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Stats & Facts - Nelly Korda Dominates Early Season Play

Before I get started I want to give a big round of applause to Sung Hyun Park for winning the HSBC Women's World Championship. Park fired a final round 8 under par 64, to win by two strokes over Minjee Lee. For Lee it was her second consecutive runner up finish, and has eight top four finishes in her last 18 starts.

With the LPGA taking a two 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.

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Nelly Korda has dominated most of the early season stats.

Official Money:
1- Nelly Korda - $380,493
2- Minjee Lee - $314,169
3- Eun-Hee Ji - $292,049
4- Amy Yang - $268,271
5- Sung-Hyun Park - $242,862

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Nelly Korda - 44 Points
2- Eun-Hee Ji - 40
3- Amy Yang - 30
3- Celine Boutier - 30
3- Sung Hyun Park - 30

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Eun-Hee Ji - 68.147 strokes per round
2- Nelly Korda - 68.750
3- Stacy Lewis - 69.000
4- Sung Hyun Park - 69.250
5- Jin Young Ko - 69.417

Race to the CME Globe:  (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize)
1- Nelly Korda - 855 points
2- Eun-He Ji - 700
3- Minjee Lee - 683
4- Celine Boutier - 597
5- Amy Yang - 576

Aon Risk Reward Challenge: (one million dollars)
1- Jaye Marie Green - -1.50
1- Maria Torres - -1.50
3- Mirim Lee - -1.25
4- Minjee Lee - -1.167
4- Angel Yin - -1.167

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Jeongeun Lee6 - 98 points
2- Charlotte Thomas - 85
3- Lauren Stephenson - 73
4- Kristen Gillman - 45
5- Isa Gabsa - 41 

Most Victories:
1- Nelly Korda - 1
1- Eun-Hee Ji - 1
1- Amy Yang - 1
1- Celene Boutier - 1
1- Sung Hyun Park - 1

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Nelly Korda - 2
1- Azahara Munoz - 2
1- Jin Young Ko - 2
1- Minjee Lee - 2
1- Eun-Hee Ji - 2

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Nelly Korda - 4
2- Jodi Ewart Shadoff - 3
2- Eun-Hee Ji -3
2- Azahara Munoz - 3
5- Five players tied with - 2

Most Wins By Country:
1- Republic of Korea - 3
2- United States - 1
2- France - 1

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 38
2- So Yeon Ryu - 31

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Nelly Korda - 347 points
2- Lexi Thompson - 283
3- Danielle Kang - 252.5
4- Jessica Korda - 232
5- Lizette Salas - 222
6- Marina Alex - 208
7- Megan Khang - 188
8- Cristie Kerr - 187
8- Austin Ernst - 187
10- Brittany Lincicome - 172
11- Brittany Altomare - 170.5
12- Amy Olson - 164.5

Other Tidbits:
Nelly Korda now has five consecutive top ten finishes, and seven consecutive top 20 finishes, dating back to the end of the 2018 season.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sung Hyun Park is the new No.1 player in the world. Jin Young Ko breaks into the top ten this week, jumping from #11 to #8. Azahara Munoz bolts up from #50 to #41.

This Week's Trivia Question: 

Brooke Henderson and Sei Young Kim have both won tournaments in each of the last four years. Who is the only LPGA player to win at least one tournament in the last six years?


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