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Latest LPGA major champion takes huge leap in world rankings

All Headlines 07:46 July 03, 2018

SEOUL, July 3 (Yonhap) -- Fresh off her second career LPGA major title, South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun took a huge leap in the women's world rankings Tuesday.

Park jumped four spots to reach No. 2 in the latest rankings, right behind countrywoman Park In-bee.

Park Sung-hyun won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Kildeer, Illinois, on Sunday (local time) in a playoff over another South Korean, Ryu So-yeon. It was Park's fourth career LPGA win and her second major, following the 2017 U.S. Women's Open title.

Ryu rose a spot to No. 4. She would have claimed the No. 1 ranking with a victory last weekend but blew a two-stroke lead with two holes to play in regulation.

Park Sung-hyun spent one week at the top of the rankings last November, becoming the first rookie to reach No. 1. She opened 2018 at No. 2 but dropped to No. 6 on June 18 before returning to the second-highest spot this week.

Park In-bee has been No. 1 since April 23. There is one other South Korean inside the top 10, with Kim In-kyung having moved up a notch to No. 7.

Korean tour rookie sensation Choi Hye-jin fell out of the top 10 this week, slipping from seventh to 11th.

In this Getty Images photo, Park Sung-hyun of South Korea hoists the champion's trophy after winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Course in Kildeer, Illinois, on July 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

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