S. Korean Park Sung-hyun reclaims No. 1 ranking in women’s golf

March 5, 2019

South Korean LPGA star Park Sung-hyun is back on top.

Thanks to her most recent victory last weekend, Park reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world rankings announced Tuesday, dethroning Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.

It was Jutanugarn who’d brought down Park from the top spot last October and ended the South Korean’s three-month reign.

Park collected her first win of the season and sixth of her career on Sunday at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. She started her final day four strokes behind Jutanugarn, the overnight leader, but put together a round of eight-under 64 to rally past the stumbling Thai for the win.

Park finished at 15-under 273, two ahead of Australia’s Minjee Lee. Jutanugarn struggled to a 75 on Sunday and ended up in a tie for eighth place at eight-under 280.

Park now has 6.74 ranking points, 0.2 ahead of Jutanugarn.

The world rankings evaluate a player’s performance over a rolling two-year period weighted in favor of the current year, and an extra emphasis is placed on the most recent 13 weeks.

Park is one of four South Koreans in the top 10, joined by Ryu So-yeon (No. 4), Park In-bee (No. 5) and Ko Jin-young (No. 8).