Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Bay LPGA Preview & Pairings


The LPGA moves to China this week for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. This will be the inaugural playing of this event. This is stop number four of six consecutive tournaments to be played in Asia. After this week the tour heads to Taiwan, and then finishes up the Asian swing in Japan.
The tour will then go to Mexico and finish up with the CME Group Tour Championship to be held in Florida, where we will find out who will win the Race to the CME Globe and its 1 million dollar prize.


Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course



This will be tournament #28 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Country Club
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  This is the first time this tournament is being played.
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field: 81 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  Not stated by LPGA
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 55.5% ranking it 23rd of the 28 tournaments so far this year. Twenty-seven of the top 40 players on the LPGA Priority list, and 20 of the top 40 from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Top players skipping the event this week include: Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, SoYeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, Pornanong Phatlum, and Angela Stanford.

Here are the pairings for the first round.

Here are the television times:
Oct 22 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 23 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 24 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET
Oct 25 - GC 11:30 PM-3:30 AM ET

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Shanshan Feng
2- Mirim Lee
3- Chella Choi
4- Lydia Ko
5- Ilhee Lee
6- Michelle Wie
7- Brittany Lincicome
8- Cristie Kerr
9- I.K. Kim
10-Anna Nordqvist
11- Julieta Granada
12- M.J. Hur
My pretty decent picking last week has moved me up to the #2 position among the 21 Pak Picker participants.

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis holds on to the #1 position by the narrowest of margins this week. In fact, you have to take their totals out to a hundredth  of a point to find a difference. Stacy's average score is 11.044, while Inbee's is 11.038. Both players are taking this week off.

As we all know, Spain won the inaugural international crown earlier this year. The team of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Carlotta Ciganda, and Belen Mozo all play world class golf in team competitions, as we have  also witnessed  this in their Solheim Cup play. That said, it is strange that they have not won an LPGA tournament this year. In fact, Recari is the only player of the four to ever win an LPGA stroke play event. She has won three times.

Not only is Chella Choi the only player to play in all 28 LPGA events this year, she has her "Iron Woman" streak up to 104 consecutive tournaments. She played in the last 21 events in 2011, all 27 in 2012, and all 28 in 2013. I'm thinking that her father (who carries her bag) may need a rest.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
HanaBank winner Kyu Jung Baek surges up from #33 to #20. Michelle Wie jumps up two spots to #6, while Brittany Lincicome jumps from #24 to #19. Lee-Anne Pace, winner of last week's LET tournament in her home country of South Africa, leaps up from #53 to #42.

Race to the CME Globe:
With just four tournaments left before the CME Group Tour Championship, Stacy Lewis continues to have a commanding lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277, and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Red Hot:
Inbee Park has seven consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Ice Cold:
Jennifer Johnson has failed to finish better than 32nd in her last 7 starts.

Update #1
According to the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless, Inbee Park is playing this week on the KLPGA tour. It is the last major of the year for that tour. A good finish would have her take over the #1 spot in the world.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Preview & Pairings

Let me start off today by saying congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan shot a final round 63 to win by 3 strokes over Pornanong Phatlum. It was her fourth victory on the LPGA tour.

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Defending Champion Amy Yang holds her trophy


Amy Yang won this championship last year when she defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a one hole playoff.
This will be the first time that this will be a 72 hole event. It was played as a 54 hole championship for its first 11 years.

This is tournament # 27 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Location:  Incheon, South Korea
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Winning Score:  67-71-69 = 207 (-9)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,364
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 65.5%, ranking it very close to the middle of the 26 tournaments played this year. Among the missing this week are Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. Because of its small field players such as Sun Young Yoo, Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Carlotta Ciganda, and Ayaka Uehara did not qualify.

The field includes the following outstanding non LPGA players that are high up in the Rolex Rankings:
#10 - Hyo-Joo Kim
#19 - Ha Na Jang
#29 - Jiyai Shin
#31 - In Gee Chun
#33 - Kyu Jung Baek
#37 - Sei Young Kim
#39 - Jung Min Lee
#44 - Min Young Lee
#46 - Jin-Young Ko
#50 - Ha Neul Kim
#56 - Yoon-Kyung Heo
#67 - Su Yeon Jang
#78 - Mingee Lee

Here are the pairings for the first round:

Here are the television times:
Oct 15 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 16 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 17 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 18 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

As you can see, the first broadcast once again will be Wednesday night eastern time. As I have been doing throughout this Asian swing of the tour, I will not post results until most of us have had a chance to watch it the next day. For those who do not want to wait, there is always a link to the live scoreboard on the top of this page.

