Lydia Ko loses No.1 ranking to Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn

Posted June 05, 2017

Creamer had a disappointing final round, dropping five shots with a 74 that saw her slump to a tie for seventh at 6-under par. Celine Herbin, of France, tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, June 2, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.

"I've only had one bogey in the last two days", Creamer said.

"I've had some pretty bad sad moments", Creamer said.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn will become the first South-east Asian - male or female - to ascend to the top of the world golf rankings today.

"You know, I really prepared for this, I really didn't expect it right away, but I knew my game was better than a year ago", Kim said, after claiming her fifth LPGA Tour victory. "It's all happening so fast and you kind of can't regroup and I didn't do a very good job of that. I knew I was still in the mix". The winds picked up in the afternoon and the greens started to get bumpy with a lot more people walking around.

However, the South Korean, who won her second LPGA major at the ANA Inspiration in April, bowed out early in New Jersey, thereby ensuring Ariya would become number one when the rankings are released on Sunday.

Nordqvist held part of the lead during the middle of her round Sunday, but South Korea's In-Kyung Kim's 11-under-par total was too much for her to eclipse.

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Ryu continued a disappointing record at the Shoprite Classic by missing the cut and so the door was left open for Jutanugarn to take over from New Zealand's Lydia Ko who, after holding the top position for 84 weeks, has slipped to number two. "I hit a lot of good quality shots, but I hit a lot of poor quality shots, too".

"Overall I feel like I played a bit better than I scored", Nordqvist told reporters. She was two-under-par after a 69. "I'm really healthy now, but I fell on the stair and just wasn't good".

The last time Ryu did not complete a tournament was the 2014 Evian Masters, where she was disqualified after the first round.

That ended Ryu's streak 64 straight cuts made - the longest streak on tour.

"We were on the clock for four holes", Creamer said.

"Just having the honour to back-to-back defend is quite unbelievable", the 29-year-old Swede said.

Two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden also closed with a 69 to finish alone in second place at 204.