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A lowdown on the world's top 10

World number one Nelly Korda will be joined by the rest of the top 10 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings at the 2023 AIG Women’s Open, with Céline Boutier arriving on the back of her first major win two weeks ago.

All four of the major winners in 2023 so far are among the top 10, including Allisen Corpuz who stormed to a maiden major at Pebble Beach in July.

1 Nelly Korda

Thursday tee time 8:20am; Friday tee time 1:00pm

Nelly Korda is back at the top of the rankings after recording a top-10 finish at the Amundi Evian Championship, having won the Aramco Team Series event in London just before that.

The 25-year-old American won her first, and so far only, major at the PGA Championship in 2021 before claiming Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020.

Korda, whose sister Jessica is also a professional golfer, recorded her best finish at the AIG Women’s Open in 2019 when she tied for ninth.

2 Jin Young Ko

Thursday tee time 8:09am; Friday tee time 12:49pm

Jin Young Ko had an AIG Women’s Open debut to remember as she finished runner-up to Inbee Park in 2015 which remains her best finish.

The South Korean won two majors in 2019 with victories at the Chevron Championship and the Amundi Evian Championship and now holds the record for most weeks at world number one after passing Lorena Ochoa’s record of 158 weeks in June.

Ko sits just behind Korda in the rankings having recorded two wins this season at the Women’s World Championship and the Founders Cup.

3 Céline Boutier

Thursday tee time 12:27pm; Friday tee time 7:47am

France’s Boutier is in the form of her life heading to the AIG Women’s Open this year after a first major triumph at the Amundi Evian Championship, staged in her homeland.

Celine Boutier

The 29-year-old claimed her first major by six strokes and followed her victory at the Amundi Evian Championship by claiming the Scottish Open title a week later.

Boutier has twice finished in the top 10 at the AIG Women’s Open, most recently tying for seventh at last year’s event at Muirfield.

4 Ruoning Yin

Thursday tee time 7:36am; Friday tee time 12:16pm

Another of the 2023 major winners, Ruoning Yin became only the second Chinese player to claim a major with victory at the Women’s PGA Championship.

The 20-year-old, who joined the LPGA Tour last year, is yet to play in the AIG Women’s Open having stormed up the rankings this year.

Yin ended 2022 ranked 151st in the world but now sits comfortably in the top 10 after a T20 finish at the US Women’s Open and a maiden victory on the LPGA Tour in April.

5 Lydia Ko

Thursday tee time 8:20am; Friday tee time 1:00pm

New Zealander Lydia Ko will tee off in a high-class group including Korda and England’s Charley Hull as she searches for a first AIG Women’s Open title.

The 26-year-old enjoyed extraordinary success at the beginning of her career, finishing second at the inaugural Amundi Evian Championship aged just 15 and still an amateur.

In 2015, she won the Evian Championship for her first major triumph, backing that up with a win at the Chevron Championship the following year, having record a best AIG Women’s Open finish of tied third in between those two victories.

6 Lilia Vu

Thursday tee time 12:38pm; Friday tee time 7:58am

Winner of the first major of the year, Lilia Vu claimed the Chevron Championship title by beating Angel Yin in a play-off.

That victory continued an excellent start to the season that had seen her win the LPGA Thailand event in February.

The 25-year-old American has only played the AIG Women’s Open once before, finishing tied for 41st at Muirfield last year.

7 Hyo-Joo Kim

Thursday tee time 1:00pm; Friday tee time 8:20am

Hyo-Joo Kim was only 19 when she claimed her first major with a one-stroke victory at the Amundi Evian Championship in 2014.

Hyo-Joo Kim

The South Korean opened the tournament with a majors record 10-under-par 61 but needed a birdie on the last and for Karrie Webb to bogey to claim the title.

Kim finished tied for seventh at the 2017 AIG Women’s Open which marks her best finish, ending the 2022 Championship in a tie for 15th.

8 Allisen Corpuz

Thursday tee time 1:00pm; Friday tee time 8:20am

Allisen Corpuz will play alongside Hyo-Joo Kim in the opening two rounds of the 2023 AIG Women’s Open.

Corpuz is herself a major winner, claiming the US Women’s Open earlier this year, becoming the second women’s major champion from Hawaii.

The 25-year-old failed to make the cut at her maiden AIG Women’s Open appearance last year but has recorded three top 20 finishes at majors this season having never previously finished inside the top 20.

9 Brooke Henderson

Thursday tee time 12:49pm; Friday tee time 8:09am

Two-time major winner Brooke Henderson is part of one of the blockbuster groups on the opening two days of the week, playing alongside last year’s winner Ashleigh Buhai and rising star Rose Zhang.

Henderson was herself a young sensation, winning the Women’s PGA Championship at just 18 before the Canadian won the Amundi Evian Championship last year.

The 25-year-old followed that victory up by recording her best-ever finish at the AIG Women’s Open with a tie for seventh.

10 Minjee Lee

Thursday tee time 7:58am; Friday tee time 12:38pm

Minjee Lee enjoys a comeback having recovered from being 10 strokes at the halfway point of the 2021 Amundi Evian Championship before winning her maiden major in a play-off.

At the Scottish Open last week, the Australian recovered from a first round 80 to shoot 66-68-66 to finish in a tie for 13th.

The 27-year-old has been the essence of consistency at the AIG Women’s Open making the top 10 five times in nine starts, including in each of the last three years.

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