This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Women’s World


Golf Rankings Through July13


Lydia Ko


Chul remained just as over-the-top throughout Se Ri’s early career, and on the LPGA it is an article of faith that his relentless pushing of his daughter is a big reason why she burnt out and largely faded away by age 26. Not for nothing has Lydia Ko, 18,


already said she plans to retire by the time she’s 30. Ko’s parents were raised in Korea but immigrated to New Zealand, where Lydia grew up. Her phenomenal success—already seven LPGA victories and counting!—has been ascribed to this blending of cul- tures. Says Morgan Pressel, “She has that really strong work ethic which is characteristic of Korean players, but


Christina Kim


also that kind of laid-back, relaxed Kiwi approach to life. It’s the perfect mental- ity for a Tour player.” What exactly is behind the famous


Korean work ethic? If you wander onto a driving range at an LPGA event late in the day it’s not uncommon for most, if not all, of the stragglers to be of Korean descent. Ditto if it’s early morning on a Monday. “Some of it’s peer pressure,” says Christina Kim. “You see all the other girls who look like you out there so you think you’re supposed to be there, too.” Tiffany Joh, another first-generation Korean- American, chalks it up to what she calls the “immigrant mentality.” Says Joh, “It goes beyond golf. You see these little Korean grocery stores where the grandparents, the parents and the kids all work around the clock, seven days a week. Next thing you know they’ve bought the whole block.” Nearly two decades after Pak’s


Michelle Wie 34 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2015


breakthrough the revolution shows no sign of slowing—earlier this year Ko- reans won eight straight tournaments across both the LPGA and Ladies Eu- ropean tour. Pak is now 37 and treated on two continents like a grand dame, but a whole new generation is coming up inspired by Wie and Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi and Christina Kim and Tiffany Joh and many others. Their success has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. “The young Korean golfers show up on Tour expecting to succeed, because so many have before them,” says Kim. “And because they have that attitude and that confidence, they wind up succeeding. It’s like a circle that just goes on and on forever.”


1. Inbee Park KOR 2. Lydia Ko NZL 3. Stacy Lewis USA 4. Hyo-Joo Kim KOR 5. Suzann Pettersen NOR 6. So Yeon Ryu KOR 7. Shanshan Feng CHN 8. Anna Nordqvist SWE 9. Amy Yang KOR


10. In Gee Chun KOR 11. Brittany Lincicome USA 12. Sei Young Kim KOR 13. Lexi Thompson USA 14. Cristie Kerr USA 15. Na Yeon Choi KOR 16. Mi Rim Lee KOR 17. Michelle Wie USA 18. Minjee Lee AUS 19. Karrie Webb AUS 20. Morgan Pressel USA 21. Azahara Munoz ESP 22. Ha-Na Jang KOR 23. Jung Min Lee KOR 24. Bo-Mee Lee KOR 25. Jin-Young Ko KOR


World Top 25


by Country Through July 13 12 6 2 1 1 1 1 1


Korea United States Australia New Zealand Norway China Sweden Spain


MICHELLE WIE PHOTO: USGA; CHRISTINA KIM PHOTO: SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76