This is sorta weird. If I read this correctly, some players who have not played all that much are suddenly going to be jolted into a new ranking when they lose up to a year of previous events.
For example, let's say a player didn't play at all since last March. Her ranking is now dependent on the past THREE years, the last year of which has no events. Now the old system kicks in, she instantly loses the oldest year of events, has nothing to replace it from the past year, and plummets down the rankings.
This sounds suspiciously like punishing players who didn't play due to Covid, which I thought they didn't want to do! I was expecting them to gradually roll it back to normal, which would be the fairer approach. EG, every week, you lose three weeks off the back end instead of one until we are back to normal.
My guess: they realized that the Asians would be hurt but not the Americans, so they didn't care. Win-win. (The Asians were more affected by the shutdown because they had more barriers to travel back to the States to compete than the Americans, who were already here. And the States have the most point-rich events, so if a top Asian can't play here, she will lose points).
Week of March 8 (after Drive On Championship; they returned the rankings to their former state of only caring about the past two years this week, as they were before Covid):
On the team: Ranking Move Name Points 1 Same Jin Young Ko 9.09 2 Same Sei Young Kim 7.73 4 Same Inbee Park 6.65 9 Same Hyo Joo Kim 4.94
On the Bubble 11 Same Sung Hyun Park 4.38 13 (-1) Jeongeun Lee6 4.07 16 (-2) So Yeon Ryu 3.76 20 (-3) Hae Ran Ryu 3.58
Still in the Hunt 24 (-2) Ha Na Jang 3.26 27 (+1) Hee Jeong Lim 3.06 28 (-2) Hye Jin Choi 3.05 29 (-2) MJ Hur 2.98 30 (-1) Mirim Lee 2.96 31 Same A Lim Kim 2.91 36 (-1) Jiyai Shin 2.74 40 Same Min Ji Park 2.65
Week of March 29th (after Kia Classic, won by Inbee Park):
On the team: Ranking Move Name Points 1 Same Jin Young Ko 9.45 2 (+2) Inbee Park 8.25 3 (-1) Sei Young Kim 7.61 9 Same Hyo Joo Kim 5.15
On the Bubble 11 (-1) Sung Hyun Park 4.12 13 Same Jeongeun Lee6 3.84 16 Same So Yeon Ryu 3.73 19 (+1) Hae Ran Ryu 3.51
Still in the Hunt 25 (-1) Ha Na Jang 3.22 27 (+3) MJ Hur 3.05 30 (-3) Hye Jin Choi 3.02 31 (-2) Mirim Lee 2.97 32 (-4) Hee Jeong Lim 2.95 33 (-2) A Lim Kim 2.84 38 (-2) Jiyai Shin 2.72 40 Same Min Ji Park 2.60
Looks like the second half poor finish on the KLPGA 2020 Tour is dropping Hee Jeong Lim down. The late start to the KLPGA 2021 season is hurting all the players. That's what the Rolex Ranking changes wanted to accomplish. Hee Jeong just have to start the 2021 KLPGA season strong, she is talented enough.
On the team: Ranking Move Name Points 1 Same Jin Young Ko 9.65 2 Same Inbee Park 8.57 3 Same Sei Young Kim 8.05 8 (+1) Hyo Joo Kim 5.17
On the Bubble 14 (-3) Sung Hyun Park 4.01 15 (-2) Jeongeun Lee6 3.80 17 (-1) So Yeon Ryu 3.70
Still in the Hunt 22 (-3) Hae Ran Ryu 3.49 27 (-2) Ha Na Jang 3.25 28 (+3) Mirim Lee 3.22 31 (-1) Hye Jin Choi 3.02 32 (-5) MJ Hur 3.01 37 (-5) Hee Jeong Lim 2.92 38 (-5) A Lim Kim 2.77 40 (-2) Jiyai Shin 2.70
For Korea’s Golfers Eyeing the Olympics, More Than Four Is a Crowd
Led by Jin Young Ko, Koreans hold the top three spots in the world rankings.Credit...Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
So Yeon Ryu is a two-time major winner and a former world No. 1 who entered this week’s ANA Inspiration, the first L.P.G.A. major of the year, as a top 20 player. Ryu’s credentials for the Tokyo Olympics this summer are solid gold.
Her passport is her problem.
Ryu is from South Korea, where champion women golfers are an abundant natural resource. With three months until the team rosters for the delayed Summer Games in Tokyo are finalized, Ryu is No. 16 in the world but No. 7 in her homeland. ------------------- Ryu didn’t plan to watch any of the 2016 Olympics coverage. “I was so close to making the team that it definitely hurt for me,” Ryu said. “I wanted to avoid it as much as I can.”
She added, “But when you know your best friend is rocking it in Rio, you have to watch.”
Ryu was glad she saw Park clinch the gold. She credits Park’s performance in the Olympics with her own victory at Mission Hills and ascent to No. 1 the following year.
“Before Rio I was maybe so afraid, ‘What is going to happen if I miss the Olympics?’” Ryu said. “So I almost just wanted to believe winning a major is better than the Olympics.”