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Ko bumped off top golf ranking

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

Lydia Ko's 85-week reign at the top of women's golf has ended. © Christian Petersen/Getty Images Lydia Ko's 85-week reign at the top of women's golf has ended. Lydia Ko's 85-week reign at the top of women's golf has ended.

The South Korea-born Kiwi has been knocked off the No.1 ranking by Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, who now has 8.78 average world ranking points to Ko's 8.34.

Jutanugarn secured the top spot after winning the Manulife Classic in a playoff over In Gee Chun and Lexi Thompson at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.

She has now racked up six LPGA victories since the start of last season, while Ko has been winless since July last year.

The 20-year-old Ko, who began her second stint at No.1 in October 2015, has occupied the throne for the third-longest reign since the ranking system was founded 11 years ago.

Mexican Lorena Ochoa (2007-10) holds the record at 158 successive weeks while Taiwan's Yani Tseng (2011-13) notched 109 weeks.

Ko will end a three-week mid-season break at the Meijer Classic in Michigan later this week, beginning a schedule which will feature three majors over the seven subsequent tournaments.

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