Lydia Ko is number one again.
Ko, who notched three LPGA Tour victories and nine other top-five finishes in 2022, moved up one spot to eclipse American Nelly Korda as the number one player in the women’s world golf rankings.
This is the third time Ko, a 19-time LPGA Tour winner, has reached the top spot. She also held number one from 2 February to 14 June, 2015, and from October 2015 to June 2017 – 104 weeks in all.
“I’m very grateful to be world number one again,” the 25-year-old said.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be back here again.”
She was just 17 when she ascended to the top spot in 2015 and became the youngest player, male or female, to reach number one in the world.
Among her wins this year, the New Zealander claimed the largest first-place prize in the history of women’s golf ($3.2 million) for winning the season-ending Tour Championship in Florida last week.
Ko was named Race to the CME Globe champion and Rolex Player of the Year for the second time.
She also took home the Vare Trophy, awarded to the player with the season’s lowest scoring average, for the second straight year.
Finishing the year with 25 points toward the LPGA Hall of Fame, she is now two points away from induction.
Away from the course, Ko will marry Chung Jun this summer.
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