Jin Young Ko sets new world ranking record

After her 20th place at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2023 remains Jin Young Ko the 159th week of her career at No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Ko broke Lorena Ochoa’s record of 158 weeks at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, which Ochoa held continuously from April 2007 to May 2010.

As of April 2019, Ko has held the first position five consecutive times. With her sixth straight week since May 2023, she now tops the record list, ahead of big names like Lydia Ko (125 weeks), Yani Tseng (109 weeks), Inbee Park (106 weeks) and Anika Sorenstam (61 weeks).

player Weeks at No. 1
Jin Young Ko 159 weeks
Lorena Ochoa 158 weeks
Lydia Ko 125 weeks
Yani Tseng 109 weeks
Inbee Park 106 weeks
Anika Sorenstam 61 weeks
Nelly Korda 35 weeks
Stacy Lewis 25 weeks
Jiyai Shin 25 weeks
Shanshan Feng 23 weeks
Ariya Jutanugarn 23 weeks
Sung Hyun Park 20 weeks
So Yeon-ryu 19 weeks
Ai Miyazato 11 weeks
Cristie Kerr 5 weeks
Atthaya Thitikul 2 weeks

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Jin Young Ko just one of five Korean women at the top of the world

At 27, Ko is the Korea Republic player who has spent most weeks of her career ranked #1 in the Rolex Rankings. She is one of five Korean players to have ranked number one in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, along with Inbee Park (106 weeks), Jiyai Shin (25 weeks), Sung Hyun Park (20 weeks) and So Yeon Ryu (19 weeks) .

“It’s an honor that people name Lorena and I in the same sentence. It makes me happy but also humbled,” said Ko, who has been Ochoa’s longtime caddy Dave Brooker for most of her time as Rolex Rankings No. 1 at her bag had. “It’s a great honor to stand next to Lorena.”

In 2023, Ko has had victories in the HSBC Women’s World Championship and the Cognizant Founders Cup. She has also had four top-15 finishes this year, most recently at the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open, and represented Korea Republic at this year’s Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown.

In the 2023 season, she ranks on the LPGA Tour third for greens hit in regulation (75%), fifth for point average (69.34), and sixth for birdies played (140). Not only is she number 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, but she also tops the Race to the CME Globe, an honor she previously won in 2020 and 2021.

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Jin Young Ko’s achievements

As a 15-time winner on the LPGA Tour Ko has already won the Chevron Championship and the 2019 Amundi Evian Championship. Just a year earlier, she was a Rolex First-Time Winner at the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, her first event as an LPGA Tour member. Prior to her career on the LPGA Tour, she won 10 times on the KLPGA Tour and won the LPGA Tour’s 2017 KEB-Hana Bank Championship as a non-member.

Jin Young Ko was named Rolex Player of the Year in 2019 and 2021 and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year in 2018. In 2019, she won the Vare Trophy, awarded to the player with the lowest point average of the season. In the same year she also won the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, given to the player with the best overall performance of the season at major championships.

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