Just as I predicted, the showdown between the 2 previous winners on the SunCoast Series, Meredith Duncan and Maria Hjorth, fizzled this week at West Orange, as both blew up in the final round. Stacy Lewis, fresh off my leaving her out of my projected LPGA top 30 in 2010, played the steadiest among the rest of the field, beating Sandra Gal by 3 shots in the end.
Just as at Rio Pinar, Hannah Yun played solidly the 1st 2 rounds, but struggled in the final one. Still, she ended up T5 with Hjorth and Cindy LaCrosse (for the 2nd week in a row), for 3 straight top 5s to kick off the 2010 season. It was also nice to see Na On Min putting up 2 solid rounds so early in the season. She's going to be playing a full LPGA schedule this year, thanks to a medical exemption.