Atthaya Thitikul officially replaced Jin Young Ko as No. The world’s No. 1 player. Thitikul, 19 years old, becomes the second teenager to reach No. 1 following Lydia Ko (17 years, 9months and 9 days) who reached the top spot in 2015.
Ko, who holds the No. 1 spot since Jan. 31, 2022 was first ranked No. Ko, who has held the top spot since Jan. 31, 2022, first became No. 1 in April 2019, and has spent 152 weeks at the top of the rankings. Lorena Ochoa holds this record with 158 weeks.
Thitikul, a rookie, has won two games this season and joins Ariya Jutanugarn to become the only Thai player to reach No. 1. Thitikul joins Sung Hyun Park to become the first rookie to achieve no. 1. She is currently the Louise Suggs Rookie-of-the Year winner and is also in contention for LPGA Player/of the Year.
It means a lot to me, my family, and my supporters. Thitikul released that it was an honor to be among the most prominent names in the game. It is very rewarding to reach the top, but it is harder to keep it. I have much to learn from the current legends and players, both on and off the golf course. I will work hard for my family and team, my fans, and my country.
Thitikul was 14 years, 4 months and 19 days when she joined the LPGA. She became the youngest ever winner of the Ladies European Tour’s Race To Costa del Sol 2021. In addition to being awarded Rookie of Year and Player of Year honors, Thitikul, who was 14 years, 4months and 19 days old, won the LET’s Thailand Championship 2017 as the youngest professional golfer.