Monday, July 6, 2009

Some LPGA Stats of Interest

Got some better posts cooking for later this week, but for now I want to point out a few things I noticed while checking out the stats pages.

Guess who leads the tour in birdies per round?

Michelle Wie 4.23
Lorena Ochoa, In-Kyung Kim 4.08
Suzann Pettersen, Song-Hee Kim 4.06
Ya Ni Tseng 4.04
Ji-Yai Shin 4.00

There are usually only a couple of players breaking the 4.00 barrier at the end of the season each year on the LPGA. We should see these averages drop as the tour moves on to tougher courses over the next few weeks, but with Cristie Kerr lurking at 3.91, who knows how many we'll have in Ochoa/Sorenstam territory by the end of 2009?

How about percentage of rounds under par?

Angela Stanford 74.4%
Ji-Yai Shin 73.5%
Cristie Kerr 72.2%
Ya Ni Tseng 68.5%
Michelle Wie 67.4%
Ai Miyazato 66.0%
In-Kyung Kim 65.3%
Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer 64.1%
Lindsey Wright 63.0%
Suzann Pettersen, Song-Hee Kim 61.2%

Once again, Ochoa has a lot of company--and a lot of ground to make up. Ditto in rounds in the 60s:

Ya Ni Tseng 24
Ji-Yai Shin 23
Suzann Pettersen, Song-Hee Kim 21
Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford 20
Lorena Ochoa 19
Brittany Lang, Michelle Wie 18

But Ochoa still leads (barely) in scoring average:

Lorena Ochoa 69.77
Ya Ni Tseng 69.89
Cristie Kerr 69.98
Angela Stanford 70.09
Ji-Yai Shin 70.10

So it's no wonder the Player of the Year race is so close:

Ji-Ya Shin 90
Ya Ni Tseng 82
Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr 81
Angela Stanford 70

With the Solheim Cup so close, it's worth noting the big gap between #8 Morgan Pressel (250 points) and the chase pack. Of course, with double points at majors, anyone could move up in a big way over the last 3 events before the captain's picks are made. Here are those fighting for the last 2 automatic spots and their point totals:

Natalie Gulbis 201
Brittany Lincicome 199

Laura Diaz 177 (the weekend at the Farr really cost her)
Stacy Prammanasudh 170
Pat Hurst 164
Juli Inkster 152
Jane Park 141
Michelle Wie 133.5
Wendy Ward 132.5

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