Thursday, September 22, 2016

Stats & Facts - Vol. 30 / Asian Swing Field News

With the LPGA off this week, it's a good time to take a look at the key player statistics after the first 25 tournaments of the year. Only 8 tournaments remain on the 2016 schedule, so the race for the major awards is really heating up.


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Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko, will be battling for most of the major year end awards.

There have been winners this year from 9 different countries:
Korea, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Sweden, Canada, and Germany.

There have been 5 first time winners this year:
Haru Nomura, Ha Na Jang, Jenny Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Caroline Masson.

Key Player Statistics Thru Tournament #25:

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 247 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 246
3- In Gee Chun - 145
4- Brooke Henderson - 135
5- Sei Young Kim - 122

This has become a 2 player race. Lydia's huge early lead has all but disappeared. Ariya now looks like the favorite to take this all important Hall of Fame point.

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Lydia Ko - 69.320 strokes per round
2- In Gee Chun - 69.525
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 69.929
4- Ha Na Jang - 69.950
5- Sei Young Kim - 70.000

This race for another Hall of Fame point appeared to be over a few short weeks ago. In Gee's sudden surge has now made this a race again.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Lydia Ko - 4,249 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 4,066
3- Brooke Henderson - 2,776
4- Sei Young Kim - 2, 607
5- In Gee Chun - 2,362

Another instance where Lydia has let a huge lead all but disappear.

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- In Gee Chun - 1,223 points
2- Gaby Lopez - 427
3- Megan Khang - 394
4- Su Oh - 319
5- Annie Park - 268

This one was over the minute Brooke Henderson accepted her 2015 membership. Not to take anything away from the other people on this list, as they are having fine rookie seasons, but In Gee is in a class all by herself.

Most Victories:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 5 wins (Includes 1 major championship)
2- 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)

Imagine how lopsided this would be if Ariya had made one of those makeable putts during the playoff at the Marathon Classic. Lydia went on to win that tournament.

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Lydia Ko - 11
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 10
3- In Gee Chun - 7
3- Sei Young Kim - 7
5 -Stacy Lewis - 6

Most Top Tens Finishes:
1- Lydia Ko - 13
2- Brooke Henderson - 12
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 12
4- In Gee Chun - 10
5- Lexi Thompson - 9
5- Gerina Piller - 9
5- Sei Young Kim - 9

Most Consecutive Tournaments without a missed cut:
1- So Yeon Ryu - 58
2- Stacy Lewis - 35
3- Lydia Ko - 31
4- Anna Nordqvist - 30
5- Amy Yang - 25

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Lexi Thompson - 334 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 277
3- Gerina Piller - 257
4- Brittany Lang - 186
5- Angela Stanford - 128
6- Jessica Korda - 127
7- Cristie Kerr - 118
7- Mo Martin - 118
Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel would qualify via the Rolex Rankings.

Other Tidbits:
There are no more full field events remaining on the LPGA schedule. All of the remaining 8 events have limited fields. I get many inquiries asking me about how the playing fields are made up in regards to the Asian swing of the LPGA tour.
The actual playing fields are not usually released until the week before the tournament begins, but the following might help answer some of those questions.

1- Reignwood LPGA Classic - Field 81, 62 LPGA, 15 China LPGA, 4 sponsor exemptions.

2- Fubon Taiwan LPGA Championship -  Field 81, 62 LPGA, 15 Taiwan 
LPGA, 4 sponsor exemptions.

3- LPGA KEB Hana Bank - Field 78, 59 LPGA, 12 KLPGA, 7 sponsor exemptions.

4- Blue Bay LPGA - Field 81, LPGA 62, 15 China LPGA, 4 sponsor exemptions.

5- Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia - Field 75, LPGA  63, 12 sponsor exemptions.

6- Toto Japan Classic - Field 78, LPGA 43, Japan LPGA 35, no sponsor exemptions.

For all 6 tournaments of the Asian swing, LPGA players qualify by their placement on this year's money list, not the priority list that was used for all the previous tournaments.

All money earned by players that got into the field as a sponsor exemption (on all Asian swing tournaments), will not count as official money, and therefore will not help in any way in retaining their playing cards for 2017.

One last note: I have gotten many inquiries as to when we will be able to get to see Muni He again. She will be in next week's Reignwood Classic field.





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2 comments:

  1. Once again Tony thanks for all the information you supply us with. Me for one are always asking questiions

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  2. Concur with John Willock. Is there a limit on sponsor exemptions for tour members. Are we going to see a player pull down five sponsor exemptions on the swing?

    Sports medic

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