Hall of Famer Inbee Park had a chance to return to No.1 in the women’s world rankings by winning Sunday’s Lotte Championship or finishing alone in second. She nearly pulled it off when a 45-foot birdie try on the 72nd hole for solo second went just wide.
Then she missed the short par save, exchanging a tie for runner-up honors for a share of third.
Instead, Park remains unchanged at No.3 in the newest rankings as Shanshan Feng holds on to the top spot for another week. Feng wound up sharing third Sunday with Park, who preceded her Hawaii performance with a Founders Cup victory and playoff loss at the ANA Inspiration.
Feng, Park and No.2 Lexi Thompson all are entered at this week’s Hugel-JTBC LA Open, so the potential for a change at top of the Rolex Rankings remains high.
POSITION. PLAYER (LAST WEEK) POINTS
1. Shanshan Feng (1) 7.05
2. Lexi Thompson (2) 6.75
3. Inbee Park (3) 6.67
4. Sung Hyun Park (4) 5.97
5. So Yeon Ryu (5) 5.90
6. Ariya Jutanugarn (6) 5.63
7. In-Kyung Kim (7) 5.37
8. Cristie Kerr (9) 5.25
9. Anna Nordqvist (8) 5.14
10. Hye Jin Choi (10) 4.91