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Field Rating Explanation - 6/4/19

I have received many requests to explain how I compute my field ratings each week. Some people have told me they think it is too high based on using the Rolex Rankings. That may be true, but only because I don't use only the Rolex Rankings. 

Using just the Rolex Rankings would make the field look artificially low as those rankings include many players in the top 100 that are not members of the LPGA. 

Using just the Priority List doesn't work either because some events invite non LPGA members who are stars on other tours and certainly make the field stronger, and must be accounted for.

My rankings are based on a combination of the top 100 players from both the Rolex Rankings and the LPGA Priority List.

My field rating is computed as follows:

Priority List:
Players ranked 1-25 are worth 1 3/4 points each = max of 43.75
Players ranked 26-50 are worth 1 1/4 points = max of 31.25
Players ranked 51-75 are worth 3/4 of a point = max of 18.75
Players ranked 76- 100 are worth 1/4 point = max of 6.25
That equals 100% if every player was to tee it up.

Rolex Rankings:
Players ranked 1-25 are worth 1 3/4 points each = max of 43.75
Players ranked 26-50 are worth 1 1/4 points = max of 31.25
Players ranked 51-75 are worth 3/4 of a point = max of 18.75
Players ranked 76- 100 are worth 1/4 point = max of 6.25
That also equals 100% if every player was to tee it up.

I then take the total of the two and divide it by two. In other words if the Priority List total for the event comes to 80, and the Rolex Rankings total comes to 68, that would equal 148 and my rating would be 74.

I realize this is not a perfect system, but it does give us a strong indication of how strong the field is on any given week, putting the emphasis on the LPGA players while still taking into consideration players from other tours.



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