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Beth Ann Nichols

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Number crunching: Jenny Shin

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Jenny Shin.

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LPGA pros' hard choice: When to walk away

For LPGA players, who compete for smaller purses, difficult family choices and a second career come quickly.

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Grad chart: A closer look at LPGA card-getters

LPGA Q-School is in the books for 2014, and 20 players emerged with full LPGA status. Get to know them here.

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Cheyenne Woods' LPGA card a product of resilience

Nobody handed Cheyenne Woods an LPGA card. She earned it the old-fashioned way, playing on developmental tours to earn her stripes and then grinding over a 3-footer for par on her 90th hole of LPGA Q-School to realize a lifelong dream.

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Lee's solid play could bring UCLA career to a close

Alison Lee, who plans to leave UCLA mid-year should she earn her LPGA Tour card at Q-School, is tied for second after a 67 Friday.

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Cheyenne Woods bounces back at LPGA Q-School

Cheyenne Woods showed the kind of resolve it takes to survive LPGA Q-School; One day after posting a head-scratching 79, Woods came to the more forgiving Jones Course at LPGA International and notched seven birdies.

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Notes: Jutanugarn sisters back at it for Q-School

Undoubtedly one of the most talented teens in the world, Ariya Jutanugarn powered her way around LPGA International's Jones Course at LPGA Q-School.

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Hull's priorities in check as she pursues LPGA card

Charley Hull doesn’t want to grow up. Not faster than she has to, anyway. The English charmer said the world wouldn’t end if she failed to earn her LPGA card this week.

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Notes: LPGA Q-School field deep in talent

You could toss a ball onto the practice green Wednesday morning at LPGA Q-School and hit a future star. There’s never been a qualifying school so deep in worldwide talent.

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Lydia Ko takes ownership of her swing

Lydia Ko received a fair amount of criticism last winter for leaving the only coach she’d ever known, just weeks after turning professional.

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Ko wins CME crown in Naples; Lewis sweeps honors

Stacy Lewis swept LPGA postseason honors, winning Rolex Player of the Year, the Vare Trophy and the money title, but she had to share the spotlight with Lydia Ko, who won the CME Group Tour Championship and the CME Race to the Globe bonus check Sunday in Naples, Fla.

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Granada leads LPGA finale, drama heightens

Julieta Granada won the first $1 million payout in LPGA history as a rookie in 2006 at the ADT Championship. Funny how Granada has found her way back to the top now that a $1 million prize has returned to the tour.

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For Lewis, LPGA finale all about scenarios

It didn’t take long for Stacy Lewis to start crunching numbers. Moments after she wrapped her post-round interview, Lewis headed to the back of the room to look at a closer breakdown of Race to the Globe scenarios.

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Lewis looks to sweep LPGA postseason honors

Stacy Lewis fought off tough conditions at the CME Group Tour Championship Friday to stay under par for the tournament and in line for the LPGA Tour's postseason honors.

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Red-carpet star Wie climbs leaderboard in Naples

No one can cause a stir on the red carpet like Michelle Wie. And when she follows an evening of glamor with a smooth 67 to vault up the leaderboard at the CME Group Tour Championship, well, it’s doubly fantastic for the LPGA.

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Lewis, Park gear up for Race to CME Globe battle

It's a tight race for the for the $1 million prize for the Race to the CME Globe this week in Naples, Fla., and Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are gearing up for quite a showdown at the LPGA's season finale.

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LPGA secures new major sponsor, bigger purses

The LPGA announced its 2015 schedule at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., and it will include 33 events plus an increase of more than $4 million in prize money.

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Christina Kim begins 'second act' with Ochoa victory

Christina Kim calls this her second act. The 30-year-old ended a nine-year victory drought Sunday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

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Redman family moves forward after tragic loss

Susie Kirk, who played the LPGA tour for years as Susie Redman, and her oldest son John Redman have worked to move forward with their lives after the tragic loss of John's fiancee.

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Lewis, Park battle for Rolex POY as season closes

Stacy Lewis holds a slim lead over Inbee Park in the Rolex Player of the Year race with two events remaining in the LPGA Tour season.

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Ko named Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year

The LPGA announced that Lydia Ko has clinched the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, making her the youngest winner in tour history at 17 years old.

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Joint Legends, Symetra event to bridge generations

At the 2015 Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial tournament, fans will get two tours for the price of one. Legends Tour players will compete alongside Symetra players for the first time.

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Paige Mackenzie scripts return to the LPGA

After a taste of TV work, a recuperated Paige Mackenzie seeks her own big break with a well-scripted return to the LPGA.

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Sapp returns home, builds winning culture at UNC

North Carolina head coach Andrew Sapp hopes to revitalize his alma mater with talent from the Tar Heel state.

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Lewis' POY lead not safe as LPGA season nears end

With four tournaments remaining on the LPGA schedule, Stacy Lewis holds a 30-point lead over Inbee Park in the Rolex Player of the Year race.

