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!




Friday, November 22, 2013

LPGA Announces 2014 Schedule

The first time that I ever talked with LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan was back in 2010.
He had taken over the job as head honcho of the LPGA shortly before that. The LPGA had just 24 tournaments on the schedule at that time. I asked him how many tournaments he would like to add to the schedule over the next few years. He answered that he would like to see the number of tournaments grow to 30.

Today just a few years later, Mr. Whan has exceeded his goal.

The LPGA announced its 2014 schedule today, and the number of tournaments has increased from 28 in 2013, to 32 in 2014. And that doesn't even include the International Crown. That has to be great news for all LPGA fans.

Four new tournaments will be added to the schedule, plus the International Crown. They are as follows:

1- The International Crown. This tournament will be played in Owings Mills, MD next year before moving to its permanent home at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The tournament will take place July 24th thru July 27th. The eight countries (Australia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States) were announced on Thursday. Four players will represent each country and those players will be announced at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship held April 3-6 after the individual qualifying process is complete.

2- Another inaugural event in 2014 is the Meijer LPGA Classic which will be held just outside Grand Rapids, Mich.  The event will take place August 7-10 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont marking the Tour’s first visit to West Michigan and first stop in the state since a 9-year run in East Lansing ended in 2000.

3- After a one-year break, the Alabama Classic is back and welcomes a full field to the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Capitol Hill Course, September 18-21.  With the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on board for a fifth consecutive year, the state of Alabama joins California (3) as the only states with multiple LPGA events.

4- April brings a return to the Bay Area for the $1.8 million Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic will mark the Tour’s first event in the Bay Area since 2010. It’s sponsored by Swinging Skirts, a successful Taiwanese group whose goal is to grow women’s golf and the golf industry in Taiwan. The event is co-sanctioned with the Taiwan LPGA, and will feature 120 LPGA players, as well as players from Taiwan. It becomes the first ever LPGA co-sanctioned tournament on American soil. It will take place April 24-27 at Lake Merced Golf Club outside San Francisco, Calif.

5- Golf’s Global Tour also continues to find new overseas opportunities to showcase its talent.  The LPGA’s Asian Swing grows by one in 2014 with the addition of a new fall event that will follow the annual trip to Taiwan and precede the long-running Mizuno Classic in Japan.  As for the new event in Asia, the October 27-Nov 2 date and $2 million purse is set, but further details of the event will wait to be announced until February 2014 during the LPGA’s early Asian swing.

Other highlights of today's announcement include:
  • The total purse will grow from $48.8 Million in 2013, to $56.3 Million in 2014.
  • Total Events grow from 28 to 32. (International Crown not included in count)
  • Official North American Events grow from 18 to 21.
  • Official Asian Events grows from 8 to 9.
  • Televised events will grow from 27 to 32.
  • Televised hours goes from 320 to 350+.
  • The commissioner did say that the return to Portland, which is included in the 32, is still tentative.
“This is by no means a finished product,” Whan said. “But it’s an enjoyable journey right now for our players and our partners and we’re going to continue pushing toward something in which the LPGA’s Founders and LPGA fans can be proud.  We’re excited about where we are, but even more excited about where we’re going!”

