Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stats & Facts - Volume 17

We have come to the end of the 2013 LPGA season. A season that was, in my opinion, the best season ever. It certainly seemed that week in and week out, the final result of a tournament wasn't decided until the 72nd hole. Sometimes it wasn't even decided then, and we had to go to a playoff.
It was a year with 5 Major Championships, the first 3 won by the same player. We had winners from 8 different countries. I was asking myself, "How can this be topped next year?" Well, Commissioner Michael Whan sure is going to try. His announcement of four new tournaments, 3 on American soil, sure has us looking forward to the start of 2014.

On that note, I would like to look at some of the most important statistics from 2013:

Rolex Player of the Year:
Winner:  Inbee Park - 303 points (Gets a Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Suzann Pettersen - 258
3rd Place:  Stacy Lewis - 220

Inbee won the first 3 Major Championships of the year, and got off to a huge lead.
Suzann outplayed everyone in the second half of the season, but fell short.

Vare Trophy:
Winner:  Stacy Lewis -  69.484 (Gets a Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Suzann Pettersen - 69.696 strokes per round
3rd Place:  Inbee Park - 69.869

Stacy was by far the most consistent player on tour this year. She played 25 tournaments, and had 19 top ten finishes.

Rolex Rookie of the Year:
Winner:  Moriya Jutanugarn - 480 points
Runner Up:  Caroline Masson - 479
3rd Place:  Ayako Uehara - 409

Moriya had a miserable second half to her season, and Caroline had taken a substantial lead going into the final events. Caroline broke her thumb in Japan and played the last couple of events injured, and Moriya snuck in by the smallest possible margin. Ayako had the most amount of points per event, but she played in only 16 tournaments.

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut: (Current streak)
1- Paula Creamer - 66
2- Na Yeon Choi - 57
3- Stacy Lewis - 44

Most Wins:
1- Inbee Park - 6
2- Suzann Pettersen - 4
3- Stacy Lewis -3

Most Top 5 Finishes:
1- Suzann Pettersen -12
2- Inbee Park - 10
3- Stacy Lewis - 9

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 19
2- Suzann Pettersen - 15
3- Inbee Park - 11

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 20
2- Na Yeon Choi -18
3- Paula Creamer - 17

Most Wins By Country:
1- South Korea - 10
2- United States - 7
3- Norway - 4

Current Solheim Cup Standings:
1- Lexi Thompson - 142
2- Stacy Lewis - 138
3- Angela Stanford - 56
3- Lizette Salas - 56
5- Michelle Wie - 55
6- Gerina Piller - 54
7- Jennifer Johnson - 39
8- Paula Creamer & Cristie Kerr -36

Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis became the first American player to win the Vare Trophy since Beth Daniel in 1994.
Inbee Park is the first Korean born player to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award.
Stacy Lewis' 69.484 strokes per round, was the lowest since Lorena Ochoa in 2006.

Stat of the Week:
Stacy Lewis will be starting the year 2014 with a streak of ten consecutive top ten finishes, still in tact.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Shanshan Feng pushes her way up from #7 to #4 in the world. Last week's runner up Gerina Piller leaps up from #53 to #36.

Who's Hot:
Sandra Gal and Lexi Thompson have both ended the year on a high note. Sandra has finished in the top 30 in each of her last 9 events, while Lexi has finished no worse than 22nd in her last eight.
Michelle Wie has 5 straight top 25 finishes.

This may be the end of the 2013 season, but this blog will continue. Check back every few days as I still have plenty to say about this past season, and even more about the next one.
The final round of Qualifying School will be next week. Tune in here for all the results.

Lastly, let me say thank you for all the support this blog has gotten this year. The amount of hits this blog has gotten has grown every single month this year. In fact, it is up almost 50%, comparing the first 5 months to the second 5 months of 2013.

The LPGA is growing quickly under our new Commissioner. Let us all do our part to spread the word
and help this tour become the force in women's sports that it should be. Anyone who hasn't been out to an event should try to get out to one next year. I assure you, you will want to go back again!




5 comments:

  1. Thanks Tony

    Cannuck

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  2. Thanks Tony for the great work you do here and for posting over at The Sand Trap. Looking forward to 2014.

    Wonder if you have any thoughts about The International Crown.. e.g. where is there close competition to make the team? The obvious ones are S. Korea (IK Kim, Jiyai Shin, and Amy Yang for the last spot behind Park, Ryu, Choi) and USA (Creamer, Kerr, Stanford, Salas for 2 spots behind Lewis and Thompson) but after that I don't know the players on the bubble.

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    1. I will be doing a blog on that subject very soon.

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  3. Nice wrap up to a great season. I'm down in Daytona Beach area for the winter and will be heading to the final stage of LPGA Q School. I think I've been to the last six and have caddied in it twice. It seem like a pretty wide open race for the top 20 to earn their full status 2014 cards... no clear cut standout who is expected to win it this year. Have you got any "sure things?"

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  4. No sure thing, never is. With 153 entries fighting for 20 spots it is very difficult. I do have high hopes for Lee-Anne Pace. Others I hope get in include Cheyenne Woods, Jaye Marie Green, Lori Kane, and Maude Aimee Leblanc.

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