Lydia Ko, the New Zealand golfer, lost her world No. 1 ranking after failing to make the cut in the Chevron Championship, the first major of the year. This was the third time that Ko had held the title of the top-ranked women’s player, which she regained in November 2020 for the first time since 2017.
The 26-year-old was named world No. 1 after winning the CME Group Tour Championship five months ago, but has now been replaced by American Nelly Korda.
Korda finished ninth at the Chevron Championship in Texas last weekend when Ko missed the cut. Meanwhile, Lilia Vu, another American, celebrated her first major victory in Texas by jumping into the pond after sinking the winning birdie in a playoff with compatriot Angel Yin.
After 22 weeks as the No. 1 golfer in the world, Ko drops only one place to second in the rankings. She had previously held the top ranking from February 2 to June 14, 2015, and from October 2015 to June 2017.
This latest development has left fans and analysts wondering if Ko will be able to regain her world No. 1 ranking in the future, or if she will be surpassed by other top contenders such as Korda or Vu. Nonetheless, Ko remains a highly respected and accomplished player in the golfing world, with numerous accolades and achievements to her name.
Lydia Ko’s remarkable golfing career began in earnest in 2012 when she won the New South Wales Open at just 14 years old, becoming the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tournament. She then went on to become the youngest ever winner of an LPGA Tour event at 15, and by the age of 18, she had won two major championships.
Ko has since amassed 16 LPGA Tour victories, including two major championships, as well as a number of other significant titles. She is widely regarded as one of the best golfers of her generation, and her consistent performances have kept her at the top of the rankings for much of her career.
Despite her success, Ko has faced some challenges in recent years, including a period of poor form and a change of caddie in 2020. Nonetheless, her talent and dedication to the sport have never been in doubt, and her numerous achievements serve as a testament to her skill and hard work.
As Ko reflects on losing her world No. 1 ranking once again, she will no doubt be determined to reclaim it in the future. Whether or not she will be successful in doing so remains to be seen, but her fans and supporters will undoubtedly be cheering her on every step of the way. For now, the world of women’s golf has a new No. 1, and Ko will have to work hard to regain her crown.