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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship - An outcome decisive for the world rankings

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The 2017 season is in full swing and the battle for the top place has never been so hard to call. The past three weeks have since three world number 1s, New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and Korea's So Yeon Ryu, which means that the result of the year's 2nd major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, will be decisive in determining who stands at the top of the women's world rankings.

So Yeon Ryu, the firm favorite, is showing unswerving consistency and success. With 9 Top 10 finishes at her 11 tournaments since the start of the season, her win at the ANA Inspiration, the first major of 2017, and her recent victory in Arkansas, the lovely Korean is leading across the board with her world number 1 ranking, number 1 ranking in the US money list and number 1 ranking in the Rolex Annika Major Award, which crowns the top-performing player in the 5 Majors of 2017. In Chicago, on the historic course at the Olympia Fields Country Club, So Yeon Ryu will be attempting to keep her main rivals at bay, widen the gap and assert her all-round supremacy.

Another player to keep an eye on is Brooke Henderson, winner of last year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship after defeating Lydia Ko in a play-off. The young Canadian also has the wind in her sails with a victory mid-June at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Unless the American Lexi Thomspon, winner of the Kingsmill Championship at the end of May, is able to erase her mishap at the ANA Inspiration and hold high the trophy in Chicago.

Playing for France, Karine Icher, the flag-bearer for the delegation of 5 players (herself plus Perrine Delacour, Gwladys Nocera, Joanna Klatten and Céline Herbin) will be out to confirm her good form so far this season.