Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stats & Facts - Volume 22 - Final 2014

We have now come to the end of 2014 LPGA season. A season that was without a doubt the best season ever. Every week we were treated to exciting and competitive events. It certainly seemed that week in and week out the outcome wasn't decided until the final hole. There were 8 tournaments that went to a playoff. We had winners from 7 different countries. Last year I asked, "How are they going to top this year?" They certainly did. Now I am thinking, "How can they top this next year?" Well, Commissioner Michael Whan is sure going to give it a try. His announcements last week that 2015 will have 33 tournaments plus the Solheim cup, higher purses, and 10% more television coverage, tells me they are off to a flying start.

Team Spain won the first playing  of the International Crown

On that note I would like to look at some of the most important statistics from 2014:

Rolex Player of the Year:
Winner:  Stacy Lewis - 231 points (receives Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Inbee Park - 226
3rd Place:  Lydia Ko:  182

Vare Trophy:
Winner:  Stacy Lewis - 69.53 (receives Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Inbee Park - 69.68
3rd Place:  Michelle Wie - 69.82

Official Money:
Winner:  Stacy Lewis - $2,539,039
Runner Up:  Inbee Park -  2,226,641
3rd Place:  Lydia Ko - 2,089,033

Rolex Rookie of the Year:
Winner:  Lydia Ko - 1,720 points
Runner Up:  Mirim Lee - 941
3rd Place:  Line Vedel - 538

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 18
2- Inbee Park - 17
3- So Yeon Ryu - 15
3- Lydia Ko - 15
5- Michelle Wie - 13

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 22
2- Chella Choi - 20
2- So Yeon Ryu - 20
4- Lydia Ko - 19
4- Inbee Park - 19

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Stacy Lewis - 72
2- Lydia Ko - 42 (has never missed a cut in an LPGA event ever)
3- Shanshan Feng - 38
4- Julieta Granada - 21
5- Brittany Lincicome - 16

Most Wins by Country:
1- United States - 13
2- South Korea - 10
3- New Zealand - 3
4- Australia - 2
4- Sweden - 2

Most Bizarre Statistic of the Year:
Team Spain won the inaugural International Crown, but no player from that country won an LPGA event in 2014.

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