Classy Ko returns to summit of Rolex Women’s Rankings

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Lydia Ko (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Lydia Ko is once again the Number One woman golfer in the world after reaching the summit of the Rolex rankings for the third time in her career.

Ko leapfrogged American Nelly Korda on Monday off the back of the Kiwi’s two stroke victory at the season-ending CME Tour Championship where she pipped Cavan’s Leona Maguire to the $2m first prize cheque.

“I’m very grateful to be World No. 1 again. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be back here again,” said Ko. “This wouldn’t have been possible without my family and team, thank you for your belief and love.”

Ko first reached No. 1 in 2015, holding the top spot from February 2 to June 14 for a total of 19 weeks, and last held the No. 1 ranking for 85 weeks from October 2015 to June 2017. The span of 5 years, 5 months and 17 days is the longest period between No. 1 rankings. The previous longest stretch came in 2018 when Inbee Park reclaimed the top spot for the first time since 2015, a span of 2 years, 5 months and 29 days.

This is Ko’s 105th week in the top position and she is currently fifth in most weeks spent at World No. 1, one shy of Inbee Park’s 106 weeks and four short of Yani Tseng’s 109 weeks. Lorena Ochoa’s 158 weeks at World No. 1 is the most in the history of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, followed by Jin Young Ko’s 152 weeks.

Ko joined the LPGA Tour in 2014 and has amassed 19 victories in her Tour tenure, tied for 29th most of all time. She is a two-time major champion with wins at the 2015 Amundi Evian Championship and 2016 Chevron Championship, and is a two-time Olympic medallist, taking home the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Leona Maguire is Ireland’s best ranked player, sitting in a career high 11th spot on the rankings. Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow is ranked 139th.

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