The sport of golf has evolved rapidly in the last several decades. This is especially true for the world of women’s golf. The trend currently dominating headlines for women’s golf is the sudden dominance of the Koreans specifically and international (competitors of nationalities outside of the United States) in general. In a field of female professional golfers that is as deep perhaps as it has ever been, it is fair to say that International players are taking the lead. Other than perhaps two or three golfers, the current top ten list features players born outside of the U.S. Let’s take a look at the top ten women’s golfers from countries outside of the United States.
1. Yani Tseng – Taiwan
Yani Tseng, born January 23, 1989, plays on the U.S. based LPGA Tour and is the youngest player ever (male or female) to win five major championships. Tseng has been ranked number one in the Women’s World Golf Rankings since 2011.
2. Na Yeon Choi – South Korea
Na Yeon Choi, born October 28, 1987, is currently ranked second on the LPGA Tour. She captured her first career major championship in July of 2012 by winning the U.S. Women’s Open.
3. Inbee Park – South Korea
Inbee Park, born July 12, 1988, is currently ranked fourth in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. She has one major championship victory and seven total professional wins.
4. Shanshan Feng – China
Shanshan Feng, born August 5, 1989, is the first Chinese player to join the LPGA Tour (2008). Feng won the 2012 LPGA Championship (a major championship) in 2012.
5. Suzann Pettersen – Norway
Suzann Pettersen, born April 7, 1981, has climbed to a world ranking of second, several times in her career and as recently as August 22, 2011. She has sixteen total professional wins and one major championship victory.
6. So Yeon Ryu – South Korea
So Yeon Ryu, born June 29, 1990, plays on both the U.S. based LPGA Tour and LPGA of Korea Tour. In 2011 she won the U.S. Women’s Open.
7. Jiyai Shin – South Korea
Jiyai Shin, born April 28, 1988, plays on the both the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Korea Tour. In 2007, Shin won ten events in nineteen starts on the KLPGA Tour and in 2008 she won three LPGA events, including the Women’s British Open and the ADT Championship. She has held the top spot in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
8. Ai Miyazato – Japan
Ai Miyazato, born June 19, 1985, competes on the both the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Japan Tour. On three separate occasions in 2010, Miyazato held the top spot in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
9. Mika Miyazato – Japan
Mika Miyazato, born October 10, 1989, competes on the LPGA Tour and LPGA of Japan Tour. Miyazato has two professional wins and finished in the top ten of three of the four major championships in 2012.
10. Catriona Matthew – Scotland
Catriona Matthew, born August 25, 1969, plays primarily on the LPGA Tour. Matthew has ten professional wins and one major championship victory.
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