Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

With the LPGA taking a 1 week break, I would like to take this opportunity to take a look at the players that have taken the biggest leaps and the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings in 2017. 

I last did this back in April when the LPGA had completed just 25% of its schedule. Now they have completed about 70% of their schedule and things have changed quite dramatically.

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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The year's biggest mover so far this year is I.K. Kim.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:
1- I.K. Kim - 2.81 to 6.54 = Gain of 3.73 (moved from #28 to #9)
2- Hye Jin Choi - 0.79 to 4.17 = Gain of 3.38 (move 143 to 19)
3- So Yeon Ryu - 5.73 to 8.71 = Gain of 2.98 (move 9 to 1)
4- Anna Nordqvist - 4.55 to 7.04 = Gain of 2.49 (14 to 4)
5- Sung Hyun Park - 5.59 to 8.05 = Gain of 2.46 (10 to 2)
6- Michelle Wie - 0.67 to 3.06 = Gain of 2.42 (174 to 31)
7- Mirim Lee - 3.24 to 4.49 = Gain of 2.25 (move 24 to 15)
8- Danielle Kang - 1.57 to 3.76 = Gain of 2.19 (move 68 to 21)
9- Jeongeun Lee - 1.21 to 3.39 = Gain of 2.18 (move 94 to 25)
10- Moriya Jutanugarn - 1.30 to 3.42 = Gain of 2.12 (move 85 to 23)
11- Lexi Thompson - 6.12 to 8.05 = Gain of 1.93 (move 5 to 3)
12 - M.J. Hur - 2.43 to 4.36 = Gain of 1.93 (move 35 to 17)
13- Cristie Kerr - 2.78 to 4.70 = Gain of 1.92 (move 30 to 14)
14- Brittany Altomare - 0.66 to 2.53 = Gain of 1.87 (move 180 to 40)
15- Georgia Hall - 1.06 to 2.50 = Gain of 1.44 (move 106 to 41)
16- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 1.81 to 3.08 = Gain of 1.27 (move 59 to 30)
17- Marina Alex - 1.00 to 2.11 = Gain of 1.11 (move from 113 to 52)
18- Madelene Sagstrom - 0.52 to 1.43 = Gain of 0.91 (move 221 to 77)
19- Ji Hyun Kim - 1.23 to 2.00 = Gain of 0.77 (move 90 to 54)
20- Mamiko Higa - 0.58 to 1.35 = Gain of 0.77 (move 203 to 84)

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Lydia Ko has been winless this year, and is the year's biggest decliner.

The Year's Biggest Decliners:
1- Lydia Ko - 11.25 to 6.68 = Loss of 4.57 (move from #1 to #8)
2- Bo-Me Lee - 4.20 to 2.57 = Loss of 1.63 (move 15 to 38)
3- Ha Na Jang - 5.91 to 4.28 = Loss of 1.53 (move 7 to 18)
4- Na Yeon Choi - 1.90 to 0.66 = Loss of 1.24 (move 55 to 171)
5- Brittany Lang - 3.29 to 2.14 = Loss of 1.15 (move 22 to 51)
6- Charley Hull - 4.16 to 3.14 = Loss of 1.02 (move 16 to 28)
7- Alison Lee - 2.49 to 1.51 = Loss of 0.98 (move 34 to 75)
8- Candie Kung - 2.54 to 1.68 = Loss of 0.86 (move 33 to 71)
9- Mika Miyazato - 1.42 to 0.57 = Loss of 0.85 (move 79 to 197)
10- Sun Ju Ahn - 2.68 to 1.84 = Loss of 0.84 (move 31 to 63)
11- Morgan Pressel - 1.90 to 1.07 = Loss of 0.83 (move 56 to 111)
12- Hee Young Park - 1.64 to 0.83 = Loss of 0.81 (move 64 to 136)
13- Jung Min Lee - 1.18 to 0.37 = Loss of 0.81 (move 96 to 275)
14- Lee-Anne Pace - 1.97 to 1.19 = Loss of 0.78 (move 53 to 98)
15- Beth Allen - 1.79 to 1.01 = Loss of 0.78 (move 60 to 121)
16- Xi Yu Lin - 1.46 to 0.68 = Loss of  0.78 (move 76 to 164)
17- Yoon Ji Cho - 1.78 to 1.03 = Loss of 0.75 (move 61 to 115)
18- Catriona Matthew - 1.75 to 1.02 = Loss of 0.73 (move 62 to 118)
19- Ariya Jutanugarn - 7.79 to 7.02 = Loss of 0.71 (move 2 to 5)
20- Hyo Joo Kim - 3.17 to 2.53 = Loss of 0.64 (move 25 to 39)

I will revisit this one more time at season's end.


This Week's Trivia Question:  (for those who missed it earlier)     

What LPGA Player has made the most money this season without winning a single tournament?


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


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