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Ko clings to top world golf ranking

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/06/2017

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has clung on to her world No.1 ranking for another week by the narrowest of margins.

Ko has held top spot for 85 weeks but looked set to lose her crown after the just-completed LPGA Tour event in New Jersey.

The South Korea-born Kiwi was sitting out the event as part of a three-week mid-season break, opening the door for the two women who have closed on the top spot in recent weeks.

Projections released last week by the LPGA showed that second-ranked Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, also absent in New Jersey, would move ahead of Ko if Korea's world No.3 So Yeon Ryu finished fourth or worse at the three-round tournament.

Ryu failed to make the cut, but Jutanugarn remains No.2 after a bug was discovered in the projection tool, with Ko keeping her top spot by an average ranking of .01 points.

A statement from the LPGA said the projection tool had based its calculations on the date they were run, rather than the day the rankings were released.

In doing so, it included a tournament from two years ago to give Ko 51 tournaments rather than the correct 50.

Jutanugarn is playing the LPGA tournament in Ontario, Canada this week and can become No.1 while Ko continues her break.

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