2014 LPGA Schedule
Jan. 23-26: Pure Silk Bahamas Classic, Atlantis, Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Feb. 13-16: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne
Feb. 20-23: Honda LPGA Thailand Chon Buri, Thailand
Feb. 27-March 2: HSBC Women's Champions, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
March 20-23: LPGA Founders Cup, Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix
March 27-30: Kia Classic, Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad
April 3-6: Kraft Nabisco Championship, Mission Hills CC, Dinah Shore Course, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
April 16-19: LPGA Lotte Championship, Ko Olina Golf Club, Oahu, Hawaii
April 24-27: *Swinging Skirts, Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif.
May 1-4: North Texas LPGA Shootout, Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas
May 15-18: Kingsmill Championship, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.
May 22-25: Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, RTJ Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings, Mobile, Ala.
May 30-June 1: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Bay Course, Galloway, N.J.
June 5-8: Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
June 19-22: U.S. Women's Open, Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.
June 26-29: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Pinnacle, CC, Rogers, Ark.
July 10-13: Ricoh Women's British Open Royal Birkdale, Southport, England
July 17-20: Marathon Classic, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio
July 21-27: *International Crown, Caves Valley, Owings Mills, Md.
Aug. 7-10: *Meijer LPGA Classic, Blythefield CC, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 14-17: Wegmans LPGA Championship, Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.
Aug. 21-24: Canadian Pacific Women's Open, London Hunt & CC, London, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 28-31: Portland Classic, Columbia Edgewater, Portland, Ore.
Sept. 11-14: The Evian Championship, Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
Sept. 18-21: *Alabama Classic, RTJ Capitol Hill, Senator Course, Prattville, Ala.
Oct. 2-5: Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic, Pine Valley Golf Club, Beijing, China
Oct. 9-12: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oct. 16-19: KEB Hana Bank Championship, Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, Korea
Oct. 23-26: Taiwan Championship, Sunrise G&CC, Taiwan
Oct. 30-Nov. 2: *New event, China, TBD
Nov. 6-9: Mizuno, Japan, Kintetsu Kashikojima, Mie, Japan
Nov. 13-16: Lorena Ochoa Invitational, TBD, Mexico
Nov. 20-23: CME Group Titleholders, Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CME Group Titleholders Preview & Pairings

A big congratulations goes out to Lexi Thompson for winning last week's Loreno Ochoa Invitational.
It was Lexi's second victory in her last four starts. At the age of eighteen, Lexi has now joined those few elite players on the LPGA who will be making a run at becoming #1 in 2014.

This week the LPGA moves to Naples, Florida for the CME Group Titleholders. This is the final tournament of the 2013 season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Tiburón Golf Club
Location:  Naples, FL
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Winning Score:  67 - 68 - 69 - 70 = 274 (-14)

Final Field: 70 players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage:  Not indicated
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is 71%. This is very high considering that this is not a full field event.
Players that did qualify, but chose not to compete include: Jiyai Shin, Yani Tseng, Se Ri Pak, Cristel Boeljon, Mina Haragae, Teresa Lu and Hanu Nomura.

Here are the television times:
Nov 21 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET
Nov 22 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET
Nov 23 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET
Nov 24 - GC 1:30 PM-4:00 PM ET

Check back here for all the scores, all the time.

Here are the first round pairings.
Here are my picks for this week's tournament:
1- Chella Choi
2- Suzanne Pettersen
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Lexi Thompson
5- Inbee Park
6- Paula Creamer
7- Jessica Korda
8- Lydia Ko
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Na Yeon Choi
12- Lizette Salas
Other Tidbits:
Inbee Park has wrapped up the Rolex Player of the Year award and receives a Hall of Fame point.
Inbee's three Major Championship wins turned out to be enough to hold off a charging Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis.
Congratulations also goes out to the team of Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis, and Cristie Kerr, who won the Wendy's Three Tour Challenge. They beat the Seniors Tour by a single stroke and the PGA Tour by eight.
Although the player of the year winner has been decided, there are other important trophies still up for grabs.
Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are still fighting it out for the Vare Trophy, and that all important Hall of Fame point. Stacy is currently in the driver's seat as Suzanne would have to beat her this week by  nine strokes. The Rolex Rookie of the Year Award is also going down to the wire with Caroline Masson holding a small lead over Moriya Jutanugarn.

The LPGA is due to release its 2014 schedule very shortly. Check back here for any breaking news!
Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Brittany Lang and Chella Choi are the only players on the LPGA to play all 28 tournaments this year.
Rolex Rankings Mover of the Week:
Lexi Thompson leapfrogs her way into the top ten this week, moving from #14 to #10.
Who's Hot:
This may be the end of the 2013 season, but it may not be the end of two of the most incredible streaks we have seen in quite a long time on any tour. Suzann Pettersen has now finished in the top 7 in her last 9 tournaments. She also has 6 straight top 5's. Not to be outdone (not by much anyway), Stacy Lewis has finished in the top ten in 9 consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not:
Meena Lee has failed to finish in the top 30 in her last 8 tournaments.

