Sung Hyun Park, of the Republic of Korea, has risen to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. The 24-year-old moved past So Yeon Ryu, who held the position for 19 weeks. She becomes the fourth Korean to sit atop the rankings, joining Ryu, Inbee Park (92 weeks) and Jiyai Shin (25 weeks).

“It is a great honour to me and my family,” said Park from Hainan Island in the People’s Republic of China, where she is competing in this week’s Blue Bay LPGA. “There won’t be any changes because of the ranking. I believe my future play is more important than the fact that I moved up in the ranking.”

This honour is yet another highlight in a season where Park clinched the LPGA Rookie of the Year award with five events remaining on the schedule. In July, Park became a Rolex First-Time Winner and first-time major champion by capturing the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. She followed that in August with a victory at the CP Women’s Open.

Park has never missed the cut in her 29 career LPGA Tour starts. Since becoming a full-time LPGA member at the start of the 2017 season, she has nine top-10 finishes, including her two victories. She also finished in the top 20 at four of the season’s five majors.

Through Nov. 6, Park leads the LPGA in Official Money with $2,161,005. She is also in the top 10 in Scoring Average (second), Rolex Player of the Year (second), Race to the CME Globe (third), Birdies (fifth), Greens in Regulation (seventh) and Driving Distance Average (ninth). She became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach $2 million in career earnings at 7 months, 13 days (19 starts; 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship) and the fastest to reach $1 million following her U.S. Women’s Open victory at 4 months, 14 days (14 events).

Prior to joining the LPGA Tour, Park was a superstar on the KLPGA. She has 10 career victories on her home country’s tour, including a major win at the 2015 Kia Motors Korea Women’s Open. Park is one of Korea’s most popular players, and is known by the nickname “Shut Up and Attack” for her relentless focus and determination on the golf course.

Park will enter the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on Nov. 16-19 with an opportunity to win Player of the Year honours and could join LPGA legend Nancy Lopez as the only players in LPGA history to win Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Park is also in the running for the Vare Trophy, which is awarded to the player with the season’s low scoring average, as well as the Race to the CME Globe, which awards $1 million in unofficial money to the winner of the season-long points race.

 

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

 

Player Age (Y/M/D) From: To: No. Weeks
22 Sung Hyun Park 24/1/15 Nov. 6, 2017 Present 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
Sung Hyun Park 1 week