Korda jumps in women's golf rankings after LPGA win

Korda jumps in women's golf rankings after LPGA win
Jessica Korda, shown at the 2013 Women's U.S. Open, won the LPGA's tournament in the Bahamas last week and moves to 16th in the women's world golf rankings. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Jessica Korda's win in the LPGA's season-opening tournament improves her standing in the women's world golf rankings by 16 spots.

Korda's final round of 7-under-par 66 in the Bahamas LPGA Classic Sunday included birdies on three of the final four holes to hold off world No. 3-ranked Stacy Lewis.


Korda's second shot was long on the par-5 18th hole but she was able to putt from off the green, winding up 6 feet from the hole. She made that putt for birdie and the tournament title.

Korda, whose other LPGA title came at the Women's Australian Open two years ago, moves from 40th to No. 24 in the rankings.

The women's golf rankings Top 10 remains unchanged after the first tournament of the season. Inbee Park is No. 1, a position she's held for the last 41 weeks.

The LPGA is off this week before a series of events in Asia, beginning Feb. 13 with the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in Victoria. Korda won the event in 2012 and Jiyai Shin took the tournament last year.

The women's world golf rankings, listing player's name, home country and rankings points average:


1. Inbee Park, South Korea, 10.15

2. Suzann Pettersen, Norway, 9.78

3. Stacy Lewis, United States, 8.68

4. Lydia Ko, New Zealand, 7.22

5. Ryu So-yeon, South Korea, 6.22

6. Feng Shanshan, China, 6.02

7. Choi Na-yeon, South Korea, 5.33

8. Karrie Webb, Australia, 4.77

9. Lexi Thompson, United States, 4.56

10. I.K. Kim, South Korea, 4.30

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