Here are the final results:
1- Shanshan Feng -15
2- Gerina Piller -14
3- Pornanong Phatlum -13
4- Sandra Gal -12
5- Inbee Park -11
6- Stacy Lewis -10
6- Cristie Kerr -10
6- Sun Young Yoo -10
9- So Yeon Ryu -9
9- Jennifer Johnson -9

For full scoreboard see link on top of this page.






Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lorena Ochoa Invitational Preview & Pairings

The LPGA completed its 5 tournament Asian swing last week, and we had a surprise winner. Non LPGA player Teresa Lu was victorious and will now have the opportunity to play full time on the world's biggest women's tour in 2014. Chella Choi, who I have said is  the best golfer on the LPGA without a win, finished second just 2 back.

The LPGA moves to Mexico this week for the playing of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

This will be tournament #27 of 28 on the LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Guadalajara Country Club
Location:  Guadalajara, Mexico
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Winning Score:  67 - 69 - 67 - 69 = 272 (-16)

Final Field:  36 players
Par:  36/36 - 72
Yardage:  6,626
Purse: $1,000,000

Here are the pairings for the first round.

My strength of field rating is 49%, but in this case that can be misleading. The low field rating can be attributed to the lack of depth in this small field, but there sure is lots of star power here.
Fourteen of the top 20 players in the Rolex Rankings, and 13 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance. The biggest names missing from this tournament include: Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, and Hee Young Park.

There will be no television coverage for this tournament!

Here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Suzann Pettersen
4- Jessica Korda
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Paula Creamer
7- Cristie Kerr
8- Beatriz Recari
9- Caroline Hedwall
10- Carlotta Ciganda
11- Lexi Thompson
12- Michelle Wie

Check in here for all the scores, all the time.

Other Tidbits:
One of the things to watch this week is the race for the Vare Trophy. Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are neck to neck, for that all important Hall of Fame point.

Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Stacy Lewis has finished no worse than 8th, in her last eight tournaments.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Chella Choi jumps from #32 to #28, while Teresa Lu leaps from # 65 to #56.

Red Hot:
Chella Choi has finished in the top 12 in each of her last 6 tournaments.

Ice Cold:
Moriya Jutanugarn may be battling right to the finish for the Rookie of the Year title, but you would never know it by looking at her 2nd half statistics. She has only one top 20 finish in her last 10 starts.
Danielle Kang, whose season started out with so much promise, failed to have a top 20 finish in her last 21 starts.

Update:
Here are the leaders after round three:
1- Lexi Thompson -16
2- Stacy Lewis -15
3- So Yeon Ryu -13
4- Inbee Park -8
5- Pornanong Phatlum -10
5- Suzann Pettersen -10
7- I.K. Kim -9
7- Lizette Salas -9
7- Michelle Wie -9
7- Azahara Munoz -9
7- Amy Yang -9
For complete results, see link on top of page.





Friday, November 8, 2013

Another Major LPGA Announcement!

Kraig Kahn, Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA, promised us a big week of announcements and he has not let us down.

Just a few days ago, Commissioner Michael Whan, on behalf of the LPGA, announced a three year partnership with transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific to become the title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Open. That seems to be just the beginning.

The LPGA announced today that the best players in women’s golf will head to Grand Rapids, Mich. for the first time in more than a decade to take part in the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic, which will be held August 7-10, 2014 at Blythefield Country Club.

This will be the LPGA's first stop in Michigan since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing ended its 9-year run.

The $1.5 million Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

I am looking forward to more announcements in the near future.
Check back here for further updates.




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2014 Canadian Women's to be played in Ontario.

Breaking News!


