Lee Jeong-eun at No. 5 in World Rankings After U.S. Women's Open Win

  • By Min Hak-soo

    June 05, 2019 10:43

    Lee Jeong-eun

    Lee Jeong-eun moved up a whopping 12 spots in the latest women's global rankings released on Tuesday. Lee climbed from 17th to fifth following her first major victory at the U.S. Women's Open in South Carolina on Sunday.

    Lee's rise has intensified the already fierce competition among Korean golfers for a spot on the national squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The top 15 players in the world rankings will qualify, with a maximum of four players from one country. The remainder of the spots will be distributed to the highest ranked players from countries that do not already have two or more players in the top 15, with a maximum of two players from each.

    Korea has now seven in the top 15.

    Based on the current rankings, Lee would earn a spot along with No. 1 Ko Jin-young, No. 3 Park Sung-hyun and No. 8 Ryu So-yeon. Following them are Park In-bee, who became the first Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 at No. 10, Kim Sei-young at No. 11 and Amy Yang, also known as Yang Hee-young, at No. 15.

    With more than a year to go until the Tokyo Olympics, however, nothing is guaranteed at this point. The women's golf event will be held in Saitama near Tokyo next year on Aug. 5 to 8, following the men's event on July 30 to Aug. 2. The players competing in the event will be determined based on the world rankings as of June 23, 2020 for men and June 30 for women. 

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