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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

Let me start out today by congratulating Angela Stanford for winning The Evian Championship. She carded a final round 3 under par 68, to win by one stroke over Amy Olson, Sei Young Kim, Mo Martin, and Austin Ernst. It was Stanford's 6th LPGA victory and first major championship.

With the LPGA taking a two week break, I would like to take this opportunity to take a look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2018. 

I lastdid this back in Aprilwhen the LPGA had completed just 25% of its schedule. Now they have completed about 75% of their schedule and things have changed quite dramatically.

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 eligib…

LPGA Player Profile: Michelle Wie

With the LPGA taking a two week break before resuming its schedule with the playing of the U.L. International Crown in South Korea,  I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen is still one of the biggest names in golf today. That player is:

Michelle Wie
Born: 10/11/89
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Resides:  Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2009

Michelle has won five times on the LPGA tour, including one major championship. 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational2010 CN Canadian Women's Open2014 Lotte Championship2014 U.S. Women's Open2018 HSBC Women's World Championship
Best Finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - 2nd in 2014 KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 2nd in 2005 (as a non member) U.S. Women's Open - 1st in 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open - 3rd in 2005 and 2017 The Evian Championship - 16th in 2015

Career Stats: 275 starts204 cuts made (74.2%)62 top tens (22.5%)Has earned $6,781,224 in career earnings (37th on the all …

The Evian Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

This week the LPGA moves to France for the playing of The Evian Championship.

Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend the title she won last year in a playoff over Brittany Altomare. Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk, and Moriya Jutanugarn, all fell one stroke short of joining the playoff.

This will be tournament #26 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. It will also be the 5th and final Major Championship of the year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Resort Golf Club
Location:  Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score: 66-72-66 = 204 (shortened to 54 holes)

Final Field:  120 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,479
Purse:  $3,850,000 (Increase of $200,000 from last year)

My strength of field rating is a solid 78% (down slightly from 79.5% last year). Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing from the field this week include: I.K. Kim (injury), Mich…

LPGA Player Profile: Lydia Ko

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in France, I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today is not just a big fan favorite throughout the world, but a player that has accomplished more at her age than any other player in LPGA history. The player I have chosen is:

Born: 4/24/97
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2014

Lydia has won 15 times on the LPGA Tour, including 2 major championships.
2012 CN Canadian Women's Open (as an amateur and non-member)2013 CN Canadian Women's Open (as an amateur and non-member)2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic2014 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & OI2014 CME Group Championship2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open2015 Evian Championship2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan2016 Kia Classic2016 ANA Inspiration2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship pre…

Michelle Wie Withdraws From Evian Championship with Wrist Injury

Michelle Wie announced today that she is withdrawing from the LPGA's final major of the year - The Evian Championship.

Michelle withdrew from the Ricoh British Open early last month after playing just 12 holes. She has not played an LPGA event since. After a month of rest an rehab, Wie announced that her wrist has not recovered enough for her to take part in next week's major championship.

“After going through an evaluation with my doctors and my Physio team,” wrote Wie, “we have all concurred that my right hand is not quite ready for competition yet. So unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from the Evian Championship next week. I’m extremely disappointed, but right now rehabbing my right hand back to pain free is my absolute first priority!! Thank you all for staying patient with me and for all the words of encouragement!!!”

Her instructor David Ledbetter said that "it is nerve damage due to bone spurs."

Michelle got off to a flying start this season when she won…

Stats & Facts - Vol. 38

With the LPGA taking a one week break, I think it is as good a time as any to take a look at some key player statistics after the first 25 tournaments of the season. The LPGA will resume its schedule next week with the playing of the Evian Championship, the year's final major championship.

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn- 198 points
2- Sung Hyun Park - 127 
3- Brooke Henderson - 108 
4- Minjee Lee - 101 
5- So Yeon Ryu - 83 

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 69.337 strokes per round
2- Jin Young Ko - 69.557
3- Minjee Lee - 69.671
4- Brooke Henderson - 69.730
5- Amy Yang - 69.737

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 3,468 points
2- Minjee Lee - 2,469
3- Brooke Henderson - 2,420
4- Sung Hyun Park - 2,088
5- Jin Young Ko - 1,987

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Jin Young Ko - 986 points
2- Georgis Hall - 678
3- Yu Liu - 436
4- Emma Talley - 434
5- Hannah Green - 261

Most Victorie…