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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.


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 Lyd…

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. 




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Suzann Pettersen Apologizes for Solheim Cup Actions

It was an incredible weekend of women's golf. A huge congratulations goes out to Team USA for winning the 2015 Solheim Cup.


 They did it in spectacular fashion, coming back after being down 10-6 after the first 2 days. It was the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history.

The victory now gives the USA a 9 to 5 victory advantage in Solheim Team play.



By now everyone has either seen, heard, or read about the Pettersen - Alison Lee incident. I am sure most have formed their opinions over what took place on the 17th green on Sunday morning. I want to say that I am overjoyed that this incident did not have any effect on the final outcome. As an American, of course I was rooting for my team to pull out the victory, but if it wasn't to be, I was hoping team Europe won by a margin bigger than 1 point.

I have been doing this blog for a number of years now and I try to report interesting statistics about how the LPGA players are performing. Most of the time those statistics are positive, …

Solheim Cup Preview - United States Gets Revenge?

The LPGA takes a break from its normal tournament schedule for the playing of the 2015 Solheim Cup.

History:
The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by players from the United States and Europe. It is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, who was a driving force behind its creation.

The inaugural cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even numbered years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the equivalent men's event between the USA & Europe). Because of the attacks of September 11th 2001, forcing the postponement of the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup was switched to odd numbered years in 2003.

Qualifying for Entry:  (USA)
1- A player must finish in the top 8 on the Solheim Cup points list.
2- The top 2 players in the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified. 3- Two captain's picks.
Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solh…

The Evian Championship Preview & Pairings

After a week off the LPGA is back in action this week with the playing of the Evian Championship.


Hyo Joo Kim will be attempting to defend the title she won last year as a non LPGA player. Hyo Joo birdied the final hole and came out on top by one shot over Karrie Webb, who bogeyed that very same hole.

Inbee Park will be attempting to win her third major championship of the year and 8th of her career. She has already won the KMPG Women's PGA Championship and the Ricoh Women's British Open. Brittany Lincicome (Ana Inspiration) and non LPGA member In Gee Chun (U.S. Women's Open), have each won a major this year.

An Inbee Park win would give her the 2 points she needs to reach the required 27 points needed for the Hall of Fame. A minimum of 10 years played on the LPGA tour is required to be inducted in the LPGA Hall of Fame. Inbee is in her 9th year.

This will be tournament #24 of 31 on the 2015 LPGA schedule. It is also the fifth and final major of the year.

Here are the Key …

Rating the 2015 LPGA Rookies - Part 2

It has been almost four months since I last did a report card on this year's rookies.

I would like to change this up a bit this time, by strictly rating these girls on their chances of retaining LPGA cards for the 2016 season. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My only concern here is, are they safe for the upcoming season, or will they have to go back to qualifying school?


For those of you who might need some information on how the LPGA "Priority List" works, here is a brief explanation:

If you finish in the top 80 on the 2015 money list, that will be your priority rating for 2016. In other words, if a player finishes #45 on the money list this year, she will be #45 on the priority list next year. That also means she will be eligible for all tournaments, since even limited fields have more than 45 players. It starts to get  real tricky after that as the top 10 players on the Symetra tour money list earn playing cards and are given the next…