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Lydia Ko validates No. 1 spot in Rolex Rankings

By The Sports Xchange

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko, after becoming the youngest two-time major winner over the weekend, validated her No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings released Monday.

The 18-year-old Ko won the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Sunday.

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Ko won the Evian Championship in September in France to become the youngest female major champion. Ko, who turns 19 this month, now has 12 LPGA Tour victories and remains No. 1 in the rankings for the 24th consecutive week.

Ko (14.28-point average) is comfortably ahead of South Korea's Inbee Park (9.83)

Lexi Thompson (7.67) remains No. 3 over fellow American Stacy Lewis (6.72) and South Korea's Sei Young Kim (6.10).

Thompson finished fifth in the ANA Inspiration, Park tied for sixth and Lewis tied for 18th.

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