Lydia Ko’s Comeback Season Gets Better: Reaches World No. 1 Again

Lydia Ko Wins 2022 Gainbridge LPGA
Lydia Ko poses with the trophy after winning the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Golf Club on Jan 30, 2022 in Boca Raton, Fla. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice via Getty Images)

Lydia Ko’s comeback season just got better. The former all-world teenager ascended to world No. 1 for the first time since 2017.

Ko, 25, overtook Nelly Korda for the top spot in the latest Rolex Rankings.

“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,” Ko said in an LPGA press release. “This wouldn’t have been possible without my family and team, thank you for your belief and love.”

Ko claimed three titles in 2022, including the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. She also won the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average).

Ko made it to world No. 1 at the age of 17 in February 2015. She stayed there for a span of 19 weeks. She then held the top position for nearly two years, beginning in Oct. 2015.


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