Shanshan Feng Wins 2013 CME Group Titleholders; Stacy Lewis Wins 2013 Vare Trophy, Moriya Jutanugarn Wins 2013 LPGA Rookie Of The Year

Shanshan Feng (click to enlarge)

At the end of the 2013 CME Group Titleholders third round, the trio of Natalie Gulbis, Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum led by 2 shots. That was a tenuous lead to be sure, with experienced champions right on their heels. One of those champions, Shanshan Feng, avoided any big mistakes while ill-timed bogeys conspired to take victory away from the leaders. Piller was the best of the overnight leaders on Sunday, shooting a 3-under par 69. However, while she had 2 birdies in her first 6 holes they were canceled by 2 bogeys in her first 7. She did add 3 birdies on the back 9 and missed a 10-footer on 18 that would have forced a playoff. But it was those bogeys that did her in, falling one shot shy of the winner, Shanshan Feng, at 14-under over all to Feng’s 15-under overall. Similarly, Pornanong Phatlum played well, with a 2-under 70 that left her in solo 3rd place at 13-under overall. Waen was also sunk by early bogeys, committing 3 in her first 9 holes. While she did have 5 birdies on the day, it seems as if Waen and Gerina came out with shaky play early before steadying themselves on the back 9. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Shanshan Feng (click to enlarge)

The biggest plunge was by Natalie Gulbis. I don’t care who it is, I NEVER EVER want to see somebody go through what Natalie did on Sunday. That Gulbis has been such a shining light and great ambassador for the LPGA makes it feel even worse. I’ll keep it short. She shot a 10-over 82 that included 6 bogeys, 1 double bogey and 1 triple bogey. She did have a lone birdie on 14, but by then it was far too late. To rub salt into the wound, the birdie was a short lived reprieve as her triple bogey was on 15. Meanwhile, Shanshan fired a clean 6-under 66 to leapfrog to victory. Unlike the overnight leaders who came sputtering out of the gate, Shanshan seized the lead with 4 birdies in her first 6 holes. Feng did what a champion does on Sunday, being aggressive but avoiding the big mistake. Because of that, she wins her 3rd career LPGA event and 2nd in the last 2 months.

Moriya Jutanugarn, 2013 LPGA Rookie of the Year (click to enlarge)

Although I would have loved to have seen Pornanong Phatlum bring this trophy home to her native Thailand, I was very pleased to see Moriya Jutanugarn become the first Thai player to win the Louise Suggs LPGA Rookie of the Year as she edged Caroline Masson by a mere 1 point. She needed a four foot putt on the last hole to clinch the honor. She nailed it.

“It has a lot of meaning. I feel like I did it for my country, for my family, for my fans, for Thailand. I’m pretty sure everybody is going to be really happy.” – Moriya Jutanugarn

Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis became the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. It might seem a bit odd that a tour based in the United States had such a gap between American scoring leaders until you factor in the names that have won the Vare Trophy since 1994; Annika Sorenstam (6x), Karrie Webb (3x), Se Ri Pak, Grace Park, Lorena Ochoa (4x), Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng and Inbee Park. Lewis also had a chance at the Money List title, but needed to win the tournament. Instead, Inbee Park claims both the 2013 Money List and Player of the Year.

Year Player of the Year Vare Trophy Rookie of the Year
2013 South Korea Inbee Park United States Stacy Lewis Thailand Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

Stacy Lewis (click to enlarge)

