The LPGA Tour heads to Paradise this week for the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and so will the newly-appointed No. 1 player in the world, Lydia Ko.
Ko’s name read at the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings that were released earlier this morning. The 17-year old from New Zealand fell short of her sixth LPGA Tour title last week at the season-opening Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers, but her tie for second finish was enough to give her another piece of golf history.
At 17 years, 9 months and 9 days old, Ko became the youngest male or female player to ascend to the top of the world rankings. Her runner-up finish also gave the teen her 23rd top-10 finish in her 43 career starts dating back to 2012.
Jessica Korda returns to the site of her second LPGA Tour win this week in the Bahamas and will be riding a wave of momentum after a strong showing at the first event of the season last week. Korda finished in a tie for second at the Coates Golf Championship after nearly forcing a playoff when she lipped out a birdie putt on the 72nd hole.
She posted a bogey-free 66 last during Saturday’s final round, the same score she had during the final round in the Bahamas to hold off Stacy Lewis for the victory. The 21-year old will be playing for her fourth career title after notching win No. 3 later in the season in 2014 at the Airbus LPGA Classic.