After last week’s Shoprite LPGA Classic, it was widely reported that Ariya Jutanugarn would take over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, the women’s version of the OWGR, usurping Lydia Ko, who had held the top position for 84 weeks.
Once the math was officially tallied, however, it turned out that Ko still held the No. 1 spot, barely.
This week, however, there should be no question. After winning the Manulife LPGA Classic in a playoff that featured three of the world’s top five, Jutanugarn is assured to become No. 1 for the first time in her career.
It was the first win of the season for the 21-year-old prodigy from Thailand.
The Winning Putt
- Ariya Jutanugarn won the Manulife LPGA Classic in a playoff over Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun. The playoff occurred after Thompson bogeyed her final two holes, missing a short par putt on the latter.
- After a breakthrough 2016 season where she won five times, the Manulife is her first victory of 2017. Coming into the week, she had eight top 10s in just 12 events, including three runner-up finishes.
- Ko lost the No. 1 ranking after holding it for 85 consecutive weeks. She has taken off the last three weeks.
- The LPGA Tour still has not seen a repeat winner in 2017, despite being 14 tournaments into the season.
- Jutanugarn will play as the No. 1 for the first time this week at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ko is also set to play in the tournament.
“To be honest, I didn’t pay attention with the ranking. I only want to go out and have fun.”