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Wie cracks top 10 for first time in three years

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Michelle Wie has cracked the top 10 for the first time in three years in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

With a tie for third Sunday at the Airbus LPGA Classic, her fifth consecutive top-10 finish this season, Wie moved up two spots to No. 10. The last time she was among the top 10 in the world was June 20, 2011.

It’s been a long, hard climb for Wie. Exactly one year ago, she ranked No. 100 in the world.

Wie’s surge comes with five consecutive top-10 finishes, including her victory at the Lotte Championship in April and her runner-up finish at the Kraft Nabisco Championship the week before that win.

Wie, 24, is now the third highest ranked American in the world, behind No. 2 Stacy Lewis and No. 5 Lexi Thompson.

Jessica Korda climbed 10 spots to No. 16 with her victory Sunday in Mobile, Ala. Korda, 21, joins Karrie Webb and Anna Nordqvist as the LPGA’s only two-time winners this season. This marks the highest Korda has climbed in the world rankings.

Count Wie and Korda in the American resurgence in the world order of women’s golf. Americans now claim eight of the top 17 spots in the world rankings. No other nation has more than three among the top 17. That's South Korea.