Also known as golf rankings, the Women’s World Golf Rankings are based on the top five women’s golf tournaments. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, Ladies European Tour, Australian Ladies Professional Golf, Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association, and Ladies Professional Golfer’s Association of Japan tournaments and the organizations behind these tournaments are considered while determining these rankings. The ranks are based on the performances of the players in these five major tournaments.
Based on the current rankings, the top five female golfers would be:
Ai Miyazato – Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1985, Miyazato began her journey as an amateur golfer in 2003 with her first win in the Japan LPGA Tour. With five wins during her rookie season in 2004 on the JLPGA Tour, Miyazato won her first major by winning the Japan Open Championship in 2005. Presently competing in the Japan LPGA Tour and the US LPGA Tour, Miyazato has aced the golf rankings for three periods in the 2010 season. Winning four of the first nine tournaments in the LPGA Tour this year, she had her fifth win on August 22, 2010 at the Safeway Classic and is currently the top ranked woman golfer.
Cristie Kerr – An American professional woman golfer, Kerr started out as a very successful amateur golfer. A native of Miami, Florida, Kerr started playing at the professional level from the age of 18, with her first professional win in 1996 at the Ironwood Futures Classic. In the 2010 season, she won two of the first ten championships. Her record setting 12-stroke margin win at the LPGA Championship put her in the number one position, which she held for three weeks.
Jiyai Shin – A South Korean Golfer, Shin currently plays in the LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA) and the LPGA Tour. Turning professional in 2005, Shin won a record breaking 10 tournaments in 19 starts in the KLPGA Tour of 2007. In 2010 she got to the number one position twice. And winning the MetLife-Korea Economics KLPGA Championship on 19 September 2010, Shin qualified for the KLPGA Hall of Fame.
Yani Tseng – A native of Taiwan, Tseng is at present a part of the LPGA Tour. The LPGA Championship in 2008 was her first LPGA Tour win as a 19 year old. Winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Women’s British Open in the 2010 LPGA season, Tseng became the youngest player with three LPGA championship wins.
Suzann Pettersen – A native of Norway, Pettersen is part of the European Ladies Tour and also plays in the US LPGA Tour. With an amazing amateur career, Pettersen was the Norwegian Amateur Champion from 1996-2000 and also won several other tournaments. She won her 6th LPGA Tour event in September 2009. She was second placed in the 2010 edition of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
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