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Stats & Facts - Volume 20

Congratulations goes out to Spain for winning the inaugural playing of the International Crown. Spain won all four of its singles matches on Sunday to win by a comfortable margin. You can never tell how these events are going to turn out. The United States, who have won eleven tournaments this year, failed to make it to the Sunday round. Meanwhile Spain, whose players have not won a single LPGA tournament this year, came out victorious. The #2 seeded Republic of Korea was never really in contention, but Japan, who was overlooked by many, led most of the way.

It was another triumph for Commissioner Michael Whan. This tournament might need a little tweaking next time around, but was a tremendous success.
  • Munoz, Mozo, Ciganda, and Recari

The LPGA takes a break this week and will resume next week with the inaugural playing of the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Look for my preview here in a few days.

I thought this would be a good time to look at some of the more important statistics that have been compiled over the first 18 events of this season.

Rolex Player of the Year: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 190 points
2- Michelle Wie - 150
3- Lydia Ko - 110
4- Lexi Thompson - 104
5- Inbee Park - 88

Vare Trophy: (winner receives Hall of fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.258 strokes per round
2- Michelle Wie - 69.707
3- Inbee Park - 70.058
4- Cristie Kerr - 70.189
5- Suzann Pettersen - 70.208

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
1- Stacy Lewis - 3,721 points
2- Michelle Wie - 2,588
3- Lydia Ko - 2,481
4- Anna Nordqvist - 1,878
4- Inbee Park - 1,878

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Lydia Ko - 993 points
2- Mirim Lee - 311
3- Line Vedel - 269
4- Amy Anderson - 193
5- Jaye Marie Green - 178

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Stacy Lewis - 61
2- Lydia Ko - 31 (unofficial total that includes her playing as a non LPGA member)
3- Shanshan Feng - 25
4- Karine Icher - 22

Most Wins
1- Stacy Lewis - 3
2- Jessica Korda - 2
2- Michelle Wie - 2
2- Anna Nordqvist - 2
2- Karrie Webb - 2
2- Lydia Ko - 2

Most Top 5 Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 9
2- Lydia Ko - 7
3- Michelle Wie - 6
3- Inbee Park - 6
3- So Yeon Ryu - 6

Most Top 10 Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 13
2- Michelle Wie - 10
3- Cristie Kerr - 9
3- So Yeon Ryu - 9
3- Inbee Park - 9

Top 20 Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 15
2- Michelle Wie - 13
3- Chella Choi - 12
4- Azahara Munoz - 11
4- Inbee Park - 11
4- So Yeon Ryu - 11

Most Wins by Country:
1- United States - 11
2- Sweden - 2
2- Australia - 2
2- New Zealand - 2
5- South Korea - 1

Solheim Cup Standings:
1- Stacy Lewis - 503 points
2- Lexi Thompson - 352
2- Michelle Wie - 352
4- Cristie Kerr - 202
5- Angela Stanford - 193
6- Jessica Korda - 151
7- Lizette Salas - 145
8- Paula Creamer - 144
Note: Mo Martin (#26) and Gerina Piller (#30) would get in via the Rolex Rankings.
Morgan Pressel, Jennifer Johnson, Brittany Lang, and Brittany Lincicome would not qualify.

What kind of season is Stacy Lewis having? She leads in every one of the above categories, except Rookie of the Year, which (of course) she is not eligible for.

Other Tidbits:
LPGA player Lee-Anne Pace who plays under the South African flag and therefore ineligible for the International Crown, played an L.E.T tournament this week. She finished in second place.

Rolex Ranking Mover of the Week:
Lee-Anne Pace moves up 5 more notches to #43.



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