Ko rises to fifth in latest Rolex Rankings


After yet another high finish on the LPGA Tour, amateur phenom Lydia Ko moved up to fifth in the world with the latest publication of the Rolex Rankings.

A winner last month at the CN Canadian Women's Open, the 16-year-old Ko finished two shots behind Suzann Pettersen at the season's final LPGA major, the Evian Championship, and jumped three spots from eighth to fifth in the latest rankings as a result. She would have won $297,994 for her efforts this past week in France, but instead bypassed the check to retain her amateur status and has now left $934,987 in potential earnings on the table this year.

Ko indicated that while the details of her plans to turn professional remain undecided, it will 'definitely' occur next year.

Pettersen, who won her second career major title Sunday and third LPGA event of 2013, supplants Stacy Lewis at No. 2 in the world behind top-ranked Inbee Park. Na Yeon Choi remains in fourth position, followed by Ko.

Other notable jumps in the rankings after the weather-plagued Evian Championship include Lexi Thompson, who rose six spots to No. 21 in the world after her third-place finish in France, and Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak, who moved up 12 spots to No. 29 after tying for fourth.