Ko rallies, will remain No. 1

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Lydia Ko’s reign at No. 1 will continue.

With Ko rallying late Sunday at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic, and with Inbee Park running out of gas in her bid to win, Ko will stay atop the Rolex Women’s World Rankings for a second week.

Ko closed hard with a 5-under-par 68, equaling the low round of the day. She finished tied for seventh after starting the final round tied for 19th.

Park, the co-leader going into the final round, struggled to keep pace down the stretch, posting a 72 that left her tied for fifth. Park needed to finish among the top three at day’s start to have a chance to gain back the No. 1 ranking that Ko took from her last week.


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“I saw the news, the projections and how it would change, but I didn’t really think about it,” Ko said. “To me, it was more important trying to make a lot of good putts and lot of good birdies.”