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.
- 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.
“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.