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LPGA International Crown Preview

January 27, 2013

by William Szczepanek

Prior to the announcement of the LPGA International Crown competition that will begin in 2014 I devised a global competition of my own to see which country would lead the world in LPGA golf. The results, which were calculated by awarding points to the top ten finishers for each tournament in 2012, confirmed my expectations that Asians were dominating the sport, but I was very surprised by the extent of their superiority. While the format for the International Crown, with 8 countries and 4 golfers per country, will not provide the breath of competition that my little analysis did, it will make for a more competitive event where more countries will have a fighting chance. If anything, the following results will show the strength of the pool of talent available to each country.

LPGA International Rankings (Final)

November 18, 2012 CME Group Titleholders

Na Yeon ChoiKeeping true to form, Na Yeon Choi won the last tournament of the year followed closely by countrywoman, So Yeon Ryu, as South Korea officially closes out the 2012 season by dominating all other countries in the field. While compiling these figures for the year was more work than I originally thought, it brought satisfaction to present a different view on how well Korean golfers have performed. Congratulations goes out to the entire South Korean team for doing something no one would have thought possible just a few years ago.

International Standings

South Korea - 583.242
USA - 397.409
Japan - 132.50
Chinese Taipei - 98.875
Australia - 61.625
Sweden - 60.6
Spain -  57.166
China - 52.50
Norway - 33.00
Scotland  - 28.083
France - 18.125
Paraguay - 16.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 13.50
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

November 11, 2012 Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Cristie KerrStalwarts, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford place one and two with Stacy Lewis tying for fourth, giving the USA a win on points in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational tournament. But, the South Koreans have sown up the title with one tournament left to play. Congratulations goes out to the South Korean contingent.

International Standings

South Korea - 560.242
USA - 386.909
Japan - 126.50
Chinese Taipei - 98.875
Sweden - 58.1
Spain -  54.666
Australia - 54.625
China - 49.50
Norway - 33.00
Scotland  - 28.083
France - 18.125
Paraguay - 16.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 13.50
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

 

November 4, 2012 Mizuno Classic

Stacy LewisStacy Lewis of the USA pulls out her fourth win of the year on the final turn on the Asian swing of the LPGA and solidifies her chances for the Player of the Year Award. The South Koreans post six in the top ten in this tournament from Japan and have secured the title with two tournaments left to play.

International Standings 

South Korea - 540.242
USA - 357.909
Japan - 126.50
Chinese Taipei - 92.375
Sweden - 57.1
Spain -  54.666
Australia - 52.125
China - 49.50
Norway - 33.00
Scotland  - 28.083
France - 18.125
Paraguay - 16.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 13.50
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

 

October 28, 2012 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

Suzann PettersenSuzann Pettersen wins her second tournament in a row. The South Koreans place 4 players in the top ten as So Yeon Ryu captures the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award. Yani Tseng plays well in her native Taiwan to keep Chinese Taipei solidly in fourth place.

International Standings

South Korea - 516.242
USA - 343.909
Japan - 118.50
Chinese Taipei - 85.375
Spain -  53.916
Sweden - 52.6
Australia - 52.125
China - 49.50
Norway - 33.00
Scotland  - 28.083
France - 17.375
Paraguay - 16.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 13.50
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

 

October 21, 2012 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship

Suzann PettersenSuzann Pettersen of Norway birdies the 3rd playoff hole to beat Catriona Matthew of Scotland for the championship. With the tournament flooded with players from South Korea, led by Se Ri Pak, they extend their lead further over the USA.

International Standings

South Korea - 493.742
USA - 340.409
Japan - 118.50
Chinese Taipei - 77.375
Spain -  52.916
Australia - 52.125
China - 49.50
Sweden - 49.10
Scotland  - 22.583
Norway - 19.00
France - 17.375
Paraguay - 15.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 13.50
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

 

October 14, 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Inbee ParkInbee Park  passes Na Yeon Choi in the final round to capture the victory. With the tournament moving to the Asian continent the South Koreans are looking to close out the race and have extended their lead for the year. With top ten finishes by Karrie Webb and Lindsay Wright Australia pulls into fourth place to challenge Chinese Taipei.