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week:
1- Na Yeon Choi
2- Chella Choi
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Shanshan Feng
5- Lydia Ko
6- Hyo-Joo Kim
7- Inbee Park
8- Ha-Neul Kim
9- Pornanong Phatlum
10- Jiyai Shin
11- Mirim Lee
12- Suzann Pettersen
In all the years that I have been doing this, this is the first time my top twelve does not include an American player.
I was the winner of Pak Picker week #26 this past week, as I correctly picked 8 players. The win vaulted me up from #5 to #3 in the overall standings among the 21 participants.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the week:
Shanshan Feng leaps up from #9 to #5, while Pornanong Phatlum jumps from #32 to #26.

Race To The CME Globe:  (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,483 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,991.

Who's Hot:  
Ilhee Lee has 5 top 20 finishes in her last 6 starts.

Who's Not:
Lexi Thompson had seven top 10 finishes in her first 12 starts this year. She has managed just one more in her last 9 tournaments. Julieta Granada has not finished better than 34th in her last 5 starts.

Here are the final results:
1x-Kyu Jung Baek-10F
2Brittany Lincicome-10F
2In Gee Chun-10F
4Inbee Park-9F
5Michelle Wie-8F
5Catriona Matthew-8F
7Hyo Joo Kim-7F
8Austin Ernst-6F
8Gerina Piller-6F
8Beatriz Recari-6F
8Ilhee Lee-6F




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview & Pairings

Congratulations goes out to Mirim Lee for winning the Reignwood LPGA Classic. It was her second win of the year, and tied Lydia Ko for most victories by a rookie in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Malaysia for the playing of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Lexi Thompson won this tournament in 2013 by a fairly comfortable margin, as she finished 4 strokes better than runner up Shanshan Feng.

Defending Champion Lexi Thompson

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Location:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  67-63-66-69 = 265 (-19)

Final Field:   75 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage: 6,246
Purse:  $2,000,000 (winner gets $300,000)

My strength of field rating is a 62% making it the 8th weakest of the year. Thirty-five of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 29 of the top 40 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees include: Inbee Park, I.K. Kim, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie (injury) Jennifer Johnson, Ai Miyazato, and Mika Miyazato.

Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Xi Yu Lin, and Natalie Gulbis are among the sponsor exemptions.

Here are the pairings for the first round:


**Here are the television times:
Oct 8 - GC 11:00 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 9 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 10 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET
Oct 11 - GC 11:30 PM-3:00 AM ET

** Because of the 12 hour time delay (east coast viewers), many people will not watch this until they come home from work the following day. I will not post spoilers until sometime after that.

Here are my  Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Mirim Lee
2- Stacy Lewis
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Jessica Korda
5- Suzann Pettersen
6- So Yeon Ryu
7- Lydia Ko
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Chella Choi
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Ilhee Lee
12- Na Yeon Choi
After my 5th place finish last week, I currently remain in 5th place among the 21 contestants. 

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi has 15 top twenty finishes this year. That ranks her third behind only Stacy Lewis (20), and Inbee Park (16).  Strangely, only 7 of those finishes were top tens, which ranks her 12th in that department.

South Korean golfers, who couldn't buy a win in the first half of the season, now have won 6 of the last 7 tournaments, giving them 7 victories this year. The U.S. continues to lead with 12.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Mirim Lee vaults up from #29 to #19, while Caroline Hedwall leaps from #52 to #41.

Race to the CME Globe:
Stacy Lewis continues to have a huge lead with 4,433 points. She is followed by Inbee Park with 3,277 and Lydia Ko with 2,906.

Who's Hot:
Inbee Park has 6 consecutive top ten finishes. Mariajo Uribe has finished in the top 15 in her last 4 tournaments.

Who's Not:
Candie Kung has not finished better than 34th in her last 6 starts.

