Women's ranking, Nelly Korda without rivals

Let's recap today's situation regarding the women's world rankings, with a focus on the main protagonists of the season

by Andrea Gussoni
Women's ranking, Nelly Korda without rivals
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Let's recap today's situation regarding the women's world rankings, with a focus on the main protagonists of the season. This ranking, known practically as the WWGR and in terms of sponsorship as the Rolex Rankings, stands out because it calculates the average points earned in relation to the number of tournaments played.

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In this regard, Nelly Korda's performance is spectacular: there is a huge gap in favor of the American over the second-placed player, her compatriot Lilia Vu. This positioning is further reinforced by a series of three victories in her last three outings (LPGA Drive On Championship at the end of January, Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship, and Ford Championship in California and Arizona in the last two weeks).

All of this only serves to establish her as the clear favorite heading into the first Major of the year, the Chevron Championship from April 18th to 21st. However, there's a caveat in this regard: paradoxically, Lilia Vu has more Major titles than her at present.

While Korda's only Major victory came in 2021 (the Women's PGA Championship), the 26-year-old Californian has clinched the Chevron Championship and Women's British Open last year. Furthermore, 2023 also saw, after twenty years, a Frenchwoman returning to win a Major: for Céline Boutier, it was a triumph at home, at the Evian Championship.

And now she firmly holds the third position in the world rankings, ahead of Chinese player Ruoning Yin, also in perspective of defending her title at the Women's PGA Championship. It's also worth noting the absolute consistency of Lydia Ko, with the 26-year-old New Zealander seeming like a veteran, considering her first victory on the LPGA tour dates back to 2012.

At the beginning of the season, she claimed her 20th victory on the American circuit. In general, what stands out today compared to a few years ago is the emergence of China in the upper echelons, combined with a resurgence of Europe, represented by Charley Hull from England.

As for Italy, Alessandra Fanali takes on the role of leading Italian player, deservedly so given her numerous good results between 2023 and 2024 on the Ladies European Tour. Virginia Elena Carta is trying to step up her game as well, tackling the Down Under part of the European tour, while Roberta Liti, with her 63rd place at the Fort Championship, has been able to approach the top 400: her growth path on the LPGA tour will continue.

Otherwise, it's not surprising to see 11 Italian players appearing in the world rankings. This situation also reflects the fact that there are some golfers who are still in the midst of completing their university cycle, a transition often crucial for subsequent access to professional golf, whether on the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, or other developmental tours.

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