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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Is Suzann the Next Rolex #1?

It's certainly beginning to look that way. Although Suzann is backing up a bit at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (as I'm writing this, she's +2 on the day after 10 holes), she's still 3 strokes ahead of her closest competitor.

More importantly, Inbee Park isn't playing this week. That may spell trouble for the current Rolex #1.

Suzann in Taiwan

You see, Suzann's been on a tear lately. She's got at least 4 wins worldwide this season -- including the newly-majorized Evian Championship -- and a load of Top10s. Since she missed the cut at the US Women's Open, she's got 7s straight Top7s on the LPGA alone... and that includes 2 back-to-back wins.

But it's the Rolex Rankings which fascinate me the most. As recently as the first week in July -- right after Suzann missed her last cut -- Inbee Park had a 5.35 point lead (13.27 vs 9.72). In less than 4 months that lead has been trimmed to a mere .89 points (11.98 vs 11.09). If Suzann wins this week, she'll close that gap even more.

And after this week there are 3 LPGA tournaments left. Neither Suzann nor Inbee will play the Mizuno Classic but both will play the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the CME Group Titleholders. Depending on how things go, it's possible Suzann might take over the #1 spot by the end of the year.

Apparently the top spots in the Rolex Rankings are harder to hold than the top spots in the OWGR. We can only guess what might happen once Lydia Ko joins the LPGA. But it sure like Suzann Pettersen may be the new Queen of the Hill when she does... and I'm not so sure she'll be deposed as easily as the others.

3 comments:

  1. Inbee's playing in a KLPGA major with a pretty string field, but she's not very close to the lead there....

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  2. Even if she weren't playing at all, I'm not sure Suzann could catch her this week. I'll be interested to see how they stand after next week when neither of them plays... who will lose the most points?

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