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Second major victory this year propels Lilia Vu to top of women’s world ranking

Nelly Korda’s fifth stint atop the Rolex Rankings was short-lived as Lilia Vu’s second major championship victory this year has made her the new women’s World No. 1.

Vu ran away from the pack to claim the 2023 AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath near London on Sunday for her third win this year after previously earning her first LPGA win earlier this season at the Honda LPGA Thailand and the Chevron Championship in April.

The 25-year-old is the fourth American to earn the No. 1 ranking since the inception in 2006. Vu also became the first American to win two major championships in a single season since Juli Inkster in 1999.

She also moves to No. 1 in the standings for the 2023 Solheim Cup team, though she had mathematically clinched her spot following the U.S. Women’s Open in July.

“Being the best in the world, that’s just crazy to me,” said Vu following her win at Walton Heath. “Just thinking about the struggle I had this year and just to come out with that has been — it’s just incredible.”

Korda is now ranked No. 2, which means for the first time in the history of the Rolex Rankings the top-two players are from the United States.

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