With her T2 finish at the CME Group Tour Championship, Sei Young Kim is the 2020 Rolex Player of the Year. Kim earned 118 points with two wins this season at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging and Konica Minolta, and captured three additional top-10 finishes at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (T7), Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (5th) and Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (T5).
“It feels great. I'm very proud of it. Yeah, it's great because me and Paul, we working hard and we been great this year,” said Kim, who was named the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year in 2015. “I'm very thankful to all who is around me, like parents and then my coach and my trainer, Mr. Moon, and yeah, my family. Yeah, I'm very thankful to all of them.”
Inbee Park came in second to Kim in the Rolex Player of the Year standings, earning 112 points. In 2020, Park won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and finished the year with seven additional top-10 results in 13 events, including three runner-up performances at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and Volunteers of America Classic. Danielle Kang was third in points with 87, after two wins at the LPGA Drive On Championship – Inverness Club and Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana along with three additional top-10s across her 13 starts.
The prestigious Rolex Player of the Year award was introduced to the LPGA in 1966. LPGA Tour players are awarded points at each official LPGA tournament based on top-10 finishes with the top points earner taking home the prestigious honor each year. Points are doubled at each of the LPGA's five major championships - ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women's PGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open, AIG Women's Open and the Evian Championship.