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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year 2017 - Final

As we wait for the 2018 season to begin, it gives me time to look back at the players that made the biggest moves in the Rolex Rankings in 2017.

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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Non LPGA member Hye-Jin Choi (pictured here with Lexi Thompson) was the biggest Rolex Rankings gainer in 2017.

The Year's Biggest Gainers:

1- Hye-Jin Choi - 0.79 to 4.70 = Gain of 3.91 (moved from #143 to #12)
2- In-Kyung Kim - 2.81 to 6.26 = Gain of 3.45 (move 28-8)
3- Cristie Kerr - 2.78 to 5.39 = Gain of 2.61 (move 30-10)
4- Sung Hyun Park - 5.59 to 7.92 = Gain of 2.33 (move 10-2)
5- Michelle Wie - 0.67 to 2.97 = Gain of 2.30 (move 174-29)
6- Moriya Jutanugarn - 1.30 to 3.51 = Gain of 2.21 (move 85-22)
7- Jeongeun Lee - 1.21 to 3.35 = Gain of 2.14 (move 94-23)
8- Danielle Kang - 1.57 to 3.56 = Gain of 1.99 (move 68-21)
9- So Yeon Ryu - 5.73 to 7.70 = Gain of 1.97 (move 9-3)
10- Brittany Altomare - 0.66 to 2.45 = Gain of 1.79 (move 180-42)
11- Anna Nordqvist - 4.55 to 6.29 = Gain of 1.74 (move 14-7)
12- Georgia Hall - 1.06 to 2.57 = Gain of 1.51 (move 106-40)
13- Nasa Hataoka - 0.81 to 2.30 = Gain of 1.49 (move 135-44)
14- Lizette Salas - 1.57 to 2.87 = Gain of 1.30 (move 67-33)
15- Lexi Thompson - 6.12 to 7.41 = Gain of 1.29 (move 5-4)
16- Marina Alex - 1.00 to 2.22 = Gain of 1.22 (move 113-47)
17- Shanshan Feng - 6.94 to 8.05 = Gain of 1.11 (move 4-1)
18- Madelene Sagstrom - 0.52 to 1.57 = Gain of 1.05 (move 221-74)
19- Mi Jung Hur - 2.43 to 3.29 = Gain of 0.86 (move 35-24)
20- Jin-Young Ko - 2.86 to 3.71 = Gain of 0.85 (move 26-18)

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Lydia Ko was the biggest Rolex Rankings decliner in 2017.

The Year's Biggest Decliners:

1- Lydia Ko - 11.25 to 5.57 = Loss of 5.68 (moved from #1 to #9)
2- Ha Na Jang - 5.91 to 3.16 = Loss of 2.75 (move 7-27)
3- Bo-Me Lee - 4.20 to 2.00 = Loss of 2.20 (move 15-52)
4- Brittany Lang - 3.29 to 1.72 = Loss of 1.57 (move 22-65)
5- Ariya Jutanugarn - 7.79 to 6.35 = Loss of 1.44 (move 2-6)
6- Na Yeon Choi - 1.90 to 0.56 = Loss of 1.34 (move 55-193)
7- Brooke Henderson - 5.84 to 4 56 = Loss of 1.28 (move 8-14)
8- Alison Lee - 2.49 to 1.23 = Loss of 1.26 (move 34-91)
9- Gerina Piller - 3.69 to 2.45 = Loss of 1.24 (move 19-41)
10 - Sei Young Kim - 5.99 to 4.76 = Loss of 1.23 (move 6-11)
11- Charley Hull - 4.16 to 3.07 = Loss of 1.09 (move 16-28)
12- Candie Kung - 2.54 to 1.46 = Loss of 1.08 (move 33-78)
13- Morgan Pressel - 1.90 to 0.88 = Loss of 1.02 (move 56-127)
14- Mika Miyazato - 1.42 to 0.40 = Loss of 1.02 (move 79-243)
15- Beth Allen - 1.79 to 0.78 = Loss of 1.01 (move 60-142)
16- Catriona Matthew - 1.75 to 0.77 = Loss of 0.98 (move 62-143)
17- Hyo-Joo Kim - 3.17 to 2.21 = Loss of 0.96 (move 25-48)
18- Mo Martin - 2.59 to 1.63 = Loss of 0.96 (move 32-70)
19- Lee-Anne Pace - 1.97 to 1.02 = Loss of 0.95 (move 53-111)
20- Suzann Pettersen - 3.82 to 2.88 = Loss of 0.94 (move 18-32)

There you have it. The biggest gainers and decliners of 2017. Who do you think will rebound in 2018? Who will be the next Hye-Jin Choi and surprise us all?

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Who is the highest ranked player on the 2018 LPGA Priority List without a victory on the LPGA tour?

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