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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2015 - Final

As we wait for the 2016 season to begin (we are about a month away), it gives me a little time to look back at the players that made the biggest moves in the Rolex Rankings in 2015.

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. 

The Year's Biggest Gainers:

1- Brooke Henderson - 0.51 to 4.08 = Gain of 3.57 (moved from #223 to #17)
2- Sei Young Kim - 2.46 to 5.84 = Gain of 3.…

How Well Were My Pre-Season Questions Answered?

Way back in January, before the 2015 LPGA season began, I listed 10 questions that I was looking forward to getting the answers to.

Below I have shown those questions again. Let's see how well they were answered.

10- Can Sakura Yokomine (2015 LPGA rookie) break the terrible slump that Japanese players have been in for the past couple of years?

It was a better year for Japan in 2015 mainly because Mika Miyazato rebounded and put together a much better season than the year before. Yokomine did not dazzle us like many of the other 2015 rookies, as she had just 2 top ten finishes all year.

9- Will Azahara Munoz, one of the most consistent players on tour, break through and get her first stroke play victory? (She won the Sybase Championship which was a match play event).

She did not get that first stroke play victory. She missed part of the season when she had hand surgery, and never quite got back on track after that. She did get married last week, and needs a great start to the season i…

International Crown Update (What happened to Spain?)

With the 2016 LPGA season just one month away, I think this is a good time to look at one of the most anticipated events of the upcoming season: The International Crown.

Before the International Crown was announced in January of 2013,the only competition between countries that the LPGA had on its schedule was the Solheim Cup. A competition between the United States and Europe. As a resident of the United States, it was my favorite tournament of the year. At the tournament's completion, it always made me sad that we had to wait two more years before it would be played again. But in truth, I was lucky that at least I got to see my country play. That could not be said for fans of players from South Korea, Japan, Australia, Thailand, and many other countries whose players could not compete.

With the announcement of the International Crown, all that has changed. Every country would now have a chance to compete. The tournament is played on even numbered years, while the Solheim cup will c…

Surprises & Disappointments - Final 2015

With the 2015 season in the books, I would like to look back at the players that I thought gave us the most surprising seasons, and those who disappointed. This is based purely on my expectations of these players coming into the 2015 season. You won't see names like Inbee Park or Lydia Ko on here, as we certainly expected them to have big years. You won't see names like Hyo Joo Kim or Minjee Lee here because we knew they were going to have big rookie seasons. Some of these players aren't household names, but had unexpected results this season.

Biggest Surprises:

1- Sei Young Kim - We knew that this year's rookies were going to be among the best ever. Many people wrote in their choices for Rolex Rookie of the Year, but this lady was hardly even mentioned. All she did was win 3 times, have 8 top 5 finishes, and 13 top tens.

2- Brooke Henderson - Did not become  an official LPGA member until she won in Portland in August, but it was a dream 2015 season nonetheless. Teeing it…

Looking Back At My 2015 Predictions. Did I Get It Right?

The 2015 LPGA season was full of surprises:
There were 17 different winnersThere were winners from 7 different countriesTwo winners were non LPGA membersFour players won for the first timeFour rookies were winners (including Brooke Henderson who became a rookie after her victory)Rookies accounted for 6 victories It was a year that was almost impossible to predict, but I did give it a try.
Way back in January, before the season began, I made my predictions of who I thought would be the top players of 2015. I put it out there for the whole world to see. Let's see how I did.
1- Stacy Lewis - Stacy was coming off her best season as an LPGA member. I thought she would follow it up with another multiple win year. It didn't happen. There were six 2nd place finishes, but she never did find the winner's circle. Not a bad pick though as she did finish #3 on the year's money list.
2- Lydia Ko -  I knew when I picked her here that she would have a chance to take Stacy's crown.…

Stacy Lewis Gets Engaged!

This comes as a surprise as they kept their relationship quiet, but Stacy Lewis and Houston's Gerrod Chadwell are engaged.

Lewis said yes to Chadwell on the grounds of her beloved Arkansas. It was game day for the Razorbacks, and Chadwell had convinced Lewis to give him a campus tour. It was a dreary, rainy day, and Chadwell wasn't sure that he could get Stacy to get out of the truck, let alone go hunt for her name on the university’s senior walk. Soaked from the pouring rain and huddled under an umbrella, Chadwell popped the question.

“There are no surprises with her,” said Chadwell, who knew better than to propose to the introverted Lewis on the Jumbotron at Razorback Stadium or, worse yet, on the field.

They met around Christmas a year ago.

Lewis, an 11 time winner on the LPGA that includes 2 major championships, had a frustrating time in 2015 finishing in 2nd place 6 times without posting a victory.

“Honestly, I think he helped me get through it all,” said Lewis of so many hear…

A Dream Come True for New LPGA Members

They played 90 holes over a grueling 5 day period, but it all ended Sunday with 20 players earning their category 12 playing cards. Simin Feng led wire to wire to claim medalist honors.

“I’m very excited,” Feng said with a smile. “Last year I had a really bad final day to finish sixth in Q-School but this year I got it done with a win. I’m looking for better things to happen for me.”

Twenty-nine additional players will get a category 17 (limited) playing card, but make no mistake about it, this was all about finishing in the top 20. Three players tied for the last spot and had to go to a 3 hole playoff to determine which 2 players would get full time status. Unfortunately for Christine Song, she was the player eliminated and fell to a category 17 card. 

There were 157 players who teed it up on Wednesday and the field was cut to 70 and ties after 72 holes. All players that completed 72 holes did receive Symetra Tour membership in Category D.

For the top 20 players it was a dream come t…