Monday, September 22, 2014

Stats & Facts - Volume 21

The LPGA is taking its final break of the 2014 season this week. Play will resume next week with a six tournament Asian swing. The season will then wind down with a tournament in Mexico followed by the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

I thought that this would be a good time to look at the key statistics compiled through the first 24 tournaments of the year.



Stacy Lewis currently leads the LPGA in most major categories 



Rolex Player of the Year: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 212 points
2- Inbee Park - 171
3- Michelle Wie - 151
4- Lydia Ko - 134
5- Lexi Thompson - 106

Vare Trophy: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.38 strokes per round
2- Michelle Wie - 69.71
3- Inbee Park - 69.74
4- Suzann Pettersen - 69.93
5- So Yeon Ryu - 69.99

Race to the CME Globe: (winner receives 1 million dollars)
1- Stacy Lewis - 4,333 points
2- Inbee Park - 3,087
3- Lydia Ko - 2,906
4- Michelle Wie - 2,588
5- Anna Nordqvist 2,325

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Lydia Ko - 1,306 points
2- Mirim Lee - 600
3- Line Vedel - 457
4- Kim Kaufman - 300 (didn't play until much later in season)
5- Amy Anderson - 292

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Stacy Lewis - 66
2- Lydia Ko - 35 (unofficial total that includes her playing as non LPGA member)
3- Shanshan Feng - 31

Most Victories This Season:
1- Stacy Lewis - 3
2- Six players tied with - 2

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 10
2- Inbee Park - 9
3- So Yeon Ryu - 8
3- Lydia Ko - 8
5- Anna Nordqvist - 6
5- Michelle Wie - 6

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 15
2- Inbee Park - 13
3- Cristie Kerr - 11
3- So Yeon Ryu -11
5- Ko, Pettersen, Wie - 10

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 19
2- Inbee Park - 15
3- Azahara Munoz - 14
3- So Yeon Ryu - 14
3- Chella Choi - 14
3- Lydia Ko -14

Most Wins By Country:
1- United States - 12
2- South Korea - 6
3- Sweden - 2
3- Australia - 2
3- New Zealand - 2

Solheim Cup Standings:
1- Stacy Lewis - 578 points
2- Lexi Thompson - 386
3- Michelle Wie - 352
4- Cristie Kerr - 240
5- Angela Stanford - 196
6- Paula Creamer - 184
7- Lizette Salas - 170
8- Gerina Piller - 165
Note: Jessica Korda (#21) and Brittany Lincicome (#24) would get in through the Rolex Rankings.
Players such as: Mo Martin, Morgan Pressel, and Brittany Lang would not qualify.

How good a year is Stacy Lewis having? She leads in every one of the above categories, except Rookie of the Year, which (of course) is a category that does not apply to her.
Stacy ranks 2nd in Greens in Regulation and 1st in Putts per Greens in Regulation. That is a deadly combination and shows why she is #1 in the world.

Other Tidbits:
There have been five first time winners this year: Lizette Salas, Mirim Lee, Austin Ernst, Mo Martin, and Hyo Joo Kim.

Stacy Lewis has not finished outside the top 25 in her last 18 tournaments.

South Korean players, after a horrible start to the season, have now won 5 of the last 6 tournaments.

Hard to Believe Fact of the Week:
Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Chie Arimura, and Ayako Uehara, generally considered the best four Japanese golfers on the LPGA tour, do not have a top 10 finish  between them in 75 starts this year. In fact they only have 4 top twenties and 24 missed cuts.

Rolex Ranking Mover of the Week:
M.J. Hur continues her meteoric rise this week by jumping up from #94 to #65.

Race to the CMA Glove: (1 Million Dollars)
Stacy Lewis increases her lead and now has accumulated 4,333 points. She is followed by Inbee Park (3,087), and Lydia Ko (2,986).

Who's Hot:
M.J. Hur has 3 consecutive top 10 finishes. Brittany Lincicome has finished in the top twenty-five, 6 consecutive tournaments.

Who's Not:
Victoria Tanco has now missed the cut in her last 10 starts.

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2 comments:

  1. Will Michelle Wie join the tournments in Asia?

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    1. She is not in next week's event in China. Don't know after that.

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