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It has been a very unusual LPGA season so far to say the least. Due to the pandemic there were four tournaments played early in the year, and then play was halted for five months. Play finally resumed on the last day of July, but fans were not allowed to attend. Nine more tournaments have now been played, so thirteen tournaments are now in the books. The player results of these thirteen tournaments have been treated by the Rolex Rankings as any other results would have been treated in any normal year.

Thirteen tournaments may not sound like a lot, but it has resulted in major changes in the Rolex Rankings in 2020. Changes that will have a direct affect as to what players will qualify for both the 2021 Olympic and Solheim Cup teams.

 

The Rolex Rankings 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.

 

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                                          Sei Young Kim

 

I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirement for my list is: A player must have been ranked in the top 150 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now (or else this list would be filled with unknown names).

 

 

The Year’s Biggest Gainers

1- Sophia Popov – 0.27 to 2.91 = Gain of 2.64 (moved from #344 to #25)
2- Inbee Park – 4.31 to 6.18 = Gain of 1.87 (move 14-4)
3- Hae Ran Ryu – 0.98 to 2.73 = Gain of 1.75 (move 122-31)
4- Mirim Lee – 1.35 to 3.07 = Gain of 1.72 (move 85-22)
5- Stacy Lewis – 1.14 to 2.73 = Gain of 1.59 (move 101-30)
6- Mel Reid – 1.12 to 2.56 = Gain of 1.44 (move 102-36)
7- Sei Young Kim – 5.63 to 6.87 = Gain of 1.24 (move 5-2)
8- Yuka Saso – 0.36 to 1.57 = Gain 0f 1.21 (move 282-76)
T9- Hyun Kyung Park – 1.23 to 2.33 = Gain of 1.10 (move 95-42)
T9- Jennifer Kupcho – 1.97 to 3.07 = Gain of 1.10 (move 51-23)
11- Austin Ernst – 1.71 to 2.66 = Gain of 0.95 (move 63-32)
12- Jasmine Suwannapura – 0.92 to 1.81 = Gain of 0.89 (move 131-63)
13- Emily Pedersen – 0.12 to 0.96 = Gain of 0.84 (move 509-116)
14- Andrea Lee – 0.03 to 0.84 = Gain of 0.81 (move 797-131)
15- Ayaka Furue – 1.37 to 2.09 = Gain of 0.72 (move 82-49)
16- Yealimi Noh – 1.10 to 1.81 = Gain of 0.71 (move 105-64)
17- Anna Nordqvist – 1.28 to 1.96 = Gain of 0.68 (move 89-54)
18- Madelene Sagstrom – 1.03 to 1.70 = Gain of 0.67 (move 118-70)
19- Na Rin An – 0.53 to 1.11 = Gain of 0.58 (move 202-100)
20- Ashleigh Buhai – 1.10 to 1.66 = Gain of 0.56 (move 104-73)
T21- Maria Fassi – 0.33 to 0.80 = Gain of 0.47 (move 300-148)
T21- Jennifer Song – 1.11 to 1.58 =Gain of 0.47 (move 103-74)
23- Lauren Stephenson – 0.51 to 0.95 = Gain of 0.44 (move 208-118)
T24- Danielle Kang – 5.77 to 6.15 = Gain of 0.38 (move 4-5)
T24- Katherine Kirk – 1.05 to 1.43 = Gain of 0.38 (move 115-81)

 

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                                             Stacy Lewis

 

