Inbee Park climbs to top of Rolex Rankings

Inbee Park reacts after a birdie on No. 1 during the final round of the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Inbee Park, who won the first major of the LPGA season a week ago, rose to World No. 1 status this week. Park, winner of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, overtook Stacy Lewis in the Rolex Rankings. Lewis had held the top spot for the past four weeks.

“This is a very big day in my golf career,” Park said. “I’m so happy to share it with my family who are here in Hawaii with me.

"It’s nice to reach this goal, but I know a lot of players are close to No. 1. It gives me something else to play for every week and I know it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The rankings are based on two-year performances, with an emphasis on the most recent 13 weeks. So as older events drop out, the rankings update even if no tournament is played.

In 31 worldwide starts in the past 52 weeks, Park has 21 top-10 finishes. That includes four victories (Kraft, Honda LPGA Thailand, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Evian Masters) and 11 runner-up finishes. She won the 2012 Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.

Park has been the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings for the past 10 weeks, but has never achieved the top spot in the Rolex Rankings. She is the eighth player to ascend to No. 1 since those rankings were created in 2006.

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The top 10 in the rankings:

  1. Inbee Park, 9.28
  2. Stacy Lewis, 9.24
  3. Yani Tseng, 8.41
  4. Na Yeon Choi, 8.22
  5. So Yeon Ryu, 6.84
  6. Suzann Pettersen, 6.50
  7. Jiyai Shin, 6.48
  8. Shanshan Feng, 6.26
  9. Ai Miyazato, 6.09
  10. Karrie Webb, 4.89
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