3 Kore­ans on top women’s golf rank­ings for 1st time

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

South Korean play­ers have taken up the top three spots in the lat­est women’s golf rank­ings, a fur­ther il­lus­tra­tion of their dom­i­nance in the game.

In the most re­cent rank­ings an­nounced Mon­day (U.S. time), LPGA rookie sen­sa­tion Lee Jeongeun moved up a spot to reach a ca­reer-high No. 3. Ko Jin-young stayed at No. 1 for the 10th con­sec­u­tive week, fol­lowed by Park Sunghyun at No. 2.

The rank­ings were in­tro­duced in Fe­bru­ary 2006, and this is the first time that three golfers from the same coun­try have oc­cu­pied the top three places.

For­mer No. 1 Park In-bee is the fourth South Korean in­side the top 10 at No. 8.

The world rank­ings award points based on the strength of the field and eval­u­ate play­ers’ per­for­mances over a rolling twoyear pe­riod.

An ex­tra em­pha­sis is placed on re­sults from the 13 most re­cent weeks.

South Korean play­ers have com­bined for 13 vic­to­ries in 26 LPGA tour­na­ments so far in 2019.

Ko leads ev­ery­one with four ti­tles, and Park Sung-hyun is one of five play­ers with two wins this year. Lee’s lone vic­tory came at the U.S. Women’s Open, one of five LPGA ma­jors.

Ko is lead­ing the LPGA in money with $2.6 mil­lion, with Lee and Park at No. 2 and No. 3, re­spec­tively. They’re also 1-2-3 in the Player of the Year points race, and Lee is the run­away leader in points for the Rookie of the Year.

Else­where in the world rank­ings, Hur Mi-jung, who won the Indy Women in Tech Cham­pi­onship last week­end, made the big­gest jump in­side the top 50, go­ing from No. 40 to No. 23.

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