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International Crown Standings Update

Back in January, LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan made what I think was the most important announcement of his entire tenure as Commissioner. He announced the details of a new tournament, beginning in 2014, called the International Crown. What made this so different from the several other new tournaments that he had previously announced? It gives all players, no matter what country they are from, the chance to represent their country in an Olympic type event.

Before this was announced the only competition between countries that the LPGA had on its schedule was the Solheim Cup. A competition between the United States and Europe. As a resident of the United States, it was my favorite tournament of the year. At the tournament's completion, it always made me sad that we had to wait two more years before it would be played again. But in truth, I was lucky that at least I got to see my country play. That could not be said for fans of players from South Korea, Japan, Australia, Thailand, …

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2013 - Part 2

While we wait for the LPGA to return from a two week break, it gives us some time to step back and discuss some of the other things going on in the golf world. For some interesting news on Lydia Ko, I suggest you check out Ruthless Golf, and for a preview of this weekend's JLPGA tournament I would check out Mostly Harmless.

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…

Stats & Facts - Volume 15

The LPGA is taking a 2 week break before starting its Asian swing. That part of the tour will be taking us to China, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. The 2013 tour will then conclude with tournaments in Mexico and Florida.

With only 7 tournaments left on the schedule, I think now is a good time to look at some key statistics and notes from the first 21 tournaments.

Rolex Player of the Year Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 281 points
2- Suzann Pettersen - 204
3- Stacy Lewis - 183
4- So Yeon Ryu - 87
5- Beatriz Recari - 84
6- Hee Young Park - 78
7- I.K. Kim - 68
8- Na Yeon Choi - 58
9- Angela Stanford - 57
9- Karrie Webb - 57

Vare Trophy Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Suzann Pettersen - 69.700 average strokes per round
2- Stacy Lewis - 69.716
3- Inbee Park - 69.923
4- Na Yeon Choi - 70.145
5- Paula Creamer - 70.354
6- Lizette Salas - 70.373
7- So Yeon Ryu - 70. 381
8- I.K. Kim - 70.391
9- Jessica Korda - 70.542
10- Beatriz Recari - 7…

The Evian Championship Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA moves to France and resumes its schedule with the playing of The Evian Championship. This championship, formerly called the Evian Masters, is now a major championship. It is the fifth and final LPGA major of the 2013 season.

This will be tournament #21 of 28 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Masters Golf Club
Location:  Evian-Les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  71-64-70-68=271(-17)

Final Field:   120 Players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,428
Purse:  $ 3,250,000

My strength of field rating is 86%, making it the 5th strongest field of the year. The only fields that were stronger this year were the other four majors which all had larger fields. Chie Arimura and Nicole Castrale are the two biggest names missing from this week's tournament.

Here are the television times:
Sept 12 - GC 7:30 AM-12:30 PM ET Sept 13 - GC 7:30 AM-12:30 PM ET Sept 14 - GC 6:30 AM-11:30 AM ET Sept 15 - GC 8:30 AM-12:…

Rating the Rookies 2013 - "Part 2"

Three months have passed since I last did a report card on this year's rookies.

I would like to change this up a bit this time, by strictly rating these girls on their chances of retaining LPGA cards for the 2013 season. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My only concern here is, are they safe for the upcoming season, or will they have to go back to qualifying school?

For those of you who might need some information on how the LPGA "Priority List" works, here is a brief explanation:

If you finish in the top 80 on the 2013 money list, that will be your priority rating for 2014. In other words, if a player finishes #45 on the money list this year, she will be #45 on the priority list next year. That also means she will be eligible for all tournaments, since even limited fields have more than 45 players.It starts to get  real tricky after that as the top 10 players on the Symetra tour money list earn playing cards and are given the next ten spot…