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The LPGA Lotte Championship comes as Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng battle for the top spot in the world rankings. Park, the LPGA Thailand and Kraft Nabisco winner this year, took over the top spot Monday, ending Lewis’ four-week run at No. 1.

“That’s been the place that I always wanted to be,” Park said. “It came as a bit of a shock because it came in an off week. But coming into this week that was one of my goals to reach, but it happened really early.”

Lewis also has two victories this year, winning consecutive events in Singapore and Phoenix. She was surprised to lose the No. 1 ranking Monday.

“I mean, I expected it to probably happen at some point, but I definitely didn’t expect it in an off week,” Lewis said. “It’s tough because I don’t know, I didn’t do anything wrong and I lost it.”

Ai Miyazato won the tournament last year.

“I have great memories from last year,” Miyazato said. “Last year, it was only a three-day event but this year it’s going to be four days, so I think it’s going to be interesting.”

New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko is coming off a tie for 25th in the Kraft Nabisco. She won the Canadian Open in August to become the youngest LPGA Tour winner at 15 years, 4 months, 2 days. The South Korea-born Ko has two other pro victories, the New South Wales Open last year and New Zealand Women’s Open this year, and won the U.S. Women’s Amateur last season. She’s ranked 22nd in the world.


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