If you are interested in golf, you certainly should know about the most skilled golfers in the world. Their professional path is an example of success and might be a huge motivation for you if you are looking to become a professional golfer. Today, we present the top 5 professional female golfers in the world as of the beginning of July 2017.
South Korean professional golfer Chun In-gee (also known as In Gee Chun) is the top 5th golfer on the Women’s World Golf Rankings. Chun became the first golfer in the history of golf to win majors on three different tours in the same calendar year. She won two majors in the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Korea Tour (LPGA of Korea Tour or KLPGA), the KB Financial Star Championship, and the Hite Jinro Championship. Besides that, she won the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup and the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship on the Japan’s LPGA. The lowest winning score of 21 under par for either men and women belongs to her, which was set in the 2016 Evian Championships.
The next female golfer on our list is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer Lydia Ko. On February 2, 2015, she became the 1st golfer on the Women’s World Golf Rankings at the age of 17 years, 9 months and 9 days, which makes her the youngest golfer of either gender to become the number 1 in professional golf. At the age of 18 years, 4 months and 20 days, she became the youngest woman to win a major championship after winning the Evian Championship in France on September 13, 2015. And that is not the complete list of her outstanding achievements. Currently, she is the 4th top ranked female professional golfer in the world.
American professional golfer Alexis “Lexi” Thompson plays in the LPGA Tour. She became the youngest-ever golfer to qualify to play in the U.S. Women’s Open at age 12. Thompson became professional in June 2010 and became the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament at age of 16 years, 7 months and 8 days after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic. Her first won major championship was the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. She is the top 3rd golfer on the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
Thai professional golfer Ariya Jutanugarn is the first golfer from Thailand to win a major championship. Qualifying for the 2007 Honda LPGA Thailand, Jutanugarn is the youngest golfer ever to qualify for an LPGA Tour event at age of 11. As of July 2017, she was the top 2nd female professional golfer in the world. Previously in June of 2017, she became the number one ranked female golfer.
As of July 2017, the number one professional golfer on the Women’s World Golf Rankings is South Korean golfer Ryu So-yeon (also known as So Yeon Ryu). In 2007, Ryu became professional golfer at age 17. As a professional, her first victory was on the American Cactus Tour in February 2008. Having won the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2017 ANA Inspiration, she is a two-time major winner.