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Ko dethroned as world golf No.1

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/06/2017

Lydia Ko attends a media event at Trump National Golf Club, which is scheduled to host the U.S. Women's Open Championship, May 24, 2017 © Julio Cortez/ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP Images Lydia Ko attends a media event at Trump National Golf Club, which is scheduled to host the U.S. Women's Open Championship, May 24, 2017 Lydia Ko's 85-week tenure as the world No.1 ranked golfer has ended a day earlier than expected.

Ariya Jutanugarn is confirmed as the first golfer from Thailand to own the top spot, the 21-year-old finally edging past the out-of-form Kiwi.

The changing of the guard carried little fanfare, with neither golfer competing at this week's LPGA Classic in New Jersey.

Third-ranked Korean So Yeon Ryu was a chance to leapfrog both with a top-three finish this week.

However, she missed the cut on Saturday, leaving the top spot to be claimed by Jutanugarn, whose five career LPGA titles and one major were all won last year.

Ko is two weeks into a three-week mid-season break and will return with the intent to end a tournament winning drought which stretches back to last July.

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