PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Lydia Ko will get a good look at the woman who stands between her and being the youngest world No. 1 in the history of golf when the Wegmans LPGA Championship begins Thursday at Monroe Golf Club.
Rolex world No. 1 Stacy Lewis and No. 2 Ko are grouped for the first two rounds of the championship. No. 11 Anna Nordqvist is also in that group scheduled to go off the 10th tee Thursday at 1:32 p.m. ET.
While it’s still unclear if Ko can overtake Lewis in the world rankings with a victory this week, she can, at least, seriously narrow the gap. The world-ranking projections can’t be accurately made until the final strength of field is posted for the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Ko, however, says she isn’t focused on the rankings.
“I think winning would be great, but that’s in a couple days' time,” Ko said. “I’m just going to take it day by day. If it goes my way, great, then I become world No. 1. It’s even better, but I’m not going to think about it.”
In another marquee grouping, defending champion and world No. 3 Inbee Park is alongside No. 6 Lexi Thompson and No. 8 Karrie Webb, who won the LPGA Championship in 2001. They're scheduled to go off the first tee Thursday at 8:32 a.m.