Ai Miyazato: Win or implode. Miyazato has been utterly dominant this season, except when she hasn't, in which case she's been a total afterthought. Still, four victories gets you to the top of our list anytime. (Yep, that's an old picture, but it's the only one of the Nos. 1 and 2 together.)
Cristie Kerr: The current world No. 1 has been far more consistent than Miyazato, but has only two wins to show for it this year. We demand more victories! (Seriously, you know it's 1-1a here, not 1-2.)
Jiyai Shin: Like Miyazato, she plays well or falls off the map. But like Kerr, she's played very well but not exceptionally. Eight events, five top-5 finishes isn't bad, but there's been better.
Yani Tseng: Two LPGA wins, both in majors. That's not too shabby. Tseng took home this year's Kraft Nabisco by a single stroke over Suzann Pettersen. Other than that, though, she's been B+ — level, at best, with only two other top-5 finishes in 10 events.
Suzann Pettersen: Bridesmaid of the season so far. She's made the cut in every one of the 10 events she's played this year, finishing second in three, third in a fourth and fourth in a fifth. (Get that?) A win remains elusive, but she's No. 1 in scoring with an average of 69.54.
Anna Nordqvist: She won the Mojo 6 tourney, and snagged two other top 10s in the 10 events she's played. Hasn't established momentum yet — every solid finish is followed by some disappointments — but she's getting there, she's getting there.
Angela Stanford: Like most of the players on the second half of the list, she hasn't gotten her 2010 going just yet. She's made five top 10s in the 11 events she's played this year, with her best finish a runner-up at the Sybase Match Play.
Michelle Wie: One top 3 and three top 10s in 10 events — not bad, but so far, she's failed to carry through on the momentum she'd built up last season.
Karrie Webb: As befits a golfer in this position, she's spent a lot of time in the lower reaches of the top 10, with four top 10s in nine events. But she's already in the Hall of Fame, so she doesn't much care what we think.
Paula Creamer: Yep, we're giving the Pink Panther a little more love than she deserves based on her statistics this season — just one top-10 finish in three events, thanks to injury — but her breakout potential gets her the nod.
Other notables: Song-Hee Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park.
- Suzann Pettersen
- Cristie Kerr