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Lydia Ko Rises to Fourth in World Rankings

Lydia Ko has clawed her way back to a career-best fourth place on the official Women’s Golf Rankings after her maiden victory since turning professional.

The 16-year-old New Zealander won the $US1m Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament in Taiwan on Sunday night and has since jumped from sixth to fourth, proving that she can handle the pressures of the professional circuit.

Ko came out on top over former US Open champion and World No.5 So Yeon Ryu of South Korea before leapfrogging her in the official Women’s Rankings. Yeon Ryo remained in fifth place while Shanshan Feng, who was fourth, slipped down to sixth.

Ko’s weekend victory was her third at a professional tournament for the year and fifth of her career, although also her first as a fully-fledged professional.

''Two tournaments, two cheques, I'm pretty happy with that,'' Ko said after her win, where she won $20,000 after a top 25 finish in her first start - at an LPGA Tour event in Florida last month - and $180,000 from her Taiwan win.

Although she missed out on $1.82m in winnings when she was an amateur, Ko has already pocketed more than $200,000 in her two tournaments as a professional.