Race For The Top Tightens Up

Ai Miyazato retained the top spot in the Rolex Rankings race for No. 1 following her tie for 15th at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, but not without a bit of drama. Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen each had a shot at the top spot on Sunday if they had won. However, Pettersen came up a little short, recording her sixth top-3 finish of the season, while Kerr tied for eighth.

Miyazato also maintains her lead in the Rolex Player of the Year race with major champions Kerr and Yani Tseng on her heels. Jiyai Shin – who became the first South Korean to top the season-ending money list in 2009 – overtook Miyazato on the 2010 LPGA Official Money List with her tie for second on Sunday.

Miyazato is the only player in the Rolex Rankings averaging more than 11 points (11.25), while Kerr (10.84), Pettersen (10.55) and Shin (10.46) all are clustered tightly behind her. Tseng remains at No. 5 (9.49) while Na Yeon Choi has put herself into the thick of the Race for No. 1 as well, now averaging 9.31 points.

The biggest surge in the Rolex Rankings top 10 came from CN Canadian Women’s Open winner Michelle Wie, who climbed five spots to No. 7 in the rankings.

The LPGA resumes play at the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas the week of September 6.

Player Weeks as Rolex Rankings No. 1* Total
Annika Sorenstam Feb. 21, 2006 to April 22, 2007 (60)
Lorena Ochoa April 23, 2007 to May 2, 2010 (158)
Jiyai Shin May 3, 2010 to June 20, 2010 (7)
Ai Miyazato June 21, 2010 to June 27, 2010 (1)
Cristie Kerr June 28, 2010 to July 18, 2010 (3)
Ai Miyazato July 19, 2010 to July 25, 2010 (1)
Jiyai Shin July 26, 2010 to Aug. 15, 2010 (3)
Cristie Kerr Aug. 16, 2010 to Aug. 22, 2010 (1)
Ai Miyazato Aug. 23, 2010 to present (2)

 

Rolex Player of the Year Points

1. Ai Miyazato 172.00
2. Cristie Kerr 148.00
3. Yani Tseng 146.00
4. Na Yeon Choi 123.00
5. Jiyai Shin 122.00

 

2010 LPGA Official Money List

1. Jiyai Shin $1,400,296
2. Ai Miyazato $1,341,017
3. Na Yeon Choi $1,335,788
4. Suzann Pettersen $1,300,768
5. Cristie Kerr $1,249,742
6. Yani Tseng $1,127,064
7. Song-Hee Kim $956,104
8. In-Kyung Kim $777,070
9. Paula Creamer $713,822
10. Michelle Wie $667,159

* Rolex Rankings officially launched on Feb. 21, 2006

Topics: Miyazato, Ai, Kerr, Cristie, Pettersen, Suzann, Tseng, Yani, Shin, Jiyai, Rolex Rankings [+]

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