Here are the final results:


1Shanshan Feng-18F
2Pornanong Phatlum-15F
3Pernilla Lindberg-14F
3Chella Choi-14F
3So Yeon Ryu-14F
6Na Yeon Choi-13F
7Ilhee Lee-12F
8Caroline Masson-11F
8Sun Young Yoo-11F
8Mi Hyang Lee-11F
8Lydia Ko-11F

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Reignwood LPGA Classic Preview and Pairings

After a one week break the LPGA travels to Asia this week for the playing of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. This will be the first of six consecutive tournaments that will be played in Asia.

Defending Champion Shanshan Feng

Shanshan Feng won this event in 2013 when she eagled the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by one stroke. If you like birdies, this is the tournament to watch as four players shot -20 or better last year.
It is also a par 73, which is very unusual on any course on any tour.

This will be tournament # 25 of 32 on the LPGA schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club
Location:  Nankou, Beijing, China
Defending Champion:  Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  70-64-64-68 = 266 (-26)

Final Field:  81 players
Par:  36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,596
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is just 44%, making it the second weakest field of the year. Most American players have decided to extend their vacations and start playing next week. In fact, the only American player ranked in the top 50 of the Rolex Rankings that will be in attendance is Stacy Lewis.

Here are the television times:
Oct 1 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 2 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 3 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET
Oct 4 - GC 11:00 PM-4:00 AM ET

Please note that there is a 12 hour difference in time if you live on the east coast of the United States.
The tournament broadcast is live, and will be shown at 11:00 PM on Wednesday night. Assuming that most LPGA fans will be taping it and watching it when they come home from work on Thursday, I will not be posting results until sometime after that.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:

Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis 
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Inbee Park
4- Suzann Pettersen
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- M.J. Hur
7- Chella Choi
8- Na Yeon Choi
9- Mirim Lee
10- Pornanong Phatlum
11- Yani Tseng
12- Xi Yu Lin
The Pak Picker race has really tightened up. I am currently in 5th place among the 21 current participants.

Other Tidbits:
Phase 2 of the LPGA Q-School tournament will be played this week starting on Tuesday, September 30th and concluding on Friday, October 3rd. I have posted a Separate Blog on that subject.

Here are the Final Results:

1Mirim Lee-15F
2Caroline Hedwall-13F
3Haeji Kang-12F
3Inbee Park-12F
3Brittany Lang-12F
6Mi Hyang Lee-11F
6Stacy Lewis-11F
8Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8Ilhee Lee-10F
10Chella Choi-9F

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LPGA Q-School Phase 2 - Cheyenne Woods Heads Field List

It will be a big week for many players as they try to earn their 2015 LPGA cards this week. LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage 2 will take place starting Tuesday, September 30th, with the final round Friday, October 3.  There will be 192 ladies teeing it up, with the top 80 advancing to Phase 3 in December. This tournament will have no cut as all players that complete the 72 holes will receive Symetra Tour playing cards for 2015.

Cheyenne Woods 



The field for this tournament will not be lacking big names. The phase 2 field will include:

Cheyenne Woods - Niece of Tiger Woods, who won on the Ladies European Tour in 2014.

Ariya Jutanugarn - Younger sister of LPGA 2013 rookie of the year Moriya Jutanugarn, has had several top ten finishes playing as a sponsor exemption on the LPGA Tour.

Stephanie Meadow - Shocked us all with her third place finish at the 2014 U.S. Open.

Mingee Lee - Playing in just 4 LPGA tournaments this year, she opened up all our eyes with an 11th place finish in Australia, a 22nd place finish at the U.S. Open, and a 16th place finish at the Evian Championship.

Emily Tubert - She blew away the field in stage 1, and was the only player to shoot under par in all four rounds of that tournament.

Alison Lee - A freshman at UCLA, she is the #1 ranked college player in the world.

Here are some more key details:

Course:  Plantation Golf & Country Club - Panther & Bobcat Courses
Location:  Venice, Florida
Field: 192 players
Countries: Players from 33 different countries will be teeing it up.
Par:  72
Yardage:  Panther Course (6,363), Bobcat (6,536)

Other Tidbits:
There will be 93 players representing the United States, Florida having the most from any state with 15.

Among the 99 International players, there are twelve from Canada, twelve from South Korea, nine from Thailand, and eight from Australia.

