It is possible to be in the top 15 by the end of June next year. Ko Jin-young and Kim Hyo-joo are stable in 6th-7th place.
Shin Ji-ae (35, photo), who mainly plays on the Japan Ladies Professional Golf (JLPGA) tour, has a goal next year to participate in the Paris Olympics. If she continues at her current pace, Shin Ji-ae will likely be able to achieve her dream of competing in her first Olympics.
Shin Ji-ae maintained 15th place in the women’s golf world rankings announced on the 26th for the last time this year. She must maintain her ranking within the world’s top 15 by the end of June to qualify for the Paris Olympics next July. Two players from each country can participate in women’s golf at the Olympics. However, if you are ranked among the top 15 in the world, up to four people from one country can participate. From the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when golf returned as an official sport, to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a total of four Korean women’s golfers participated.
Ko Jin-young and Kim Hyo-joo, ranked 6th and 7th in the world, respectively, are stable. Yang Hee-young is in 16th place, right behind Shin Ji-ae. Yang Hee-young is on the rise after lifting the trophy at the CME Tour Championship, the final match of the LPGA Tour season held last month.
Shin Ji-ae once ranked No. 1 in the world with 20 wins in Korea, 11 wins in the United States, and 28 wins in Japan, but she has not yet made it to the Olympics. Ji-ae Shin, who has long dreamed of competing in the Olympics, recently said, “Next year is the year of the Paris Olympics. “She wants to go to the Olympics one day,” she said.
In the men’s golf world rankings last announced this year, Kim Joo-hyung ranked 11th, the highest among Korean players. Seongjae Lim followed in 27th place. 19가이드03