Lydia Ko’s Three-Week Break Could Prove Costly

For the past 83 weeks, 20-year-old LPGA phenom Lydia Ko has stood atop the Rolex Rankings, the women’s version of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), the third longest stretch at No. 1 in the history of the Tour.

 
However, Ko may not have it much longer. Currently taking a three-week break from the LPGA, she is risking losing that No. 1 spot to two players who are in the field for this week’s event, No. 2 So Yeon Ryu and No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn, who are both close to her in the rankings.

Bullets

  • Ko is sitting out this week’s LPGA event, the Volvik Championship, part of a personal three-week break, and there are 22 scenarios where someone (either Ryu or Jutanugarn) could usurp her for #1 this week.
  • Ko has 14 career LPGA wins, including two majors, despite just turning 20 last week.
  • The early returns on her 2017 season have been somewhat underwhelming by her standards, however.
  • She has not won any of the 10 events she’s entered, although she does have six top 10 finishes.
  • Only Lorena Ochoa (158 weeks) and Yani Tseng (109 weeks) have a longer streaks of consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Quotable

“I’m going to take some time off, maybe chill, and maybe see a little of Orlando. I’ve lived there for four years, but I haven’t been able to travel around there and maybe be the tourist.”
Lydia Ko, in an interview with the Golf Channel.


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