Thai teen Thitikul becomes 2nd youngest No. 1 womens golfer

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Atthaya Thikiul, a Thai teenager, was ranked No. On Monday, Atthaya Thitikul, a Thai teenager, was ranked No. 1. She is the 16th player in the world and the second-youngest to reach the top of the rankings since 2006.

Thitikul had a chance at No. Thitikul was able to reach No. 1 by winning any of the three LPGA Tour tournaments she has won. Instead, the 19 year-old was replaced Jin Young KoSouth Korea during a week when she didnt play.

Thitikul travels to the Toto Japan Classic for her debut at No. 1.

Thitikul said, Its very special to reach the top, but its much harder to keep it,

Her first year on the LPGA Tour was more consistent than spectacular. Thitikul won in California a week prior to the first major, and in Arkansas the following week. She also finished in the top 10 with 12 other finishes.

She was No. After a two-win season with the Ladies European Tour, she was ranked 19th in the world. She took advantage of strong play as well as injuries at the top.

Nelly KordaShe was No. 1 in the year-end list. 1, who was No. 1 in the years first year, had a blood clot in her left leg and ended up missing four months.

Ko started her season by winning in Singapore the HSBC Women’s Championship. Since the beginning of January, Ko had been No. She is currently battling a wrist injury that has kept her out of action for two months. After that, she withdrew from the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.

Thitikul, who finished in the top 10 of her five previous starts, was able to move on.

Thitikul is fourth player to reach No. 1 without having won any major, Thitikul joins Lydia Ko in 2015, Ai Miyazato 2010 and Lorena Oha in 2010.

Lydia Ko is still the youngest to be No. 1, reaching this milestone at the age of 17.

Thitikul, who was 14 years, 4 mois old, became the youngest winner of a professional tournament at the Ladies European Thailand Championship in 2017. It was one of her four LET victories.

She joins Sung Hyun Park to be the only players to reach No. During their rookie season on LPGA Tour. Park had previously won 10 times on Koreas LPGA before moving to America.

Jin Young Ko was No. Jin Young Ko has been No. 1 four times in total for 152 weeks. She is seven weeks short of breaking her record for most weeks at No. Ochoa held the record from April 2007 through her surprise retirement three year later.

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