Shin leapfrogs Miyazato

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, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Jiyai Shin replaced Ai Miyazato atop the world rankings for women's golf following her win Sunday at the lucrative Evian Masters.

Shin birdied the 18th hole for a one-shot victory over three players, assuming the No. 1 ranking for the second time this season.

The 22-year-old South Korean is one of three players who have been No. 1 since Lorena Ochoa's retirement. Shin took over the top spot on the day Ochoa played her farewell round and still had it when she withdrew the Wednesday of the State Farm Classic to have an emergency appendectomy.

Since then, Miyazato and Cristie Kerr have exchanged the top ranking with Shin dropping all the way back to No. 4 at the beginning of last week, behind Suzann Pettersen.

With her win in France over one of the best non-major fields in women's golf, Shin moved up three places to re-gain the No. 1 ranking. Miyazato, Kerr and Pettersen slipped one spot apiece, while Yani Tseng remained No. 5 this week.

The next nine places in the rankings also remained unchanged, with Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Anna Nordqvist, Song-Hee Kim, Karrie Webb, In Kyung Kim, Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford and Inbee Park occupying positions 6-14 again.

Morgan Pressel, one of the runners-up to Shin, moved up two places to No. 15, bumping Sakura Yokomine and Mi-Jeong Jeon down one spot apiece. Pressel missed a shorter birdie putt than Shin's on the 18th hole to squander a chance to force a playoff.

Chie Arimura and Catriona Matthew remained 18th and 19th and Sun Ju Ahn moved up one place to round out the top 20 following a good showing in France. Matthew will defend her title at this week's Women's British Open.

Alexis Thompson, the 15-year-old rising star, also finished as a runner-up to Shin on Sunday and vaulted 75 places to No. 74 this week. Thompson was trying to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history by almost three years.

Choi was the other runner-up to Shin in France.


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