The Year’s Biggest Decliners

1- Jin Young Ko – 9.45 to 7.83 = Loss of 1.62 (moved from #1 to #1)
2- Sung Hyun Park – 6.77 to 5.23 = Loss of 1.54 (move 2-8)
3- Ariya Jutanugarn – 4.64 to 3.21 = Loss of 1.43 (move 12-19)
4- Jeong Eun Lee6 – 5.51 to 4.22 = Loss of 1.29 (move 7-12)
5- Hinako Shibuno – 4.76 to 3.62 = Loss of 1.14 (move 11-15)
6- Jessica Korda – 4.26 to 3.16 = Loss of 1.10 (move 17-21)
7- Amy Yang – 3.69 to 2.74 = Loss of 0.95 (move 20-29)
8- Bronte Law – 2.76 to 1.85 = Loss of 0.91 (move 31-61)
9- Ai Suzuki – 4.28 to 3.43 = Loss of 0.85 (move 15-16)
10- Lizette Salas – 3.75 to 2.99 = Loss of 0.76 (move 19-24)
11- Sun Ju Ahn – 2.12 to 1.43 = Loss of 0.69 (move 47-80)
12- Da Yeon Lee – 2.79 to 2.11 = Loss of 0.68 (move 30-48)
13- Jiyai Shin – 3.17 to 2.51 = Loss of 0.66 (move 24-38)
14- I.K. Kim – 2.36 to 1.73 = Loss of 0.63 (move 39-68)
15- Jeong Min Cho – 1.74 to 1.14 = Loss of 0.60 (move 60-95)
T16- Annie Park – 1.68 to 1.13 = Loss of 0.55 (move 64-98)
T16- A Yean Cho – 2.53 to 1.98 = Loss of 0.55 (move 35-53)
18- Angel Yin – 2.33 to 1.80 = Loss of 0.53 (move 42-65)
19- Eun-Hee Ji – 2.58 to 2.06 = Loss of 0.52 (34-50)
20- Seon Woo Bae – 2.81 to 2.30 = Loss of 0.51 (move 29-44)
21- Lexi Thompson – 5.30 to 4.81 = Loss of 0.49 (move 10-10)
22- A Lim Kim – 1.59 to 1.11 = Loss of 0.48 (move 68-101)
T23- Misuzu Narita – 1.37 to 0.90 = Loss of 0.47 (move 80-122)
T23- Shanshan Feng – 3.34 to 2.87 = Loss of 0.47 (move 23-26)
25- Mamiko Higa – 1.65 to 1.19 = Loss of 0.46 (move 66-92)

 

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It has been a very unusual LPGA season so far to say the least. Due to the pandemic there were four tournaments played early in the year, and then play was halted for five months. Play finally resumed

Two things that stand out to me;   a) Inbee is back in as of now.  I wasn't sure she would make it, even after her win early in the season.  Of course, it's impossible to know how she would

Two things that stand out to me;

 

a) Inbee is back in as of now.  I wasn't sure she would make it, even after her win early in the season.  Of course, it's impossible to know how she would have fared in full field events with all of the Koreans playing.  Could be the same or not so hot.

 

b)  Ai Suzuki and Shibuno need to play (and win/finish very well) on JLPGA for both of them to qualify (in addition to Nasa Hataoka).  As of now, JPN only send two to the games in Tokyo.  Have been hoping all three can represent their country on native turf...

 

Regardless, these rankings are so volatile with the recent results carry more weight.  The last spot or two on the Korean team could still come down to a hot month or so before the spots are finalized.

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18 hours ago, agolf1 said:

Two things that stand out to me;

 

a) Inbee is back in as of now.  I wasn't sure she would make it, even after her win early in the season.  Of course, it's impossible to know how she would have fared in full field events with all of the Koreans playing.  Could be the same or not so hot.

 

b)  Ai Suzuki and Shibuno need to play (and win/finish very well) on JLPGA for both of them to qualify (in addition to Nasa Hataoka).  As of now, JPN only send two to the games in Tokyo.  Have been hoping all three can represent their country on native turf...

 

Regardless, these rankings are so volatile with the recent results carry more weight.  The last spot or two on the Korean team could still come down to a hot month or so before the spots are finalized.

I like Shibuno...but the smiling Cinderella has not played very well although she has been a sponsor invitee in several tournaments this year.

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