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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.)

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Ariya Jutanugarn was the biggest mover in the Rolex Rankings in 2016.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:

1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1.83 to 7.90 = Gain of 6.07 (moved from #63 to #2)
2- Sung Hyun Park - 2.92 to 5.67 = Gain of 2.75 (move 27-10)
3- In Gee Chun - 5.23 to 7.34 = Gain of 2.11 (move 10-3)
4- Harukya Nomura - 1.46 to 3.46 = Gain of 2.00 (move 79-21)
5- Charley Hull - 2.21 to 4.20 = Gain of 1.99 (move 41-16)
6- Brooke Henderson - 4.03 to 5.93 = Gain of 1.90 (move 17-8)
7- Carlota Ciganda - 2.00 to 3.59 = Gain of 1.59 (move 51-20)
8- Ha Na Jang - 4.50 to 6.01 = Gain of 1.51 (move 13-7)
9- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 0.53 to 1.83 = Gain of 1.30 (move 206-59)
10- Ritsuki Ryu - 1.09 to 2.35 = Gain of 1.26 (move 106-38)
11- Mi Jung Hur - 1.27 to 2.47 = Gain of 1.20 (move 91-35)
12- Brittany Lang - 2.18 to 3.34 = Gain of 1.16 (move 44-22)
13- Shanshan Feng - 5.89 to 7.03 = Gain of 1.14 (move 6-4)
14- Seung Hyun Lee - 0.95 to 2.05 = Gain of 1.10 (move 128-49)
15- Su Oh - 0.52 to 1.56 = Gain of 1.04 (move 209-70)
16- Ha Neul Kim - 1.46 to 2.43 = Gain of 0.97 (move 78-36)
17- Gerina Piller - 2.80 to 3.75 = Gain of 0.95 (move 28-19)
18- Jeongmin Cho - 0.68 to 1.54 = Gain of 0.86 (move 167-73)
19- Jiyai Shin - 2.56 to 3.33 = Gain of 0.77 (move 33-23)
20- I.K. Kim - 2.10 to 2.86 = Gain of 0.76 (move 46-28)
20- Beth Allen - 1.05 to 1.81 = Gain of 0.76 (move 111-60)

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It was a see-saw injury plagued year for Inbee Park. She won Olympic gold, but took the biggest tumble in the Rolex Rankings.

The Year's Biggest Decliner

1- Inbee Park - 11.34 to 5.52 = Loss of 5.82 (moved from #2 to #11)
2- Stacy Lewis - 7.88 to 4.69 = Loss of 3.19 (move 3-13)
3- Cristie Kerr - 5.05 to 2.84 = Loss of 2.21 (move 11-30)
4- Michelle Wie - 2.79 to 0.69 = Loss of 2.10 (move 29-173)
5- Hyo Joo Kim - 5.24 to 3.24 = Loss of 2.00 (move 9-25)
6- Brittany Lincicome - 4.13 to 2.15 = Loss of 1.98 (move 16-43)
7- Na Yeon Choi - 3.72 to 2.00 = Loss of 1.72 (move 19-54)
8- Jung Min Lee - 2.68 to 1.21 = Loss of 1.47 (move 32-95)
9- Julieta Granada - 1.88 to 0.43 = Loss of 1.45 (move 59-247)
10- Q-Baek - 1.98 to 0.70 = Loss of 1.28 (move 53-170)
11- Ilhee Lee - 2.26 to 0.99 = Loss 1.27 (move 39-117)
12- Yani Tseng - 2.34 to 1.10 = Loss of 1.24 (move 37-102)
13- Morgan Pressel - 3.14 to 1.95 = Loss of 1.19 (move 24-55)
14- Suzann Pettersen - 4.86 to 3.89 = Loss of 0.97 (move 12-18)
15- Karrie Webb - 2.71 to 1.77 = Loss of  0.94 (move 31-63)
16- Mika Miyazato - 2.34 to 1.46 = Loss of 0.88 (move 38-79)
17- Momoko Ueda - 1.94 to 1.07 = Loss of 0.87 (move 55-109)
18- Teresa Lu - 3.70 to 2.88 = Loss of 0.82 (move 20-27)
19- Sakura Yokomine - 1.78 to 0.98 = Loss of 0.80 (move 65-118)
20- Gwladys Nocera - 1.42 to 0.65 = Loss of 0.77 (move 80-187)

There you have it. The biggest gainers and decliners of 2016. Who do you think will rebound in 2017? Who will be the next Ariya Jutanugarn and completely surprise us all?

I will be back soon with the most popular photos of 2016.

This Week's Trivia Question:

What LPGA player will be starting the 2017 season with a streak of 63 consecutive cuts made?

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