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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

With the LPGA taking a 1 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 2016. I last did this back in May when the season was just 1/3 over. Now we have completed about 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 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 2016 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)

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Ariya Jutanugarn is currently the Rolex Rankings biggest gainer of 2016

The Year's Biggest Gainers:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1.83 to 9.13 = Gain of 7.30 (moved from #63 to #2)
2- Brooke Henderson - 4.03 to 7.60 = Gain of 3.57 ( move 17 to 4)
3- Sung Hyun Park - 2.92 to 5.83 = Gain of 2.91 (move 27 to 10)
4- In Gee Chun - 5.23 to 7.86 = Gain of 2.63 (move 10 to 3)
5- Lydia Ko - 11.60 to 14.18 = Gain of 2.58 (move 1 to 1)
6- Haru Nomura - 1.46 to 3.73 = Gain of 2.27 (move 79 to 19)
7- Gerina Piller - 2.80 to 4.38 = Gain of 1.58 (move 28 to 16)
8- Sei Young Kim - 5.77 to 7.33 = Gain of 1.56 (move 7 to 6)
9- Brittany Lang - 2.18 to 3.58 = Gain of 1.40 (move 44 to 21)
10- Su Oh - 0.52 to 1.88 = Gain of 1.36 (move 209 to 58)
11- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 0.53 to 1.63 = Gain of 1.10 (move 206 to 71)
12- Jeongmin Cho - 0.68 to 1.66 = Gain of 0.98 (move 167 to 70)
13- Alena Sharp - 0.93 to 1.82 = Gain of 0.89 (move 133 to 61)
13- Seung Hyun Lee - 0.95 to 1.84 = Gain of 0.89 (move 128 to 60)
13- Ha Na Jang - 4.50 to 5.39 = Gain of 0.89 (move of 13 to 12)
16- Ritsuko Ryu - 1.09 to 1.94 = Gain of 0.85 (move 106 to 53)
17- Mo Martin - 1.88 to 2.71 = Gain of 0.83 (move 58 to 31)
18- Candie Kung - 2.01 to 2.79 = Gain of 0.78 (move 50 to 29)
19- Jacqui Concolino - 0.64 to 1.41 = Gain of 0.77 (move 181 to 85)
20- Anna Nordqvist - 4.48 to 5.23 = Gain of 0.75 (move 14 to 13)

Note : As dominant as Lydia Ko's score of 14.18 appears to be, it is nowhere near the 2012 dominance of Yani Tseng's 17.71. At that time Yani held a better than 7 point lead over Suzann Pettersen.

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Inbee Park's Olympic gold medal did not help her Rolex Ranking.
The Year's Biggest Decliners:
1- Inbee Park - 11.34 to 7.21 = Loss of 4.13 (moved from #2 to #7)
2- Stacy Lewis - 7.88 to 5.86 = Loss of 2.02 (move 3 to 9)
3- Hyo Joo Kim - 5.24 to 3.45 = Loss of 1.79 (move 9 to 22)
4- Michelle Wie - 2.79 to 1.09 = Loss of 1.70 (move 29 to 149)
4- Cristie Kerr - 5.05 to 3.35 = Loss of 1.70 (move 11 to 23)
6- Brittany Lincicome - 4.13 to 2.58 = Loss of 1.55 (move 16 to 33)
7- Jung Min Lee - 2.68 to 1.56 = Loss of 1.12 (move 32 to 75)
8- Q-Baek - 1.98 to 0.93 = Loss of 1.05 (move 53 to 131)
9- Sun Ju Ahn - 3.39 to 2.36 = Loss of 1.03 (move 21 to 35)
10- Na Yeon Choi - 3.72 to 2.71 = Loss of 1.01 (move 19 to 32)
11- Ilhee Lee - 2.26 to 1.26 = Loss of 1.00 (move 39 to 94)
12- Yani Tseng - 2.34 to 1.35 = Loss of 0.99 (move 37 to 90)
13- Suzann Pettersen - 4.86 to 3.88 = Loss of 0.98 (move 12 to 18)
14- Alison Lee - 3.22 to 2.25 = Loss of .97 (move 23 to 40)
15- Shanshan Feng - 5.89 to 4.96 = Loss of 0.93 (move 6 to 14)
16- Azahara Munoz - 2.76 to 1.90 = Loss of 0.86 (move 30 to 56)
16- Yoon-Kyung Heo - 1.58 to 0.72 = Loss of 0.86 (move 70 to 170)
18- Teresa Lu - 3.70 to 2.97 = Loss of 0.73 (move 20 to 25)
19- Sakura Yokomine - 1.78 to 1.12 = Loss of 0.66 (move 65 to 106)
20- Gwladys Nocera - 1.42 to 0.77 = Loss of 0.65 (move 80 to 158)