International Standings

South Korea - 481.742
USA - 331.575
Japan - 118.50
Chinese Taipei - 69.375
Australia - 52.125
Spain -  51.25  
China - 49.50
Sweden - 49.10
France - 17.375
Paraguay - 15.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Scotland  - 13.583
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

September 23, 2012 Navistar LPGA Classic

Stacy LewisStacy Lewis wins her third tournament of the year holding off defending champion, Lexi Thompson, at the Navistar LPGA Classic to break a streak of 8 consecutive wins by Asian golfers. The USA picks up a few points for first and second place as the South Koreans place 5 people in the top ten. The scene will shift to Asia for the next four weeks as the tournament season heads into the home stretch. The South Korean lead appears insurmountable.

International Standings

South Korea - 452.742
USA - 322.575
Japan - 118.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Spain -  51.25  
China - 49.50
Sweden - 49.10
Australia - 39.625
France - 17.375
Paraguay - 15.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Scotland  - 6.583
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

September 16, 2012 Ricoh Women's British Open

Jiyai ShinJiyai Shin ran away from the pack and easily won her second consecutive tournament, posting her second win of the Women's British Open.  In sometimes brutal conditions the South Koreans scored big.

International Standings

South Korea - 432.742
USA - 292.575
Japan - 118.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
China - 49.50
Sweden - 49.10
Spain -  46.75
Australia - 35.125
France - 17.375
Paraguay - 15.50
New Zealand - 14.000
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Scotland  - 6.583
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

September 9, 2012 Kingsmill Championship

Jiyai ShinIn a record-setting nine-hole playoff Jiyai Shin outlasted Paula Creamer to win the Kingsmill Championship tournament. The USA picks up points with Shin as the only South Korean in the top ten.  However, most of the South Korean contingent were playing in their own tournament.  The competition will heat up next week in the Ricoh Women's British Open.

International Standings

South Korea - 403.575
USA - 279.575
Japan - 111.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
China - 49.50
Sweden - 49.10
Spain -  46.75
Australia - 29.625
France - 17.375
New Zealand - 14.000
Paraguay - 11.50
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Scotland  - 6.25
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00

August 26, 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open

Lydia KoLydia Ko, a 15-year old from South Korean representing New Zealand, sets the record for youngest player to get an LPGA Tour victory. Five other South Koreans place in the top ten as the South Koreans demolish the field extending their lead over the USA even further.

International Standings

South Korea - 389.575
USA - 256.075
Japan - 104.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
China - 49.50
Sweden - 47.60
Spain -  46.75
Australia - 29.625
New Zealand - 14.000
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 9.875
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .75

August 19, 2012 Safeway Classic

Mika MiyazatoMika Miyazato wins her first LPGA tournament for Japan holding off Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park. The USA picks up a sparse couple of points in the standings over South Korea as the season heads into the final set of tournaments.

International Standings

South Korea - 356.575
USA - 248.575
Japan - 104.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
China - 49.50
Spain -  46.75
Sweden - 43.10
Australia - 29.625
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 9.875
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .75

August 12, 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic

So Yeon RyuSo Yeon Ryu asked her fans to pray for her before her final round. They must have come through and so did she with a blazing 62 to win by 7 shots over her nearest competitor. In fact, 6 South Koreans placed in the top ten to quite possibly put the final nail in the coffin of the USA. South Korea extends their lead to what seems like an insurmountable margin, but there are another dozen tournaments left in this season, so anything can still happen.

International Standings

South Korea - 336.075
USA - 225.575
Japan - 90.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
China - 49.50
Spain -  46.75
Sweden - 43.10
Australia - 29.625
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .75

July 29, 2012 Evian Masters

Inbee Park Inbee Park of South Korea withstood the charges of Karrie Webb of Australia, and Stacy Lewis and Natalie Gulbis of the USA to win the Evian Masters. Amateur Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea helped South Korea extend their lead in the rankings.

