Ai Miyazato Back at Number One After Safeway Classic Win


The ladies of the LPGA tour were back in action this past week, with the Safeway Classic featuring the top names on the women’s side. But in 3010, one name has stood out a little more than the others, and that name is Ai Miyazato. Miyazato picked up her 5th win of the season on Sunday, as she held off Cristie Kerr, and moved into Kerr’s number one spot in the Rolex World Golf Rankings.

Let’s face it. The top spot in the Rolex Rankings is not a safe place to be anymore. It seems like things change at the top every week, and that’s not a bad thing. The rankings have been ruled by Miyazato, Kerr, and Jiyai Shin this season, and for now, Miyazato is the one to occupy the number one ranking in the world.

To me, this is great for the women’s game. While rankings are just rankings, they still provide us with a good idea as to who the best players are. And with the way that the top spot has been changing on a regular basis, it makes the action much more intriguing, and gives us a look at who is really standing out on tour right now. Though the rivalries aren’t bitter or anything like that, these players are competing to be the best, and they all seem to be bringing out the best in each other in trying to do that.

While having Tiger Woods atop the men’s rankings has always been a good thing because of the dominant nature of his game, I think the women’s game is greatly benefiting from the parody. Week in and week out, we know that it’s a toss-up in terms of who will win, and that draws in more interest. TV ratings may not prove that, but in my opinion, it’s great to see someone different stepping up each week and trying to move into that top spot in the rankings.

So Miyazato and Kerr currently sit 1-2 in the rankings, and the other big movement in the Top 5 was Suzann Pettersen overtaking Jiyai Shin for the third spot. As we all know, Shin has been a the top in recent weeks, and has now dropped to fourth with Pettersen really playing well as of late.

And the biggest mover of the week in the top of the rankings went to Song-Hee Kim, who moved up three spots to number seven in the world. Kim has just been the model of consistency lately, as she picked up another Top 10 finish at the Safeway, and certainly had a chance to win the thing on Sunday.

Here’s the Top 15 as of August 23, 2010:

1. Ai Miyazato
2. Cristie Kerr
3. Suzann Pettersen
4. Jiyai Shin
5. Yani Tseng
6. Na Yeon Choi
7. Song-Hee Kim
8. Paula Creamer
9. In Kyung Kim
10. Anna Nordqvist
11. Karrie Webb
12. Michelle Wie
13. Angela Stanford
14. Inbee Park
15. Morgan Pressel

For the entire rankings, head over to the Rolex website to see where everyone else stands in the new set of rankings.

What do you think of this week’s rankings? Will Miyazato keep on winning and lock up that spot for the remainder of the year? Or will Kerr, Pettersen, and Shin all find themselves at the top again this season?

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