Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stats & Facts - Volume 26 / Asian Swing News

With the LPGA nearing the end of its longest break of the year, it's a good time to take a look at the key player statistics after the first 24 tournaments of the year. Only 7 tournaments remain on the 2015 schedule, so the race for the major awards is really heating up.

It looks like Inbee Park & Lydia Ko will be fighting it out for all the major awards

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 243 points
2- Lydia Ko - 224
3- Sei Young Kim - 122
4- Stacy Lewis - 113
5- Lexi Thompson - 104
This appears to be a 2 player race, with Inbee & Lydia going down to the wire.

Vare Trophy: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 69.442 strokes per round
2- Lydia Ko - 69.534
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.725
4- Hyo Joo Kim - 69.986
5- Lexi Thompson - 70.096
This race is still up for grabs. The top three are very close, but don't count anyone out yet.

Official Money:
1- Inbee Park - $2,316,422
2- Lydia Ko - $2,190,922
3- Stacy Lewis - $1,538,431
4- Sei Young Kim - $1,375,797
5- Lexi Thompson - 1,307,893
It looks Like Inbee and Lydia will go down to the wire again.

Race to the CME Globe (1 million dollars)
1- Lydia Ko - 3,893 points
2- Inbee Park - 3,832
3- Stacy Lewis - 2,773
4- Sei Young Kim - 2,563
5- Lexi Thompson - 2,181
Don't let the fact that Inbee & Lydia are way ahead fool you. These points are reset before that final big tournament, making those big leads much smaller. Stacy was way ahead last year and did not win.

Before I go any further, I want to say the above races are the most important of all the stats I have compiled. It shows which players are truly having the best seasons.
It clearly shows the following:
1- Inbee Park and Lydia Ko are far and away having the best seasons on the LPGA tour.
2- Stacy Lewis, in spite of not winning, is staying close enough where a big finish could put her in contention for an award or two.
3- Hyo Joo Kim & Sei Young Kim, in their rookie seasons, have quickly put their names up there with the very best players on tour.
4- Lexi Thompson has quietly blossomed into the superstar she was advertised to be. She is one of just 4 players (Inbee, Lydia, and Stacy are the others), who are listed in all of the above races. She is now the number four ranked player in the world.

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Inbee Park - 10
2- Lydia Ko - 9
3- Stacy Lewis - 7
3- So Yeon Ryu - 7
5- Sei Young Kim - 6

Most Top Tens:
1- Inbee Park - 13
2- Lydia Ko - 12
3- Stacy Lewis - 11
4- Lexi Thompson - 10
4- Shanshan Feng - 10

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Inbee Park - 18
2- Stacy Lewis - 17
3- Hyo Joo Kim - 15
4- Sei Young Kim - 14
4- Lydia Ko - 14
6- Lexi Thompson - 13
6- So Yeon Ryu - 13

Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award:
1- Sei Young Kim - 1200 points
2- Hyo Joo Kim - 1102
3- Minjee Lee - 936
4- Ha Na Jang - 694
5- Alison Lee - 693
The best rookie crop ever? This one appears to be a 2 player race, but don't count Minjee out yet.

Solheim Cup Points:
1- Lexi Thompson - 58
2- Kris Tamulis - 40
3-Alison Lee - 32
4- Stacy Lewis - 28
5- Morgan Pressel - 22
6- Austin Ernst - 20
7- Sydnee Michaels - 18
8- Jaye Marie Green - 16
It's early. But they all count.

Most Wins By Country:
1- South Korea - 12
2- United States - 4
3- New Zealand - 4
4- Four tied with - 1

Other Tidbits:

There are no more full field events remaining on the LPGA schedule. All of the remaining 7 events have limited fields. Here are the field numbers for all the remaining events:

1- Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia - Field 75, From LPGA list 63, 12 sponsor exemptions.
2- LPGA KEB Hana Bank - Field 78, 58 LPGA, 12 KLPGA, 7 sponsor exemptions.
3- Fubon LPGA Taiwan - Field 81, 61 LPGA, 15 Taiwan LPGA, 4 sponsor exemptions.
4- Blue Bay LPGA - Field 81, LPGA 61, 15 China LPGA, 4 sponsor exemptions
5- Toto Japan Classic - Field 78, LPGA 43, Japan LPGA 35, no sponsor exemptions.
6- Lorena Ochoa Invitational - Field 36, LPGA 31, 5 sponsor exemptions
7- CME Group Tour Championship - Field 72, LPGA 72.
On all 5 tournaments of the Asian swing, LPGA players qualify by their placement on this year's money list, not the priority list that was used for all the previous tournaments.

All money earned by players that got into the field as a sponsor exemption (on all Asian swing tournaments), will not count as official money, and therefore will not help in any way in retaining their playing cards for 2016.

The following players have been given sponsor exemptions into next week's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia:
1- Aditi Ashok (a)
2- Anil Baker
3- Nur Durriyah Damian (a)
4- Christina Kim
5- Michelle Koh
6- Cindy Lee Pridgen
7- Ryann O'Toole
8- Melissa Reid
9- Paula Reto
10- Jennifer Rosales
11- Kelly Tan
12- Cheyenne Woods

The following players have been given sponsor exemptions for the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, that will be played two weeks from now.
1- Hee Yun Chong
2- Yu-Sang Hou
3- Mi Jung (MJ) Hur
4- Juli Inkster
5- Han Sol Ji
6- Ai Miyazato
7- Min Lee

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9 comments:

  1. Add Brooke Henderson and it is indeed the LPGA's deepest rookie class. It is too bad her rookie season was burned in a few short weeks.

    Would the POY and Vare trophy put Inbee over the top for the LPGA HOF?

    sports medic

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    1. If she won both awards, she would have the 27 points needed. However, she would not have the 10 years needed for induction.

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  2. Inbee also wins the award for the tour's most boring player to watch.

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    1. I don't agree with you. Inbee may not be the most exciting or charismatic player on tour, but her shot making abilities sure make her interesting to watch.

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    2. My preference is to watch players that show some emotion or personality. Maybe I am not a true or hardcore fan of the sport. Because to me when players do not show some emotion or personality I feel the game can be boring to watch.

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  3. Looks like Cheyenne Woods will finish the season at #125 on the money list. Just barely enough to keep some status, but she will probably have to do Q School if she wants to get full status for start of 2016.

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    1. Yes, 125 is not going to get her in many events next year. I think we will see her in Q School in December.

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  4. It's greatest split from the 12 months, it is a great time in order to check out the important thing participant data following the very first twenty-four competitions from the 12 months. Just 7 competitions stick to the actual 2015 routine, therefore the competition for that main honors is actually warming up.

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  5. It's too bad they don't have a component that uses the Rolex rankings to qualify for the Asian swing. Brooke Henderson should have been there as she's certainly earned it this year but no. To exclude Brooke you're excluding the whole country who would have followed her and the Asian swing quite closely. Funny way to gain more relevance for the tour.
    John

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