April 17, 2013 10:09
Park In-bee became the second Korean to climb to the top of the world rankings in women's golf on Tuesday.
She moved to second place from fourth after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 8 and then edged ahead of Stacy Lewis of the U.S. within the week by just 0.04 points. Park now has a total of 9.28 points compared to Lewis' 9.24.
Taiwan's Yani Tseng is in third place with 8.41 points, followed by two Koreans, Choi Na-yeon and Ryu So-yeon, who have 8.22 points and 6.84 points, respectively.
"Today is a very meaningful day in my golf career. I will do my best to hold onto the No. 1 position by widening the gap with Lewis in this competition," Park said from Hawaii as she awaits the opening of the LPGA Lotte Championship on Thursday.
The women's world golf rankings were first introduced in February 2006 and are calculated based on results from U.S., European, Japanese, Korean and Australian tours from the past two years. Points are weighted based on difficulty of a competition and amount of time elapsed, with more recent events weighted more heavily.
Park was last year's leader in terms of prize money and scoring average in the LPGA and already has two titles this season.
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