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Shin Ji-yai tops LPGA world ranking

All Headlines 09:16 May 04, 2010

By Kim Boram

SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Shin Ji-yai became the No. 1 female golfer in the world rankings released by the LPGA on Tuesday (Korean time), a day after Lorena Ochoa of Mexico retired.

After winning last week's CyberAgent Ladies tournament on the Japanese LPGA, she earned an average of 9.29 points, nudging Ochoa with 9.20, who had been No. 1 for 158 weeks since overtaking Annika Sorenstam in April 2007.

Japan's Ai Miyazato stood at third with 9.11 points, followed by Taiwan's Yani Tseng with 8.61 and Norway's Suzann Pettersen with 8.34.

Ochoa retired from active play after finishing sixth at last week's Tres Marias Championship.

Sorenstam and Ochoa were the only two players to have held first place since the ranking was introduced in 2006.

"Today is a historic day for the LPGA and we are all proud of what Ji-yai Shin has achieved as only the third-ever No. 1," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan on LPGA homepage.

"She has earned it through hard work and skill, and we expect a real battle all season for No. 1 in the rankings due to the excellent play so far by Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng and other rising stars."

Shin was the rookie of the year last season when she captured the money list with a tour-leading three wins. She has won six LPGA tours including the British Open.

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