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Caroline Masson
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Caroline Masson of Germany hits her tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the CN Canadian Women's Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club on August 24, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

As the LPGA season comes down to the final three events, the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year competition has tightened considerably.

Germany’s Caroline Masson has led the competition for the first-year players’ top award for the majority of the season, but it has dwindled to 26 points. That lead was most recently built with a T7 at the CN Canadian Open and a fifth-place finish at the Safeway Classic in consecutive weeks in late August. Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, the co-medalist at last year’s Qualifying Tournament, finished T11 last week in Taiwan to close the gap. It was her best finish since a T4 at the season-opening ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in February.

Masson, 24, and Jutanugarn, 19, are both in the field next week in Japan and at the season finale, the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla. Japanese rookies Ayako Uehara and Chie Arimura, ranked third and fourth, respectively, are also in the field next week and could easily leapfrog Masson and Jutanugarn with high finishes. Uehara finished third at the Mizuno last year as a non-LPGA member.
“I still have a chance to win the Rookie of the Year, so I’m not complaining,” Masson said in early October in Malaysia. “I’m pretty happy with it so far.”

Unlike the Rolex LPGA Player of the Year points system, which rewards points based solely on top-10 finishes, the Rookie of the Year scale is much wider. If a rookie makes the cut in a tournament, they receive points. The largest point reward is 150 for first place, followed by 80 for second, with double points at the major championships.

Current standings
Place Player Points Events
1 Caroline Masson 469 20
2 Moriya Jutanugarn 443 22
3 Ayako Uehara 379 14
4 Chie Arimura 292 18
5 Austin Ernst 232 21


The points
Place Points Place Points
1. 150 21. 29
2. 80 22. 28
3. 75 23. 27
4. 70  24. 26
5. 65  25. 25
6. 62 26. 24
7. 59 27. 23
8. 56 28. 22
9. 53 29. 21
10. 50

30.

20
11. 48 31. 19
12. 46 32. 18
13. 44 33. 17
14. 42 34. 16
15. 40 35. 15
16. 38 36. 14
17. 36 37. 13
18. 34 38. 12
19. 32 39. 11
20. 30 40. 10
** Positions 41st through each player making the cut receive five points each.

Note:  If there is a tie at season’s end, the player with the lowest scoring average is the winner.  If it is still tied, the LPGA Official Money List is the next deciding factor.  All points are doubled for the four LPGA major championships.  Points are awarded as follows:

Rookies of the Year
2012 So Yeon Ryu
2011 Hee Kyung Seo
2010 Azahara Munoz
2009 Jiyai Shin
2008 Yani Tseng
2007 Angela Park
2006 Seon-Hwa Lee 
2005 Paula Creamer
2004 Shi-Hyun Ahn
2003 Lorena Ochoa
2002 Beth Bauer
2001 Hee-Won Han
2000 Dorothy Delasin
1999 Mi Hyun Kim
1998 Se Ri Pak
1997 Lisa Hackney
1996 Karrie Webb
1995 Pat Hurst
1994 Annika Sorenstam
1993 Suzanne Strudwick
1992 Helen Alfredsson
1991 Brandie Burton
1990 Hiromi Kobayashi
1989 Pamela Wright
1988 Liselotte Neumann
1987 Tammie Green
1986 Jody Rosenthal (Anschutz)
1985 Penny Hammel
1984 Juli Inkster
1983 Stephanie Farwig
1982 Patti Rizzo
1981 Patty Sheehan
1980 Myra Van Hoose (Blackwelder)
1979 Beth Daniel
1978 Nancy Lopez
1977 Debbie Massey
1976 Bonnie Lauer
1975 Amy Alcott
1974 Jan Stephenson
1973 Laura Baugh
1972 Jocelyne Bourassa
1971 Sally Little
1970 JoAnne Carner
1969 Jane Blalock
1968 Sandra Post
1967 Sharron Moran
1966 Jan Ferraris
1965 Margie Masters
1964 Susie Berning
1963 Clifford Ann Creed
1962 Mary Mills

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