International Standings

South Korea - 296.575
USA - 211.075
Japan - 87.00
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
China - 49.50
Spain -  45.25
Sweden - 43.10
Australia - 29.625
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .75

 

July 8, 2012 U.S. Women's Open

Na Yeon ChoiFollowing in the footsteps of Se Ri Pak, Na Yeon Choi and Amy Yang placed number one and number two in the U.S Women's Open as the South Koreans take four of the last five U.S. Open Championships. Se Ri Pak, herself, made the top ten at the challenging Blackwolf Run Course. Paula Creamer, Nicole Castrale and Cristie Kerr pull in consolation points as the South Koreans widen their lead in the rankings considerably.

International Standings

South Korea - 272.575
USA - 195.575
Japan - 87.00
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Spain -  44.25
China - 43.50
Sweden - 39.10
Australia - 21.125
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Germany - 8.00
Italy - 7.5
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .75

 

July 1, 2012 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Ai MiyazatoAi Miyazato takes first place and combines with Mika Miyazato to bring in the points lead for Japan in the tournament, as rookie Veronica Felibert puts Venezuela on the board. Brittany Lang prevents the USA from being shut out and the South Koreans extend their lead in the rankings.

International Standings

South Korea - 242.375
USA - 190.875
Japan - 83.50
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Spain -  44.25
Sweden - 38.50
China - 37.50
Australia - 21.125
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Venezuela - 6.5
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Italy - 1.5
Scotland  - .75

June 24, 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Brittany LangBrittany Lang of the USA wins in a 4-way playoff defeating Inbee Park, Chella Choi and Hee Kyung Seo of South Korea. The South Koreans place 5 players in the top ten and expand their lead in the rankings for the first time in the last 4 tournaments, halting recent progress by the USA in trimming the early South Korean domination. Only 4 countries post points in this week's tournament with Sweden and China also making the list and passing Spain.

International Standings

South Korea - 226.375
USA - 188.375
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Japan - 61.00
China - 37.50
Sweden - 36.00
Spain -  35.75
Australia - 20.875
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Italy - 1.5
Scotland  - .50

June 10, 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship

Shanshan FengShanshan Feng wins the first tournament for China in the LPGA. Gerina Pillar, Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer pull in points for the USA as they slowly inch closer to South Korea in the rankings.

International Standings

South Korea - 194.875
USA - 168.375
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Japan - 61.00
Spain -  35.75
China - 34.00
Sweden - 32.00
Australia - 20.875
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Italy - 1.5
Scotland  - .50

June 3, 2012 Shoprite LPGA Classic

Stacy LewisStacy Lewis wins her second tournament of the year as Lexi Thompson, Alison Walsh and Paula Creamer round out the Americans in the top ten pulling the USA closer to South Korea in the Rankings.

International Standings

South Korea - 187.375
USA - 155.375
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Japan - 49.50
Spain -  35.75
Sweden - 24.50
China - 20.00
Paraguay - 11.50
Australia - 16.875
France - 8.375
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .50

May 20, 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship

Azahara MunozAzahara Munoz of Spain captured the crown over Candie Kung as Morgan Pressel overcame Vicky Hurst in the consolation round. In our rankings the USA inched closer to South Korea in the standings.

International Standings

South Korea - 181.875
USA - 131.375
Chinese Taipei - 67.875
Japan - 41.50
Spain -  28.25
China - 20.00
Sweden - 19.50
Paraguay - 11.50
France - 8.375
Australia - 7.875
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.375
Columbia - 3.00
Scotland  - .50

 

April 29, 2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

Stacy LewisStacy Lewis fights for a first place finish as Lexi Thompson finishes one stroke back after shooting a final round 65.  Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis finish strong to put four ladies from the USA in the Top Ten. The USA wins on points and closes the gap on leader, South Korea.

