PITTSFORD, NY - Just as it should be, the three major champions sit at the top of the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award standings with Michelle Wie in first, Lexi Thompson in second, and Mo Martin in third heading into the fourth major of the year – The Wegmans LPGA Championship.
But the inaugural award, which requires a player to have a major win to be under consideration, is there for the taking with Wie – the leader at 84 points – on the shelf this week with a stress reaction in her right index finger. As a result, Lexi Thompson – winner of the season’s first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship – is the leader in the field with 68 points and has a chance to make a major move with Wie’s status also in doubt for the fifth and final major of the season, the Evian Championship. Needing a tie for third or better to pass Wie this week, Thompson’s length will be a major advantage on the 6,717 yard layout as she’ll have shorter irons into the crowned, undulating greens of the Donald Ross designed Monroe Golf Club.
Martin jumped squarely into contention with her win at the Ricoh Women’s British Open behind the shot of the year – an eagle on the last that thumped the flag and thrust her straight into the limelight. However, Martin enters the week with injury woes as well after withdrawing from the Meijer Classic as well with a wrist injury. She’s here this week but will she be able to play? And if she does, will she be effective? There’s the distance factor with Martin, too. At only 233.6 yards per drive, will she have the length needed to effectively tame one of the longer layouts players will see all year?
Therefore, the award is wide open for the taking, and no one is a bigger threat than world No. 1 Stacy Lewis. The three-time winner on Tour this season sits fourth in the standings with 42 points after finishing third in the season’s first major and second at the U.S. Women’s Open. A win would vault her into first in the standings even if Thompson finishes second, and Lewis’ game is tailor made for majors. She’s first on tour in scoring average, putts per green in regulation, birdies, rounds under par, and third in greens in regulation.
Shanshan Feng (34 points) and Suzann Pettersen (24 points) finished in a tied for second at the Ricoh Women’s British Open – one shot back of Martin – and a win this week would push both into first if Thompson doesn’t finish second. Angela Stanford (20), Stephanie Meadow (18), Amy Yang (16), and Inbee Park (14) round out the top-10 in the standings.