Michelle Wie made the Rolex Rankings Move of the Week, climbing 61 spot to No. 118 with her T4 finish at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Wie, a sponsor invite to the event, marked the first time since 2014 that she has finished inside the top five during an LPGA event.
“Overall, I can’t complain, but right now it stings a little bit,” Wie said. “I played hard. Just a couple of putts didn’t drop in and I just missed a couple. Just that one hole I missed two short ones. But I played well today. I think I was just a little amped up today and my irons were going a little bit further, so I just wasn’t hitting them as close as I was all week.”
Other Notable Moves
Michelle Wie is making up some major ground.
The four-time member of Team U.S.A. needs to make a move in 2017 in order to earn her way onto this year’s team. Points are accumulated over the course of two years and the major champion struggled throughout much of 2016. But with increased points up for grabs this season, Wie has a chance to make up ground with solid play this season. With her T-4 finish at last week’s HSBC Women’s Champions she leaped 61 spots in the Rolex Rankings. She’s now the 24th ranked American in the world. The team will be composed of the top-two ranked Americans not already qualified by way of the Solheim Cup point’s standings. She’s currently 22nd in the point’s standings with 67 points. Should Wie earn her way onto the team, by way of points or a captain’s pick, it will be her fifth Solheim Cup appearance.
Inbee Park made the biggest jump in this week’s Race to the CME Globe standings moving up 115 spots to the fifth position after shooting a course-record 64 to claim a one-shot victory over Ariya Jutanugarn at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
The Race to the CME Globe is in the fourth year, and we’ve already seen players jockey for the top spot. With two top-10s, including a win at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, in three events, Ha Na Jang has taken over the top spot with last year’s Race winner close behind with her runner-up finish in Singapore.
The top five finishers entering Naples control their destiny at the CME Group Tour Championship, meaning if they win in Naples, they will also win the CME Globe, but the top twelve finishers will have a mathematical chance at winning the CME Globe.
Jang (1), Jutanugarn (2), Amy Yang (3), Brittany Lincicome (4), Park (5), Lexi Thompson (6), So Yeon Ryu (7), Stacy Lewis (8), Minjee Lee (9), Austin Ernst (10), Moriya Jutanugarn (11) and Sei Young Kim (12) make up the top-12.