Lydia Ko Wins Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship; Becomes Rolex Number One
Ko is getting used to taking selfies with trophies (Source: LPGA Tour)

Lydia Ko Wins Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship; Becomes Rolex Number One

Lydia Ko regained her crown at the number one player in the world by dominating the field in Taiwan and winning her fifth title of the season


She made this one look easy.

Entering the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Classic with a four shot lead, Lydia Ko quickly put her foot down on the rest of the field by sinking birdies on six of her first eight holes. She had the tournament well in hand after an opening nine 33, but Ko was not done scoring. She eagled the par five 12th on her way to a back nine 32 and a final round 65, good enough for a nine shot victory.

"I have played consistently well over the last couple of weeks and it's something we can all celebrate and I want to share this with my whole team," Ko said following her victory.

The win leaps Ko over Inbee Park and into the top spot in the Rolex Rankings for the second time on her career. The victory, her 10th in her career, makes her the youngest golfer regardless of gender to win 10 career tournaments. She broke the record of Nancy Lopez, who was 22 years old at the time of her 10th victory. The nine shot victory is Ko's largest margin of victory in her career.

Ko isn't the number one player by happenstance. She is absolutely rolling right now. This marks her third victory in five events, and her fifth straight top 5 finish. She has fifteen top 10 finishes this season, and has finished outside the top 20 only five times this season. Ko now leads in every single major category, including money list, CME Globe, Player Of The Year, and scoring average. 

The moment isn't lost on Ko, who seems to relish the idea of being Number One.

"To become world No. 1 during the season, it's been great. And to have won my first professional event as a professional here in Taiwan and then had my 10th LPGA win here, it's pretty cool. It's an exciting time."

A pair of Koreans finished tied for second behind Ko. One of them was So Yeon Ryu, who continues to notch top 10's without winning. In her career, she has a staggering 51 top 10 finishes, but only three victories. This season, she has finished inside the top 10 nine times without a victory. Still, this week had to feel good for Ryu, as she notches her first top 10 finish in four events. Ryu will take some time off, and return to the LPGA Tour at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

The other runner up finisher was Eun-Hee Ji. The 2009 US Women's Open champion has had an up and down career since her major triumph, but seems to have battled through consistency issues lately. Her runner up finish is her second top 10 in four events, and is her best finish this season.

Englishwoman Charley Hull finished one stroke further back. The teenage sensation has had an up and down season - she only missed one cut all year but has only three top 10 finishes. Her solo fourth is her best finish of the season. Hull seemed satisfied with her performance after the event.

"Good week this week. Finished fourth." Hull tweeted after the tournament. "Thanks for another week great week @LPGA."

Suzann Pettersen finished in solo fifth for her second straight top 10.

Two players at T6 will be leaving Taiwan with a ton of confidence. Xi Yu Lin of China notches her second top 10 finish in three weeks. In her past six tournaments, she hasn't finished worse than T29, and hasn't missed a cut since the first week of July. 

The other player who finished at T6 was Paula Creamer, who has had a terrible season entering this week. This finish is her first top 10 since June, and it ends a streak of eight straight tournaments where she hadn't finished better than T32. Creamer had fallen all the way to 54th in the Rolex Rankings, so she needed a big week. 

Amy Yang continued her solid play. After a T4 finish last week, she finished solo eighth this week. She has three top 10's in four weeks, and nine overall in 2015. 

The LPGA heads to China next week for the Blue Bay Classic.