Shin takes lead in Rolex Player of the Year race

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With her third win of the season at last week's P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, Jiyai Shin took the lead in the Rolex Player of the Year race and significantly extended her lead in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race. Should Shin win these two honors, it would be the first time a player claims both since Nancy Lopez did so in 1978.

Both awards will officially conclude at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship, Nov. 19-22 at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond, Texas, near Houston. The Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year are both based on points systems, which awards players points based on how they finish in each official LPGA event. All points are doubled at the four major championships - Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, U.S. Women's Open, RICOH Women's British Open.
  
Rolex Player of the Year point system is based on top-10 finishes: 1st place-30 points; 2nd-12; 3rd-nine; 4th-seven; 5th-six; 6th-five; 7th-four; 8th-three; 9th-two; 10th-one.

Top-10 Rolex Player of the Year standings (as of 9/13/09)

1 Jiyai Shin 127.00
2 Cristie Kerr 114.00
3 Suzann Pettersen 107.00
4 Ai Miyazato 99.00
5 Angela Stanford 97.00
6 In-Kyung Kim 83.00
7 Lorena Ochoa
Yani Tseng
82.00
82.00
9 Karrie Webb 80.00
10 Paula Creamer
Brittany Lincicome
78.00
78.00

The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year point system rewards points to rookies based on their finish after making the cut. Points range from 150 for a win and five points for positions 41st through each player making the cut.

Top-10 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings (as of 9/13/09)

1 Jiyai Shin 1,269
2 Michelle Wie 684
3 Anna Nordqvist 615
4 Mika Miyazato 405
5 Stacy Lewis 371
6 Vicky Hurst 343
7 M.J. Hur 332
8 Mindy Kim 128
9 Haeji Kang 126
10 Shiho Oyama 114

Topics: Shin, Jiyai

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