The LPGA and Golf Canada today announced a three-year partnership with transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women’s Open.

 The tournament will be renamed the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. The inaugural event will be held at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario from August 18-24, 2014.

The LPGA last played at this location in 2006, when Cristie Kerr overcame an 8 shot deficit to win for the eighth time in her career.

Lydia Ko, who will be an LPGA rookie next year, will return as the event's two time defending champion.

Here is the video of commissioner Michael Whan's announcement.

According to a tweet by Kraig Kahn, Chief Communications officer for the LPGA, there is more big news coming. He also said the LPGA schedule will be released sooner than last year.

Check back here for further updates.




Monday, November 4, 2013

Mizuno Classic Preview & Pairings

The LPGA returns this week after a short break, and moves to Japan for the playing of the Mizuno Classic. This will be the final stop on the 5 tournament Asian swing. Although the LPGA was off this past week, there were tournaments played on the JLPGA,and LET tours. For an excellent recap on those two events, see the constructivist over at Mostly Harmless.

This week's tournament in Japan will be #26 of 28 on the 2013 LPGA schedule. The season winds down with the playing of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico, followed by the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fl.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club
Where:  Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  70-71-64=205 (-11)

Final Field: 75 players
Par:  36/36 = 72 
Yardage:  6,506
Purse:  $ 1,200,000

This is a 3 day 54 hole tournament that will not be televised.

I will post the pairings as soon as they are made available.

My strength of field rating is a paltry 36.5%. This is not only the weakest field of the year, but the weakest field rating in the 3 years that I have been keeping such statistics. Only 8 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 8 of the top 20 on the Rolex Rankings, will be attending.
Key players not in attendance include: Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato (huh?), Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Sun Young Yoo, Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompason, Hee Kyung Seo, Sandra Gal, I.K. Kim, Karine Icher, Beatriz Recari, Se Ri Pak, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Meena Lee, Jessica Korda, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Lizette Salas, Pornanong Phatlum, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Michelle Wie, Carlotta Ciganda, and Caroline Hedwall (It might have been easier to list the key players who are playing).

The reason my strength of field isn't even lower than it is, is that several high ranked non LPGA players are in the field, bringing the rating higher. They include: #38 in the world Miki Saiki, #40 Rikako Morita, #41 Sakura Yokomine, #57 Yumika Yoshida, #75 Ritsuko Ryu, and #79 Shiho Oyamo, all from Japan.

This will make for an interesting tournament as a victory by one of those non LPGA players in this weak field, would mean an LPGA playing card for next year.

I correctly picked the winner of the last tournament for the 6th time this year, keeping me in second place. Here are my somewhat unusual picks for this week:

1- Stacy Lewis
2- So Yeon Ryu
3- Shanshan Feng
4- Karrie Webb
5- Jiyai Shin
6- Hee Young Park
7- Mika Miyazato
8- Chella Choi
9- Ayako Uehara
10- Gerina Piller
11- Chie Arimura
12- Sydney Michaels

Update:
Here are the final results:
1- Teresa Lu -14
2- Chella Choi -12
3- Mamiko Higa -10
3-Yuki Ichinose -10
5-Yumika Yoshida -9
5- Shiho Oyama -9
7-Asako Fugimoto -8
8-Shanshan Feng -7
8-Stacy Lewis -7
8- Jang, Eun-Bi -7

For Complete Results see the link on top of this page.




Friday, November 1, 2013

Stats & Facts Vol 16

The LPGA is taking a break this week before resuming its Asian swing in Japan. It has been an interesting season, and with only 3 tournaments to go, many major awards are still up for grabs.

Here is a look at some of the major statistics, and awards that still remain undecided:

Rolex Player of the Year Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 290 points
2- Suzann Pettersen - 252 
3- Stacy Lewis - 200
4- Beatriz Recari - 96
5- So Yeon Ryu - 88

Note: Both Suzann and Inbee are not playing in Japan. They are both playing the last two tournaments of the year. Suzann will need to win one of those tournaments, and finish no worse than third in the other, while Inbee finishes out of the top ten in both to overtake Inbee.

