2010 in review: Top 10 LPGA storylines

Erica Blasberg, left, and Lorena Ochoa

No. 1 – Erica Blasberg found dead at 25: The golf world is still shocked by the news that Blasberg, a former college standout and LPGA pro, took her own life.

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No. 2 – Lorena Ochoa retires: Ochoa, the Mexican mega-star and newlywed, bowed out while still No. 1 to start a family at age 28.

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No. 3 – Paula Creamer finally wins a major: The Pink Panther gutted through a thumb injury to tame Oakmont and win the U.S. Women’s Open.

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No. 4 – Yani Tseng’s big year: The LPGA Player of the Year became the youngest to win three majors at age 21.

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No. 5 – Lexi Thompson turns pro: Thompson, a 15-year-old, joined play-for-pay ranks after leading the U.S. to victory at the Curtis Cup; she earned $336,472 on the LPGA. 

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No. 6 – Cristie Kerr’s No. 1: A blowout victory at the Wegmans LPGA Championship made Kerr the first American to reach No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings. 

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No. 7 – Ai Miyazato wins five times: The Japanese sensation’s work with Vision54 enabled her to break mental barriers in 2010.

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No. 8 – LPGA investigates possible rules cover-up: Il Mi Chung and Shi Hyun Ahn were the talk of the tour after playing the wrong ball in Canada.

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No. 9 – LPGA schedule: Commissioner Mike Whan inherited a schedule with gaping holes and struggled to fill them for 2011.

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No. 10 – In-Kyung Kim donates check: After winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, the 22-year-old gave her entire check – $220,000 – to charity.

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