Heading into this week's season-ending PageNet Championship, Kane, 34, is in the top 10 in birdies (third), scoring (sixth), driving accuracy (seventh), rounds under par (third) and top 10s (sixth). She has come in second eight times in her four LPGA seasons. "It's frustrating enough that you want a win for yourself?' Ritzman says, "but other players and the fans want one for you, too."
Last year Kane set an LPGA single-season record for subpar rounds with 69, and her Sunday stroke average when she has come in second is an impressive 68. "It's not like she hasn't played well," says her caddie, Danny Sharp. "She just hasn't won."
Kane's peers predict she'll soon break through. "Lorie has such a great attitude; it would be easy to start getting frustrated about all of the seconds," says Nancy Lopez, who has had 48 of them in her Hall of Fame career. "When she finally wins, she'll probably break out like gangbusters."