Park takes back No. 1 ranking from Lewis


There’s a new No. 1 reigning over women’s golf today.

Inbee Park continued her game of rankings leapfrog with Stacy Lewis on Monday, taking back the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

It marks the second time Park has taken the No. 1 spot from Lewis in a week when Lewis wasn’t playing. Such are the vagaries of the world rankings formula, where divisors and lost points in a rolling two-year window change averages even in weeks that players take off.

Lewis didn’t play the Blue Bay LPGA in China last week, nor did Park, who did finish second in the Korean LPGA’s Financial Star Championship, the KLPGA’s last major of the season. Park, however, would have overtaken Lewis even if she had missed the cut in Korea.

Both Park and Lewis are scheduled to play the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship this week.

Park moved to No. 1 with an 11.09 world rankings average. Lewis, who took the last two weeks off, dropped to 10.86, down from 11.04 last week.

Lewis and Park have taken turns reigning as No. 1 over the last year and a half. Lewis took the No. 1 ranking from Yani Tseng on March 25 of 2013 and held it for four weeks before Park seized it on April 15 of that year. Park took the top ranking from Lewis during an off week when Park’s divisor favorably changed, bumping her average world ranking ahead of Lewis. Park proved more than worthy, reigning at No. 1 for 59 weeks before Lewis took it back on June 2 of this year, after Lewis won the ShopRite Classic.