Ontario, June 12: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn became the first player from Southeast Asia to top the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, climbing to the number one spot after winning the Manulife LPGA Classic.
The 21-year-old Ariya edged Korea’s In Gee Chun and American Lexi Thompson in a playoff at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Ontario, which saw her replacing New Zealander Lydia Ko at the top of the rankings. Ko had been number one since February 2015 but has struggled with her form this season and has not played on tour since mid-May.
“To be honest, I didn’t pay attention with the ranking. I only want to go out and have fun,” said Ariya.
Ariya is the 10th player to top the world rankings since it was introduced in 2006.
Rolex Rankings (top 10 as at June 12, 2017)
1. Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) – 8.78 av pts
2. Lydia Ko (NZL) – 8.34
3. So Yeon Ryu (KOR) – 8.17
4. Lexi Thompson (USA) – 7.47
5. In Gee Chun (KOR) – 7.13
6. Shanshan Feng (CHN)- 6.69
7. Inbee Park (KOR) – 5.89
8. Sung Hyun Park (KOR) – 5.55
9. Sei Young Kim (KOR) – 5.42
10. Anna Nordqvist (SWE) – 5.40