With the PGA Tour schedule making its autumn slowdown, the LPGA begins its homestretch with a focus on the one thing the men's game couldn't produce in 2010 — turnover at the top of the rankings.
The No. 1 spot already has changed hands seven times, with Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr passing it around since Lorena Ochoa's retirement in April. Yani Tseng, with two major titles this year, and Suzann Pettersen also are within striking distance.
Miyazato currently stands No. 1, with a margin of just 0.67 average points separating the top five. No. 6 Na Yeon Choi sits more than a full point behind Pettersen.
Seven events remain, starting with this week's Navistar LPGA Classic outside Montgomery, Ala. There's one drawback, though — after next week's stop in California, the tour spends the subsequent four weeks in Asia and Mexico.
Golf Channel will show three of the four.
Jumbo addition: Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki is the final member of the World Golf Hall of Fame's incoming class, announced Wednesday as the selection from this year's international ballot.
Ozaki has been the Japan Golf Tour's top money-winner 12 times, piling up more than 100 wins since joining the circuit in 1973.
He produced three top-10 finishes in majors, including a tie for sixth at the 1989 U.S. Open.
"My only regret is not playing more outside of Japan," Ozaki said in a statement, "but I dedicated my life to Japanese golf and am extremely grateful the voters thought I was worthy of this honor."
Ozaki will be enshrined May 9 at the Hall's St. Augustine, Fla., campus alongside Ernie Els, Doug Ford, the late Jock Hutchison and former President George H.W. Bush.
Tap-ins: This week provides no rest for two U.S. Ryder Cup team members, as Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson head home for this week's McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga. Johnson recently moved to nearby Sea Island; Kuchar is in the process of relocating. …
Rick George, considered a possible heir apparent when PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem eventually retires, has left the tour to become the Texas Rangers' chief of operations.
— Jeff Shain