Park In-bee Loses World No. 1 Spot to U.S. Rival

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Golfer Park In-bee ceded her world No. 1 ranking to American Stacy Lewis on Monday after 59 weeks at the top of the sport.

"I feel a bit relieved after relinquishing the title. It's not like the end of the world," said Park.

Lewis secured enough points to replace her by winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey with a 16-under 197.

Park finished tied for eighth at seven-under. "I will try to be patient and do my best as there are many more tournaments down the road," she said.

"You never get tired of being world No. 1. My biggest goal this season is to win the Women's British Open, which I failed to do last year. I hope my recent disappointing performances encourage me to prepare better for the majors," she added.

It is Lewis's second time at the top of the golf world rankings as she also held the spot for four weeks before Park took over in April last year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 03, 2014 09:42 KST