Park Place: LPGA Rookie Moves To World No. 1

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park has supplanted compatriot So Yeon Ryu as the world’s No. 1 women’s golfer. The 24-year old becomes the first LPGA Tour rookie in the history of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings to reach the top spot.

Park is the fourth Korean to sit atop the rankings, joining Ryu (19 weeks), Inbee Park (92 weeks) and Jiyai Shin (25 weeks).

“It is a great honor to me and my family,” said Park in a press release in advance of this week’s Blue Bay LPGA. “There won’t be any changes because of the ranking. I believe my future play is more important than the fact that I moved up in the ranking.”

WORLD TOP 5

1 Sung Hyun Park (KOR) 8.41
2 So Yeon Ryu (KOR) 8.38
3 Shanshan Feng (CHN) 8.17
4 Lexi Thompson (USA) 7.44
5 Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 6.98

Park, who already clinched the Rookie of the Year award, has two wins on the season, and has never missed the cut in her 29 career starts. She’s also finished in the top 20 in four of the season’s five majors.

PARK PLACE

Park leads the LPGA in Official Money with $2,161,005. She also ranks:

  • 2nd in Scoring Average
  • 2nd in the Rolex Player of the Year Race
  • 3rd in the Race to the CME Globe
  • 5th in Birdies , 7th in Greens in Regulation, and 9th in Driving Distance Average

Park will enter the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on Nov. 16-19 with an opportunity to win Player of the Year honors, and could join LPGA legend Nancy Lopez as the only players in LPGA history to win Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season.


Credits: LPGA Tour Communications, Getty Images


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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