Rolex Rankings Move of the Week: Sophie Gustafson

As the battle for Rolex Rankings No. 1 continues the top five players remained the same for the first week since July 5th, 2010. Jiyai Shin remains No. 1 with Cristie Kerr closely trailing at No. 2. Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng sit in the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 positions respectively. Look for the Rolex Rankings to heat up again as the LPGA returns to action August 20-22 at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola in North Plains, Oregon.

With an impressive victory on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the AIB Ladies European Open five-time LPGA Tour winner Sophie Gustafson claimed this week's Rolex Rankings Move of the Week. Gustafson carded rounds of 70-68-66 to finish one-stroke ahead of fellow LPGA Tour players Marianne Skarpnord and Rolex Rankings No. 9 In-Kyung Kim. Gustafson improved six spots in the Rolex Rankings to No. 24. The victory was Gustafson's 14th career win on the LET.

While Rolex Rankings No. 40 Azahara Munoz continues to lead the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race, LPGA tour rookie Marianne Skarpnord made one of the most substantial moves in the Rolex Rankings this week. Skarpnord finished this week's AIB Ladies European Open in a tie for second after carding rounds of 70-66-69. Skarpnord catapulted herself up 50 spots to No. 107 in the Rankings. She currently sits eighth in the Rolex Rookie of the Year race. Her best LPGA finish this season is a tie for 27th at the Tres Marias Championship. She has two career LET victories.

Munoz jumped two spots this week, while Amanda Blumenherst, Munoz's closest pursuer in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race, held firm at No. 87 in the Rankings. France's Gwladys Nocera continued her upward climb, jumping three places to No. 99. Nocera is currently third in the Rolex Rookie of the Year race.

The Rolex Rankings (www.rolexrankings.com) are sanctioned by the five major women's professional golf tours: the LPGA; Ladies European Tour (LET); Ladies Professional Golfers' Association of Japan (LPGA of Japan); Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA); Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG); as well as the Ladies Golf Union (LGU), which administers the RICOH Women's British Open.

The Rolex Rankings are the only women's world rankings that incorporate player performances from the five major tours and the Duramed FUTURES Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA.

Topics: Rolex Rankings, Gustafson, Sophie

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