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Klein-Gille's goal: rebuild Tulsa women's golf

Former Arizona State star and LPGA Tour winner Emilee Klein-Gille turns her focus to the Tulsa women's golf program, which she hopes to restore to its past glory.

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LPGA names UL title sponsor of International Crown

The LPGA announced UL (Underwriters Laboratories) as title sponsor of the International Crown. The 2016 event will be played July 18-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., while the 2018 staging will take place in South Korea.

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LPGA stars bringing awareness to breast cancer

The LPGA's biggest stars, including Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel, continue to raise money and awareness around breast cancer, even honoring one of their own in Lisa Ferrero last month.

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Women's golf enjoys football success at Miss. St.

The recent success of Mississippi State on the gridiron has excited the women's golf program, which has enjoyed a turnaround of its own during the past five years.

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Creamer's game plan for Korea includes time at DMZ

Paula Creamer spent Monday with the Army's 2nd Infantry Division along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea, touring several camps and spending time with soldiers and their families.

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Ochoa has eye on pro-am, some 2015 play

Lorena Ochoa is gearing up to participate in this year’s pro-am at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City -- with a goal to compete in her own event in 2015 and "a few" events in the United States.

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Meadow zeroes in on Q-School; more LPGA notes

Stephanie Meadow looks to make the most of her rookie season, playing to seize an LPGA tour card at Q-school, college stars Annie Park and Alison Lee play well at Q-School and more notes from the LPGA.

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Clyburn DQ'd at Q-School after scoring-tent miscue

It will be a long flight home for England’s Holly Clyburn. She was disqualified after the first round of Stage II of LPGA Q-School because the marker failed to sign Clyburn’s card.

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French connection clear at ANNIKA

The French connection at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate was virtually unstoppable. A remarkable four players from France finished in the top 5, with South Carolina senior Justine Dreher taking the individual title.

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LPGA's 2015 schedule continues trend of growth

The 2015 LPGA schedule will feature at least 33 tournaments next season plus the Solheim Cup, Golfweek has learned.

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Symetra Tour to introduce Danielle Downey Classic

The inaugural Danielle Downey Classic will be held July 13-19 and take place at Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., where the late Downey learned to play the game.

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Engzelius wins as Runas gets '15 LPGA card

Marita Engzelius wins the Symetra Tour Championship in a playoff that vaulted Demi Runas into the season's top 10 -- for which a 2015 LPGA tour card was the prize.

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Parks ready to take game, personality to LPGA

Sadena Parks, goofy personality and all, has had a breakout year on the Symetra Tour and is ready to become the fifth black player the LPGA.

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Duncan among those taking aim at LPGA card

Four LPGA tour cards are up for grabs at this week's Symetra Tour Championship. In each of the past seven years, someone outside the top 10 has moved in to claim one.

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Wie wins first LPGA major-championship award

2014 U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie won the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award, given to the best major-championship performer of the season.

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Can LPGA stars stay aligned for final major?

From Mo Martin’s oversized finish in the Women's British Open to Michelle Wie’s big U.S. Open breakthrough, it’s been a rich year at majors for LPGA commissioner Mike Whan.

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Wie builds golf strength, just in time for Evian

Michelle Wie will compete in the Evian Championship, her first tournament since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic Aug. 7 with an acute stress fracture in her right index finger.

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Australian standout Minjee Lee turns pro

Minjee Lee turned professional one day after leading Team Australia to victory at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Japan, choosing to sign with IMG for representation.

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Notes: LPGA rookie Kaufman quickly elevates game

LPGA rookie Kim Kaufman – now 50th on the money list – is the most promising player to come out of South Dakota since Kris Tschetter made a name for herself on tour in the early '90s.

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Ko considers surgery on painful left wrist

LPGA standout Lydia Ko returned to Florida last week to receive an MRI and have a cyst on her wrist drained.

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With third Symetra win, Steen graduates to LPGA

Marissa Steen will tee it up this week in the LPGA's Portland Classic riding a wave of confidence after winning for the third time on the Symetra Tour.

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Inbee Park wins Wegmans LPGA in playoff

Inbee Park hung around all day and made her charge down the stretch to win the Wegmans LPGA Championship in a playoff over Brittany Lincicome.

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Long-hitting Lincicome leads Wegmans LPGA

While her boyfriend can hit a golf ball 460-plus yards, Brittany Lincicome can hit it pretty far herself, and it's that long-hitting skill that has helped put Lincicome atop the Wegmans LPGA Championship leaderboard after three rounds.

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Creamer's major cut streak ends; caddie in hospital

After her longtime caddie had to go to the hospital with back spasms, Paula Creamer shot 77 to miss the cut Friday at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, ending her record major cut streak at 39.

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Wegmans LPGA: Ko inches closer to 1st major title

Lydia Ko, 17, inched closer to her first major title at the Wegmans LPGA Championship when she carded a 3-under 69 Friday to move into a tie for fourth and trail big-hitting Brittany Lincicome by four strokes.

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