Lydia Ko lifts to fourth on world rankings list

Last updated 14:05 10/12/2013
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SWEET SUCCESS: New Zealand's Lydia Ko kisses her trophy Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament in Taiwan. She also pocketed $180,000.

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Lydia Ko has climbed backed to her career-best fourth on the official women's golf rankings courtesy of her first win as a professional.

The 16-year-old Kiwi won the $US1m Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament in Taiwan on Sunday night and has since jumped from sixth to fourth.

She gunned down former US Open champion and world No 5 So Yeon Ryu of South Korea then leapt her in the official women's rankings. Yeon Ryo remained in fifth place while Shanshan Feng, who was fourth, dropped to sixth.

Ko's win at the weekend was her third win at a professional tournament for the year and fifth of her career, but first as a professional.

After missing 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. 

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. 

''Two tournaments, two cheques, I'm pretty happy with that,'' Ko said after her win. 

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