Liilia Vu takes it all, new number 1 in Florida

Lilia Vu dominates the golfing scene in Florida, where she recently won the Annika Driven by Gainbridge tournament, earning her the number one spot in the world ranking

by Andrea Gussoni
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Liilia Vu takes it all, new number 1 in Florida
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Lilia Vu dominates the golfing scene in Florida, where she recently won the Annika Driven by Gainbridge tournament, earning her the number one spot in the world ranking. With this remarkable achievement, her fourth of 2023, the 26-year-old Californian has become the new queen of women's golf.

Lilia continues to set records, as she defeated her compatriot Alison Lee, who finished second with 264 (-16), and the Spanish Azahara Munoz to clinch the title in the US with a score of 261 (67 66 62 66, -19).

Lilia Vu, results

In February, Lilia became the first Rolex First-Time winner of the 2023 season with her fantastic performance in Thailand at the Honda LPGA.

She then made history by becoming the first American since 1999 to win two majors: the Chevron Championship in April and the AIG Women's Open in August. These achievements paved the way for her to be awarded the prestigious Rolex Annika Major Award, presented to the best performer across the five Grand Slam events.

Lilia's remarkable four victories on the LPGA Tour have catapulted her career earnings over four million dollars. As a rising talent, Lilia Vu is the newest star of the global golfing community. Her focus for next year includes a victory and the gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The push for the creation of the Official World Golf Rankings came from the tournament committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which in the 1980s realized that the system it adopted, i.e. sending invitations for participation in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more top-level players as they split their commitments across multiple different tours, and by the influential sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first president of the international committee that oversees the creation of the rankings.

The system used to develop the rankings was developed based on that of McCormack's World Golf Rankings, which had previously been published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, which was an unofficial ranking and was not used for other purposes such as selecting players to invite to tournaments.

The first ranking was published before the 1986 edition of The Masters. The top six players were: Bernhard Langer, Severiano Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman. The top three were therefore European players, but among the top fifty, thirty-one were Americans.

Over the years the method of calculating the ranking has changed a lot. Initially the ranking was calculated over a three-year period, with the current year's score multiplied by four, the previous year's score by two and the score from two years earlier left unchanged.

The ranking was drawn up with the total score and the overall points rounded to the nearest whole value. All tournaments recognized by the professional tours and some of the invitational tournaments were classified into categories, ranging from "major tournaments" (where the winner received 50 points) to "other tournaments" (where the winner received a minimum of 8 points ).

In each tournament the other classified players also received points in proportion to their placement starting from the second place which received 60% of the points due to the winner.

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