Other Tidbits:
Na Yeon Choi withdrew during the first round of the Evian Championship. She was 10 over par through 9 holes at the time. She has now failed to see the weekend in 7 consecutive tournaments.

The 5 major championships this year were won by 5 different players from 5 different countries.

Lydia Ko's player of the year lead has now been reduced to just one point (276 to 275) over Ariya Jutanugarn. A Hall of Fame point is at stake.

It may not have seemed very important that Vicki Hurst missed the Evian Championship cut. It sure turned out to be though, as she dropped from #100 to #101 on the money list. With her schedule now completed, this means she may now have to go back to Q-School. The beneficiary of this was Celine Herbin, who did in fact make the cut, and moved up one spot into that #100 position.

Brooke Henderson returned to her top 10 form this past week. It was her 12th top ten of the year. Only Lydia Ko (13) has more.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
In Gee Chun makes the most important move of the week, jumping from #7 to #3. I.K. Kim Leaps up from # 57 to 41, while Angela Stanford hurdles from #62 to #46.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 4,249 points. Ariya Jutanugarn closes in some more this week and now has 4,066 points. Brooke Henderson is a distant third with 2, 776.

Who's Hot:
Ariya Jutanugarn has five consecutive top 10 finishes. So Yeon Ryu has finished in the top 20, in 11 of her last 12 starts.

Who's Not:
Mariajo Uribe has missed her last six cuts.

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  1. what was the reason Na Yeon Choi withdraw?

  2. Seems like Wie has bigger loss in ranking than Inbee Park. #29 to #149.

    1. Wie dropped more places in rankings but Inbee lost more points.

    2. Inbee had more points to depreciate than Michelle. Add the fact missed half the tournament and withdrew from another three didn't give her many opportunities to replenish her points. But despite this Inbee Park still managed two top-ten finishes (2nd place at the Kia and a T6 at the ANA), LPGA HOF induction, and the first Olympic gold medal for women's golf. I bet Michelle Wie would trade her season for any of those highlights and throw in the gold hightop golf shoes for good measure.

      Sports medic

    3. Sung Hyun Park has won approximately $650K in LPGA events this season. That would put her in 17th place on the LPGA Official Money List. Should she be eligible for LPGA tour membership next season under Category 10?

      Sports medic

  3. Tony - To your comment at Ruthless Golf lamenting the winning score at Evian:

    As Judy Rankin commented "Those players in 17th place (a fine finish) at -3 (18 strokes behind the leader) had to be wondering what course was In Gee Chun playing."

    Sports medic

    1. I disagree. Their were 2 other players at -17.
      Another at -15
      Another at -14
      And so on......

      Shouldn't have scores like that at a major championship.

    2. I agree that majors should be a severe test of a player's game and character. Even with the wet weather, soft greens and the wind not really being a factor, the course yardage should have been 6700+. Speaking of yardage, I also felt the WBO was really lacking by penalizing the longer hitters while allowing players like Mo Martin to hit driver all day long. They also brexited the players with the prize money.

  4. Good news about the LPGA's new events for next year.

    Sports medic

    1. Yes, for the most part. Losing the Coates was not good.


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