DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 12, 2010 - Paula Creamer, a perennial top 10-ranked golfer until a thumb injury sidelined her during the start of this season, has soared six spots to No. 7 in the Rolex Rankings following her victory Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open. The popular American star has played in only five tournaments this season due to the injury that required surgery earlier this year.
Fellow U.S. player Cristie Kerr remains at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings as the LPGA Tour prepares for two upcoming high-points events: The Evian Masters (July 22-25) in France and the RICOH Women's British Open (July 29-August 1). Rolex Rankings No. 2 Ai Miyazato will defend her title in Evian, while Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who finished tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open and moves up to No. 3 in the Rolex Rankings, hopes to make a run at the top spot that has been held this year by four different players: Lorena Ochoa (who has since retired), Kerr, Miyazato and current Rolex Rankings No. 4 Jiyai Shin.
Another player making a move within the top 10 was Na Yeon Choi, who followed up her victory on July 4 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic with a tie for second Sunday at the U.S. Women's Open, moving her up two spots to Rolex Rankings No. 6. The two consecutive impressive tournaments for the young Korean star is reminiscent of a surge last season, when she won two consecutive LPGA Tour tournaments (the Samsung World Championship and the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship).
Since its launch on February 21, 2006, as the first-ever comprehensive world rankings system for women's golf, the Rolex Rankings has provided a true measure of the best women players in the world. Points are awarded based on the field strength and evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period weighted in favor of the current year with even more importance placed on the most recent 13 weeks.