Park Sung-hyun Loses No. 1 Golf Ranking to Chinese Rival

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The 28-year-old Guangzhou native, a victor in Japan last week, closed with a two-under 70 to beat Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn (70) by one stroke in the US$2.1 million co-sanctioned tournament between the China LPGA and US LPGA Tours. "When I finally see the Chinese flag on top of the ranking, I feel all the efforts over the past 18 years on golf is worth it".

Park Sung-hyun's reign at the top of women's golf has ended after just one week.

Feng, who won last week in Japan, had an up-and-down day with three birdies and four bogeys to leave herself at 7-under 209 overall.

Park dropped a spot to No. 2 in the latest women's world rankings out Monday, overtaken by Feng Shanshan, who won the Blue Bay LPGA in China last week.

"I just want 2017 keep going".

In 2012, Feng captured her only career major title when she earned a two-stroke win at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

The Olympic Bronze medallist comfortably holed out for her par 5 and nine under total before being swamped by her countrywomen who showered her in water to celebrate her second win in China. When reporters told Feng she'd be in the No. 1 spot at the beginning of next week, she asked them if they were sure. The last person to hold the No. 1 honors for a single week was American Cristie Kerr, from October 25-31, 2010. "A never-ending 2017, that would be great", she said.

She is the fifth player to hold the number one place in 2017, following New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, Ryu So-Yeon of South Korea and her compatriot Park.

She'll be taking this momentum of these two wins into the final event of the year next week, the CME Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., where there is a $1 million bonus on the line.

There are two other South Koreans inside the top 10: Chun In-gee at No. 5 and Kim In-kyung at No. 7.

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