Looks like Lydia Ko is still the world’s No 1 lady golfer … for this week at least.
Last week, numerous news sites heralded the imminent rise of Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn to the No 1 spot, based on projections released by the technical provider of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. However, once the latest official rankings were released yesterday, Ko still remained No 1 by 0.01 points over Jutanugarn. This was due to an error in the projection tool used by WWGR Inc’s technical provider, who issued the following statement yesterday:
“Last week, we issued some projections which showed Ariya Jutanugarn taking over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings based on player finishes at the LPGA’s 2017 ShopRite LPGA Classic which concluded yesterday (Sunday, June 4). However, when official rankings were run this morning (Monday, June 5), we discovered a bug in the projection tool.
“When running the projections, the tool used the date on which the projections were run, rather than the date when the rankings would be released. Thus when projections were run last week, they included the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic in the event count for both Lydia Ko (51 events) and Ariya Jutanugarn (58 events). When the Rankings were run today, that event correctly dropped from the Rankings’ 104-week cycle and reduced the total number of events for both players by one (Ko – 50 events; Jutanugarn 57 events) which resulted in average world ranking points of 8.37 for Ko and 8.36 for Jutanugarn. So Ko maintains the No. 1 position by a .01 point margin.
“We are working to correct the problem within the projection tool and we apologize for the error in last week’s projections.”
The 20-year-old Ko has been World No 1 since October 2015 but her position is under serious threat from Jutanugarn and Korea’s So Yeon Ryu.
Rolex Rankings Top 10 (as at June 5, 2017)
1. Lydia Ko (NZL) – 8.37 average points
2. Ariya Jutanugarn (THA)- 8.36
3. So Yeon Ryu (KOR) – 8.11
4. Lexi Thompson (USA) – 7.26
5. In Gee Chun (KOR) – 6.96
6. Shanshan Feng (CHN) – 6.75
7. Inbee Park (KOR) – 5.87
8. Sung Hyun Park (KOR) – 5.54
9. Sei Young Kim (KOR) – 5.42
10. Anna Nordqvist (SWE) – 5.36