International Standings

South Korea - 176.25
USA - 111.50
Chinese Taipei - 58.50
Japan - 41.50
China - 20.00
Sweden - 15.00
Spain - 14.25
France - 8.0
Paraguay - 7.00
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.00
Columbia - 3.00
Australia - 7.50
Scotland  - .50

April 22, 2012 LPGA LOTTE Championship

Ai MiyazatoAi Miyazato of Japan came away with the Green Grass Skirt for winning the LPGA LOTTE Championship tournament. Azahara Munoz of Spain and Meena Lee of South Korea challenged during the final round and tied for second. Japan and Spain pick up some meaningful points as South Korea again walks away with the honors to extend their lead in the overall rankings.

International Standings

South Korea - 165.25
USA - 82.50
Chinese Taipei - 58.50
Japan - 41.50
China - 20.00
Sweden - 15.00
Spain -  9.25
Paraguay - 7.00
Norway - 5.00
England - 4.00
Columbia - 3.00
Australia - 1.50
Scotland  - .50

 

April 1, 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Sun Young YooSun Young Yoo wins the as I.K. Kim misses a 1-foot putt on the final hole and loses in a playoff. The South Koreans place 6 players in the top ten and the USA struggles as Natalie Gulbis and Stacy Lewis make a late charge. The South Koreans now take a commanding lead in the standings with more than double the points of their nearest competitor, the USA.

International Standings

South Korea - 147.25
USA - 73.00
Chinese Taipei - 58.00
Japan - 27.50
China - 20.00
Sweden - 15.00
Paraguay - 7.0
England - 3.50
Australia - 1.50
Spain -  .75
Scotland  - .50

March 25, 2012 - Kia Classic

Yani TsengYani Tseng wins for the third time in 2012, and the South Koreans continue to dominate and significantly extend their lead in the standings.

International Standings

South Korea - 109.25
USA - 65.50
Chinese Taipei - 50.00
Japan - 27.50
China - 20.00
Sweden - 9.50
Paraguay - 7.0
England - 3.50
Australia - 1.50
Spain - .75
Scotland  - .50

March 18, 2012 - RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup

Yani TsengYani Tseng wins her second tournament of the year, but South Koreans So Yeon Ryu, Hee Young Park, Hee Kyung Seo and Jiyai Shin bring in the points to extend South Korea's lead over the USA.

International Standings

South Korea - 88.75
USA - 63.50
Chinese Taipei - 36.00
Japan - 22.00
China - 12.50
Paraguay - 7.00
Sweden - 4.00
Australia - 1.50
Spain - .75

February 26, 2012 - HSBC Women's Champions

Angela StanfordAngela Stanford of the USA pulls out a victory and Vicky Hurst lands in 8th, but Jenny Shin, Na Yeon Choi, I.K. Kim, Hee Young Park and Jiyai Shin pull in more points for South Korea.

International Standings

South Korea - 63.50
USA - 56.00
Chinese Taipei - 22.00
Japan - 13.50
China - 12.50
Paraguay - 7.00
Australia - 1.50
Spain - .75
Sweden - .50

February 19, 2012 - Honda LPGA Thailand

Yani TsengYani Tseng wins her first tournament of the year, Amanda Blumenherst and Stacy Lewis pick up points for 5th place, but Jiyai Shin, Amy Yang, Jimin Kang and Jenny Shin rack up the points to pull South Korea to within one point of the USA.

International Glitzy Standings

USA - 40.00
South Korea - 39.00
Chinese Taipei - 16.00
Japan - 9.00
Paraguay - 7.00
China - 4.50
Australia - 1.50
Spain - .75
Sweden - .50

February 12, 2012 - ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

Jessica KordaJessica Korda wins in a 6-way playoff. Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Katie Futcher vault the USA to the top of the rankings.

International Standings

USA - 31.00
South Korea - 18.00
Chinese Taipei - 16.00
Paraguay - 7.00
Spain - .75
Sweden - .50

 

 

 


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