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Stats & Facts Volume 27 - Final 2015

We have come to the close of the 2015 LPGA season. In many ways I think it was the best season ever. Every week we were treated to exciting and competitive tournaments. In fact, there were 7 tournaments that needed a playoff to decide the outcome. There were also 9 tournaments decided by one stroke, and 5 more decided by just 2 strokes. We had winners from 7 different countries. We had the USA make the biggest and most exciting comeback in Solheim Cup history.

Last year I asked "how are they going to top this season." They certainly did! Now I look forward to what is in store in 2016. Commissioner Michael Whan announcing this past week the addition of two tournaments, more TV coverage, and higher purses, certainly gives us all something to look forward to.

The United States flag is proudly held by the victorious USA Solheim Cup Team

On that note I would like to look at some of the most important stats of the 2015 season.

1- Inbee Park - 5 (2 majors)
1- Lydia Ko - 5 (1 major)
3- Sei Young Kim - 3
4- Cristie Kerr - 2
4- Lexi Thompson - 2
4- Na Yeon Choi - 2

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Lydia Ko - 17 (71% of the tournaments entered))
2- Inbee Park - 15 (60%)
3- Stacy Lewis - 14 (54%)
4- Lexi Thompson - 13 (54%)
5- Shanshan Feng - 12 (57%)
6- Sei Young Kim - 11 (41%)
7- Suzann Pettersen - 10 (43%)
7- Amy Yang - 10 (43%)
7- So Yeon Ryu - 10 (40%)
7- Anna Nordqvist - (40%)

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Inbee Park - 22
2- Stacy Lewis - 21
3- Lydia Ko - 18
4- Hyo Joo Kim - 17
4- Sei Young Kim - 17
6- Lexi Thompson - 16
6- Shanshan Feng - 16
8- Minjee Lee - 15
8- So Yeon Ryu - 15

Rolex Player of the Year:
1- Lydia Ko - 280 (Wins Hall of Fame Point)
2- Inbee Park - 278
3- Sei Young Kim - 171
4- Lexi Thompson - 146
5- Stacy Lewis - 142

Vare Trophy:
1- Inbee Park - 69.415 (Wins Hall of Fame Point)
2- Lydia Ko - 69,441
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.788
4- Lexi Thompson - 70.011
5- Hyo Joo Kim - 70.144

Official Money:
1- Lydia Ko -  $2,800,802
2- Inbee Park - $2,630,011
3- Stacy Lewis - $1,893,423
4- Sei Yong Kim - 1,820,056
5- Lexi Thompson - $1,763,904

*Race to the CME Globe:
1- Lydia Ko - Wins $1,000,000
2- Inbee Park - Wins $150,000
3- Lexi Thompson - Wins $100,000
* All unofficial money, and does not count on official money list

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sei Young Kim - 1,523
2- Hyo Joo - Kim - 1,255
3- Minjee Lee - 1,163
4- Ha Na Jang - 874
5- Alison Lee - 748

Average Driving Distance: (minimum 20 tournaments played)
1- Brittany Lincicome - 269.409
2- Lexi Thompson - 267.636
3- Yani Tseng - 267.148
4- P.K. Kongkraphan - 266.183
5- Carlota Ciganda - 265.297

Greens In Regulation: (minimum 20 tournaments played)
1- Lexi Thompson - 77.2%
2- Lydia Ko - 77.0
3- Anna Nordqvist - 76.3
4- So Yeon Ryu - 75.7
5- Shanshan Feng - 75.2

Putts Per Green in regulation: (minimum 20 tournaments played)
1- Stacy Lewis - 1.738
2- Lydia Ko - 1.744
3- Inbee Park - 1.745
4- Alison Lee - 1.753
5- Amy Yang - 1.754

Most Wins by Country:
1- South Korea - 15
2- *USA - 7
3- New Zealand - 5
4- Four tied with - 1
* USA win of Solheim Cup not included.

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  1. You could effectively add Lydia's 5 wins to the 15 by Korean players, giving Korea 20 in total, reinforcing the Korean dominance now on the LPGA. the U S golf honchos need to address this. There are 320 million people in the U S, only 50 million in South Korea... 6 times the population.

    1. Dave Lydia Ko is NOT and never has been a Korean player. The fact she was born there has absolutely nothing to do with where she is in the sport now and what she had achieved since coming to New Zealander at the age of six. I saw her at the age of seven at Pupuke Golf Club and like the rest of the kids there she was just having fun nothing out of the ordinary but unlike others over the next few years she dedicated herself to the sport and is now where she is today. No Korean instructors the only thing Korean was the food she ate. For someone of your standing Dave that post is an insult to us New Zealanders which is what Lydia is...

  2. Don't forget the Most Top Five Finishes:
    1- Lydia Ko - 12 (50.0%)
    2- Inbee Park - 10 (40.0%)
    3- So Yeon Ryu - 9 (36.0%)
    3- Stacy Lewis - 9 (34.6%)
    5- Sei Young Kim - 8 (29.6%)
    6- Lexi Thompson - 7 (29.2%)
    7- Shanshan Feng - 5 (23.8%)
    7- Amy Yang - 5 (21.7%)
    7- Morgan Pressel - 5 (18.5%)
    10- Suzann Pettersen - 4 (17.4%)

  3. Not sure why my comment wasn't approved. Submitted last night. I concur that Lydia Ko's golf development took place in NZ. That is different than the country of her birth, where she chooses to go to college, or where she spends her time in the off season.

    Sports medic

    1. That's right SM to suggest she should/could be classed as a Korean player because the first five years of her life was in Korea is just plain stupid. She still has most of her relatives in Korea hence why she occasionally returns and she may well be going to uni there albeit by correspondence because she feels it's easier using Korean than English? there are many great colleges in the USA where she resides most of the time.

    2. Why would she feel it is easier using Korean. She's lived in NZ for a dozen years. Don't they teach in that school she attended. The vast majority of her school work is written. While she may speak Korean at home with her parents I doubt she has more writing experience in Korean than in English. Maybe she likes the university in Korea.

      sports medic


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