June 28, 2023 10:43
Ko Jin-young remained atop the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings after a tie for 20th at last week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship, setting a new record for the most weeks spent at No. 1.
By staying at the top for 159 weeks, Ko has surpassed the previous record set by Lorena Ochoa of Mexico from 2007 to 2010.
Ko, who has 15 LPGA wins including two major victories, first claimed the top spot in April 2019 and slipped down in the rankings only a handful of times while struggling with an injury-induced slump last year.
Only three other golfers have held the top position for more than 100 weeks -- Lydia Ko of New Zealand (125 weeks), Yani Tseng of Taiwan (109 weeks) and Park In-bee (106 weeks).
"It's an honor, people saying with Lorena and me in the same sentence. It makes me happy, but also it makes me humble," Ko said.
Ochoa sent a congratulatory message to Ko through a video clip. "I wanted to be the first one to say congratulations to you," Ochoa said. "So many weeks as the No. 1 player in the world. Continue in that direction."
Ko is set to compete at the U.S. Women's Open, which will be held at California's beautiful and historic Pebble Beach Golf Links from July 6 to 9.
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