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LPGA Reshuffles 2019 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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University of Alabama teamates Lauren Stephenson (L) and Kristen Gillman (R) made two of the biggest leaps up in this week's LPGA Priority List reshuffle.

The following players jumped into the top 100 in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Jeongeun Lee6 - 125 to 94
Kristen Gillman - 140 to 95
Charlotte Thomas - 102 to 96
Morgan Pressel - 114 to 97
Jing Yan - 150 to 98
Mi Jing Hur - 121 to 99
Alena Sharp - 115 to 100
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 improved their Priority Ranking significantly
Nanna Koertz Madsen - 134 to 102
Lauren Stephenson - 134 to 104
Sarah Schmelzel - 128 to 105
Alison Lee - 141 to 106

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Louise Ridderstrom will now get many more chances to tee it up.

The following players made the most important gains, and should now be playing in most (if not all) full field events:
Sarah Kemp - 420 to 101
Xi Yu Lin - 151 to 103
Pajaree Anannarukarn - 170 to 136
Cheyenne Knight - 157 to 140
Katherine Perry - 368 to 141
Suzuka Yamaguchi - 163 to 143
Louise Ridderstrom - 164 to 146
Giulia Molinaro - 168 to 147

The following players are not guaranteed to play all full field events, but have a much better chance than before the reshuffle:
P.K. Kongraphan - 173 to 149
Laetitia Beck - 161 to 152
Luna Sobron - 184 to 155
Karen Chung - 172 to 158

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):
Ruixin Liu - 94 to 108
Dottie Ardina - 95 to 109
Pavarisa Yoktuan - 96 to 110
Elizabeth Szokol - 97 to 111
Linnea Strom - 98 to 107
Stephanie Meadow - 99 to 112
Joanna Klatten - 100 to 113
Although these drops don't look very good on paper, it is not that significant as they will still be playing all full field events.

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Muni He's chances of retaining her playing privileges for 2020 have dropped significantly.

The following players got hurt severely, and will be seeing less playing time :
Mel Reid - 130 to 150
Tiffany Chan - 142 to 151
Clariss Guce - 143 to 154
Alena Uriell - 147 to 156
Jackie Stoelting - 132 to 160
Lila Vu - 154 to 162
Youngin Chun - 139 to 163

The following players got hurt the most, and will be seeing very little playing time or none at all.
Becca Huffer - 135 to 167
Katie Burnett - 145 to 168
Jenny Haglund - 146 to 169
Maddie McCrary - 148 to 170
Muni He - 156 to 172
Kristy McPherson - 158 to 173
Brooke Pancake - 153 to 372

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who is the oldest and youngest players to win the U.S. Women's Open?

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


  1. I am confused by Jennifer Kupcho's move to 126 (category 11, even though she did not finish between 81 and 100 on last season's money list) and Maria Fassi's move to 159 (category 13, even though she has yet to earn official money). As much as it might be fascinating to have them play regularly, shouldn't they both still be in the 165-173 range (category 14)?

    1. Kupcho at #126 and Fassi at #159 are right where they were on the Priority List before the reshuffle. Their Priority ranking did not change.

    2. Exactly. But why is that? All of the other category 14 players that have yet to earn official money stayed in category 14, and thus were effectively reshuffled down lower. For example, Kristy McPherson was 1 ahead of Maria Fassi before the reshuffle, and she is now 14 behind her.

    3. The new rule that went into effect this year states that if a player goes to the Q-Series and earns her card, but chooses to stay in school (both Kupcho and Fassi did) they can defer their LPGA status (and their Priority Ranking) for up to one year.

    4. Aha, that explains it, thanks! I knew they had deferred their status until this week, but didn't know that exempted them from the reshuffle as well. The priority list should probably have these highlighted in some way, like they do for medical.

  2. I heard that for next week's ShopRite event they are going all the way down to #365 or so on the priority list to fill the field, so all of the players who dropped in the priority list after the reshuffle will have another chance to make some hay. It is a grind, for sure, out there for those players struggling to make a cut and a check and keep their status... not to mention earning a living, which is hard for those who don't finish in the top 100 or so at the end of the season. Most of their winnings are eaten up by expenses.
    I think Jackie Stoelting is all done for the year becasue of her pregnancy..
    Mel Reid continues to be a mystery.
    Katie Burnett hasn't played at all this year, I think. Not sure why.
    I'm rooting for my young amateur friend Alexa Pano to do well in the Open this week. I'd love to see her make the cut. That would be a nice performance by her. She will be on the LPGA in a few years. She's on a fast track like Lexi Thompson was at that age. Next week Alexa plays in the Symetra event in South Bend. She will play again in the LPGA event in Green Bay, and she may be playing the the LPGA event in Portland, Or.

  3. Any idea why Lindsay Weaver is in Category 4? Reserved for pevious winners?

  4. Not that this changes much, but with her win at the US Women's Open Jeong Eun Lee 6 was moved up 3 spots from #94 (Category 8: Current Year Top 80) to #91 (Category 3: Major Winner).


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