Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

With the LPGA taking a 2 week break I would like to take this opportunity to take a look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps, and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2015. I last did this when the season was 1/3 over. Now we have completed over 75% of the schedule, and things have changed dramatically.

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: A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. 


Brooke Henderson is  currently the Rolex Rankings biggest mover of 2015


The Year's Biggest Gainers:

1- Brooke Henderson - 0.51 to 4.48 = Gain of 3.97 (Moved from # 223 to #16)
2- Minjee Lee - 1.45 to 4.89 = Gain of 3.44 (Move 78 -13)
3- Alison Lee - 0.09 to 3.43 = Gain of 3.34 (Move 482 - 27)
4- Lydia Ko - 9.66 to 12.68 = Gain of 3.02 (Move 2 - 2)
5- Sei Young Kim - 2.46 to 5.35 = Gain of 2.89 (Move 39 - 10)
6- Amy Yang - 3.32 to 5.49 = Gain of 2.17 (Move 23 - 9)
7- Inbee Park - 10.61 to 12.76 = Gain of 2.15 (Move 1 - 1)
8- In Gee Chun - 3.49 to 5.34 = Gain of 1.85 (Move 19-11)
9- Morgan Pressel - 2.16 to 3.79 = Gain of 1.63 (Move 52 - 22)
10- Jin-Young Ko - 2.42 to 3.90 = Gain of 1.48 (Move 41 - 21)
11- Lexi Thompson - 5.31 to 6.68 = Gain of 1.37 (Move 10 - 4)
12- Nicole Larson - 0.41 to 1.59 = Gain of 1.18 (Move 249 - 72)
13- Brittany Lincicome - 3.63 to 4.80 = Gain of 1.17 (Move 18- 14)
14- Maria McBride - 0.06 to 1.22 = Gain of 1.16 (Move 528 - 98)
14- Bo-Me Lee - 2.60 to 3.76 = Gain of 1.16 (Move 36 - 24)
16- Candie Kung - 0.76 to 1.78 = Gain of 1.02 (Move 154 - 62)
16- Sung-Hyan Park - 0.67 to 1.69 = Gain of 1.02 (Move 169 - 66)
18- Teresa Lu - 2.70 to 3.69 = Gain of 0.99 (Move 33-25)
19- Mika Miyazato - 1.37 to 2.29 = Gain of 0.92 (Move 82 - 45)
20- Austin Ernst - 1.51 to 2.25 = Gain of 0.74 (Move 75 to 47)
20- Mi Hyang Lee - 2.03 to 2.74 = Gain of 0.74 (Move 56 - 31)


Michelle Wie has been the Rolex Rankings biggest decliner in 2015

The Year's Biggest Decliners:

1- Michelle Wie - 6.30 to 3.91 = Loss of 2.39 (Moved from #6 to #20)
2- Q Baek - 4.90 to 2.77 = Loss of 2.13 (Move 11-32)
3- Karrie Webb - 5.56 to 3.77 = Loss of 1.79 (Move 9 - 23)
4- Suzann Pettersen - 6.85 to 5.53 = Loss of 1.32 (Move 4 to 8)
5- Paula Creamer - 3.47 to 2.24 = Loss of 1.23 (Move 20 - 50)
6- Se Ri Pak - 1.95 to 0.83 = Loss of 1.12 (Move 59 - 146)
7- Jessica Korda - 3.30 to 2.25 = Loss of 1.05 (Move 24 to 48)
8- Caroline Hedwall - 2.03 to 1.01 = Loss of 1.02 (Move 55 to 120)
9- Meena Lee - 2.16 to 1.24 = Loss of 0.92 (Move 51 - 96)
10- Catriona Matthew - 2.83 to 1.92 = Loss of 0.91 (Move 28 - 56)
11- Yoon-Kyung Heo - 2.71 to 1.81 = Loss of 0.90 (Move 32 - 61)
12- Sun Ju Ahn - 3.97 to 3.10 = Loss of 0.87 (Move 15 - 29)
13- Angela Stanford - 3.37 to 2.55 = Loss of 0.82 (Move of 22 - 36)
13- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 1.53 to 0.71 = Loss of 0.82 (Move 74 to 175)
15- Beatriz Recari - 1.86 to 1.05 = Loss of 0.81 (Move 62 - 114)
16- Jennifer Johnson - 1.58 to 0.82 = Loss of 0.76 (Move 71 to 149)
17- Shanshan Feng - 6.84 to 6.12 = Loss of 0.72 (Move 5 - 6)
18- Haeji Kang - 1.34 to 0.63 = Loss of 0.71 (Move 84 to 195)
19- Na-Ri Lee - 1.65 to 1.04 = Loss of 0.61 (Move 68 to 116)
20- Hee Young Park - 2.24 to 1.64 = Loss of 0.60 (Move 49 to 68)


I will revisit this one more time at the end of this season.


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7 comments:

  1. I think the formula used will always be an item of contention, whether it gets altered or not. but that also keeps interest in it.

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  2. It's easy if you play well and your on the minimum divisor to make quick and large gains in the RR as Lydia did a year or so ago. Brooke Henderson is in that category now but with a full season next year she will find it harder to continue to make such a large gain unless she can win more titles. Another reason why Lydia will go close or back to RR #1 before playing again. Interesting all the talk about how good the rookie field is this year and probably the best ever yet Lydia would already almost have that title sewn up this year if it was her first and she, outside of Brooke now, would still be the youngest in the field...I was really looking forward to seeing young Brooke in the ROY next year to give it some great competition but she obviously has no respect for what it is the sponsors and it represents and for a gain of possibly what? or did she really think after winning one LPGA tournament without the world #1 in it that she was suddenly going to win a lot more this year? Be interesting on your thoughts on her decision Tony.

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  3. I'm not sure about the "no respect" part. But I would have liked to see Brooke as a rookie next year also.

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    1. I'm probably being a little harsh on Brooke but other players including Lydia who also gave up around 1M in possible earning as an amateur have held off to have a shot at the ROY. I really like Brooke as a player and would have been rooting for her to win the ROY so I guess I am disappointed. I'm sure we will see her on the leaderboards quite often in the future though.

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  4. On another note Tony thanks for all your good work in this blog on the stats, views and previews I always find them interesting. The Constructivist did a great job too when he was active I wonder if we will see him return?

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  5. Thanks. As far as the Constructivist, I don't think we will be seeing him anytime soon. I miss my ex partners blogs also.

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  6. Thanks. As far as the Constructivist, I don't think we will be seeing him anytime soon. I miss my ex partners blogs also.

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