capturing three LPGA Tour wins, keep an eye on Shanshan Feng who is hungry to improve on a two-win 2013 campaign. The Chinese standout made her first trip to the winner’s circle in 2013 in front of her home country before closing out the year in style with a win at the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders. Beaming with confidence, Feng finished 2013 inside the top-10 in four statistical categories and looks poised to break inside the top-3 on the Rolex Rankings this season.

Lexi Thompson

While it reigns true that Lexi Thompson has already arrived, there could be even more things in store for the teen phenom in 2014. After bursting onto the LPGA Tour scene with a victory at the age of 16, Thompson continued to amaze in 2013. The Floridian took home her first LPGA Tour win as a member at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October before edging out Stacy Lewis in Mexico a few weeks later at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Ending the year No. 6 on the Official Money List, Thompson looks poised to put a valiant fight to become the top ranked American.

So Yeon Ryu

While So Yeon Ryu failed to notch a victory in 2013, that didn’t stop her from clawing her way inside the top-5 on the LPGA’s Official Money List. With 10 top-10 finishes in 2013, consistency was key for the 2012 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, but a win 2014 could propel her even closer to the top position on the money list.

Beatriz Recari

Beatriz Recari had a breakout season in 2013 with two victories but look for this fiery Spaniard to ride momentum en route to an even better year in 2014. Not only will Recari look to have another multiple win season but she is poised to represent her country in the inaugural International Crown. One of the most competitive players on the LPGA Tour, the International Crown will provide the perfect stage for Recari  to thrive in the team competition. 

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