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SHANSHAN FENG

INBEE PARK, 2013 LPGA Player of the Year

PORNANONG PHATLUM

GERINA PILLER

LEXI THOMPSON

SANDRA GAL

STACY LEWIS

MICHELLE WIE

MIKA MIYAZATO

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Earnings
1 T4 CHN
-15 F -6 66 74 67 66 273 $700,000
2 T1 USA
-14 F -3 71 67 67 69 274 $139,713
3 T1 THA
-13 F -2 70 68 67 70 275 $101,352
4 T4 DEU
-12 F -3 64 69 74 69 276 $78,404
5 T9 KOR
-11 F -4 68 72 69 68 277 $63,106
T6 T9 USA
-10 F -3 69 69 71 69 278 $44,238
T6 T9 KOR
-10 F -3 68 68 73 69 278 $44,238
T6 T4 USA
-10 F -1 71 73 63 71 278 $44,238
T9 T13 KOR
-9 F -3 70 71 69 69 279 $32,509
T9 T13 USA
-9 F -3 71 69 70 69 279 $32,509
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T11 T30 KOR
-8 F -7 69 77 69 65 280 $26,848
T11 T13 KOR
-8 F -2 73 68 69 70 280 $26,848
T11 8 USA
-8 F E 72 70 66 72 280 $26,848
T14 T20 USA
-6 F -2 74 69 69 70 282 $22,871
T14 T9 ESP
-6 F +1 72 68 69 73 282 $22,871
T16 T25 USA
-5 F -3 68 76 70 69 283 $19,123
T16 24 USA
-5 F -2 71 68 74 70 283 $19,123
T16 T16 KOR
-5 F E 69 72 70 72 283 $19,123
T16 T16 KOR
-5 F E 69 70 72 72 283 $19,123
T16 T4 USA
-5 F +4 66 74 67 76 283 $19,123
T21 T39 SCT
-4 F -6 70 73 75 66 284 $16,063
T21 T25 NZL
-4 F -2 71 71 72 70 284 $16,063
T21 T25 SWE
-4 F -2 66 73 75 70 284 $16,063
T21 T16 USA
-4 F +1 67 74 70 73 284 $16,063
T25 T25 USA
-3 F -1 68 77 69 71 285 $13,807
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T25 T20 AUS
-3 F +1 70 73 69 73 285 $13,807
T25 T20 KOR
-3 F +1 71 70 71 73 285 $13,807
T25 T20 JPN
-3 F +1 69 72 71 73 285 $13,807
T29 T30 NOR
-1 F E 72 72 71 72 287 $11,780
T29 T30 USA
-1 F E 69 72 74 72 287 $11,780
T29 T16 JPN
-1 F +4 70 73 68 76 287 $11,780
T29 T1 USA
-1 F +10 70 70 65 82 287 $11,780
T33 T39 FRA
E F -2 69 74 75 70 288 $9,806
T33 T35 KOR
E F E 72 74 70 72 288 $9,806
T33 T35 KOR
E F E 73 72 71 72 288 $9,806
T33 T35 THA
E F E 70 72 74 72 288 $9,806
T33 T30 KOR
E F +1 71 74 70 73 288 $9,806
38 T45 SWE
+1 F -3 74 74 72 69 289 $8,644
T39 T57 ESP
+2 F -4 72 77 73 68 290 $7,802
T39 T45 TPE
+2 F -2 71 74 75 70 290 $7,802
T39 T39 USA
+2 F E 71 72 75 72 290 $7,802
T39 T25 USA
+2 F +4 69 76 69 76 290 $7,802
T43 T52 ENG
+3 F -2 72 73 76 70 291 $6,635
T43 T45 USA
+3 F -1 74 73 73 71 291 $6,635
T43 T39 SWE
+3 F +1 72 75 71 73 291 $6,635
T43 T35 CAN
+3 F +3 65 76 75 75 291 $6,635
T47 T52 AUS
+4 F -1 73 78 70 71 292 $5,928
T47 T30 USA
+4 F +5 74 72 69 77 292 $5,928
T49 T52 USA
+5 F E 73 74 74 72 293 $5,469
T49 T43 ESP
+5 F +2 72 75 72 74 293 $5,469
T51 59 KOR
+6 F -1 74 73 76 71 294 $5,125
T51 T45 USA
+6 F +2 68 79 73 74 294 $5,125
T53 T57 KOR
+7 F +1 73 74 75 73 295 $4,742
T53 T52 JPN
+7 F +2 73 77 71 74 295 $4,742
T53 T45 USA
+7 F +3 71 74 75 75 295 $4,742
T56 T45 USA
+8 F +4 69 74 77 76 296 $4,360
T56 T43 KOR
+8 F +5 75 73 71 77 296 $4,360
58 T60 USA
+9 F +1 74 76 74 73 297 $4,130
59 T45 NLD
+10 F +6 68 81 71 78 298 $3,978
60 T65 USA
+11 F -2 73 82 74 70 299 $3,825
T61 64 DEU
+12 F +2 77 76 73 74 300 $3,710
T61 T60 KOR
+12 F +4 74 78 72 76 300 $3,710
63 T60 KOR
+14 F +6 75 75 74 78 302 $3,595
T64 T67 USA
+16 F +2 72 81 77 74 304 $3,480
T64 63 KOR
+16 F +7 77 73 75 79 304 $3,480
66 T65 COL
+17 F +4 74 78 77 76 305 $3,366
T67 69 USA
+18 F +3 81 73 77 75 306 $3,251
T67 T67 USA
+18 F +4 76 81 73 76 306 $3,251
WD JPN
+5 69 78 74 221

2013 LPGA WINNERS (Numbers in parentheses are official career victories)

Dates Tournament Location Winner
Feb 14-17 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Australia Australia South Korea Jiyai Shin (11)
Feb 21-24 Honda LPGA Thailand Thailand Thailand South Korea Inbee Park (4)
Feb 28-Mar 3 HSBC Women’s Champions Singapore Singapore United States Stacy Lewis (6)
Mar 14-17 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup United States Arizona United States Stacy Lewis (7)
Mar 21-24 Kia Classic United States California Spain Beatriz Recari (2)
Apr 4-7 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California South Korea Inbee Park (5)
Apr 17-20 LPGA Lotte Championship United States Hawaii Norway Suzann Pettersen (11)
Apr 25-28 North Texas LPGA Shootout United States Texas South Korea Inbee Park (6)
May 2-5 Kingsmill Championship United States Virginia United States Cristie Kerr (16)
May 16-19 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Jennifer Johnson (1)
May 23-26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic The Bahamas Bahamas South Korea Ilhee Lee (1)
May 31-Jun 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey Australia Karrie Webb (39)
Jun 6-9 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (7)
Jun 21-23 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas South Korea Inbee Park (8)
Jun 27-30 U.S. Women’s Open United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (9)
Jul 11-14 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Canada Ontario South Korea Hee-Young Park (2)
Jul 18-21 Marathon Classic United States Ohio Spain Beatriz Recari (3)
Aug 1-4 Ricoh Women’s British Open Scotland Scotland United States Stacy Lewis (8)
Aug 16-18 Solheim Cup United States Colorado European Union Europe
Aug 22-25 CN Canadian Women’s Open Canada Alberta New Zealand Lydia Ko (2) (a)
Aug 29-Sep 1 Safeway Classic United States Oregon Norway Suzann Pettersen (12)
Sep 12-15 The Evian Championship France France Norway Suzann Pettersen (13)
Oct 3-6 Reignwood LPGA Classic China China China Shanshan Feng (2)
Oct 10-13 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia United States Lexi Thompson (2)
Oct 18-20 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship South Korea South Korea South Korea Amy Yang (1)
Oct 24-27 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Taiwan Taiwan Norway Suzann Pettersen (14)
Nov 8-10 Mizuno Classic Japan Japan Taiwan Teresa Lu (1)
Nov 14-17 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Mexico Mexico United States Lexi Thompson (3)
Nov 21-24 CME Group Titleholders United States Florida China Shanshan Feng (3)

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