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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2016 - Final

As we wait for the 2017 season to begin, it gives me time to look back at the players that made the biggest moves in the Rolex Rankings in 2016.

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.)




The Year's Biggest Gainers: 1- Ariya Jutanugarn…

Top LPGA Highlights of 2016 Season

As we wait for the start of the 2017 season, which is only three weeks away, I would like to look back at what I consider to be the top stories of 2016.

It was a very interesting and exciting past year. There were multiple teenage winners, exciting playoffs, miraculous comebacks, engagements, marriages, and a number of first time winners.

I have narrowed it down to ten, although I know there were many more. This list is very subjective, depending on who your favorite golfers are. A top story for me may be one that someone else might want to forget.

So in reverse order, here we go:

10- Inbee Park's Induction into Hall of Fame.
In a way it was anti-climatic since she had the 27 points needed for induction for quite some time now. But the LPGA rules state that you have to be on tour for ten years. I think it is a terrible rule as it prevents players like Lorena Ochoa, who has the points but not the time, from being inducted. Why punish her for doing it in a shorter span? Isn't th…

LPGA 2017 Priority List

I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.

Below is the 2017 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:
The following priority with regards to a Member’s playing status will be used for Standard Tournament fields and other tournaments as applicable:

      1. Top 80: Members in the top 80 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list.

Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

1. Ariya Jutanugarn     
2. Lydia Ko 
3. Brooke M. Henderson
4. In Gee Chun
5. Shanshan Feng
6. Sei Young Kim
7. Anna Nordqvist 
8. Ha Na Jang
9. Brittany Lang 
10. So Yeon Ryu 
11. Haru Nomura    
12. Minjee Lee
13. Amy Yang 
14. Carlota Ciganda 
15. Charley Hull
16. Stacy Lewis
17. Mirim Lee 
18. Lexi Thompson
19. Gerina Piller
20. Hyo Joo Kim 
21. Mi Jung Hur 
22. Suzann Pettersen 
23. Mo Martin 
24. Jessica Korda 
25. Candie Kung 
26. Caroline Masson 
27. Jenny Shin 
28. Karine I…

How Well Were My Pre-Season Questions Answered?

Way back in January, before the 2016 LPGA season began, I listed 10 questions that I was looking forward to getting the answers to.

Below I have shown those questions again. Let's see how well they were answered.

10- Was Michelle Wie's 2015 season an aberration mainly caused by her injuries?

Her poor 2015 season may have been, at least in part, caused by a variety of injuries. That does not explain her complete collapse in 2016. Some might say that she is still not 100% healthy. I say such is the case for most players on tour. She finished 155th on tour in driving accuracy (only 158 were rated), 76th in putting, and 105th on the 2016 money list. I think the question was answered quite clearly.

9- Will the inclusion of golf in the 2016 Olympics be a success, or will it be dropped by the IOC?

Since we know it will be played in 2020, the key part of the question is its success. No thanks to the top 3 rated men at the time (Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Rory Mcllroy) who all stayed ho…

Surprises & Disappointments - Final 2016

With the 2016 season in the books, I would like to look back at the players that I thought gave us the most surprising seasons, and those who disappointed. This is based purely on my expectations of these players coming into the 2016 season. You won't see names like Shanshan Feng or Lydia Ko on here, as we certainly expected them to have big years. Some of these players aren't household names, but had unexpected results this season.

Biggest Surprises:


1- Ariya Jutanugarn - How bad was Ariya Jutanugarn in 2015? At one point she missed 10 consecutive cuts. She started to straighten out her game towards the end of that year, but nobody could have possibly seen this coming. Ariya led the tour in victories with five, and after missing the cut in the first event of the season, made all of her next 27. She won the Player of the Year award and topped the 2016 money list.


2- Haru Nomura - Haru won her first LPGA tournament in 2016 and then won her second shortly after that. When she finis…

How accurate were my 2016 top 40 player of the Year Predictions?

Trying to predict the LPGA is a very difficult task. Much harder than the PGA. 

The 2016 season was full of surprises:

There were 17 different winners.There were winners from 12 different countries.Five players won for the first time.Unlike the 2015 season when 4 rookies won a total of six tournaments, only one tournament was won by a rookie.The five major championships were won by five different players from five different countries. It was a year that was almost impossible to predict, but I gave it a try.
Way back in January, before the season began, I made my predictions of who I thought would be the top players of 2016. I put it out there for the whole world to see, knowing in advance that people would focus on my massive misses (but that's what makes this so much fun)  Let's see how I did.
1- Lydia Ko - I certainly played it safe here. No big surprise that she finished 2nd for Player of the Year, and 2nd on the money list.
2- Inbee Park - She was injured early. No recap nec…

For 20 New LPGA Members it is A Dream Come True

They played 90 holes over a grueling 5 day period, but it all ended Sunday with 20 players earning their category 12 playing cards. When it was all over, Jaye Marie Green's 68-68-67-70-74 = 347 (-13) was one shot better than runner up Olafia Kristinsdottir of Iceland.


Green, who also won Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2013 with a record score of 29-under, is the first player since the event moved to Daytona Beach in 1991 to win Final Stage twice. 

“I feel really good about it and the weeks leading up I wasn’t really that nervous which is weird,” said Green. “I was really laid back this week and I felt like I was picking up where I left off from three years ago.”
Green and Kristinsdottir were tied heading to the 18th hole and Green made a bet with her brother and caddy, Matt, in the fairway. The stakes were simple. If they made birdie and won, Jaye would pay Matt $1,000. 
“I definitely wanted to win, I think that was a good goal for me,” said Green. “I did n…