Feng Rides Two Straight Wins To World No. 1

The reign of Sung Hyun Park as the world No. 1 lasted just one week, as Shanshan Feng rode a stretch of four-consecutive top 3s, anchored by back-to-back victories, to move to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Feng becomes the first golfer from China, male or female, to reach the No. 1 spot.

FENG’S RISE TO NO. 1

Rank-Date-Tournament-Finish
No. 6 – 10/16 – LPGA KEB HanaBank (6th)
No. 6 – 10/23 – Swinging Skirts LPGA (3rd)
No. 4 – 10/30 – Sime Darby LPGA (2nd)
No. 3 – 11/06 – Toto Japan Classic (Win)
No. 1 – 11/13 – Blue Bay LPGA (Win)

“It’s the longest day in my life to wait for the update of the world ranking,” said Feng after winning the Blue Bay LPGA on Saturday on Hainan Island, China. “When I finally see the Chinese flag on top of the ranking, I feel all the efforts over the past 18 years on golf is worth it. I really enjoy the moment and hopefully this could encourage a younger generation in China to go for this sport.”

Feng has one additional title in 2017 – the LPGA Volvik Championship in May. Additionally, she has nine other top-10 finishes this season, including at three of the season’s five majors.

Feng, who won the bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, is second to So Yeon Ryu in the Rolex Player of the Year rankings and sits third in the season-ending Race to the CME Globe and on the LPGA Official Money List.

Feng moved past Park, who reached No. 1 one week ago on Nov. 6. The last person to hold World No. 1 position for a single week was Cristie Kerr, from Oct. 25-31, 2010.

THE NO. 1 RANKED

Shanshan Feng (11/13/17 – Present)
Sung Hyun Park (11/6/17 – 11/12/17, 1)
So Yeon Ryu (6/26/17 – 11/5/17, 19)
Ariya Jutanugarn (6/12/17 – 6/25/17, 2)
Lydia Ko (10/26/15 – 6/11/17, 85)
Inbee Park (6/15/15 – 10/25/15, 19)
Lydia Ko (2/2/15 – 6/14/15, 19)
Inbee Park (10/27/14 – 2/1/15, 14)

Feng is the fifth player to reach World No. 1 in 2017, joining Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Ryu and Park – the most to be ranked No. 1 in a single year since 2010.

Prior to this season, Lydia Ko and Inbee Park had shared the No. 1 ranking for nearly three years.

ROLEX RANKINGS

1 Shanshan Feng +2
2 Sung Hyun Park -1
3 So Yeon Ryu -1
4 Lexi Thompson
5 In Gee Chun +1
6 Anna Nordqvist -1
7 I.K. Kim
8 Lydia Ko
9 Ariya Jutanugarn
10 Cristie Kerr


Credits: Getty Images, LPGA Tour Communications


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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