Here are the Final Results:

1USA   Ginger Howard [B]-1 F-972676971279
2USA   Alison Lee (a) [B]E F-871716672280
T3USA   Annie Park (a) [B]-2 F-670717170282
T3AustraliaSu Oh (a) [B]2 F-672706674282
T5USAKarlin Beck [B]-5 F-573727167283
T5AUSTRALIAMinjee Lee [B]-2 F-572677470283
T5CANADASamantha Richdale [B]-3 F-574697169283
T8SOUTH KOREAYe-na Chung [B]-4 F-473717268284
T8SOUTH KOREAJu Young Park [B]-1 F-471707271284
T10CANADAAugusta James (a) [B]-3 F-374717169285
T10USA   Katherine Perry [B]1 F-375706773285
 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2014 - Part 2

Now that we have completed about 3/4 of the LPGA season, I would like to look at the players that have made the biggest leaps, and taken the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings this year.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value.
A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used.

I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list are
: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2014 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.) Non LPGA members are included.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:


1- Michelle Wie - 1.77 to 6.56 = Gain of 4.79 (moved from #61 to #7)
2- Lydia Ko - 7.38 to 10.46 = Gain of 3.08 (move 4 to 3)
3- Stacy Lewis - 8.98 to 11.57 = Gain of 2.59 (move 3 to 1)
4- Anna Nordqvist - 3.04 to 5.45 = Gain of 2.40 (move 26 to 10)
5- Hyo-Joo Kim - 3.08 to 5.37 = Gain of 2.29 (move 24 to 11)
6- Mirim Lee - 1.23 to 3.31 = Gain of 2.08 (move 87 to 23)
7- Mo Martin - 1.21 to 3.23 = Gain of 2.02 (move 89 to 27)
8- Charley Hull - 1.03 to 2.98 = Gain of 1.95 (move 103 to 30)
9- Karrie Webb - 5.06 to 6.90 = Gain of 1.84 (move 8 to 5)
10- Lexi Thompson - 4.86 to 6.40 = Gain of 1.54 (move 9 to 8)
11- Azahara Munoz - 2.73 to 4.14 = Gain of 1.41 (move 31 to 15)
12- Christina Kim - 0.58 to 1.86 = Gain of 1.28 (move from 189 to 60)
13- Julieta Granada - 1.09 to 2.33 = Gain of 1.24 (move 105 to 42)
14- Line Vedel - 0.60 to 1.83 = Gain of 1.23 (move 179 to 63)
15- Jessica Korda - 2.45 to 3.60 = Gain of 1.15 ( move 42 to 21)
16- Mizuna Narita - 1.03 to 2.17 = Gain of 1.14 (move 111 to 49)
17- Jung Min Lee - 1.54 to 2.61 = Gain of 1.07 (move 71 to 35)
18- Jenny Shin - 1.51 to 2.57 = Gain of 1.06 (move 73 to 36)
18- Meena Lee - 1.50 to 2.56 = Gain of 1.06 (move 74 to 37)
20- Brittany Lincicome - 2.28 to 3.30 = Gain of 1.02 (move 46 to 24)

The Year's Biggest Decliners:

1- Ai Miyazato - 3.56 to 1.50 = Loss of 2.06 (move 21 to 77)
2- Mika Miyazato - 3.54 to 1.67 = Loss of 1.87 (move 22 to 70)
3- Beatriz Recari - 3.72 to 2.21 = Loss of 1.51 (19 to 45)
4- Suzann Pettersen - 10.25 to 8.75 = Loss of 1.50 (move 2 to 4)
5- I.K. Kim - 4.55 to 3.30 = Loss of 1.25 (move 10 to 25)
6- Na Yeon Choi - 5.63 to 4.40 = Loss of 1.25 (move 7 to 13)
7- Caroline Hedwall - 3.30 to 2.09 = Loss of 1.21 (move 23 to 52)
8- Catriona Matthew - 4.45 to 3.36 = Loss of 1.09 (move 11 to 22)
9- Ariya Jutanugarn - 2.76 to 1.74 = Loss of 1.02 (move 29 to 66)
10- Hee Young Park - 3.75 to 2.75 = Loss of 1.00 (move 18 to 33)
10- Ihlee Lee - 2.69 to 1.69 = Loss of 1.00 (move 32 to 68)
12- Miki Saiki - 2.32 to 1.35 = Loss of 0.97 (move 44 to 89)
13- Chie Arimura - 1.65 to 0.71 = Loss of 0.94 (move 66 to 180)
14- Yani Tseng - 2.62 to 1.72 = Loss of 0.90 (move 35 to 72)
14- Mi Jeong Jeon - 2.13 to 1.23 = Loss of 0.90 (move 50 to 102)
16- Mamiko Higa - 2.15 to 1.31 = Loss of 0.84 (move 49 to 94)
17- Sun Young Yoo - 2.10 to 1.26 = Loss of 0.84 (move 51 to 98)


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Stats & Facts - Volume 21

The LPGA is taking its final break of the 2014 season this week. Play will resume next week with a six tournament Asian swing. The season will then wind down with a tournament in Mexico followed by the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

I thought that this would be a good time to look at the key statistics compiled through the first 24 tournaments of the year.



