WORLD NO.1: Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn is the new leader in women's golf.
WORLD NO.1: Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn is the new leader in women's golf. JOSE MENDEZ

Young Thai on top of women's golf

THAILAND 21-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn has become the top-ranked women's golfer in the world by taking a week off the LPGA tour.

Because of the way the rankings are calculated, she replaced previous world No.1 New Zealander Lydia Ko, who also missed the LPGA Classic in New Jersey.

Before the event Ko was guaranteed to lose the top spot to Jutanugarn or So Yeon Ryu.

The Thai jumped to the top when Ryu missed the cut in New Jersey.

Paula Creamer and In-Kyung Kim topped the Classic leaderboard after two rounds with a pair of four-under 67s to be nine under.

Two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist followed her opening 64 with a 71 to drop two strokes behind along with Moriya Jutanugarn - Ariya's older sister - and Jeong Eun Lee.

Karrie Webb had a round of three under to be four under for the tournament and five strokes off the lead as the leading Australian in a tie for 14th.

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