LPGA top 10: Could 2014 script read any better?

At times during the 2014 LPGA season, it was hard to imagine how the script could read any better. Big names won and intriguing storylines played out. Here are 10 of the best:

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1. MICHELLE WIE WINS THE BIG ONE: The fact that Wiesy triumphed at a historic U.S. Women’s Open where men and women shared the same stage for the first time only made her maiden major all the more perfect. Watching Wie bear hug that trophy was special for all those who have shared her journey for the past 15 years.

2. STACY LEWIS SWEEPS THE POSTSEASON: The gritty Texan became the first American since Betsy King in 1993 to win the Vare Trophy, Rolex Player of the Year and money titles. Lewis’ ability to put herself in contention week in and week out has filled an important void at a critical time for the LPGA.

3. LYDIA KO WINS THREE TIMES AND A MILLION: At age 17, Ko is on pace to put together an unprecedented career on the LPGA. She won three times as a rookie (giving her five total LPGA titles) and took home $1 million at the end of the inaugural CME Race to the Globe.

4. CHRISTINA KIM’S EMOTIONAL VICTORY IN MEXICO: One of the LPGA’s most beloved characters, Kim’s comeback victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational was, for many, the season’s most fulfilling moment. Kim wrote a revealing blog in 2012 about her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. We won’t soon forget that smile she wore in Mexico, nor the sombrero.

5. WE LOVE LUCY: The early star of Pinehurst No. 2 was Lucy Li, the 11-year-old prodigy who melted our hearts with her patriotic ruffles and grown-up game. She was a media darling, answering questions about her round in between licks of an ice cream bar.

6. MIGHTY MO’S EAGLE: The shot of the year goes to Mo Martin, the tiny player from California who struck a 3-wood on the final hole at Royal Birkdale then watched her ball hit the hard ground, roll straight toward the hole and nick the flagstick for a near albatross. Martin posted her first eagle of the season on the 72nd hole at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and bagged a major.

7. DAME LAURA DAVIES’ UNFORGETTABLE WEEK: One day before Davies was scheduled to arrive at Buckingham Palace to receive the distinct honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Princess Anne, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan informed Davies by phone that she’d be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at St. Andrews in 2015.

8. PAULA’S PUTT: That 75-foot eagle putt Creamer drained in a playoff in Singapore to end a near four-year drought was one for the ages. Creamer’s reaction – she said it felt like she had the wind knocked out of her – was priceless.

9. LEXI OUT-DUELS WIE IN THE DESERT: Two of the game’s big guns squared off on Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship for what could have been an epic duel, but it was 19-year-old Lexi Thompson in a rout. The key stat for Thompson: 13 putts in the first nine holes.

10. THE AGELESS JULI INKSTER CONTENDS AT PINEHURST: From Lucy Li to then-53-year-old Inkster, the 69th U.S. Women’s Open had it all. Inkster, playing in her 35th U.S. Women’s Open, said Pinehurst would be her last. She shot 66 in the third round and tied for 15th.

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