At the ripe old age of 17 years, 3 days, Lydia Ko is the second-best female golfer in the world.
With her third LPGA Tour win on Sunday at the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, the New Zealander by way of South Korea is projected to become the second-ranked player in the Rolex Rankings. Ko will only trail Inbee Park of South Korea for the top spot in the game.
Ko was fourth in the rankings heading into the week at Lake Merced Golf Club, with the injured Suzann Pettersen and former No. 1 Stacy Lewis between her and the top spot. With Lewis finishing tied second behind Ko and Pettersen out of action, Ko had room to jump into second position.
Now the teen trails Park by approximately one average point for the top ranking in the women's game. Park, who began the season with a runner-up finish in Thailand, has finished inside the top 10 in six of her seven 2014 starts, including a T-4 effort this week. However, Park has not won since taking her third-consecutive major championship at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack on Long Island.