If Ko wins, she wouldn’t just become the youngest major championship winner in the history of golf at 17 years, 2 months and 19 days old. She could become the youngest player to ascend to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. She’s No. 2 this week.
If Ko wins, she would move to No. 1 as long as Stacy Lewis finishes no better than a four-way tie for second.
“It’s great to be world No. 2, but I never really think about my rankings when I'm playing,” Ko told reporters Wednesday in her news conference at Royal Birkdale. “I just feel like another golfer, or another professional that's just playing and having lots of fun and going out to win.
“Stacy is doing really well at the moment and so are the other players, so I try not to think about the rankings. If I get a chance to be world No. 1, that's great.”
Ko won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April, her third LPGA title. She has finished T-7 or better in six other starts this year, including a T-2 finish at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in her last start. This week will mark her 10th start in a major, with her best finish at T-2 at the Evian Championship last year.