January 30, 2023

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New Zealand golfer Ko returns to No 1 in world


New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is atop the ladies’s golf world rankings for the third time in her profession, regaining the No 1 spot on Monday every week after her LPGA Tour Championship triumph.

Ko, who first reached No 1 in 2015, handed American Nelly Korda, who had moved atop the rankings on November 14 after a one-stroke victory on the Pelican Girls’s Championship.

“I’m very grateful to be world No 1 once more,” Ko mentioned in a press release. “To be sincere, I wasn’t certain if I’d ever be again right here once more.
“This wouldn’t have been attainable with out my household and staff, thanks in your perception and love.”

Ko grew to become the youngest world No 1 when she topped the rankings in 2015, holding the highest spot from February 2 to June 14 for a complete of 19 weeks.

She then reigned as No 1 for 85 weeks from October 2015 to June 2017.

The span of 5 years, 5 months and 17 days is the longest interval between spells at No 1 – Ko regaining the summit after a 2022 resurgence that began with a January victory on the LPGA at Boca Rio in Florida.

She had ended a close to three-year title drought – throughout which she dropped as little as 59th on this planet – with a victory within the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii in 2021.

She thrust herself again among the many recreation’s elite this yr, following her Boca Rio triumph with victories on the BMW Women Championship and the season-ending Tour Championship.

That final win got here with a $2 million winner’s prize, the biggest first-place prize within the historical past of ladies’s golf.

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It additionally cemented her second LPGA Participant of the Yr award and the Vare Trophy for the participant with the bottom scoring common.
Alongside along with her three victories, Ko recorded 9 extra prime 5 finishes in 2022, together with a fifth place on the US Girls’s Open and a tie for third on the Evian Championship.

Her a hundred and fifth week atop the rankings this week is the fifth-most ever, a listing led by Mexican Lorena Ochoa at 158 weeks.
Ko, who was simply 15 when she gained her first LPGA title, has 19 victories, together with main titles on the 105 Evian Championship and 2016 Chevron Championship.

She additionally earned Olympic silver for New Zealand at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and bronze on the Tokyo Video games.