Nelly Korda Breaks Stacy Lewis’ American World Ranking Record

Published 01/03/2022, 2:21 PM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Individual – Medal Ceremony – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Gold medalist Nelly Korda of the United States bites her medal. REUTERS/Toby Melville


2021 was a breakthrough year for Nelly Korda, the sensational and young American golfer. In a field dominated by South Koreans, she not only paved her way to the top but did so in an alluring fashion. And on her way, she crushed multiple records and scripted her name in history books, with her truly stunning performances.

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As we begin 2022, Rolex revealed the latest weeks rankings and in them, Nelly Korda yet again maintained her position on the top. With this, she passed LPGA Tour golfer Stacy Lewis’ record for the most time spent at the top spot by an American, at 26 weeks. Another astonishing feat for the decorated athlete!

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Nelly Korda retains women’s golf ranking top spot

A Twitter user posted a picture of the rankings, along with a couple of facts. He wrote, The first Rolex Rankings of 2022 are out with @NellyKorda at No. 1 for the 26th week. She passes @Stacy_Lewis for the most time at the top spot by an American.”

Lewis is a 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour, who has two majors titles to her name; the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011 and the Women’s British Open in 2013. She bagged the top ranking in 2013 for four weeks and then again in 2014 for 21 weeks!

A rough break-down of the top-50 spots was also on the list. In it, a massive number of 13 players are Koreans, followed by a close 12 from the USA. Moreover, 6 golfers are from Japan and 5 five are from Thailand.

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SINGAPORE – MARCH 02: Nelly Korda of the United States reacts to her birdie on the 18th green during round two of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on March 2, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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