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Jin Young Ko Becomes No. 1 in Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings

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Jin Young Ko. © LPGA
Jin Young Ko. © LPGA

Following her first major victory at the 2019 ANA Inspiration on Sunday, Jin Young Ko has ascended to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Her three-stroke win at Mission Hills Golf Club vaulted her from fifth to the top of the standings.

“Reaching World No. 1 is exciting and I cannot believe that I have achieved this honor,” said Ko. “I always keep my focus on the golf course and on my playing, but to win a major championship and be called the best player in the world is absolutely a great honor. I want to thank my family, my caddie and my manager for all of their support.”

Ko is the fifth player from the Republic of Korea to reach World No. 1, following Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu and Jiyai Shin. She is the third player to hold the title of World No. 1 in 2019, joining Ariya Jutanugarn and Sung Hyun Park, who was No. 1 for the previous five weeks.

So far during the 2019 LPGA Tour season, Ko has earned two victories and three other top-three results, with four of those finishes coming in her last four events. After opening her year with a runner-up spot at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, she tied for third two weeks later at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.

Her performance over the Tour’s recent Western Swing cemented Ko’s place at the top of the Rolex Rankings. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, Ariz., and the following week tied for second at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Her victory on the famed Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., lifted Ko to the pinnacle of female professional golf.

Through the season’s first eight events, Ko leads the Tour in total earnings with $1,002,273. She also sits atop the standings for Rolex Player of the Year honors (123 points) and in the Race to the CME Globe (1,957 points).

Ko became a Rolex First-Time Winner when she captured the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in her first event as an LPGA Member. With that victory, she become just the second player in LPGA history to win on her Membership debut, joining Beverly Hanson (1951 Eastern Open). That win was one of Ko’s 13 top-10 finishes in 2018, a spectacular rookie season that saw her clinch Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors with four events remaining.

While her victory in Australia was Ko’s first as a Member, she had already visited the winner’s circle at the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. That breakthrough win earned her LPGA Membership for the 2018 season.

Prior to joining the LPGA Tour, Ko was a member of the KLPGA Tour, where she has 10 career victories. As a KLPGA member, she finished second at the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open.

History of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings Number One Position

Player

Age (Y/M/D)

From:

To:

No. Weeks

29

Jin Young Ko

23/9/1

April 8, 2019

Present

1

28

Sung Hyun Park (3)

25/5/13

March 4, 2019

April 7, 2019

5

27

Ariya Jutanugarn (3)

22/11/6

October 29, 2018

March 3, 2019

18

26

Sung Hyun Park (2)

24/10/29

August 20, 2018

October 28, 2018

10

25

Ariya Jutanugarn (2)

22/8/7

July 30, 2018

August 19, 2018

3

24

Inbee Park (4)

29/9/11

April 23, 2018

July 29, 2018

14

23

Shanshan Feng

28/3/8

Nov. 13, 2017

April 22, 2018

23

22

Sung Hyun Park

24/1/15

Nov. 6, 2017

Nov. 12, 2017

1

21

So Yeon Ryu

26/11/28

June 26, 2017

Nov. 5, 2017

19

20

Ariya Jutanugarn

21/6/20

June 12, 2017

June 25, 2017

2

19

Lydia Ko (2)

18/6/2

October 26, 2015

June 11, 2017

85

18

Inbee Park (3)

26/11/3

June 15, 2015

October 25, 2015

19

17

Lydia Ko (1)

17/9/9

February 2, 2015

June 14, 2015

19

16

Inbee Park (2)

26/3/15

October 27, 2014

February 1, 2015

14

15

Stacy Lewis (2)

29/3/17

June 2, 2014

October 26, 2014

21

14

Inbee Park (1)

24/9/3

April 15, 2013

June 1, 2014

59

13

Stacy Lewis (1)

28/1/2

March 18, 2013

April 14, 2013

4

12

Yani Tseng

22/0/22

February 14, 2011

March 17, 2013

109

11

Jiyai Shin (3)

22/6/4

November 1, 2010

February 13, 2011

15

10

Cristie Kerr (3)

33/0/13

October 25, 2010

October 31, 2010

1

9

Ai Miyazato (3)

25/2/4

August 23, 2010

October 24, 2010

9

8

Cristie Kerr (2)

32/10/4

August 16, 2010

August 22, 2010

1

7

Jiyai Shin (2)

22/2/28

July 26, 2010

August 15, 2010

3

6

Ai Miyazato (2)

25/1/0

July 19, 2010

July 25, 2010

1

5

Cristie Kerr (1)

32/8/16

June 28, 2010

July 18, 2010

3

4

Ai Miyazato (1)

25/0/2

June 21, 2010

June 27, 2010

1

3

Jiyai Shin (1)

22/0/5

May 3, 2010

June 20, 2010

7

2

Lorena Ochoa

25/5/8

April 23, 2007

May 2, 2010

158

1

Annika Sorenstam

35/4/11

February 20, 2006

April 22, 2007

61

 

Career weeks at Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings Number One Position

Lorena Ochoa

158 weeks

Yani Tseng

109 weeks

Inbee Park

106 weeks

Lydia Ko

104 weeks

Annika Sorenstam

61 weeks

Stacy Lewis

25 weeks

Jiyai Shin

25 weeks

Ariya Jutanugarn

23 weeks

Shanshan Feng

23 weeks

So Yeon Ryu

19 weeks

Sung Hyun Park

16 weeks

Ai Miyazato

11 weeks

Cristie Kerr

5 weeks

Jin Young Ko

1 week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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