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Stats & Facts - Americans and Jin Young Ko Dominate Early Season Play

Congratulations go out to Michelle Wie for winning the HSBC Women's Championship. It was another one of those incredibly exciting finishes that we seem to get from these LPGA players week in and week out. Wie carded a final round -7 under par sixty-five,  to come out one shot better than Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Brooke Henderson, and Jenny Shin. Shin had a one stroke lead entering the final hole, but was unable to make par. When Wie rolled in a 36 foot putt from off the green, she surged into the lead! Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang both failed to birdie the final hole to force a playoff. For Wie it was her 5th career victory, and first since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

With four tournaments now completed on the LPGA 2018 schedule, players from the USA have won three. That is one more than they managed to win the entire 2016 season (they won seven last year).

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Michelle Wie on her way to winning the 2018 HSBC Women's World Championship.

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

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Jin Young Ko - 39 points
2- Brittany Lincicome - 34
3- Jessica Korda - 31
4- Michelle Wie - 30
5- Danielle Kang - 18

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Jessica Korda - 67.375 strokes per round
2- Jin Young Ko - 68.250
3- Minjee Lee - 68.667
4- Michelle Wie - 69.000
5- Danielle Kang - 69.091

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Jin Young Ko - 690 points
2- Michelle Wie - 640
3- Brittany Lincicome - 590
4- Jessica Korda - 575
5- Nelly Korda - 488
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Korda sisters have both gotten off to fast starts in 2018.

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Jin Young Ko - 271 points
2- Hannah Green - 123
3- Georgia Hall - 69
4- Emily Talley - 64
5- Erynne Lee - 34

Most Victories:
1- Brittany Linicome - 1
1- Jin Young Ko - 1
1- Jessica Korda - 1
1- Michelle Wie - 1

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Shanshan Feng - 2
1- Minjee Lee - 2
1- Danielle Kang - 2

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Brooke Henderson - 3
1- Minjee Lee - 3
1- Jin Young Ko - 3

Most Wins By Country:
1- United States -3
2- South Korea - 1

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Stacy Lewis - 63
2- Sung Hyun Park - 33
3- Moriya Jutanugarn - 24
4- Amy Yang - 21
5- Lexi Thompson - 20

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Cristie Kerr - 111 points
2- Lizette Salas - 110
3- Lexi Thompson - 96
4- Jessica Korda - 91
5- Nelly Korda - 88
5- Stacy Lewis - 88
7- Michelle Wie - 84
8- Brittany Lincicome - 75
9- Brittany Altomare - 71
10- Danielle Kang - 68
11- Marina Alex - 62
12- Jennifer Song - 52

Other Tidbits:
The USGA announced this past week that the 2022 U.S. Women's Open will be held at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC.

Most Unlikely Stat of the Week:
Michelle Wie leads the LPGA with a putts per round average of 26.45.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Michelle Wie leaps up from #26 to #14. Jenny Shin vaults from #53 to #43, while Nelly Korda continues her surge with a jump from #56 to #44.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
See above.

Who's Hot:
Minjee Lee and Jin Young Ko are the only players to finish in the top 10 in each of their first three starts. Brooke Henderson has three top tens also, but she has teed it up four times. Michelle Wie just missed with finishes of 11th, 11th, and 1st.

Who's Not:

I.K. Kim has not finished better than 60th in her two starts this year. Angel Yin has failed to crack the top 35 in any of her three starts this year.

This Week's Trivia Question: 

Who is the only left handed golfer to ever win an LPGA event?

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


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