Yin Ruoning Achieves Top Ranking in Women’s Golf Worldwide

China’s Yin Ruoning became the women’s golf world number one on Sunday with a third-place finish at the LPGA Queen City Championship (Dylan Buell)

China’s Yin Ruoning became the world number one in women’s golf on Sunday by finishing third at the LPGA Queen City Championship.

The 20-year-old became only the second Chinese woman to claim the world number one ranking after Feng Shanshan, who reached the summit from November 2017 to April 2018.

Yin, who needed a top-four result to overtake American Lilia Vu for the top spot, missed out on a playoff for the Queen City title between Australia’s Minjee Lee and England’s Charley Hull.

But Yin fired a final-round five-under par 67 to finish third on 14-under 274 at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, and become the fifth different player atop the rankings this year.

“It’s just amazing,” Yin said.

“My mind is blank right now.”

Second-ranked Yin won her first major title in June at the Women’s PGA Championship, two months after collecting her first LPGA victory at the LA Open.

Others atop the rankings this year included New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Americans Vu and Nelly Korda and South Korea’s Ko Jin-young.

Vu’s three triumphs this year included major wins at the Chevron Championship in April and the Women’s British Open in August.

Yin never managed to share the lead, settling for her fourth third-place finish in five events, but did what she needed to leap to the top of the rankings.

Yin sandwiched birdies at the par-5 second and fourth holes around another at the par-3 third to charge into third early.

She began the back nine with a birdie and added another at the par-5 15th to solidify her hold on the spot, then parred her way to the clubhouse.

“Before this week, I know (depending on) what position I finish, I can be the world number one,” Yin said. “I just keep that in my mind.

“Last hole I checked the leaderboard. I was like, ‘OK, another week finishing third, but I’m assuming I’ll be the world number one.'”


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