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Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 2

Let me start out today by congratulating Angela Stanford for winning The Evian Championship. She carded a final round 3 under par 68, to win by one stroke over Amy Olson, Sei Young Kim, Mo Martin, and Austin Ernst. It was Stanford's 6th LPGA victory and first major championship.

With the LPGA taking a two 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 2018. 

I last did this back in April when the LPGA had completed just 25% of its schedule. Now they have completed about 75% 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 2018 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)



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Georgia Hall has made the biggest move upwards in the Rolex Rankings so far this year.

 The Year's Biggest Gainers:
1- Georgia Hall - 2.53 to 5.41 = Gain of 2.88 (moved from #40 to #9)
2- Inbee Park - 4.59 to 7.30 = Gain of 2.71 (move 13 to 3)
3- Nasa Hataoka - 2.28 to 4.53 = Gain of 2.25 (move 44 to 17)
4- Minjee Lee - 3.61 to 5.64 = Gain of 2.03 (move 19 to 6)
5- Jessica Korda - 3.16 to 5.01 = Gain of 1.85 (move 26 to 11)
6- Angela Stanford - 1.55 to 3.24 = Gain of 1.69 (move 73 to 30)
7- Ariya Jutanugarn - 6.21 to 7.86 = Gain of 1.65 (move 6 to 2)
8- Pernilla Lindberg - 1.01 to 2.53 = Gain of 1.52 (move 109 to 39)
9- Austin Ernst - 1.71 to 3.21 = Gain of 1.50 (move 64 to 32)
10- Bronte Law - 0.52 to 1.80 = Gain of 1.28 (move 205 to 63)
11- Lindy Duncan - 0.65 to 1.86 = Gain of 1.21 (move 167 to 58)
12- Moriya Jutanugarn - 3.47 to 4.65 = Gain of 1.18 (move 22 to 14)
13- Jin-Young Ko - 3.66 to 4.82 = Gain of 1.16 (move 18 to 12)
14- Michelle Wie - 2.94 to 3.97 = Gain of 1.03 (move 29 to 20)
14- Mamiko Higa - 1.32 to 2.35 = Gain of 1.03 (move 84 to 44)
16- Marina Alex - 2.19 to 3.20 = Gain of 1.01 (move 47 to 33)
17- So Yeong Lee - 0.85 to 1.85 = Gain of 1.00 (move 131 to 60)
18- Nelly Korda - 1.56 to 2.52 = Gain of 0.96 (move 71 to 40)
19- Brooke Henderson - 4.47 to 5.42 = Gain of 0.95 (move 14 to 8)
20- Lizette Salas - 2.85 to 3.79 = Gain of 0.94 (move 32 to 23)
20- Sun Ju Ahn - 1.78 to 2.74 = Gain of 0.94 (move 61 to 37)


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In Gee Chun has lost the most points on the Rolex Rankings so far this year.

The Year's Biggest Decliners:
1- In Gee Chun - 6.29 to 3.65 = Loss of 2.64 (move from #5 to #27)
2- Shanshan Feng - 7.94 to 5.45 = Loss 2.49 (move 1-7)
3- Anna Nordqvist - 6.18 to 4.18 = Loss of 2.00 (move 7 to 18)
4- Mirim Lee - 3.77 to 1.97 = Loss of 1.80 (move 17 to 53)
5- M. J. Hur - 3.23 to 1.67 = Loss of 1.56 (move 24 to 72)
6- Haru Nomura - 2.59 to 1.07 = Loss of 1.52 (move 39 to 108)
7- Suzann Pettersen - 2.83 to 1.38 = Loss of 1.45 (move 33 to 85)
8- Stacy Lewis - 3.91 to 2.47 = Loss of 1.44 (move 16 to 41)
9- Gerina Piller - 2.39 to 1.01 = Loss of 1.38 (move 42 to 112)
10- Lexi Thompson - 7.28 to 5.94 = Loss of 1.34 (move 4 to 5)
11- Ha Neul Kim - 2.71 to 1.44 = Loss of 1.27 (move 34 to 82)
12- Bo-Mee Lee - 1.96 to 0.72 = Loss of 1.24 (move 52 to 166)
13- Cristie Kerr - 5.33 to 4.18 = Loss of 1.15 (move 10 to 19)
14- Fumika Kawagishi - 2.26 to 1.12 = Loss of 1.14 (move 46 to 106)
15- Brittany Lang - 1.68 to 0.55 = Loss of 1.13 (move 65 to 209)
16- Ha Na Jang - 3.07 to 2.00 = Loss of 1.07 (move 27 to 50)
17- I.K. Kim - 6.17 to 5.12 = Loss of 1.05 (move 8 to 10)

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

Other Tidbits:
Angela Stanford became the sixth different player from the United States (and second in a row) to win this year, tying South Korea (South Korea has a total of 8 wins).

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Angela Stanford makes the biggest move this week leaping from #76 to #30. Other big moves this week include: Amy Olson 89 to 48, Mo Martin 99 to 59, and Sei Young Kim 19 to 13.

Race to the CME Globe:   (1 million dollars)
Ariya Jutanugarn continues to have a huge lead with 3,512. She is followed by Minjee Lee with 2,538, and Brooke Henderson with 2,514. Sung Hyun Park (2,088) and So yeon Ryu (2,068) round out the top five. 

Who's Hot:
Brooke Henderson has five top ten finishes in her last eight starts, giving her ten top tens for the year. That number is only topped by Ariya Jutanugarn (13) and Minjee Lee (11).
So Yeon Ryu has not finished worse than 28th in her last nine starts.

Who's Not:
Danielle Kang has missed three consecutive cuts and has missed seven in her last nine starts.
Moriya Jutanugarn has not finished better than 35th in her last six starts.

This Week's Trivia Question: 
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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