Female golf has come a long way and is now receiving the recognition it deserves. This is evident by the efforts that the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) are doing to ensure that female golfers also get the acknowledgement they deserve. In no particular order, these are some of the best in the world.
Ranking: 3rd in the LPGA
Nelly Korda is a 23-year-old American professional golfer and has managed to win seven times and also rank number one in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. In the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Korda won the Olympic gold medal. She began her professional career in the year 2016 on the Symetra Tour.
Here, she won her first pro event during the Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge. Korda won her first LPGA tour title on the 28th of October 2018 at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taiwan.
Ranking: 2nd in the LPGA
Minjee Lee is a 26-year-old Australian professional golfer who in 2010, became the youngest winner of the WA Amateur Open when she was still a high school student. On the 26th of February 2014, Lee became the number one ranked amateur golfer when she won the Oates Victorian Open during the ALPG Tour.
Lee received her first LPGA Tour win on the 18th of May 2015 during the Kingsmill Championship. She won her 8th LPGA Tour in the U.S Women’s Open on the 5th of June 2022 and this earned her the biggest payday to date in the history of women’s golf.
Ranking: 7th in the LPGA
Nasa Hatakoka is a 23-year-old Japanese professional golfer who has won the LPGA Tour six times on the Japan Tour of the LPGA. When Hatakoka was still an amateur, she won the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championships in 2016 where she was the youngest player and also the fist amateur to ever win a JLPGA major. Her professional career commended in 2017 when she played on both the LPGA Tour and for the LPGA Japan Tour. Nasa won the DIO Implant LA Open on the 24th of April 2022, which became her 6th win on the LPGA Tour. This made her world ranking jump to an impressive 6th place, from a 12th.
Ranking: 10th in the LPGA
Brooke Henderson is a 24-year-old Canadian professional golfer. She was named the Canadian Press female athlete of the year in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Henderson won her first major when she was 18 years old during the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2016 which made her the youngest player to ever win the event. She has 11 LPGA wins and since June 2022, this has made her a Canadian golfer with the most victories for major professional tours.
Ranking: 30th in the LPGA
Jeongeun Lee is a 26-year-old South Korean professional golfer that’s as exciting to watch as it is to play NZ bingo games. She is affectionately known as Jeongeun Lee by her supporters to differentiate her from other Korean LPGA golfers with the similar name. Lee won her first major championship during the U.S Women’s Open and was also named the LPGA Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year in 2019.