Stacy Lewis

Rolex #1 ranked Stacy Lewis

Talking to a former student a few months ago, I asked if they’d been following the LPGA Tour. Her response, while not terribly shocking, did indicate just how out of touch the person was. “Aw, I haven’t followed the LPGA Tour for a couple of years. International players are always winning. It’s just not worth watching.”

Watching the Quicken Loans National, I was simultaneously keeping track of the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

While the men seemed overwhelmed Sunday by Congressional’s tough layout, the women were attacking the Pinnacle Country Club layout.  Stacy Lewis, US, Angela Stanford, US, Lydia Ko, NZ,  Cristi Kerr, US and So Yeon Ryu, KR, were all vying for the lead. Lewis took the win finishing -12/201 in the 54 hole event. Stanford, Ko and Kerr tied for second one back, -11/202 and Ryu finised fifth, -10/203. In fact, just a week ago, the top 3 finishers of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship were American while 3 South Korean competitors rounded out the top 5 finishers at Pinehurst.

Having heard the statement that about who seemed to be dominating the LPGA Tour I decided to look at and compare the LPGA and PGA tours regarding U.S. vs International victories going back to January 23rd when the LPGA Tour started their 2014 season.

Through the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, the LPGA Tour has completed 16 events with American players winning 10 events and International players taking 6 victories.

Looking at the PGA Tour for the same period, (January 23rd-June 29th), the men have played 24 events with U.S. players victorious in 14 events. The International contingent have won 10 events including Germany’s Martin Kaymer who won the Players Championship and U.S.Open Championship.

Looking at the percentage of U.S. players victories on both tours it turns out the U.S. women make up 62% of the victories on the LPGA Tour schedule while U.S. men make up 52% of the wins on the PGA Tour over the same period .

The drama and level of play showcased recently at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship proved the ability of the LPGA Tour players. Looking at the talent of our players like Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr to name a few plus Stacy Lewis who has been ranked #1 in the world for five weeks, I have to say the LPGA Tour has come of age and is most certainly ready for prime time.