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LPGA Reshuffles 2018 Priority List

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.

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Mariah Stackhouse (pictured with Tiger Woods) made one of the most important jumps in this week's LPGA Priority List reshuffle.

The following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Bronte Law - 108 to 86
Amy Olson - 112 to 88
Nasa Hataoka - 116 to 92
Caroline Inglis - 126 to 93
Hee Young Park - 106 to 94
Mariajo Uribe - 113 to 96
Laeticia Beck - 130 to 98 
Although the jumps made by the above players look good on paper, it is not that significant as they were playing all full field events anyway.

The following players also jumped into the top 100, but these moves were much more significant as they will now be playing every full field tournament.
Laura Davies - 190 to 91
Kris Tamulis - 151 to 95
Mariah Stackhouse - 147 to 97
Daniela Iacobelli - 161 to 100

The following players made the most important gains, and should now be playing in most (if not all) full field events:
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong - 149 to 139
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras - 177 to 141
Annie Park - 366 to 146
Lauren Kim - 183 to 147

The following players are not guaranteed to play all full field events, but have a much better chance than before the reshuffle:
Camilla Lennarth - 179 to 150
Vicki Hurst - 158 to 151
Julieta Granada - 229 to 152
Daniela Darquea - 159 to 154
Brittany Marchand - 171 to 155
Maddie McCrary - 169 - 157
Natalie Gulbis - 228 to 158
Alison Emrey - 181 to 159

The following players took some of the biggest drops in this week's reshuffle (and by dropping out of the top 100 will not be part of my weekly field rating):
Celine Boutier - 86 to 101
Benyapa Niphatsophon - 84 to 102
Nanna Koertz Madsen - 87 to 103
Lindsey Weaver - 90 to 104
Anne-Catherine Tanguay 91 to 105
Katelyn Dambaugh - 93 to 106
Ai Miyazato - 94 to 107 (retired)
Lee-Anne Pace - 97 to 108
Joanna Klatten - 99 to 109
Alison Lee - 100 to 110
Maude-Aimee Leblanc - 96 to 145
Although these drops look bad on paper, it is not all that significant as these players will still get into all full field (144 players) tournaments.


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Belen Mozo dropped all the way down to #172 0n the new LPGA Priority List.

The following players got hurt the most and will be seeing much less playing time, or no playing time at all:
Maria Hernandez - 145 to 165
Juli Inkster - 154 to 168
Mina Haragae - 148 to 169
Belen Mozo - 138 to 172
Holly Clyburn - 146 to 173
Simin Feng - 137 to 177
Beth Allen - 143 to 178
Casey Grice - 150 to 179
Katherine Perry - 155 to 180
Ilhee Lee - 156 to 181
Becky Morgan - 157 to 182
Mind Muangkhumsakul 160 to 183
Kendall Dye - 162 to 184
Madeleine Sheils - 163 to 185
Nannette Hill - 165 to 186
Alison Walshe - 168 to 187

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

Since the LPGA established the Player of the Year Award in 1966, only four players have won the award at least four time. How many of those players can you name?


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

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