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Stats & Facts Vol.37 - 11 Events and 11 Different Winners

Before I begin with this week's subject, let me give a big congratulations to Sung Hyun Park for winning the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic. Park took full advantage of this rain/wind shortened contest that was reduced to 36 holes, by shooting a score of -11 under par. That score was good enough to come out on top by one stroke over Lindy Duncan. Park's amazing chip in on the tournament's 36th and final hole was the difference.

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in Virginia, it is a good time to take a look at some of the key player statistics after the first 11 tournaments of the year. The LPGA has now completed exactly one third of its schedule.

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Although no one player has dominated this season, Inbee Park leads the tour in several key categories.

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 75 points
2- Pernilla Lindberg - 61
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 56
4- Jin Young Ko - 55
5- Jessica Korda - 54

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)

1- Jessica Korda - 69.042 strokes per round
2- Inbee Park - 69.536
3- Jin Young Ko - 69.647
4- Minjee Lee - 69.794
5- Ariya Jutanugarn 69.854

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- Inbee Park - 1,498 points
2- Moriya Jutanugarn - 1,297
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1,235
4- Jin Young Ko - 1,218
5- Brooke Henderson 1,124

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Jin Young Ko - 485 points
2- Hannah Green - 214
3- Emma Talley - 179
4- Yu Liu - 125
5- Erynne Lee - 93

Most Victories:
1- Eleven players tied with -1

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Moriya (l) and Ariya (r) Jutanugarn have both gotten off to fast starts in 2018.

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 5
2- Shanshan Feng - 4
2- Inbee Park - 4
4- Minjee Lee - 3
4- Jessica Korda - 3

Most Top Ten Finishes:

1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 7
2- Jin Young Ko - 6
3- Minjee Lee - 5
4- Brooke Henderson -4
4- Moriya Jutanugarn - 4
4- Inbee Park - 4
4- Shanshan Feng - 4
4- Jessica Korda - 4

Most Top Twenty-five Finishes:

1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 9
2- Moriya Jutanugarn - 8
3- Charley Hull - 7
3- Minjee Lee - 7
5- Eight players tied with - 6

Most Wins By Country:

1- South Korea - 4
2- United States - 3
3- Four countries tied with - 1

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:

1- Lexi Thompson - 24
2- Azahara Munoz - 21

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It's looking like both Korda sisters could be teaming up in the 2019 Solheim Cup.

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Jessica Korda - 146 points
1- Lizette Salas - 146
3- Cristie Kerr - 131
4- Lexi Thompson - 110
5- Nelly Korda - 106
6- Brittany Lincicome - 103
7- Michelle Wie - 95
8- Brittany Altomare - 94
9- Marina Alex - 92
9- Jennifer Song - 92
11- Stacy Lewis - 88
12- Danielle Kang - 68

International Crown Team Standings
1- Republic of Korea - 17 (total Rolex Ranking of each country's top four players)
2- United Staes - 38
3- England - 185
4- Japan - 187
5- Australia - 239
6- Thailand - 259
7- Sweden - 270
8- Chinese Taipei - 309 

Other Tidbits:
After eleven weeks of tournament play, the LPGA still does not have a repeat winner. There have been eleven different winners.

With the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic being cut to 36 holes, only the top 70 finishers received a paycheck. Anyone who finished outside the top 70 has gone down in the record books as a missed cut. As a result, Cristie Kerr missed the cut and her streak came to a halt at nineteen straight. 

Stacy Lewis had her streak stopped a few weeks back at 64 consecutive cuts made. She now has missed three straight.

Congratulations to Martin and Gerina Piller on the birth of their son, Ajeo James "AJ" Piller.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Not much movement inside the top ten this week. Jessica Korda (who did not play) made the biggest move there, jumping from #10 to #8. Outside the top ten, Aditi Ashok continues her recent surge, moving up from #71 to #66. Lindy Duncan leaps up from #114 to #78.

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

Who's Hot:
Aditi Ashock has two consecutive top tens and three consecutive top twenty finishes. 

Who's Not:
Jessie Tang has missed the cut in her last sixteen LPGA starts. Beth Allen has missed her last ten. Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Yani Tseng, and Ilhee Lee have all missed their last five.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Since the LPGA established the Player of the Year Award in 1966, only four players have won the award at least four times. How many of those players can you name?

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


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