Four LPGA players arrived at last week’s Hugel-JTBC LA Open with an opportunity to overtake Shanshan Feng atop the women’s world rankings. For Inbee Park, it was a matter of unfinished business.
Park returned to the top of the chart with a share of runner-up honors at Wilshire Country Club, one week after a late stumble postponed the move. She regained No.1 for the fourth time in her Hall of Fame career, earning a 93rd week at the top.
Park’s last stint at No.1 ended on Oct. 25, 2015 – a gap of 130 weeks that marks the longest in the history of the women’s rankings. At age 29, she’s also the oldest to hold the top spot since Cristie Kerr in 2010.
With Feng and Thompson joining Park at this week’s MEDIHEAL Championship, the chance remains for another change next Monday.
POSITION. PLAYER (LAST WEEK) POINTS
1. Inbee Park (3) 7.49
3. Shanshan Feng (1) 7.04
3. Lexi Thompson (2) 6.78
4. So Yeon Ryu (5) 6.16
5. Sung Hyun Park (4) 5.85
6. Ariya Jutanugarn (6) 5.55
7. In-Kyung Kim (7) 5.42
8. Cristie Kerr (8) 5.22
9. Anna Nordqvist (9) 5.04
10. Hye Jin Choi (10) 4.89
This post was excerpted from Jeff Shain’s The Starter at Pro Golf Weekly.