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Stats & Stuff - Looking at the first five

Stacy Lewis
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Stacy Lewis chips from the bunker onto the fifth hole green during the final round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club on March 17, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

March 28 2013, Ward Clayton

As the LPGA prepares for next week's first major championship of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, here's a look at the first five tournaments of the year:

Top player: How can Stacy Lewis not be the runaway top player thus far this season? In five starts, Lewis has two wins, four top-10 finishes and has ascended to No. 1 in the Rolex Women's World Rankings. In her last start, a T9 at the Kia Classic last week, she made two back-nine double bogeys, including a go-for-broke double on the 18th hole, in trying to catch the leaders. She leads the LPGA in earnings ($560,126), stroke average (69.1), rounds under par, birdies, eagles and Rolex Player of the Year points, among other categories.

Top player runner-up: Beatriz Recari's nickname of "Iron Woman" is more than just a stab at getting attention. The Spaniard won her second career title at the Kia Classic, recorded three top-10s and is second in earnings and Player of the Year points. She has played in 57 consecutive LPGA events and has made 38 consecutive cuts.

Surprise: Lizette Salas had only one top-10 career finish entering the 2013 season. But the 23-year-old Californian has three top-10s in five starts this season and is riding a string of 10 rounds at par or better in her second season on the LPGA.

Rookie: Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn, 18, started out with a bang, a T4 finish in Australia, and has been consistent in her next three events by making all of the cuts. She leads the LPGA Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings and is trying to keep pace with younger sister Ariya, 17, who is a rookie on the Ladies European Tour.

Statistical oddity: The low round of the first five events was a 63, recorded by four players (Lydia Ko at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng at the Honda LPGA Thailand and Ai Miyazato at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup). However, none of them won the tournament, with finishes of 3, T3, T3 and 2, respectively.

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