Top Female Golfers of 2016

As of now, the top female golf players in the world are ranked as follows. These women have all taken part in at least 38 professional events to reach this stage, and the top ten is highly competitive.

10) Jang Ha-Na

Jang Ha-Na

The first South Korean player in a top ten that includes 50% of its players from that country. Jang turned professional only 6 years ago at the age of 18, and is known for her amusing victory dances. She was at number 9 on the list until very recently she was pushed to the tenth spot.

9) Stacy Lewis

Stacy Lewis

Recently rising one place on the rankings, Lewis is the second-highest American golfer on the list. Until recently she was starting to falter with no wins since 2014, but is gradually regaining her momentum.

8) Amy Yang

Amy Yang

The Korean golfer won numerous titles at a record-breaking young age, and has gone on to great things in recent years, winning tournaments all over the world to secure her the eighth place on the current world ranking.

7) Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya Jutanugarn

Thai player Jutanugarn has already had a great year, becoming the first ever golfer to win her first three LPGA titles in a row. Her first was the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, of which she was the first Thai winner.

6) Chun In-Gee

Chun In-Gee

Another South Korean player on the top ten list, Chun was involved in controversy recently after the father of #10 player Jang Ha-Na accidentally injured her in a strange airport accident, briefly putting a stop to her competitive golf career.

5) Kim Sei-Young

Kim Sei-Young

With five LPGA wins to her name in Korea between 2013 and 2014, Kim went on to win another five LPGA titles after graduating to world class level, the most recent of which was the Meijer LPGA Classic in June 2016.

4) Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson

Breaking records since the age of 12 when she became the youngest ever qualifier for the US Women’s Open, Thompson is now only 21 but ranked the top American female golfer. She recently won the Japanese LPGA tour.

3) Inbee Park

Inbee Park

Former world #1 and current top Korean player, Park made history this year by becoming eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame at just 27 years old, the youngest to ever qualify. Finishing her 2016 season will secure her place.

2) Brooke M. Henderson

Brooke M. Henderson

Aged just 18, Canadian-born Henderson reached #2 in the world rankings by winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship earlier in 2016, narrowly beating the world number one for the trophy.

1) Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

New Zealand player Ko was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people before she was 17, and just months later became the youngest person ever to be ranked #1 in golf.