Inbee Park took over the top spot in the women’s golf ranking on Monday, ending Stacy Lewis’ four-week run at No. 1.
Park moved ahead of Lewis eight days after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her second major title and second victory of the year. The 24-year-old South Korean player also won the LPGA Thailand in February.
“This is a very big day in my golf career,” Park said on Monday at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii. “I’m so happy to share it with my family, who are here in Hawaii with me. It’s nice to reach this goal, but I know a lot of players are close to No. 1. It gives me something else to play for every week.”
Lewis dropped to second behind Park in the two-year standings.
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng remained No. 3. She was No. 1 for 109 weeks, before Lewis grabbed the top spot with consecutive victories in Singapore and Phoenix.
Park is the eighth player and the second South Korean — following Shin Ji-yai — to hold the No. 1 spot. Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr have also topped the rankings.
Last year, Park won twice on the LPGA Tour, had six runner-up finishes, topped the money list and took the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.
The putting star had a string of six straight top-three finishes. She won the Evian Masters in July last year in France, tied for third in her next start, added three straight second-place finishes and capped the run with a victory in October last year in the LPGA Malaysia.
Park won the 2008 US Women’s Open and has five career LPGA Tour victories.
The LPGA Lotte Championship begins today at Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii.
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