Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2014 - Part 2

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 year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list are
: (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 2014 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.) Non LPGA members are included.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:


1- Michelle Wie - 1.77 to 6.56 = Gain of 4.79 (moved from #61 to #7)
2- Lydia Ko - 7.38 to 10.46 = Gain of 3.08 (move 4 to 3)
3- Stacy Lewis - 8.98 to 11.57 = Gain of 2.59 (move 3 to 1)
4- Anna Nordqvist - 3.04 to 5.45 = Gain of 2.40 (move 26 to 10)
5- Hyo-Joo Kim - 3.08 to 5.37 = Gain of 2.29 (move 24 to 11)
6- Mirim Lee - 1.23 to 3.31 = Gain of 2.08 (move 87 to 23)
7- Mo Martin - 1.21 to 3.23 = Gain of 2.02 (move 89 to 27)
8- Charley Hull - 1.03 to 2.98 = Gain of 1.95 (move 103 to 30)
9- Karrie Webb - 5.06 to 6.90 = Gain of 1.84 (move 8 to 5)
10- Lexi Thompson - 4.86 to 6.40 = Gain of 1.54 (move 9 to 8)
11- Azahara Munoz - 2.73 to 4.14 = Gain of 1.41 (move 31 to 15)
12- Christina Kim - 0.58 to 1.86 = Gain of 1.28 (move from 189 to 60)
13- Julieta Granada - 1.09 to 2.33 = Gain of 1.24 (move 105 to 42)
14- Line Vedel - 0.60 to 1.83 = Gain of 1.23 (move 179 to 63)
15- Jessica Korda - 2.45 to 3.60 = Gain of 1.15 ( move 42 to 21)
16- Mizuna Narita - 1.03 to 2.17 = Gain of 1.14 (move 111 to 49)
17- Jung Min Lee - 1.54 to 2.61 = Gain of 1.07 (move 71 to 35)
18- Jenny Shin - 1.51 to 2.57 = Gain of 1.06 (move 73 to 36)
18- Meena Lee - 1.50 to 2.56 = Gain of 1.06 (move 74 to 37)
20- Brittany Lincicome - 2.28 to 3.30 = Gain of 1.02 (move 46 to 24)

The Year's Biggest Decliners:

1- Ai Miyazato - 3.56 to 1.50 = Loss of 2.06 (move 21 to 77)
2- Mika Miyazato - 3.54 to 1.67 = Loss of 1.87 (move 22 to 70)
3- Beatriz Recari - 3.72 to 2.21 = Loss of 1.51 (19 to 45)
4- Suzann Pettersen - 10.25 to 8.75 = Loss of 1.50 (move 2 to 4)
5- I.K. Kim - 4.55 to 3.30 = Loss of 1.25 (move 10 to 25)
6- Na Yeon Choi - 5.63 to 4.40 = Loss of 1.25 (move 7 to 13)
7- Caroline Hedwall - 3.30 to 2.09 = Loss of 1.21 (move 23 to 52)
8- Catriona Matthew - 4.45 to 3.36 = Loss of 1.09 (move 11 to 22)
9- Ariya Jutanugarn - 2.76 to 1.74 = Loss of 1.02 (move 29 to 66)
10- Hee Young Park - 3.75 to 2.75 = Loss of 1.00 (move 18 to 33)
10- Ihlee Lee - 2.69 to 1.69 = Loss of 1.00 (move 32 to 68)
12- Miki Saiki - 2.32 to 1.35 = Loss of 0.97 (move 44 to 89)
13- Chie Arimura - 1.65 to 0.71 = Loss of 0.94 (move 66 to 180)
14- Yani Tseng - 2.62 to 1.72 = Loss of 0.90 (move 35 to 72)
14- Mi Jeong Jeon - 2.13 to 1.23 = Loss of 0.90 (move 50 to 102)
16- Mamiko Higa - 2.15 to 1.31 = Loss of 0.84 (move 49 to 94)
17- Sun Young Yoo - 2.10 to 1.26 = Loss of 0.84 (move 51 to 98)


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