Lydia Ko, the 19-year-old golfer, played an optimum game this year to hold World No. 1 rank from the start. She held her position after so many younger players coming in this year and still seems to go strong.
From now on, Ko will take some rest after a long season and she plans to take a vacation for the rest of the year. However, she needs to be back in January as she needs to hold off against ll the young golfers aiming for her position.
In total, Ko has retained Rolex world ranking No. 1 for total 76 weeks. Out of them, 57 weeks came in a row.
Following players other strong contenders to Ko’s rank 1 – Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Sung Hyun Park, Charley Hull and Lexi Thompson.
Ko has ended LPGA season with 4.23 average world-ranking point lead on Jutanugarn. Interestingly, this lead is so huge that No. 2 Jutanugarn holds a similar lead over No. 18 Charley Hull.
However, Ko’s late season performance makes her look vulnerable as she goes in the off-season. She led the Rolex Player of the Year race, the CME Globe standings, the money-winning list and the Vare Trophy in October. But she couldn’t manage to win any of these awards.
Ko said that she started 2016 season with a bang and played well. She added that Olympics was her biggest dream in this year and she managed to become medalist this year. Moreover, she has promised herself to give an even better performance in coming years.
In this journey, there were many mental challenges after Ko won the silver medal at Olympics in August. When she arrives in September for Evian Championship, her coach David Leadbetter said that she had nothing left in the tank.
For now, Ko is looking forward to refreshing herself with a break and hopes to return soon. She has to defend her rank 1 from January onwards from other golfers.