Will Lydia Ko Make History by Stealing World No. 1 Spot?

Park In-bee (left) and Lydia Ko Park In-bee (left) and Lydia Ko

A fierce battle for the top spot in women's golf is expected to become a regular event after Park In-bee ceded her world No. 1 status to Stacy Lewis of the U.S. at the ShopRite LPGA Classic last week. Park had topped the rankings for 59 straight weeks.

Lewis (10.33 ranking points), Park (9.52) and third-ranked Lydia Ko (9.21) will all play at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada this week.

Fans are paying close attention to whether Ko will become the youngest golfer to claim the top spot. If she wins the tournament and Lewis finishes eighth or lower, the teenager will make history.

However, even a victory for Park would not see her reclaim the top spot in the rankings. Ko, who turned pro late last year, can earn relatively more points because she did not compete in many events as an amateur. The world rankings are calculated based on the points awarded over the past two years.

Park, who hasn't won an LPGA event since the U.S. Women's Open last year, is hoping to end her title drought at this week's tournament before moving on to compete at the U.S. Women's Open next week.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 05, 2014 10:32 KST