Because of the way the rankings are calculated, she replaced previous world No.1 New Zealander Lydia Ko, who also missed the LPGA Classic in New Jersey. Anna Nordqvist, of Sweden, hits off the first fairway during the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.
Kim, 28, is perhaps best known for missing a putt from barely one foot that would have won her a major in 2012 at the tournament now named the ANA Inspiration.
"Since I dreamed about the LPGA tour I also dreamed about becoming the number one player in the world", Ryu said this week as she prepared for Friday's opening round.
Ko, who has six top-10s this season but no wins, is taking a three-week break to work on her game and recharge before returning to play the Meijer Classic beginning June 15.
Queensland's Karrie Webb was Australia's best and recorded her highest finish of the year, carding three solid rounds to finish in a tie for 17th. The winds picked up in the afternoon and the greens started to get bumpy with a lot more people walking around.
"You can't shoot over par on Sunday, that's for sure", Creamer said. Even though I would hit a really great shot, the ball would keep rolling and finish in the fescue.
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This year's contest is operating under a new set of rules created to prevent it from ending in a tie for the fourth year in a row. She's one of 40-students vying for the $40,000 grand prize. "She made it so far", Maia's mom, Antonia Marshall, said Wednesday.
"I feel really pleased with how I played today", Kim said at her post-tournament press conference.
"I just stuck it in there close today", Wie said.
Tied with Paula Creamer for the second-round lead, Kim closed with a 2-under 69 in windy conditions for a two-stroke victory over Nordqvist at Stockton Seaview. "There is a little bit of pressure coming into it, but it's just been fun". At the same time, I was very fortunate as well. "I'm really happy to get back". She was two-under-par after a 69.
Meanwhile, Wie thrilled fans early in Sunday's final round with four birdies in her first five holes. "I hit a lot of good quality shots, but I hit a lot of poor quality shots, too".
"You know, I really prepared for this, I really didn't expect it right away, but I knew my game was better than past year", Kim said, after claiming her fifth LPGA Tour victory. So Yeon Ryu could have taken the top spot by finishing in the top three here but missed the cut, ending a run that saw her make the cut in 64 consecutive LPGA starts, the longest such streak on tour. He finished at 11-under after having managed par over each of the final four holes to finish with a round of 70.