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S. Korean Park In-bee inches closer to No. 1 in women's golf rankings

All Headlines 07:39 April 17, 2018

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean LPGA star Park In-bee has inched closer to the No. 1 ranking in women's golf.

Park remained in third place in the latest women's world rankings announced Tuesday, trailing Feng Shanshan and Lexi Thompson.

But Park now sits just 0.38 point behind Feng. The South Korean improved from 6.33 points to 6.67 points, while Feng went up from 6.89 points to 7.05 points.

Thompson is at 6.75 points.

In this Getty Images photo from April 14, 2018, Park In-bee of South Korea reacts to her birdie at the fourth hole during the final round of the Lotte Championship on the LPGA Tour at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Yonhap)

Park has been on a nice roll this year, after missing the last month or so of the 2017 season with back issues. She has finished in the top three in three of her past four tournaments, including a victory at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month. Park is also leading the LPGA in money and the Player of the Year points so far in 2018.

Park would have climbed to No. 1 for the first time since October 2015 by finishing alone in second place at last week's Lotte Championship in Hawaii, but she closed with back-to-back bogeys to end in a tie for third.

There are four other South Koreans inside the top 10 in the world rankings: Park Sung-hyun (No. 4), Ryu So-yeon (No. 5), Kim In-kyung (No. 7) and Choi Hye-jin (No. 10).

The world rankings evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period weighted in favor of the current year, and an extra emphasis is placed on the most recent 13 weeks.

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