Their outstanding performance throughout the season paid off for these players. They ended the 2015 season among special bonuses, awards and recognitions and therefore are considered the five best players of the LPGA season.
- Lydia Ko
When thought she couldn’t have a better season after her superb 2014 rookie season Lydia Ko kept her outstanding game on point to exceed the expectations. Ko won her first career major at the Evian Championship where she recorded an impeccable final-round of 63 to claim the trophy. New Zealand’s teenphenom added two more records to her career after become the youngest LPGA player to record her 10th Tour victory and the youngest to reach the No.1 spot in the rankings.
She was awarded player of the year and for a second consecutive year won the season-long Race to the CME Globe that hands out a $1 million bonus.
- Inbee Park
Managed to win two (Women’s PGA Championship & Women’s British Open) of the five majors of the season and achieved her Career Grand Slam. Won five times on tour and finished within the top 10 in 10 additional occasions. She was in the battle to win the Race to the CME Globe to the very end of the season and finish just 300 points behind Lydia Ko. Won her second Vare Trophy this season and clinch the sufficient points to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after her 10th year on tour.
If she were to win next year the Evian Championship in France she would accomplish the Super Career Grand Slam.
- Sei Young Kim
With very little to lose and alot to win Kim earned her way to the LPGA Tour after finishing tied for sixth at the LPGA Q-School Final Stage. Sei Young won three times on tour this season and assured the top 10 on eight additional occasions. Kim’s most memorable win during the 2015 season was in Hawaii at the LOTTE Championship where she forced a playoff in the last hole. She then went onto defeat her countrywomen, Inbee Park, after holing out for eagle from the fairway.
Kim was named the 2015 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and now the No. 7 ranked player in the world.
- Lexi Thompson
The American player had one of her most consistent years on tour and managed to win two times this season and finished inside the top 10 in 11 additional occasions. During the final event of the season Thompson was one of the players who could possibly win the Race to the CME Globe but felt short and finished third in the race.
She is the second highest American ranked player in the Rolex Rankings and her magnificent play at the 2015 Solheim Cup also turned out to be one of her year’s highlights. Lexi could battle for the No.1 position during the 2016 season and be part of those three top players.
- Brooke M. Henderson
The Canadian teenager was able to play 14 LPGA events this season to which she qualified through Monday-Q or sponsor exemptions. She won her first career title at the Cambia Portland Classic. Two days after achieving her win Henderson was finally granted full LPGA membership. In addition to her victory this season Brooke also finished inside the top 10 on three occasions.
A full membership meant Henderson wouldn’t have to play Monday qualifying tournaments for the rest of the season. Brooke moved 199 spots on the Rolex Rankings over the last year and is now No.18.