Let this sink in for a moment: 16-year-old Lydia Ko is the fifth-ranked player in the world — not just among amateurs, but every female player in the world.
After finishing second in the inaugural Evian Championship on Sunday, Ko moved up three spots in the ranking to fifth. The teen averages 7.41 world ranking points per event played, just 0.04 points behind fourth-ranked Na Yeon Choi.
Ko faces a 2.4-point gap between herself and third-rated Stacy Lewis, who was bumped from the second position by Evian Championship winner Suzann Pettersen.
Looking to turn pro by sometime early in 2014, Ko benefits in the ranking from playing fewer ranked tournaments than her peers. She has teed it up just 23 times in the ranking period, compared to 50 events for Pettersen and an astounding 63 for No. 1 Inbee Park.
Top 10 in Rolex Rankings as of Sept. 16, 2013
- Inbee Park – 12.53 avg. pts.
- Suzann Pettersen – 10.72
- Stacy Lewis – 9.85
- Na Yeon Choi – 7.45
- Lydia Ko (a) – 7.41
- So Yeon Ryu – 7.33
- Karrie Webb – 6.11
- Shanshan Feng – 5.67
- In-kyung Kim – 5.64
- Catriona Matthew – 5.59