Golf: Battle for women's world No. 1 ranking heats up

World No. 1 Feng highlights need to believe in own ability as rivals pile on the pressure

(From left) Tiffany Chan, Shanshan Feng, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu and Lexi Thompson.
(From left) Tiffany Chan, Shanshan Feng, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu and Lexi Thompson. PHOTO: HSBC GETTY IMAGES

Where once women's golf was ruled by Tseng Ya-ni, Park In Bee and Lydia Ko, the lack of a dominant figure over the past year has allowed more players to dream of reaching the sport's pinnacle.

Ko's 85-week run as world No. 1 ended on June 11 last year with Ariya Jutanugarn her successor. Three other women - Ryu So Yeon, Park Sung Hyun and Feng Shanshan - have taken turns claiming the top spot. This shows no sign of stopping as Feng could be replaced by Lexi Thompson next week, depending on results at the HSBC Women's World Championship.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Battle at the top heats up'. Subscribe