Brittany Altomare made the Rolex Rankings Move of the Week with her outstanding play at the Cambia Portland Classic, jumping 28 spots in the rankings from No. 126 to No. 98 - the highest ranking of her career. She finished tied for third in Portland for her first career top-5 finish on the LPGA Tour.
Altomare said felt she had a few good tournaments where she was playing well but had been unable to capitalize and fell short by a couple of strokes. She ranks 27th in rounds in the 60’s and 33rd in rounds under par for the 2017 season.
“That's kind of how I've always seen it, was just like one round or one shot or something,” said Altomare. “It was nice to string together four good rounds.”
Just two years ago, Altomare sat at No. 566 in the world. But with a Symetra Tour win and 12 made cuts in 2016 on the LPGA Tour she steadily climbed the rankings and spent the last 66 weeks ranked in the top-200. With a T-11 finish at the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, Altomare cracked the top-200 for the first time in her career.
Last week in Portland, world No. 1 So Yeon Ryu missed her second cut of the season, but she continues to hold a narrow lead over Sung Hyun Park, who moved to No. 2 in the rankings without hitting a shot. This week, Ryu ties Ai Miyazato with 11 career weeks at No. 1.
Park's move from No. 3 to No. 2 in the world is the highest ranking of her career. She is now positioned to not only overtake Ryu as the top-ranked player in the world, but she could also sweep the season ending awards. Park currently leads the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year race, tops the Official Money List and leads in Scoring Average. She's currently ranked second in the Player of the Year standings.
With a win in Naples, Fla. the top five in the Race to the CME Globe standing are in control of their destiny. Stacy Lewis’ jump in the standings to No. 6 puts her in prime position down the stretch to secure one of the top spots; she currently sits just 699 points behind leader Lexi Thompson.
Thompson, who finished T-21 last week in Portland, took a narrow lead over So Yeon Ryu in the No. 2 spot. Sung Hyun Park (3), In Gee Chun (4), Ariya Jutanugarn (5), In-Kyung Kim (7), Brooke Henderson (8), Cristie Kerr (9), Moriya Jutanugarn (10), Sei Young Kim (11), and Mi Jung Hur (12) round out the top-12.
Only the top twelve players in the Race to the CME Globe have a mathematical chance at winning the title and the $1 million dollar prize at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.