Top of the world

There's a new No. 1 for the most weeks at World No. 1

June 26, 2023
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Christian Petersen

Jin Young Ko continues breaking LPGA Tour records. By remaining the No. 1 player in the Rolex Women's World Rankings when the latest list came out after the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Ko has been atop the list 159 times, surpassing Lorena Ochoa for the most weeks since the ranking's inception in 2006.

"It's an honor people saying with Lorena and me in same sentence," Ko, 27, said ahead of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship last Wednesday. "It makes me happy, but also it makes me humble. It's great to honor, to stand with Lorena."

Ochoa held the top spot for 158 consecutive weeks from April 2007 to May 2010. Ko's reign has been split up since she first became World No. 1 after winning her first major title at the 2019 ANA Inspiration. Sung Hyun Park, Nelly Korda, Atthaya Thitikul and Lydia Ko have wrested the spot away.

However, Ko, who finished T-20 at Baltusrol Golf Club last week, has returned to the top of the world five times, holding the No. 1 spot for 72 percent of the weeks since her leap into Poppie's Pond. Ko most recently became No. 1 after winning last month’s Cognizant Founders Cup, her 15th LPGA career victory.

Being at the top of the world rankings isn't the only tie Ko holds with Ochoa. They used the same caddie, Dave Brooker, over their careers. Brooker's looped for Ko since 2019, while Ochoa used him for most of her time on the LPGA. Ochoa made sure to congratulate both Brooker and Ko in a video the LPGA posted Monday morning.

"I wanted to be the first one to say congratulations to you, to Dave, to your family, your team, it's great," Ochoa said. "So many weeks as the No. 1 player in the world. Continue in that direction, and really, really, congratulations."

That opportunity continues at the U.S. Women's Open next week, where Ko has posted three-consecutive top-10s.