Ahead of this week’s Sanya Ladies Open on Hainan Island in China, former LET order of merit winner, Shanshan Feng, has been announced as the new No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She becomes the first player from China, male or female, to become World No.1.

“It’s the longest day in my life to wait for the update of the world ranking,” said Feng, after winning the Blue Bay LPGA on Saturday on Hainan Island. “When I finally see the Chinese flag on top of the ranking, I feel all the efforts over the past 18 years on golf is worth it. I really enjoy the moment and hopefully this could encourage a younger generation in China to go for this sport.”

Feng has seven career wins on the Ladies European Tour, including four of the last five Omega Dubai Ladies Masters titles and won the Tour’s Order of Merit in 2015, the same year that she finished third in the Sanya Ladies Open behind Xiyu Lin and Jing Yan as part of an all-Chinese podium.

Reaching No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings culminated a tremendous four-week stretch in 2017 for the 28-year-old Feng, who began her streak sitting sixth. On Oct. 22, she tied for third at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by CTBC, followed by a tie for second at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, marking the fourth consecutive year she finished first or second at that event.

The next week and up to fourth in the Rolex Rankings, Feng took her second straight victory at the TOTO Japan Classic, becoming the first player to successfully accomplish a title defence on the LPGA Tour in 2017.

Going into last week’s Blue Bay LPGA, Feng was ranked third, which tied the highest ranking of her career. She then became the first player of 2017 to win in consecutive weeks when she took home the title Saturday in her home country, and vaulted over Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu to reach World No. 1.

Feng has one additional win in 2017, coming at the LPGA Volvik Championship in May, and nine for her career. She has nine other top-10 finishes this season, including at three of the season’s five majors. Feng, who won the bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, is second to Ryu in the Rolex Player of the Year rankings and sits third in the season-ending Race to the CME Globe and on the LPGA Official Money List.

In 2012, Feng captured her only career major title when she earned a two-stroke win at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

To reach the top spot in the Rolex Rankings, Feng moved past Park, who reached No. 1 on Nov. 6. The last person to hold World No. 1 honors for a single week was Cristie Kerr, from Oct. 25-31, 2010.

Feng is the fifth player to reach World No. 1 in 2017, joining Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Ryu and Park. This is the most players at No. 1 in a single year since 2010, when Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato and Kerr each reached the top of the rankings.

History of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings Number One Position

 

Player Age (Y/M/D) From: To: No. Weeks
23 Shanshan Feng 28/3/8 Nov. 13, 2017 Present 1
22 Sung Hyun Park 24/1/15 Nov. 6, 2017 Nov. 12, 2017 1
21 So Yeon Ryu 26/11/28 June 26, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 19
20 Ariya Jutanugarn 21/6/20 June 12, 2017 June 25, 2017 2
19 Lydia Ko (2) 18/6/2 October 26, 2015 June 11, 2017 85
18 Inbee Park (3) 26/11/3 June 15, 2015 October 25, 2015 19
17 Lydia Ko (1) 17/9/9 February 2, 2015 June 14, 2015 19
16 Inbee Park (2) 26/3/15 October 27, 2014 February 1, 2015 14
15 Stacy Lewis (2) 29/3/17 June 2, 2014 October 26, 2014 21
14 Inbee Park (1) 24/9/3 April 15, 2013 June 1, 2014 59
13 Stacy Lewis (1) 28/1/2 March 18, 2013 April 14, 2013 4
12 Yani Tseng 22/0/22 February 14, 2011 March 17, 2013 109
11 Jiyai Shin (3) 22/6/4 November 1, 2010 February 13, 2011 15
10 Cristie Kerr (3) 33/0/13 October 25, 2010 October 31, 2010 1
9 Ai Miyazato (3) 25/2/4 August 23, 2010 October 24, 2010 9
8 Cristie Kerr (2) 32/10/4 August 16, 2010 August 22, 2010 1
7 Jiyai Shin (2) 22/2/28 July 26, 2010 August 15, 2010 3
6 Ai Miyazato (2) 25/1/0 July 19, 2010 July 25, 2010 1
5 Cristie Kerr (1) 32/8/16 June 28, 2010 July 18, 2010 3
4 Ai Miyazato (1) 25/0/2 June 21, 2010 June 27, 2010 1
3 Jiyai Shin (1) 22/0/5 May 3, 2010 June 20, 2010 7
2 Lorena Ochoa 25/5/8 April 23, 2007 May 2, 2010 158
1 Annika Sorenstam 35/4/11 February 20, 2006 April 22, 2007 61

 

Career weeks at Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings Number One Position

Lorena Ochoa 158 weeks
Yani Tseng 109 weeks
Lydia Ko 104 weeks
Inbee Park 92 weeks
Annika Sorenstam 61 weeks
Stacy Lewis 25 weeks
Jiyai Shin 25 weeks
So Yeon Ryu 19 weeks
Ai Miyazato 11 weeks
Cristie Kerr 5 weeks
Ariya Jutanugarn 2 weeks
Shanshan Feng 1 week
Sung Hyun Park 1 week