Sung Hyun Park picked up her second win of the season in Ottawa and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in the world rankings, the highest of her career. Over the past two years, she has amassed 31 top-10 finishes which include 11 worldwide wins and six runner-ups on the LPGA and KLPGA Tours.
With her third missed cut of the season, former world No. 1 Lydia Ko, dropped outside the top-5 for the first time since September of 2013, dropping from No. 5 to No. 7. Ko was ranked in the top-5 for 206 consecutive weeks and spent 85 consecutive weeks at No. 1.
Marina Alex, who finished T-3 at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, made the Rolex Rankings Move of the Week with her outstanding play in Ottawa. Alex climbed 10 spots in the rankings from No. 60 to No. 50, which is the highest ranking of her career.
Despite not being able to close out and pick up her first win on the LPGA Tour, Alex posted her fifth top 10 of the season, the best-ever finish of her LPGA career, and is pleased with the direction of her game.
“Regardless of the outcome, just to have some steady golf on the last day and just to really be in better control of myself and to manage everything that's going on around me, I think it's a great experience going into the future.”
A year ago, the Tour veteran was ranked No. 139 in the world and has continued to put herself in contention throughout 2017 which has allowed her to climb in the Rolex Rankings, spending 28 weeks ranked in the top 100. At world No. 50, Alex becomes the 11th highest ranked American.
“I definitely think this is my best finish. From day one to day four, definitely the most solid I've played this year in terms of controlling my emotions and just playing golf and not getting too far ahead of myself,” she said. “I'm really pleased.”
With her win in Ottawa, Park climbed to No. 3 Race to the CME Globe points standing and sits just 89 points behind leader So Yeon Ryu.
Ryu, who finished T-12 last week in Canada, took a narrow lead over Thompson in the No. 2 spot. Ariya Jutanugarn (4), In-Kyung Kim (5), In Gee Chun (6), Brooke Henderson (7), Cristie Kerr (8), Sei Young Kim (9), Mi Jung Hur (10), Amy Yang (11), and Moriya Jutangarn (12) round out the top-12.
Only the top twelve players in the Race to the CME Globe competition have a chance at winning the CME Globe title at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The top five – Ryu, Thompson, Park, Jutanugarn and Kim – control their destiny with a win in Naples, Fla., no matter how others place they can walk away with the title. Nos. 6 through 12, with a tournament win and help from others, can earn the $1 million dollar prize.