There were a lot of predictions about Lydia Ko losing her No. 1 status due to the official rankings suggesting so, but it turns out there was a computer error. Ko still holds her prestigious spot by .01 over Ariya Jutanugarn.
According to an email by the technical provider of rankings, there was a “bug in the projection tool”. While accumulating the scores over the past 104 weeks, the tool accidentally added the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic to the data, projecting that Jutanugarn was going to overtake Ko’s ranking.
“When running the projections, the tool used the date on which the projections were run, rather than the date when the rankings would be released,” according to a statement from technical provider WWGR Inc. that was posted to social media by the LPGA. “Thus when projections were run last week, they included the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic in the event count for both Lydia Ko (51 events) and Ariya Jutanugarn (58 events).”
When the tool was run again on Monday, it correctly calculated the ranking without the 2015 Manulife included, and Ko remained at No. 1. Using the correct model, it was found that Ko now has 8.37 average world ranking points to 8.36 for Jutanugarn.
Even with that small change, which to many may seem insignificant, it sent the world in a frenzy over Ko’s potential boot off the top. Everyone will surely be checking twice next time someone predicts Ko’s loss of her historical streak. She will be starting her 85th consecutive week at No. 1.
Ko’s status has brought her earnings way up, with this year’s payday at $5,941,642. She made it to 44th on the highest paid golfer list, and the only female to make it in the top 50. Here are the top earners of 2017: