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Stats & Facts - Volume 13 (Priority List Reshuffle)

First let me take this time to say, once again, that if you missed viewing last week's tournament, you missed another nail biting finish. As I said last week, it certainly seems that every tournament goes down to the last shot on the last hole. This past week was no exception as Cristie Kerr defeated Suzann Pettersen on the second playoff hole. What could these very talented ladies have in store for us next? I for one can't wait to see.

The LPGA takes a one week break this week before moving to the state of Alabama for the playing of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The LPGA has now completed about 1/3 of its schedule. It is a good time to look at some of the key statistics and notes covering the first 9 tournaments.

Rolex Player of the Year Standings (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 131 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 83
3- Suzann Pettersen 69
4- Beatriz Recari - 46
5- So Yeon Ryu - 43
6- Cristie Kerr - 39
7- Jiyai Shin - 37
8- Lizette Salas - 28
9- I.K. Kim - 25
9- Na Yeon Choi - 25

Vare Trophy (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.417 average strokes per round
2- Inbee Park - 69.438
3- Suzann Pettersen - 69.833
4- Na Yeon Choi - 69.844
5- Lizette Salas - 70.00
6- Paula Creamer - 70.188
7- So Yeon Ryu - 70.281
8- Jiyai Shin - 70.406
9- I.K. Kim - 70.531
9- Jessica Korda - 70.531

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut
1- Karrie Webb - 52
2- Paula Creamer - 51
3- Jiyai Shin - 44
4- Beatriz Recari - 42
5- Na Yeon Choi - 41
6- Inbee Park - 31
7- Stacy Lewis - 28

Most Top Tens This Year
1- Stacy Lewis - 7
2- Inbee Park - 5
3- Lizette Salas - 4
3- I.K. Kim - 4
3- Na Yeon Choi - 4
3- Suzann Pettersen - 4
3- So Yeon Ryu - 4

Most Finishes in the Top Twenty This Year
1- Stacy Lewis - 8
2- Paula Creamer - 7
3- Inbee Park - 6
4- Na Yeon Choi - 6
5- Guila Sergas - 6
6- Lizette Salas - 6

Most Wins By Country
1- South Korea - 4 (Inbee Park 3, Jiyai Shin 1)
2- United States - 3 (Stacy Lewis 2, Cristie Kerr 1)
3- Spain - 1 (Beatriz Recari)
4- Norway - 1 (Suzann Pettersen)

Other Tidbits:
Se Ri Pak's missed cut streak came to an end at 17.
Song Hee Kim has missed her last 7 cuts.

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this past week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation.
Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.

The following players made significant jumps in this week's reshuffle:
Carlotta Ciganda - from 104 to 87
Moriya Jutanugarn - from 122 to 88
Jane Park - from 115 to 89
Jee Young Lee - from 110 to 90
Jacqui Concolino - 116 to 93
Caroline Masson - 137 to 94
Austin Ernst - 136 to 95
Ayaka Uehara - 123 to 96
Rebecca Lee-Bentham - 121 to 98

The following players made the most important jumps, as they went from hardly playing to now playing in all full field events:
Cristina Kim - 148 to 97
Katie Burnett - 165 to 140
Danah Bordner - 154 to 141

The players that got hurt the most are:
Alena Sharp - 145 to 153
Tiffany Joh - 143 to 148

Players that lost their medical exemptions are as follows:
Sarah Kemp - 108 to 142
Seon Hwa Lee - 77 - 143
Maude-Aimee Leblanc - 114 to 149
Pat Hurst - 53 - 152

The LPGA will reshuffle the Priority List one more time, after the U.S. Open. The Open will be held at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southhampton, N.Y.


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  1. I'm very glad you explained this, Tony. I went to the LPGA website, and it doesn't explain things as clearly as you do. I very much appreciate your work.

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