Saturday, January 24, 2015

LPGA 2015 Priority List

2015 LPGA Priority List

I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.
Below is the 2015 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:

The following priority with regards to a Member’s playing status will be used for Standard Tournament fields and other tournaments as applicable:

1. Top 80 Members in the top 80 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ position on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(1) Stacy Lewis
(2) Inbee Park
(3) Lydia Ko
(4) Michelle Wie
(5) So Yeon Ryu
(6) Shanshan Feng
(7) Anna Nordqvist
(8) Karrie Webb
(9) Azahara Munoz
(10) Chella Choi
(11) Suzann Pettersen
(12) Lexi Thompson
(13) Na Yeon Choi
(14) Mirim Lee
(15) Cristie Kerr
(16) Jessica Korda
(17) Brittany Lincicome
(18) Julieta Granada
(19) Angela Stanford
(20) Pornanong Phatlum
(21) Jenny Shin
(22) Paula Creamer
(23) Mo Martin
(24) Lizette Salas
(25) Amy Yang
(26) Meena Lee
(27) Christina Kim
(28) Caroline Masson
(29) Brittany Lang
(30) Mi Jung Hur
(31) Mi Hyang Lee
(32) Catriona Matthew
(33) Karine Icher
(34) Hee Kyung Seo*
(35) Eun-Hee Ji
(36) Morgan Pressel
(37) Sandra Gal
(38) Ilhee Lee
(39) Lee-Anne Pace
(40) Gerina Piller
(41) Hee Young Park
(42) Austin Ernst
(43) Pernilla Lindberg
(44) Mariajo Uribe
(45) Carlota Ciganda
(46) Line Vedel
(47) Caroline Hedwall
(48) Haru Nomura
(49) I.K. Kim
(50) Haeji Kang
(51) Mina Harigae
(52) Danielle Kang
(53) Jane Park **
(54) Jodi Ewart Shadoff
(55) Beatriz Recari
(56) Yani Tseng
(57) Belen Mozo
(58) Moriya Jutanugarn
(59) Jennifer Johnson
(60) Kim Kaufman
(61) Se Ri Pak
(62) Nicole Castrale **
(63) Katherine Kirk
(64) Sun Young Yoo
(65) Sarah Jane Smith
(66) Natalie Gulbis **
(67) Thidapa Suwannapura
(68) Ayako Uehara
(69) Marina Alex
(70) Amelia Lewis
(71) Tiffany Joh
(72) Laura Davies
(73) Dewi Claire Schreefel
(74) Dori Carter
(75) Candie Kung
(76) Kris Tamulis
(77) Ji Young Oh
(78) Vicky Hurst **
(79) Sydnee Michaels
(80) Laura Diaz
(81) Giulia Sergas
(82) Paula Reto
(83) P.K. Kongkraphan
(84) Amy Anderson
** Medical
* Maternity

2. Career Top-20: Members in the Top-20 on the Career Money List as of the end of the last Official Tournament of the previous year. Priority is based on the order of the list. To be included in this category (a) the Member must notify the LPGA that she wants to be included in the Career Top-20 Category by December 15 of the previous year, (b) if a Member elects to be included in the Career Top-20 Category, she will be in this Category for one year,(c) a Member may be included in this
category only two times in her career, and (d) a Member may only be in the Career Top-20 Category or the Career Top-40 Category (but not both) in her career.

3. Major Winner: Members who have won an LPGA Major Championship while a Member during the previous five (5) years. Priority is based on the number of such wins during the previous five (5) years or during the current year. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

4. Winner: Members who have won an Official Tournament while a Member within the last two (2) years or during the current year. Priority is based on the number of Official Tournament wins during the previous two (2) years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

5. Multiple Wins: Members who have won at least two (2) Official Tournaments while a Member during the previous four (4) years (2011-2014). Priority is based on the number of wins during the previous four (4) years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. Beginning in 2016, Members who have won two (2) Official Tournaments in the same calendar year during the previous three (3) years (2013-2015). Priority is based on the number of wins during the previous three years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(85) Ai Miyazato


6. Three Wins in the Same Season: Members who have won three (3) or more Official Tournaments while a Member during the same calendar year in the previous four (4) years (2011-2014). Priority is based on the number of wins during each calendar year. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

7. Non-Member Win: Players who have won at least one (1) Official Tournament as a Non-member within the previous calendar year or during the current calendar year. Priority is based on the earliest date of such wins. A Player must be eligible and accept LPGA membership to be eligible in this category.

