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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2017 - Part 1

Now that we have completed about 1/4 of the LPGA season, it's time to take a look at the players that have made the biggest leaps and taken the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings this year.

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 2017 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)

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So Yeon Ryu has been , by far, the year's biggest gainer

The Year's Biggest Gainers:

1- So Yeon Ryu - 5.46 to 8.19 = Gain of 2.73 (moved from #9 to #2)
2- Mirim Lee - 3.24 to 4.44 = Gain of 1.20 (move 24 to 14)
3- Cristie Kerr - 2.78 to 3.72 = Gain of 0.94 (move 30 to 18)
4- Inbee Park - 5.34 to 6.06 = Gain of 0.72 (move 11 to 7)
5- Austin Ernst - 1.39 to 2.07 = Gain of 0.68 (move 80 to 37)
6- Michelle Wie - 0.67 to 1.34 = Gain of 0.67 (move 174 to 75)
7- Anna Nordqvist - 4.55 to 5.17 = Gain of 0.62 (move 14 to 10)

Note: Only 7 players had gains of over 0.50. A special mention should go out to Nelly Korda who doesn't qualify for this list because she didn't start the year in the top 100 and isn't there now, but has moved up from #341 to #157.

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Lydia Ko has lost more Rolex Rankings points than any other player so far this year

The Year's Biggest Decliners

1- Lydia Ko - 11.25 to 9.33 = Loss of 1.92 (moved from #1 to #1)
2- Brooke Henderson - 5.84 to 4.59 = Loss of 1.25 (move 8 to 13)
3- Bo-Mee Lee - 4.20 to 3.24 = Loss of 0.96 (move 15 to 21)
4- Sei Young Kim - 5.99 to 5.08 = Loss of 0.91 (move 6 to 11)
5- Shanshan Feng - 6.94 to 6.14 = Loss of 0.80 (move from 4 to 6)
6- Jin-Young Ko - 2.86 to 2.10 = Loss of 0.76 (move 26 to 36)
7- Na Yeon Choi - 1.90 to 1.31 = Loss of 0.58 (move 55 to 77)
8- Morgan Pressel - 1.90 to 1.34 = Loss of 0.56 (move 56 to 76)
9- Hyo Joo Kim - 3.17 to 2.62 = Loss of 0.55 (move 25 to 28)
10- Sung Hyun Park - 5.59 to 5.05 = Loss of 0.53 (move 10 to 12)
10- Candie Kung - 2.54 to 2.01 = Loss of 0.53 (move 33 to 40)
12- Brittany Lang - 3.29 to 2.77 = Loss of 0.52 (move 22 to 25)

Other Tidbits:
The Lotte Championship was not kind to a number of players that had cut streaks. Pornanong Phatlum (16), Moriya Jutanugarn (15), and Alison Lee (13), all missed the cut.

With her win in Hawaii, Cristie Kerr crosses the 18 million dollar mark in career earnings. She ranks third on the all time list.

Cristie Kerr's victory was the 2nd this year for an American player (Brittany Lincicome won earlier in the year) in the first 8 tournaments of the year. That equals their total for the whole 2016 season (in 33 events). 

Klara Spilkpova became the first Czeck player to win on the L.E.T. Her final round 66 was good enough for a one stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Cristie Kerr jumps up 8 spots from #26 to #18, while non-LPGA member Su Yeon Jang leaps from #68 to #52. Danielle Kang soars from #63 to #55, and Alena Sharp rises from #81 to #70.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
So Yeon Ryu continues to lead with 1,525 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn (1,145), Inbee Park (968), Lexi Thompson (926), and In Gee Chun (915).

Who's Hot:
So Yeon Ryu has finished in the top seven in all of her six starts this year. She has nine straight top ten finishes dating back to last year.

Aria Jutanugarn leads the tour with seven top 25 finishes this year.

Who's Not:
Hee Young Park has now missed four consecutive cuts. Morgan Pressel has already missed four cuts this year.

This Week's Trivia Question:

What three active LPGA players have won 7 major championships each?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

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