Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2014 - Final

As we wait for the 2015 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 2014.

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 2014 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)




Michelle Wie made the biggest move in the Rolex Rankings in 2014


The Year's Biggest Gainers:
1-   Michelle Wie - 1.77 to 6.39 = Gain of 4.62 (moved from #61 to #6)
2-   Kyu Jung Baek - 0.53 to 4.93 = Gain of 4.40 (move 205 to 11)
3-   Hyo-Joo Kim - 3.08 to 6.07 = Gain of 2.99 (move 24 to 8)
4-   Mirim Lee - 1.23 to 3.99 = Gain of 2.76 (move 87 to 16)
5-   Lydia Ko - 7.38 to 9.80 = Gain of 2.42 (move 4 to 2)
6-   Christina Kim - 0.58 to 2.18 = Gain of 1.60 (move 189 to 53)
7-   In Gee Chun - 1.94 to 3.53 = Gain of 1.59 (move 58 to 20)
8-   Julieta Granada - 1.09 to 2.68 Gain of 1.59 (move 105 to 35)
9-   Anna Nordqvist - 3.04 to 4.61 = Gain of 1.57 (move 26 to 12)
10- Azahara Munoz - 2.73 to 4.17 = Gain of 1.54 (move 31 to 14)
11- Mo Martin - 1.21 to 2.74 = Gain of 1.53 (move 89 to 33)
12- Charley Hull - 1.12 to 2.61 = Gain of 1.49 (move 103 to 38)
13- Brittany Lincicome - 2.28 to 3.68 = Gain of 1.40 (move 46 to 18)
14- Jung Min Lee - 1.54 to 2.74 = Gain of 1.20 (move 71 to 31)
15- Yoo-Kyung Heo - 1.59 to 2.74 = Gain of 1.18 (move 68 to 32)
16- Mi Jung Hur - 0.74 to 1.83 = Gain of 1.09 (move 157 to 64)
17- Sun Ju Ahn - 2.99 to 4.02 = Gain of 1.03 (move 27 to 15)
18- Line Vedel - 0.60 to 1.61 = Gain of 1.01 (move 179 to 71)


Former #1, Ai Miyazato, fell out of the top 100


The Year's Biggest Decliners:
1-   Suzann Pettersen - 10.25 to 7.02 = Loss of 3.24 (move from #2 to #4)
2-   Ai Miyazato - 3.56 to 1.12 = Loss of 2.44 (move 21 to 104)
3-   Mika Miyazato - 3.54 to 1.40 = Loss of 2.14 (move 22 to 82)
4-   Na Yeon Choi - 5.63 to 3.79 = Loss of 1.84 (move from 7 to 17)
5-   Beatriz Recari - 3.72 to 1.91 = Loss of 1.81 (move from 19 to 61)
6-   I.K. Kim - 4.55 to 2.82 = Loss of 1.73 (move 10 to 29)
7-   Ariya Jutanugarn - 2.76 to 1.15 = Loss of 1.61 (move 29 to 105)
8-   Catriona Mathhew - 4.45 to 2.90 = Loss of 1.55 (move 11 to 28)
9-   Hee Young Park - 3.75 to 2.29 = Loss of 1.46 (move 18 to 48)
10- Miki Saiki - 2.32 to 0.94 = Loss of 1.38 (move 44 to 127)
11- Jiyai Shin - 3.96 to 2.65 = Loss of 1.31 (move 16 to 36)
12- Hee Kyung Seo - 2.41 to 1.14 = Loss of 1.27 (move 43 to 103)
13- Yani Tseng - 2.62 to 1.39 = Loss of 1.23 (move 35 to 83)
13- Mamaika Higa - 2.15 to 0.92 = Loss of 1.23 (move 49 to 130)
15- Caroline Hedwall - 3.30 to 2.08 = Loss of 1.22 (move 23 to 55)
16- Mi Jeong Jeon - 2.13 to 0.97 = Loss of 1.16 (move 50 to 126)
17- Chie Arimura - 1.65 to 0.56 = Loss of 1.09 (move 66 to 203)



One last note-- I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015.
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.


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2 comments:

  1. I think Michelle Wie should be 1.77 to 6.39 = Gain of 4.62 but she did play well this year while uninjured. Hope she can stay healthy and play more next year.

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    1. Yes, it changed this morning. I will adjust. Yes, Michelle's move would have been even larger if she had not been injured.

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