Asia, namely southeastern Asia, is one of the regions with the most interest towards golf. Lately, Asian athletes have been exceptionally successful in the world of golf, more precisely, female golfers. The top 5 of the Women’s World Golf Ranking has 4 women from Asia! So don’t get too surprised if you see only one male golfer on our today’s pick of top 5 golfers from Asia.
- Hideki Matsuyama. The number one pick on our ranking is Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. As of September 3, 2017, he is the number three golfer on the Official World Golf Ranking. Although his achievements are not as spectacular compared to European or North American golfers, he is currently the best male golfer from Asia. While he has not won any major championships, he is a five-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Japan Golf Tour winner.
- Ryu So-yeon. Also known as So Yeon Ryu, the number two pick on our list is the current best female golfer in the world. Being a South Korean golfer, she plays on the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Korea Tour. She is most notable for her two won majors – the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2017 ANA Inspiration. Her 5-th title of the LPGA Tour has earned her the number one spot in the Rolex Rankings (otherwise known as Women’s World Golf Rankings).
- Park Sung-hyun. This young 23 years old golfer is the current (namely, as of September 9) number two female golfer in the Rolex Rankings. Her most important achievement is the victory at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open major championship. Having turned a professional in 2012 at the age of 18, she has won 2 LPGA Tours and 10 LGPA of Korea Tours. And she has the time and potential to become a much more successful professional golfer!
- Ariya Jutanugarn. The next golfer on our top of Asian golfers is a Thai professional golfer Ariya Jutanugarn. This 21 years old athlete is the first golfer from Thailand to win a major championship, which has been the 2016 Women’s British Open. She turned professional in 2012 as well. But why put her at the fourth place below Sung-hyun, who is slightly older? Jutanugarn won in 6 LPGA Tours and 2 Ladies European Tours, which is less than the 12 wins of Sung-hyun. Besides, although Jutanugarn has been the number one female golfer on the Women’s World Golf Rankings in June 2017, she is on the number four spot as of September 9, 2017. But this doesn’t belittle her achievements as she is an exceptionally talented golfer!
- Chun In-gee. Coincidentally, the number five Asian golfer of today’s ranking is the number five on Rolex Rankings! In-gee is another young talent from South Korea. Moreover, the 23 years old golfer has already won 2 majors, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2016 Evian Championship. She has won in more professional events than Sung-hyun – 2 LPGA Tours, 1 Ladies European Tour, 2 LPGA of Japan Tour, and 9 LPGA of Korea Tour. While one may argue that she deserves a better spot due to her two won majors, the main reason we put her on the #5 spot is that she is in a lower position in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.