Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stats & Facts Volume 29 / Ariya Rules!

With the LPGA in the middle of a one month Olympic break, it is a good time to look over some of the key player statistics through the first 22 tournaments (2/3 of the season is now completed) of the year.

I usually do this about four times a year, but very seldom do I have a change between periods as monumental as these current stats when compared to my last posting.

The main reason? Ariya Jutanugarn! When I last did this (Stats & Facts vol. 28), Ariya's name was not mentioned once in any category. Since then she has been a dominating player on the LPGA tour, winning four times, including her first major championship. Although she still has not overtaken Lydia Ko for the lead in most major categories, most are too close to call, and the final 11 tournaments will determine the winners.

Ariya Jutanugarn has dominated the second half of the season so far.

We have had winners from 8 different countries, and the expected display of dominance of South Korean and American golfers has never materialized. In fact, over the last 17 tournaments (including the International Crown), the American and South Korean golfers have only managed 4 wins between them (2 from each country). Over that period we have seen winners from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Sweden, and Canada.

Key Player Statistics Thru Tournament #22:

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 237 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 206
3- Brooke Henderson - 131
No other player has accumulated 100 points.

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 69.270 strokes per round
2- Ha Na Jang 69.896
3- In Gee Chun - 70.061
Barring a complete collapse on Lydia's part (highly unlikely), this one appears to be over.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Lydia Ko - 4,014 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 3,356
3- Brooke Henderson - 2,587
Can Lydia make it 3 for 3?

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- In Gee Chun - 792 points
2- Gaby Lopez - 400
3- Megan Khang - 333
4- Su Oh - 304
5- Lee Lopez - 225
No contest here. If In Gee plays the remaining events blindfolded, she will still win.

Most Victories:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 4 wins (Includes 1 major championship)
1- Lydia Ko - 4 (Includes 1 major championship)
3- Brooke Henderson - 2 (Includes a major championship)
4- Ha Na Jang, Sei Young Kim, Haru Nomura - 2 (No major championships)

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Lydia Ko - 10
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 8
3- Stacy Lewis - 6
3- Lexi Thompson - 6
5- Four players tied with - 5

Most Top Tens Finishes:
1- Brooke Henderson - 11
1- Lydia Ko - 11
3- Lexi Thompson - 9
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 9
5- Stacy Lewis -8
5- Gerina Piller - 8

Most Consecutive Tournaments without a missed cut:
1- So Yeon Ryu - 55
2- Stacy Lewis - 32
3- Anna Nordqvist - 28
3- Lydia Ko - 28
5- Amy Yang - 25

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Lexi Thompson - 334 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 277
3- Gerina Piller - 231
4- Brittany Lang - 180
5- Jessica Korda - 127
6- Cristie Kerr - 110
7- Mo Martin - 106
8- Angela Stanford - 98
Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel would also sneak in via the Rolex Rankings.

Be sure to check back shortly for my Olympic preview.


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1 comment:

  1. Good overview, amazing how fast things can change in the bigger picture. The generational changing of the guard is a constant backdrop on the LPGA but it looks like more than just a media topic in 2016 to me. Call it bias, but I am picking Brooke Henderson for gold in Rio.

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