Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2013 - Final

As we wait for the 2014 season to begin (we are about three weeks away), it gives me a little time to look back at the players that made the biggest moves in the Rolex Rankings in 2013.

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 year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2013 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)


The Year's Biggest Gainers:
1- Lydia Ko - 2.40 to 7.48 = Gain of 5.08 (moved from #43 to #4)
2- Suzann Pettersen - 7.04 to 10.39 = Gain of 3.35 (move 6 to 2)
3- Inbee Park - 8.03 to 10.91 = Gain of 2.88 (move 4 to 1)
4- Ha Na Jang - 1.44 to 4.20 = Gain of 2.76 (move 92 to 14)
5- Lizette Salas - 1.47 to 3.76 = Gain of 2.29 (move 89 to 20)
6- Ariya Jutanugarn - 0.54 to 2.81 = Gain of 2.27 (move 236 to 29)
7- Sei Young Kim - 0.70 to 2.71 = Gain of 2.01 (move 189 to 33)
8- Beatriz Recari - 1.89 to 3.77 = Gain of 1.88 (move 57 to 19)
9- Mamika Higa - 0.68 to 2.17 = Gain of 1.49 (move 195 to 50)
10- Ihlee Lee - 1.52 to 2.73 = Gain of 1.21 (move 84 to 32)
11- Gerina Piller - 1.41 to 2.61 = Gain of 1.20 (move 95 to 37)
12- Hee Young Park - 2.62 to 3.80 = Gain of 1.18 (move 37 to 18)
13- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 1.00 to 2.07 = Gain of 1.07 (move 137 to 54)
14- Pornanong Phatlum - 1.69 to 2.62 = Gain of 0.93 (move 70 to 36)
15- Jessica Korda - 1.61 to 2.50 = Gain of 0.89 (move 78 to 41)
16- Lexi Thompson - 4.05 to 4.91 = Gain of 0.86 (move 24 to 9)
17- Caroline Hedwall - 2.47 to 3.35 = Gain of 0.88 (move 40 to 23)
18- Stacy Lewis - 8.39 to 9.14 = Gain of 0.75 (move 3 to 3)

The Year's Biggest Decliners:
1- Yani Tseng - 10.58 to 2.71 = Loss of 7.87 (moved from #1 to #34)
2- Na Yeon Choi - 9.08 to 5.75 = Loss of 3.33 (move 2 to 7)
3- Chie Arimura - 4.53 to 1.69 = Loss of 2.80 (move 20 to 66)
4- Ai Miazato - 6.54 to 3.76 = Loss of 2.78 (move 10 to 22)
5- Ji-Hee Lee - 3.79 to 1.42 = Loss of 2.37 (move 25 to 77)
6- Brittany Lincicome - 4.60 to 2.33 = Loss of 2.27 (move 18 to 46)
7- Azuhara Munoz - 4.98 to 2.79 = Loss of 2.13 (move 16 to 31)
8- Mi Jeong Jeon - 4.34 to 2.18 = Loss of 2.16 (move 21 to 49)
9- Mika Miyazato - 5.80 to 3.66 = Loss of 2.14 (move 10 to 22)
10- Sun Ju Ahn - 5.15 to 3.04 = Loss of 2.11 (move 13 to 27)
11- Sun Young Yoo - 4.08 to 2.15 = Loss of 1.93 (move 23 to 51)
12- Brittany Lang - 3.51 to 1.76 = Loss of 1.75 (move 29 to 62)
13- Jiyai Shin - 6.63 to 4.05 = Loss of 1.58 (move 8 to 16)
14- Cristie Kerr - 5.56 to 4.39 = Loss of 1.17 (move 11-12)
15- Mayu Hattori - 2.28 to 1.18 = Loss of 1.10 (move to 45 to 96)
16- Ha Neul Kim - 3.54 to 2.52 = Loss of 1.02 (move 27 to 40)
17- Jee- Yoon Yang - 2.05 to 1.09 = Loss of 0.96 (move 53 to 109)

One last note-- I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014.
Let's play lots of golf and keep supporting the great ladies of the LPGA, and the other women's tours.

I would also like to give a round of applause to the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless, Bankokbobby at Fairways and Forehands, and Mike Southern at Ruthless Golf for keeping the LPGA, and women's golf in general, in the news. I always look forward to reading your next blogs. I also want to thank Dave Andrews at PopsandSunshine, for all his great comments and views, and for always keeping me on my toes.




7 comments:

  1. Imagine a 16 year old as the #4 in the world. It should be fascinating to see how she does in 2014.

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  2. Very demonstrative review, Tony. Numbers don't lie, but they can certainly surprise. Makes me wonder, are we seeing a changing of the guard via increased performance, or more of a vacuum from lagging performance. Regardless, 2013 turned out different than surely anyone would have predicted last New Years Day.

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  3. Thanks, Tony. BTW, I had Jane Park moving up 210 spots to #88 in the Rolex Rankings from the end of 2012 to the end of 2013. Where would she be in your list of up-movers?

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    1. Bruce, Jane Park did not qualify because, as I explained above, she started the year with a 0.32 rating.

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  4. Understood! Let's keep an eye on her in 2014!

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  5. On your list of biggest gainers, 5 players really stand out.
    Ariya Jutanugarn up 207 places
    Sei Young Kim up 156
    Mamika Higa up 145
    Jodi Ewart Shadoff up 83
    Ha Na Jang up 78

    While the numbers for the first four are meteoric, Jang's jump of 78 along with Salas at 69 and Piller at 58 are very impressive since they were already in the top 100. Looking forward to watching how these big gainers do in 2014.

    Jet Jockey

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