LPGA 2017 power rankings: Lexi Thompson rockets into top 5

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LPGA 2017 power rankings: Lexi Thompson rockets into top 5

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LPGA 2017 power rankings: Lexi Thompson rockets into top 5

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The 2017 LPGA season is one tournament old as Brittany Lincicome defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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Where do things stand after the season-opener? Golfweek‘s Beth Ann Nichols updated her power rankings after the action in the Bahamas.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

1. Ariya Jutanugarn (Last week: 1)

Sluggish start for Jutanugarn in the Bahamas, but she considered it a warm-up event. Should be more focused for the upcoming Australia-Asia stretch.

Lydia Ko has signed a contract to play PXG clubs.

2. Lydia Ko (Last week: 2)

Expect the young phenom to announce a new coach in the coming days. How quickly she adapts to new wedges will be key in her carousel of change.

Brooke Henderson

3. Brooke Henderson (Last week: 3)

A non-factor in the season-opener but still a force to be reckoned with in her sophomore campaign. She’ll be ready for the big ones.

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - JANUARY 27: Lexi Thompson of the United States acknowledges fans on the eighth green during round two of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on January 27, 2017 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

4. Lexi Thompson (Last week: 8)

Did you see her putt last week? This could be Thompson’s biggest year yet. New instructor Kevin Kirk has her swinging 70 to 80 percent, and it’s magic.

Sung Hyun Park, pictured at the KEB-Hana Bank Championship

5. Sung Hyun Park (Last week: 4)

Felt she had too much fun during the offseason and skipped the Pure Silk event to prepare. Has got the tools to be an eventual World No. 1.

Inbee Park during the second round of the 2016 LPGA LOTTE Championship.

6. Inbee Park (Last week: 5)

Won’t see the recent LPGA Hall of Fame inductee until Thailand. She’ll be ready to shine at an event she won in 2013.

NAPLES, FL - NOVEMBER 20: So Yeon Ryu of South Korea reacts to her putt during the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 20, 2016 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

7. So Yeon Ryu (Last week: 6)

Swing changes with Cameron McCormick have settled in. She’s poised for a big year.

In Gee Chun

8. In Gee Chun (Last week: 7)

Vare Trophy winner took an unusually long winter break and skipped the season-opener. A healthy Chun could be – gasp – more consistent in her second year.

Ha Na Jang

9. Ha Na Jang (Last week: 9)

A three-time winner in 2016, it will be difficult for Jang to match those efforts if the two Parks have any say. Should be less drama this year, however.

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - JANUARY 28: Stacy Lewis of the United States hits a tee shot on the fourth hole during round three of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on January 28, 2017 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

10. Stacy Lewis (Last week: N/A)

After another oh-so-close effort in the Bahamas, Lewis seems to be a new woman on the greens. Easy to imagine her stepping into the winner’s circle pronto.

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