Former No. 1s not surprised by Ko's rise


OCALA, Fla. – Lydia Ko’s reign as Rolex world No. 1 begins with Monday’s release of the new Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

At 17 years, 9 months and 9 days old, Ko will be the youngest No. 1 in the history of men’s or women’s professional golf. Her ascendance stuns none of her peers.

“It’s history,” said Stacy Lewis, who reigned at No. 1 for a total of 25 weeks over the 2013 and ’14 seasons. “It’s never been done. I can’t say I’m surprised. It was just a matter of time. She’s playing some great golf right now, and she’s confident.

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“She’s a good kid and a good person to see at the top.”

Ko overtakes Inbee Park as the new No. 1. Park reigned atop the Rolex rankings for a total of 69 weeks over the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

“It’s not the end of the world, obviously,” Park said. “I've been in the No. 2 position before, No. 1 position before. I've been in pretty much every spot. I know how it feels.

“It's not a surprise. Obviously, I think it's going to be really hard to catch Lydia with the points system. She hasn't played that many events, her averages are really good, so you have to play really good from now on in.”