Stacy Lewis currently leads the LPGA in most major categories 



Rolex Player of the Year: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 212 points
2- Inbee Park - 171
3- Michelle Wie - 151
4- Lydia Ko - 134
5- Lexi Thompson - 106

Vare Trophy: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.38 strokes per round
2- Michelle Wie - 69.71
3- Inbee Park - 69.74
4- Suzann Pettersen - 69.93
5- So Yeon Ryu - 69.99

Race to the CME Globe: (winner receives 1 million dollars)
1- Stacy Lewis - 4,333 points
2- Inbee Park - 3,087
3- Lydia Ko - 2,906
4- Michelle Wie - 2,588
5- Anna Nordqvist 2,325

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Lydia Ko - 1,306 points
2- Mirim Lee - 600
3- Line Vedel - 457
4- Kim Kaufman - 300 (didn't play until much later in season)
5- Amy Anderson - 292

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Stacy Lewis - 66
2- Lydia Ko - 35 (unofficial total that includes her playing as non LPGA member)
3- Shanshan Feng - 31

Most Victories This Season:
1- Stacy Lewis - 3
2- Six players tied with - 2

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 10
2- Inbee Park - 9
3- So Yeon Ryu - 8
3- Lydia Ko - 8
5- Anna Nordqvist - 6
5- Michelle Wie - 6

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 15
2- Inbee Park - 13
3- Cristie Kerr - 11
3- So Yeon Ryu -11
5- Ko, Pettersen, Wie - 10

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 19
2- Inbee Park - 15
3- Azahara Munoz - 14
3- So Yeon Ryu - 14
3- Chella Choi - 14
3- Lydia Ko -14

Most Wins By Country:
1- United States - 12
2- South Korea - 6
3- Sweden - 2
3- Australia - 2
3- New Zealand - 2

Solheim Cup Standings:
1- Stacy Lewis - 578 points
2- Lexi Thompson - 386
3- Michelle Wie - 352
4- Cristie Kerr - 240
5- Angela Stanford - 196
6- Paula Creamer - 184
7- Lizette Salas - 170
8- Gerina Piller - 165
Note: Jessica Korda (#21) and Brittany Lincicome (#24) would get in through the Rolex Rankings.
Players such as: Mo Martin, Morgan Pressel, and Brittany Lang would not qualify.

How good a year is Stacy Lewis having? She leads in every one of the above categories, except Rookie of the Year, which (of course) is a category that does not apply to her.
Stacy ranks 2nd in Greens in Regulation and 1st in Putts per Greens in Regulation. That is a deadly combination and shows why she is #1 in the world.

Other Tidbits:
There have been five first time winners this year: Lizette Salas, Mirim Lee, Austin Ernst, Mo Martin, and Hyo Joo Kim.

Stacy Lewis has not finished outside the top 25 in her last 18 tournaments.

South Korean players, after a horrible start to the season, have now won 5 of the last 6 tournaments.

Hard to Believe Fact of the Week:
Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Chie Arimura, and Ayako Uehara, generally considered the best four Japanese golfers on the LPGA tour, do not have a top 10 finish  between them in 75 starts this year. In fact they only have 4 top twenties and 24 missed cuts.

Rolex Ranking Mover of the Week:
M.J. Hur continues her meteoric rise this week by jumping up from #94 to #65.

Race to the CMA Glove: (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis increases her lead and now has accumulated 4,333 points. She is followed by Inbee Park (3,087), and Lydia Ko (2,986).

Who's Hot:
M.J. Hur has 3 consecutive top 10 finishes. Brittany Lincicome has finished in the top twenty-five, 6 consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not:
Victoria Tanco has now missed the cut in her last 10 starts.

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