Storming Lilia Boo is the new ‘Queen of Golf’

Two-time major champion Lilia Boo (USA) has reached the top of the world rankings for the first time in her career. Boo is the new world No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s Golf World Rankings, released on Friday, up five spots from last week’s ranking (No. 6). She earned an 8.28 rating, leapfrogging second-place Nelly Korda (7.81), third-place Jin Jin Ko (7.14) and fourth-place Celine Boutier (7.11).

Boo picked up her third win of the season at the AIG Women’s Open, the final major of the season that ended on Thursday, and her second major win of the season, including the Chevron Championship in April. At the Chevron Championship, her maternal grandfather was one of the “boat people” who fled communist Vietnam in the 1980s, but she has become known more for her golf game. After being ranked outside the top 40, she finally became the world’s golf queen this season.

Boo became the 17th player to be ranked No. 1 since the world rankings began in 2006. She is the fourth American to do so, behind Christie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Nelly Korda.

Hyo Joo Kim, who tied for fourth at the AIG Women’s Open, remained ranked seventh in the world. Ji-Ae Shin, who finished third at the AIG Women’s Open, jumped eight spots from last week’s ranking (25th) to become the highest ranked non-LPGA player at No. 17.

Lee Ye-won, who won the Doosan Construction 바카라사이트 Weave Championship on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour last week, moved up from 42nd to 39th.

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