After a year and five months without a win, Kim returns to the world rankings at No. 6.
Kim Hyo-joo is ranked sixth in the Women’s Golf World Rankings released on Tuesday, up one spot from last week. With the top five remaining unchanged, including Ko Jin-young at No. 3, Kim swapped places with Australian compatriot Lee Min-ji.
The secret to her rise in the world rankings is winning. Kim hoisted the trophy at the Ascendant LPGA on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour on Sept. 9. It was her first victory since the Lotte Championship in April and her sixth on the LPGA Tour in about a year and five months. The victory, which came in the absence of many of the top players, also allowed her to move up in the world rankings.
There are other changes at the top. Lin Shiyu (CHN), ranked 12th, moved up to ninth, while Allison Kopuz (USA) moved from ninth to 10th and New Zealander Lydia Ko (NZL) dropped from 10th to 12th. This is the first time since June 2021 that Lydia Ko has fallen out of the top 10.안전놀이터
The other South Koreans outside the top 10 are Shin Ji-ae at No. 16, Jeon Ji-in at No. 26 and Hae-ran Hae at No. 27. The highest-ranked player on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour is 28th-ranked Park Min-ji. Lee Ye-won, who has been one of the standout performers on the KLPGA Tour this season, jumped six spots to No. 31 after winning the Hite Jinro Championship for her third win of the season.
In the Men’s Golf World Rankings, 16th-ranked Kim Joo-hyung is the highest-ranked Korean player. He is followed by 26th-ranked Im Sung-jae and 40th-ranked Kim Siwoo. Five South Koreans are ranked in the top 100, including 53rd-ranked Ahn Byung-hoon and 67th-ranked Lee Kyung-hoon.