Vare Trophy Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.537 average strokes per round
2- Suzann Pettersen - 69.592
3- Inbee Park - 69.934
4- Na Yeon Choi - 70.226
5- So Yeon Ryu - 70.378

Note: This appears to be a two player race. Stacy will be playing all three  tournaments.

Rolex Rookie of the Year Standings:
1- Caroline Masson - 469 points
2- Moriya Jutanugarn - 443
3- Ayaka Uehara - 379
4- Chie Arimura - 292
5- Austin Ernst - 232

Note: This appears to be a 3 player race. Each of those players will be playing in 2 more events.
With no American threatening to win this year, Paula Creamer will still be the last American born player to win this title. She did it in 2005.

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Paula Creamer -64
2- Na Yeon Choi - 56
3- Stacy Lewis - 41
4- Anna Nordqvist - 31
5- I.K. Kim - 27
6- Jessica Korda - 24

Most Consecutive Missed Cuts: (actively playing):
1- Numa Gulyanamitta - 11
1- Taylore Karl - 11
3- Marina Stuetz -9
3- Daniella Iacobelli -9
3- Amy Hung -9
3- Ester Choe -9

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

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Suzann Pettersen -11
2- Stacy Lewis - 8
2- Inbee Park -8
4- So Yeon Ryu -6
4- I.K. Kim -6

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 16
2- Suzann Pettersen -14
3- Beatriz Recari -9
3- Inbee Park -9

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Na Yeon Choi -18
2- Paula Creamer -17
2- Stacy Lewis -17
4- Suzann Pettersen -15
4- Anna Nordqvist -15
6- Beatriz Recari -14

Most Wins By Country:
South Korea -10 (I.Park 6, Ji. Shin 1, Ilhee Lee 1, H.Y. Park 1, Amy Yang 1)
United States- 6 (Stacy Lewis 3, C. Kerr 1, J.Johnson 1, Lexi Thompson 1)
Norway - 4 (Suzann Pettersen 4)
Spain - 2 (B. Recari 2)
Australia -1 (Karrie Webb)
New Zealand - 1 (Lydia Ko)
Mainland China -1 (S. Feng)

Solheim Cup Standings: (top 8 automatically qualify)
1- Lexi Thompson -96 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 88
3- Angela Stanford - 48
4- Lizette Salas - 41
5- Paula Creamer - 36
6- Brittany Lincicome - 34
7- Gerina Piller - 29
8- Michelle Wie -29
9- Jennifer Johnson - 26
10- Alison Walshe - 21
11- Cristie Kerr - 20
12- Jessica Korda - 19

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi, Brittany Lang, Julieta Granada, Katherine Hull-Kirk, and Mina Harigae are the only LPGA players to play in all 25 tournaments so far this year.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Azahara Munoz moves from #34 to #30. Lee-Anne Pace, who won the Sanyo Open on the LET tour this past week, jumps from #60 to #49. Le-Anne has made it through to the final round of Qualifying School, which will be held in early December.

Titleholders Update:
Finally!!! Azahara Munoz has qualified. She will be joined by Mina Harigae, and M.J. Hur. The highest ranking player on the LPGA Priority List yet to qualify now becomes Julieta Granada.

Who's Hot:
This one has to be the statistic of the year. Suzann Pettersen has finished in the top seven in her last eight tournaments. Yes, that is a top 7 finish in every tournament since the U.S. Open.

Who's Not:
Inbee Park is still the heavy favorite to win Player of the Year, but she has only 1 top ten in her 8 tournaments dating back to the U.S. Open.

Under the Category of No Brainer:
Lydia Ko's petition to become an LPGA member in 2014, was approved by Commissioner Michael Whan. That decision was certainly expected. All Lydia did this year was successfully defend her CN Open title, and also have finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 9th. Oh, and by the way, she did all that in just 10 starts.