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Lydia Ko barely holds on to No. 1 in Rolex Rankings, 82-week reign close to ending

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Lydia Ko's 82-week reign at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings is perilously close to ending. File photo by Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com
Lydia Ko's 82-week reign at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings is perilously close to ending. File photo by Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com

Lydia Ko of New Zealand remained atop the Rolex Women's Golf Rankings but her 82-week reign is perilously close to coming to an end.

Ko's advantage over second-ranked So Yeon Ryu of South Korea is a mere 0.23 points while No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is 0.25 points from the top slot.

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Entering this week's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., Ko is winless in 18 starts dating to her victory at the 2016 Marathon Classic. She enjoyed a 7.10 cushion atop the rankings last year in mid-July.

Ryu and Jutanugarn are among four players to hold down the No. 2 ranking since Ko claimed the top spot

Jutanugarn is the defending champion of the Kingsmill event, winning by one stroke a year ago by shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round.

In Gee Chun of South Korea and American Lexi Thompson rounded out the top five.

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