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Ko reaches 2nd in Rolex Rankings at age 17

Lydia Ko’s win at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic moved the 17-year-old into the No. 2 slot in the Rolex Rankings.

She is only behind Inbee Park for the top spot, although she has yet to win a major championship. The victory was Ko’s first LPGA Tour victory as a professional — she won twice before as an amateur.

It was also her maiden victory in the United States, as her other LPGA triumphs were in Canada. The effort was Ko’s 11th Top 10 in just 25 career starts.

Getting up-and-down for birdie at the 72nd hole Sunday against Stacy Lewis — a former Rolex Ranking No.1 and major champion — Ko is now the talk of the tour.

Lewis, who has seven Top 10s this year, is still looking for her first victory of 2014. She is now third in the rankings, while Suzann Pettersen slipped to fourth.

Karrie Webb,who has two LPGA Tour wins in 2014, is No. 5 in the Rolex Rankings followed by Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr.

The LPGA Tour visits Irving, Texas this week for the North Texas LPGA Shootout. Park and Lewis are co-favorites this week while Pettersen and Ko are sitting out this tournament.

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