(86) Hyo Joo Kim
(87) Kyu-Jung Baek

8. Current Year Top 80: Members in the Top-80 of the current year’s Money List after the (TBD) event with priority based on the order of the list. For the remaining Official Tournaments of the year, Members in the Top-80 on the current year’s Money List after the (TBD) event. Priority is based on the order of the list.

9. Top-10 LPGA Symetra Tour: Top-10 on the previous year’s season-ending Symetra Tour Money List. Priority is based on their position on the list.

(88) Marissa Steen
(89) Min Seo Kwak
(90) Christine Song**
(91) Jackie Stoelting
(92) Sadena Parks
(93) Min Lee
(94) Perrine Delacour **
(95) Wei-Ling Hsu
(96) Jaclyn Sweeney **
(97) Jenny Gleason**
(98) Yueer Cindy Feng
(99) Nicole Smith **
(100) Kendall Dye
(101) Demi Runas
(102) Mallory Blackwelder
** Medical

10. Non-Member Top-40: Non-Members who, as of the conclusion of the last Official Tournament of the previous year, won an amount of money during such year in Official Tournaments with a cut, that is equal to or greater than the amount of official money won by the Member who was in 40th place on the Money List at that time. Priority based on the amount of money won in such tournaments. A player must be eligible and accept LPGA membership to be eligible in this category.

11. Nos. 81-100: Members finishing Nos. 81-100 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(103) Xiyu Lin
(104) Juli Inkster
(105) Karin Sjodin **
(106) Jennifer Song
(107) Christel Boeljon
(108) Alison Walshe
(109) Katie Burnett
(110) Brooke Pancake
(111) Kelly Tan
(112) Danah Bordner *
(113) Jennifer Rosales
(114) Paige Mackenzie **
(115) Mika Miyazato
(116) Sarah Kemp
(117) Jaye Marie Green
(118) Alena Sharp
(119) Lindsey Wright
(120) Kristy McPherson
(121) Ashleigh Simon
(122) Joanna Klatten
(123) Seon Hwa Lee **
(124) Paz Echeverria
** Medical
** Maternity

12. Top-20 Q-School: Players finishing Nos. 1-20 at the previous year’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Ties are broken on the basis of the lowest, most recent round in Stage III of the Qualifying Tournament. In the event of a tie for 20th place, the 20th place shall be determined through a play-off held at the Qualifying Tournament.

(125) Alison Lee
(126) Minjee Lee
(127) Ariya Jutanugarn
(128) Maria Hernandez
(129) Ryann O’Toole
(130) Victoria Elizabeth **
(131) Sei Young Kim
(132) Lisa Ferrero **
(133) Simin Feng
(134) Ha Na Jang
(135) Nannette Hill
(136) Kelly Shon
(137) Cheyenne Woods
(138) Therese Koelbaek
(139) SooBin Kim
(140) Sakura Yokomine
(141) Amanda Blumenherst *
(142) Sophia Popov
(143) Ju Young Park
(144) Garrett Phillips
(145) Laetitia Beck
(146) Karlin Beck
** Medical
* Maternity

13. Three-Time LPGA Symetra Tour Current-Year Win Category: Winners of three (3) official LPGA Symetra Tour tournaments during the current year. (A player does not gain LPGA membership by winning three times on the LPGA Symetra Tour. If the player entering through this category is a Non-Member, any prize money she wins will be unofficial. If the player is a Member,
any prize money she wins will be official)

14. Career Top-40 Category: Members in the Top-40 on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. Priority is based on the order of the list. To be included in this category (a) the Member must notify the LPGA that she wants to be included in the Career Top-40 Category by December 15 of the previous year, and (b) if a Member elects to be included in the Career Top-40 Category she will be in this category for one year, (c) a Member may be included in this category only one time in her career, (d) a Member may only be in the Career Top-40 Category or the Career Top-20 Category (but not both) in her career.

