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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2016 - Part 1

Now that we have completed about 1/3 of the LPGA season, it's time to take a look at the players that have made the biggest leaps, and taken the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings this year.

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 is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2015 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)
Brooke Henderson has made the biggest move in the Rolex Rankings this year.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:
1- Brooke Henderson - 4.03 to 6.19 = Gain of 2.16 (moved from #17 to #5)
2- Lydia Ko - 11.60 to 13.58 = Gain of 1.98 (move 1 to 1)
3- Haru Nomura - 1.46 to 3.17 = Gain of 1.71 (move 79 to 23)
4- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1.83 to 3.22 = Gain of 1.39 (move 63 to 21)
5- Ha Na Jang - 4.50 to 5.80 = Gain of 1.30 (move 13 to 9)
6- Gerina Piller - 2.80 to 3.83 = Gain of 1.03 (move 28 to 17)
7- Jenny Shin - 2.20 to 3.01 = Gain of 0.81 (move 42 to 25)
8- Jacqui Concolino - 0.64 to 1.43 = Gain of 0.79 (move 181 to 71)
9- Charley Hull - 2.20 to 2.96 = Gain of 0.76 (move 41 to 26)
10- In Gee Chun - 5.23 to 5.95 = Gain of 0.72 (move 10 to 8)

Inbee Park has lost the most points on the Rolex Rankings so far this year.

The Year's Biggest Decliners
1- Inbee Park - 11.34 to 9.20 = Loss of 2.14 (move 2 to 2)
2- Michelle Wie - 2.79 to 1.44 = Loss of 1.35 (move 29 to 70)
3- So Yeon Ryu - 6.02 to 4.82 = Loss of 1.30 (move 5 to 11)
4- Cristie Kerr - 5.07 to 3.89 = Loss of 1.18 (move from 11 to 16)
5- Shanshsn Feng - 5.89 to 4.84 = Loss of 1.05 (move 6 to 10)
6- Brittany Lincicome - 4.13 to 3.14 = Loss of 0.99 (move 16-24)
7- Hyo Joo Kim - 5.24 to 4.33 = Loss of 0.91 (move 9 to13)
8- Azahara Munoz - 2.76 to 1.93 = Loss of 0.83 (move 30 to 48)
9- Karrie Webb - 2.71 to 1.92 = loss of 0.79 (move 31 to 49)
10- Anna Nordqvist - 4.48 to 3.71 = Loss of 0.77 (move 14 to 19)

Other Tidbits:
Karine Icher(17) and Charley Hull (13) both saw their cut streaks come to an end.
Caroline Hedwall's 5th place finish was the first cut she has made in her last 9 starts.

Lexi Thompson won a Major Championship this past weekend on the JLPGA. Her 275 (-13) total was good enough to win the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup. 

On the Symetra Tour Madelene Sagstrom won the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic by 6 strokes. It was her second victory of the young season. It was her 5th consecutive top 5 finish. One more victory will earn her a full time LPGA card. She is only about $1,000 short of setting a new Symetra Tour earnings record. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Amy Yang jumps up from #8 to #6, while Ariya Jutanugarn leaps up from #32 to #21.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko remains in the lead with 2,119 points. She is followed by Haru Nomura with 1,491, and Ha Na Jang with 1,449.

Who's Hot:
Amy Yang has finished tied for 2nd place in her last 2 starts. Gerina Piller has recorded 5 consecutive top 10 finishes, and now has 6 for the year. That figure is only topped by Brooke Henderson who has eight.

Who's Not:
Ilhee Lee has missed the cut in her last 3 starts.

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  1. Congratulations to Brooke M on her amazing climb to the top. Really missed an opportunity to get to #4 this past week but just needs to come back with another top 10 or a win! Also, what's up with Alison Lee?

  2. To give us some perspective on the changes to the top 10 Tony it would be interesting to know how many different players have held a top 10 spot during the period under review and perhaps list them.


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