Dominators of the Year
Based on performance against their peers, here are the 10 most dominant players of 2007, ranked in ascending order of supremacy.
10. Suzann Pettersen LPGA After letting the Kraft Nabisco Championship slip through her fingers, the 26-year-old from Norway bounced back to win the McDonald's LPGA Championship and four other LPGA titles.
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2. Amanda Blumenherst Duke A junior at the three-time defending NCAA champion, Blumenherst, 21, could become the collegiate player of the year for a third consecutive season. The runner-up in the U.S. Women's Amateur, she won three college events in a row in the spring and five overall in '07 (bringing her three-year total to nine).
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3. Zhang Lianwei Omega China tour Now 42, the first Chinese to win on a major tour (Euro tour's '03 Caltex Masters) and to play in the Masters ('04) had three wins and five top fives in six starts on the China tour.
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4. Lorena Ochoa LPGA The greatest golfer in Mexican history and the No. 1 player in the Rolex Rankings won her first major (Women's British Open) and seven other titles in 25 LPGA starts. Ochoa finished outside the top 10 only four times.
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6. Vicky Hurst AJGA The 17-year-old from Melbourne, Fla., completed her junior career with three straight American Junior Golf Association wins (four for the year). Hurst went on to win last month's Duramed Futures tour Q school and may turn pro.
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7. Louis Oosthuizen Sunshine tour Once a nationally ranked tennis player in South Africa, Oosthuizen, 25, smashed-volleyed his home country's pro tour, winning half of the six tournaments he entered.
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5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour The No. 1-ranked player in the world pushed his consecutive victory streak to seven at the start of the year, then was unstoppable in the late summer with wins in Akron, at the PGA and in two of the four FedEx Cup playoffs. Overall, he finished with seven wins in 16 Tour starts.
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8. Carl Mason European Senior tour Mason, 54, of Adderbury, England, continued to rule his over-50 circuit (he is the all-time leading money-winner), triumphing five times in 17 starts, with 11 top fives.
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9. Spencer Levin Canadian tour The former New Mexico Lobo lost in a playoff in his Canadian debut, but the 23-year-old from Elk Grove, Calif., went on to score two wins, a second, and two thirds and fourths in 10 starts.
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1. Ji Yai Shin Korean LPGA This 19-year-old rookie from Chonnam Province had a Woods-like season, breaking almost all of Se Ri Pak's KLPGA records. Shin's victory in the season-ending ADT CAPS Championship was her ninth of the year, and she handily won the money title.