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Trends: World’s Top 5 Heading Into U.S. Women’s Open

The US Women’s Open is being held this week in northern California at the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed CordeValle Golf Club. And with the PGA Tour off this week due to the flooding in West Virginia, which cancelled the Greenbrier Classic, the golf gamblers of the world will be looking to make a wager on this major golf championship.

Let’s take a look at how the World’s Top 5 women golfers, according to the Rolex Rankings, have been performing leading up to this week’s USGA event. (Note: The rankings are based on a two year rolling average.)

1. Lydia Ko

The game’s best player seems almost unflappable with a win in her most recent start, and at least a top 25 since August of last year. It’s safe to say she’s ready for CordeValle.

Most Recent Results: 1, T4, 2, T16, T18, T6
Money List Rank: $1,816,738, 1st
Driving Distance: 248.41 yards, 117th
Greens in Regulation: 74.18%, 6th
Putts per GIR: 1.72, 1st

2. Brooke Henderson

Henderson edged out Ko at the tour’s most recent major event, the LPGA Championship. Brooke followed up a missed-cut with a win this past weekend in Portland, so she’s playing well at the right time.

Most Recent Results: 1, Cut, T21, 1, T45, T3
Money List Rank: $1,285,715, 2nd
Driving Distance: 268.15 yards, 2nd
Greens in Regulation: 73.69%, 9th
Putts per GIR: 1.78, 18th

3. Inbee Park

Park’s 2016 season has not gone as planned, as she has been dealing with back and thumb injuries. She’ll be looking to return to form this weekend in California.

Most Recent Results: Cut, WDC, WDC, T68, T6, 2
Money List Rank: $253,381, 37th
Driving Distance: 250.13 yards, 104th
Greens in Regulation: 65.64%, 98th
Putts per GIR: 1.79, 26th

4. Lexi Thompson

Thompson will be looking to build off a couple of top 10s to start May and June, and while she has yet to win this season, she is due.

Most Recent Results: T4, 22T, T6, T5, Cut, T6
Money List Rank: $711,325, 6th
Driving Distance: 284.22 yards, 1st
Greens in Regulation: 78.67%, 2nd
Putts per GIR: 1.8, 47th

5. Sei Young Kim

Despite a cut in her last start, Kim has been playing well for most of the season, including a win at the Meijer LPGA Classic in June.

Recent Results: Cut, 1, 11, T16, T3, T7
Money List: $971,054, 4th
Driving Distance: 273.56 yards, 5th
Greens in Regulation: 72.12%, 18th
Putts per GIR: 1.76, 7th

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Brian Thibodeau

Brian researches, produces, and contributes content for Pro Golf Weekly.

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