(147) Maria McBride
(148) Michele Redman

15. Current-Year Reshuffle: After the tenth (10th) Official Tournament (Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout), Members in categories 16 through 20 who have earned official money will be re-seeded into Category 15. Members placed into Category 15 will be ranked in the order of their position on the current year’s Money List through the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout. Members will remain in their position within this category until the next reshuffle. After the sixteenth
(16th) Official Tournament (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G), Members in categories 15 and 16 through 20 who have earned official money will be re-seeded into Category 15. Members placed into Category 15 will be ranked in the order of their position on the current year’s Money List through the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
presented by P&G. Members will remain in their position within this category for the remainder of the calendar year.

16. Nos. 101-125 Category: Members finishing Nos. 101-125 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(149) Jee Young Lee
(150) Becky Morgan
(151) Lisa McCloskey
(152) Alejandra Llaneza
(153) Chie Arimura
(154) Paola Moreno
(155) Hee-Won Han
(156) Jacqui Concolino
(157) Rebecca Lee-Bentham
(158) Jennifer Kirby
(159) Felicity Johnson
(160) Cydney Clanton
(161) Giulia Molinaro
(162) Jenny Suh
(163) Jeong Jang
(164) Sandra Changkija
(165) Sue Kim
(166) Haley Millsap **
(167) Jane Rah
(168) Stacey Keating
(169) Pat Hurst
(170) Jimin Kang
(171) Hannah Jun Medlock
** Medical
17. Nos. 21-45 Q-School Category: Players finishing Nos. 21-45 and those players tied at the 45th position at the previous year’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Priority is based on the order of their finish at the Qualifying Tournament. Ties are broken on the basis of the lowest most recent round in the Final Qualifying Tournament.

(172) Julie Yang
(173) Stephanie Meadow
(174) Casey Grice
(175) Nontaya Srisawang
(176) Daniela Iacobelli
(177) Louise Stahle
(178) Charley Hull
(179) Natalie Sheary
(180) Jeong Eun Lee
(181) Jean Reynolds
(182) Lindy Duncan
(183) Jing Yan
(184) Celine Herbin
(185) Emma de Groot
(186) Sophie Giquel
(187) Elizabeth Nagel
(188) Caroline Westrup
(189) Katy Harris
(190) Marta Sanz Barrio

The above players all have active playing cards going into the 2015 season.

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8 comments:

  1. The competition for places in LPGA tournaments is going to be very strong this year just look at this hot qualifying field for the 2 spots in the opening tournament Coates Golf Championship today. Late start due to rain last night so hope the course is ok and this qualifier goes ahead. Hoping Brooke Henderson makes it through. This qualifier is not open to the public shame is that standard procedure Tony?
    http://coatesgolfchampionship.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Coates-Qualifying-Starting-Times.pdf

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    1. They don't usually hold them on a Saturday. They are normally on Monday. The golf courses are usually open to the public on Monday.

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    2. They also don't usually start a tournament on a Wednesday so Jing Yan 69 and Ha-Na Jang 70 qualified with Brooke T3 with a 73 hope we see her get a start soon though. I'll also be looking for all the Pak Picker picks and previews just hope everyone realises the early start next week. Will we see The Constructivist come out if hibernation....

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  2. Colin, are you a Pak Picker player under another name?

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    1. No I just enjoy following you and a couple of others who blog. I'm a relative newbie to following golf to be honest I only started after I saw Lydia playing at a local course a few years ago as a young teenager... ha ha still is... and I was amazed at how good she was. She was beating all the other much older players.... nothing much has changed there. Rare talent or freak I don't know but dedicated yes. So I've followed her progress with Guy Wilson through to the LPGA today. Every year since I have followed her she has improved on the previous and that's been no fluke or luck I'm sure but how if or when it does not happen how she handles it will be interesting. So in following all things Lydia I have taken an interest in the blogs and forums and quite happy to leave the odd comment but leave expert analysis to you guys with far far more knowledge of the game than me.

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    2. You should go over to the Seoul Sisters website and give Pak Picker a try. Its just for fun. No money or real prizes. We all start this week.

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  3. Tony,
    What's this, Amanda has a card, albeit high on the list, for this season. What's up, is she coming back? I certainly missed that bit of news.

    Regards,
    Jet Jockey

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    1. As you probably know, Amanda had a baby boy a few weeks ago. Her husbands baseball career has not been going well. My guess is that although she has announced anything, she is leaving the door open for a possible return.

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