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Stats & Facts - Vol 33

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in Virginia, it is as good a time as any to look at some key player statistics after the first ten tournaments of the year.

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So Yeon Ryu has not finished outside of the top ten in any of her starts this year.

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- So Yeon Ryu - 101 points
2- Cristie Kerr - 63
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 60
4- Inbee Park - 54
5- Lexi Thompson 43

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- So Yeon Ryu - 68.571 strokes per round
2- Inbee Park - 69.250
3- Sung Hyun Park - 69.333
4- Lexi Thompson - 69.346
5- Mirim Lee - 69.370

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- So Yeon Ryu - 1,605 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1,525
3- Cristie Kerr - 1,211
4- Inbee Park - 1,082
5- Lexi Thompson - 980

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sung Hyun Park - 406 points
2- Angel Yin - 225
3- Nelly Korda - 149
4- Peiyun Chien - 108
5- Laura Gonzalez Escallon - 99

Most Victories:
1- Ten players - with 1 win (no player has won twice yet this year)

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Cristie Kerr - 4
1- So Yeon Ryu - 4
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 4
4- Six players tied with - 3

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 8
2- So Yeon Ryu - 7
3- Lydia Ko - 5
3- Cristie Kerr - 5
5- In Gee Chun - 4

Most Top Twenty-five Finishes:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 9
2- Brooke Henderson - 8
2- Moriya Jutanugarn - 8
4- Jessica Korda - 7
4- So Yeon Ryu - 7
4- Sung Hyun Park - 7
4- M.J. Hur - 7

Most Wins By Country:
1- South Korea - 6
2- United States - 2
3- Japan - 1
4- Sweden - 1

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- So Yeon Ryu - 62
2- Stacy Lewis - 47
3- Anna Nordqvist - 40
4- Ariya Jutanugarn - 37
5- Sarah Jane Smith - 31

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Lexi Thompson - 492 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 377.5
3- Cristie Kerr - 338.5
4- Gerina Piller - 313
5- Jessica Korda - 282.5
6- Brittany Lang - 241
7- Austin Ernst - 210.5
8- Angela Stanford - 182.5
Mo Martin and Brittany Lincicome would get in via the Rolex Rankings.

2018 International Crown Team Standings
1- South Korea - 22 (total of top 4 players in Rolex Rankings)
2- United States - 58
3- Japan - 180
4- Australia - 243
5- England - 248
6- Thailand - 255
7- Spain - 328
8- China - 353

This Week's Trivia Question:  (In case you missed it earlier this week)

This is a tough one! (If you get this you are bordering on LPGA genius)

It is not unusual (in fact it is quite common) for a player to be ranked in the top 75 of the LPGA Priority List but not in the top 75 of the Rolex Rankings. Can you name the only 2 LPGA players that are currently ranked in the top 75 of the Rolex Rankings, but are not in the top 75 of the LPGA Priority List?

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

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