2023

Jin Young Ko Sets Record of 159 Weeks at No. 1 in Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings

SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY - JUNE 25: Jin Young Ko of South Korea hits a tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on June 25, 2023 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Fifteen-time LPGA Tour winner breaks Lorena Ochoa’s record of most weeks spent as Rolex Rankings No. 1 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 26, 2023) – Following her tie for 20th at the 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Jin Young Ko remains at No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for the 159th week in her career. Ko has now outlasted Lorena Ochoa’s record of 158 weeks at Rolex Rankings No. 1, which Ochoa held consecutively from April 2007 to May 2010.

Ko has held the No. 1 position five different times since April 2019. With her sixth consecutive week since May 2023, she now sits on top of the record list ahead of notable names including Lydia Ko (125 weeks), Yani Tseng (109 weeks), Inbee Park (106 weeks) and Annika Sorenstam (61 weeks).

At 27 years old, Ko has the most career weeks at Rolex Rankings No. 1 by a player from the Republic of Korea. She is one of five Korean players to hold the No. 1 position, alongside Inbee Park (106 weeks), Jiyai Shin (25 weeks), Sung Hyun Park (20 weeks) and So Yeon Ryu (19 weeks).

“It’s an honor people saying with Lorena and me in the same sentence. It makes me happy, but also it makes me humble,” said Ko, who has had Ochoa’s long-time caddie Dave Brooker on her bag for most of her time at Rolex Rankings No. 1. “It’s great to honor, to stand with Lorena.”

In 2023, Ko has claimed victories at the HSBC Women’s World Championship and the Cognizant Founders Cup. In addition, she has four top-15 finishes this year, most recently at the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open, and represented the Republic of Korea in this year’s Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown.

She currently ranks third in greens in regulation (75%), fifth in scoring average (69.34) and sixth in birdies (140) on the LPGA Tour for the 2023 season. In addition to being the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1, she also sits on top of the leaderboard in the Race to the CME Globe, an honor she previously won in 2020 and 2021. 

A 15-time champion on the LPGA Tour, Ko has captured major titles at The Chevron Championship and Amundi Evian Championship in 2019. Just a year prior, she became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in her first event as an LPGA Tour member. Before her career on the LPGA Tour, she won 10 times on the KLPGA Tour and won the LPGA Tour’s 2017 LPGA KEB-Hana Bank Championship as a non-member.

Ko won Rolex Player of the Year in honors in 2019 and 2021 and was the 2018 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year. In 2019, she won the Vare Trophy, which is given to the player with the season’s lowest scoring average. That same year, she also won the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, which is given to the player with the season’s best overall performance in major championships. 

History of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings Number One Position:

PlayerAge (Y/M/D)FromToNo. of Weeks
40Jin Young Ko (5)27/10/15May 22, 2023Present6
39Nelly Korda (4)24/8/27April 24, 2023May 21, 20234
38Lydia Ko (3)25/7/4November 28, 2022April 23, 202321
37Nelly Korda (3)24/3/17November 14, 2022November 27, 20222
36Atthaya Thitikul19/8/11October 31, 2022November 13, 20222
35Jin Young Ko (4)26/6/24January 31, 2022October 30, 202239
34Nelly Korda (2)23/3/11November 8, 2021January 30, 202212
33Jin Young Ko (3)26/3/18October 25, 2021November 7, 20212
32Nelly Korda (1)22/11/0June 28, 2021October 24, 202117
31Jin Young Ko (2)24/0/22July 29, 2019June 27, 2021100
30Sung Hyun Park (4)25/9/10July 1, 2019July 28, 20194
29Jin Young Ko (1)23/9/1April 8, 2019June 30, 201912
28Sung Hyun Park (3)25/5/13March 4, 2019April 7, 20195
27Ariya Jutanugarn (3)22/11/6October 29, 2018March 3, 201918
26Sung Hyun Park (2)24/10/29August 20, 2018October 28, 201810
25Ariya Jutanugarn (2)22/8/7July 30, 2018August 19, 20183
24Inbee Park (4)29/9/11April 23, 2018July 29, 201814
23Shanshan Feng28/3/8November 13, 2017April 22, 201823
22Sung Hyun Park (1)24/1/16November 6, 2017November 12, 20171
21So Yeon Ryu26/11/28June 26, 2017November 5, 201719
20Ariya Jutanugarn (1)21/6/20June 12, 2017June 25, 20172
19Lydia Ko (2)18/6/2October 26, 2015June 11, 201785
18Inbee Park (3)26/11/3June 15, 2015October 25, 201519
17Lydia Ko (1)17/9/9February 2, 2015June 14, 201519
16Inbee Park (2)26/3/15October 27, 2014February 1, 201514
15Stacy Lewis (2)29/3/17June 2, 2014October 26, 201421
14Inbee Park (1)24/9/3April 15, 2013June 1, 201459
13Stacy Lewis (1)28/1/2March 18, 2013April 14, 20134
12Yani Tseng 22/0/22February 14, 2011March 17, 2013109
11Jiyai Shin (3)22/6/4November 1, 2010February 13, 201115
10Cristie Kerr (3)33/0/13October 25, 2010October 31, 20101
9Ai Miyazato (3)25/2/4August 23, 2010October 24, 20109
8Cristie Kerr (2)32/10/4August 16, 2010August 22, 20101
7Jiyai Shin (2)22/2/28July 26, 2010August 15, 20103
6Ai Miyazato (2)25/1/0July 19, 2010July 25, 20101
5Cristie Kerr (1)32/8/16June 28, 2010July 18, 20103
4Ai Miyazato (1)25/0/2June 21, 2010June 27, 20101
3Jiyai Shin (1)22/0/5May 3, 2010June 20, 20107
2Lorena Ochoa 25/5/8April 23, 2007May 2, 2010158
1Annika Sorenstam 35/4/11February 20, 2006April 22, 200761

Career Weeks at No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings: 

Jin Young Ko 159 weeks
Lorena Ochoa 158 weeks
Lydia Ko 125 weeks 
Yani Tseng109 weeks
Inbee Park 106 weeks
Annika Sorenstam61 weeks
Nelly Korda35 weeks
Stacy Lewis 25 weeks
Jiyai Shin 25 weeks 
Shanshan Feng23 weeks
Ariya Jutanugarn 23 weeks
Sung Hyun Park20 weeks
So Yeon Ryu19 weeks
Ai Miyazato11 weeks 
Cristie Kerr 5 weeks 
Atthaya Thitikul2 weeks