Anchor: Rookie South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun has taken the LPGA by surprise by rising to the number one spot in the women’s world golf rankings.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more on the up-and-coming star.
Report: South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun became the first LPGA rookie to reach the spot of world's number one on Monday.
The LPGA said on its Web site that Park has risen to number one in the Rolex rankings and has become the first LPGA Tour rookie in the history of the rankings to reach the top position.
The U.S. organization for female professional golfers noted that the 24-year-old moved past fellow South Korean, Ryu So-yeon, who held the position for the past 19 weeks.
Park is the fourth South Korean to enjoy the number one spot. The other two who had topped the rankings were Park In-bee and Shin Jiyai.
The organization said Park, who made her LPGA debut this year, has never missed the cut in her 29 career LPGA Tour starts. It added that since the start of the 2017 season, Park has had nine top ten finishes and won the U.S. Women’s Open Championship and the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. She also finished in the top 20 at four of the season’s five majors.
Through Monday, Park is in the lead in official money with some two-point-two million dollars, according to the LPGA. She became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach one million dollars following her U.S. Women’s Open victory at four months and 14 days and also the fastest to reach two million dollars in career earnings at seven months and 13 days.
Before joining the LPGA Tour, Park achieved ten career victories on South Korea's KLPGA tour.
Park is known by the Korean nickname "Dakgong," which translates as shut up and attack, due to her focus and determination on the golf course.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.