Wednesday, October 30

Pettersen Putting Heat on Park in POY Race

Suzann Pettersen (dnkbdotcom)
WITH SIX WINS, THREE OF THEM MAJORS, one would think Inbee Park is a shoo-in for Rolex Player of the Year. But here comes Suzann Pettersen. The Oslo, Norway, native has been tearing up the LPGA circuit.

The's Ward Clayton reported:
With Suzann Pettersen's phenomenal stretch run, Inbee Park's bid to become the first South Korean to win Player of the Year is a bit more tenuous. With a victory last week at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, the 32-year-old Pettersen has moved within 38 points of Park.

Pettersen has won three times and recorded two thirds in her last five starts. She hasn't finished worse than seventh since the U.S. Women's Open in late June. In 30 rounds beginning at the Manulife Financial Classic, Pettersen has recorded only three rounds over par. Park, who didn't play last week, won six times by mid-summer, but has only one top-10 since that last victory in the U.S. Women's Open in late June.
Here's a current comparison of the season's two stars:

CategoryInbee Park Suzann Pettersen
Player of the Year290 points252 points
Rolex Rankings11.97 (1st) 11.38 (2nd)
Wins6 (3 majors)4 (1 major)
Earnings$2,335,460 (1st)$2,241,847 (2nd)
Scoring 69.93 (3rd)69.59 (2nd)
Top-10 Finishes914

Stacy Lewis, last year's Player of the Year, still has a chance to repeat, but it's a very slim one. Lewis would have to win the last three tournaments on the LPGA schedule. She would also need Park to finish outside of the top 10 in the final two events.

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