Four events remain in the 2022 LPGA Tour schedule, including the third edition of the BMW Ladies Championship this week in the Republic of Korea at Oak Valley Country Club.
Rolex Player of the Year
A quick look at the standings of the season-ending awards and races: There are 18 players who have a mathematical chance of winning the Rolex Player of the Year award. Of the top four in contention, Minjee Lee, Brooke Henderson or Atthaya Thitikul would earn their first Player of the Year honors if they were to win by the end of 2022. Lydia Ko would earn her second POTY award; she won in 2015 with 280 points Ko would be the 16th player since 1966 to earn the award at least twice in her LPGA Tour career.
|1||Minjee Lee*||149 points|
|2||Brooke Henderson||130 points|
|3||Atthaya Thitikul*||124 points|
|4||Lydia Ko*||120 points|
Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year
Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors is mathematically down to Atthaya Thitikul and Hye-Jin Choi, which Choi only trailing by 243 points. If she were to win by the end of 2022, Thitikul would become the second consecutive player from Thailand to earn the honors, following Patty Tavatankit, who clinched Rookie of the Year following the 2021 BMW Ladies Championship. She would also become the third player from Thailand to win, along with Tavatanakit and Moriya Jutanugarn (2013).
|1||Atthaya Thitikul*||1,425 points||23 events|
|2||Hye-Jin Choi*||1,182 points||24 events|
Lydia Ko currently leads in the hunt for the Vare Trophy. Minjee Lee would need an average strokes per round of 68.389 in her remaining events to pass Ko’s current average. Atthaya Thitikul would need an average round score of 67.158 to contend If she were to win by the end of 2022, Ko could become the first back-to-back winner of the award since Stacy Lewis in 2013 and 2014. Ko would also become the 15th multiple winner of the Vare Trophy since 1953 The average winner’s scoring average since its inception in 1953 is 71.35451. Annika Sorenstam holds the record for the lowest scoring average – 68.70 – in 2002.
|1||Lydia Ko*||69.176||74 rounds|
|2||Minjee Lee*||69.333||60 rounds|
|3||Xiyu Lin||69.439||82 rounds|
|4||Atthaya Thitikul*||69.464||84 rounds|
|5||Brooke Henderson||69.479||71 rounds|
Official Money List
|1||Minjee Lee*||$3,742,440||17 events|
|2||In Gee Chun||$2,603,128||17 events|
|3||Brooke Henderson||$2,307,584||20 events|
|4||Lydia Ko*||$2,047,062||19 events|
|5||Atthaya Thitikul*||$2,005,945||23 events|
(Text: Megan McGuire)