Lydia Ko’s Three-Week Break Could Prove Costly

For the past 83 weeks, 20-year-old LPGA phenom Lydia Ko has stood atop the Rolex Rankings, the women’s version of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), the third longest stretch at No. 1 in the history of the Tour.

However, Ko may not have it much longer. Currently taking a three-week break from the LPGA, she is risking losing that No. 1 spot to two players who are in the field for this week’s event, No. 2 So Yeon Ryu and No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn, who are both close to her in the rankings.


  • Ko is sitting out this week’s LPGA event, the Volvik Championship, part of a personal three-week break, and there are 22 scenarios where someone (either Ryu or Jutanugarn) could usurp her for #1 this week.
  • Ko has 14 career LPGA wins, including two majors, despite just turning 20 last week.
  • The early returns on her 2017 season have been somewhat underwhelming by her standards, however.
  • She has not won any of the 10 events she’s entered, although she does have six top 10 finishes.
  • Only Lorena Ochoa (158 weeks) and Yani Tseng (109 weeks) have a longer streaks of consecutive weeks at No. 1.


“I’m going to take some time off, maybe chill, and maybe see a little of Orlando. I’ve lived there for four years, but I haven’t been able to travel around there and maybe be the tourist.”
Lydia Ko, in an interview with the Golf Channel.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.


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