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Stats & Facts - Jin Young Ko Dominates First 1/3 of Season

Before I get started with this week's subject, I want to give a big congratulations to Sei Young Kim for winning the LPGA Mediheal Championship. It wasn't easy! Sei Young took a three shot lead into the final round but was able to shoot no better than a three over par 75. Meanwhile Bronte Law, playing 2 1/2 hours in front of the leaders, came from ten shots back to take the clubhouse lead. Law shot a final round of 65. When super-rookie Jeongeun Lee6 fired a final round 67, she tied Law for the clubhouse lead. When Kim birdied the final hole, we had a 3-way playoff. Off to hole No. 18 they would go, and Kim would make the only birdie there to take home the trophy. For Kim it was her 8th win on the LPGA Tour since she started teeing it up in January of 2015. Only two players on the LPGA Tour have won more often. Ariya Jutanugarn has won 10 times over that period, and Brooke Henderson has won 8 times since her debut in August of 2015.

With the LPGA taking a two week break before resuming its schedule in Virginia, I think this is a good time to look at some key player statistics now that they have completed the first one third of the 2019 season.

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Jin Young Ko (seen here after jumping into Poppies Pond) has dominated the LPGA stats the first 1/3 of the season.

Official Money:
1- Jin Young Ko - $1,070,931
2- Minjee Lee - $742,237
3- Eun-Hee Ji - $593,049
4- Nelly Korda - $530,799
5- Brooke Henderson - $526,860

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Jin Young Ko - 129 points
2- Minjee Lee - 66
3- Nelly Korda - 59
3- Eun-Hee Ji - 59
5- Brooke Henderson - 44

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Jin Young Ko - 69.000 strokes per round
2- Nelly Korda - 69.600
3- Hyo Joo Kim - 69.667
4- Brooke Henderson - 69.813
5- Minjee Lee - 69.821

Race to the CME Globe:  (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize)
1- Jin Young Ko - 2,121 points
2- Minjee Lee - 1,577
3- Eun-Hee Ji - 1,279
4- Nelly Korda - 1,264
5- Brooke Henderson - 984

Aon Risk Reward Challenge: (one million dollars)
1- Lee-Anne Pace -1.1 
2- Carlota Ciganda -1
2- P.K. Kongraphan -1
4- Ariya Jutanugarn -0.95
5- Charley Hull -0.938

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Jeoneun Lee6 - 428 points
2- Kristen Gillman - 271
3- Charlotte Thomas - 162
4- Linnea Strom - 105
5- Sara Schmelzel - 98
6- Lauren Stephenson - 93
7- Pajaree Anannarukarn - 71
8- Anne van Dam - 47

Most Victories:
1- Jin Young Ko -2
2- Nine players tied with - 1

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Jin Young Ko - 6
2- Minjee Lee - 4
2- Eun-Hee Ji - 4
4- Nelly Korda - 3
4- Azahara Munoz - 3
4- Carlota Ciganda - 3

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Nelly Korda - 6
1- Jin Young Ko - 6
3- Brooke Henderson - 5
3- Azahara Munoz - 5
3- Eun-Hee Ji - 5
3- Danielle Kang - 5
3- Minjee Lee - 5

Most Wins By Country:
1- Republic of Korea - 6
2- Five countries tied with - 1

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Ariya Jutanugarn - 44
2- Minjee Lee - 24
3- Amy Yang - 21

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team USA)
1- Nelly Korda - 398 points
2- Danielle Kang - 380
3- Lexi Thompson - 367
4- Jessica Korda - 310
5- Lizette Salas - 253
6- Marina Alex - 229
7- Megan Khang - 219.50
8- Cristie Kerr - 205
9- Austin Ernst - 187
10- Brittany Altomare - 185.50
11- Brittany Lincicome - 172
12- Amy Olson - 164.50

Solheim Cup Standings: (Team Europe)
1- Anne van Dam - 114 points
2- Carlota Ciganda - 100.88
3- Charley Hull - 100
4- Georgia Hall - 88.83
5- Caroline Hedwall - 85
6- Meghan MacLaren - 70.25
7- Pernilla Lindberg - 65
8- Marianne Skarpnord - 59.50
9- Nuria Iturrios - 50.50
10- Azahara Munoz - 49.70
11- Anna Nordqvist - 41.25
12- Jenny Haglund - 36.00

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Sei Young Kim makes the most important move this week, jumping up from No.15 to No. 9. Bronte Law leaps up from No. 64 to No. 43, while Kristen Gillman continues her weekly charge, climbing up from No. 88 to No. 76.

This Week's Trivia Question: 
Who is the oldest player to win an LPGA event?

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

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