Ariya rises to world No.2 after major win

Ariya rises to world No.2 after major win

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.

Ariya Jutanugarn has moved up to second in the world rankings following her win at the US Women's Open on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Thai climbed three spots to stay behind top-ranked Park In-Bee of South Korea in the latest rankings published on Monday.

Ariya, who has won nine LPGA titles, is ahead of American Lexi Thompson, China's Feng Shanshan and Park Sung-Hyun of South Korea.

South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon remains sixth and is followed by compatriot IK Kim and Australia's Minjee Lee.

Ariya's sister Moriya's ranking has been unchanged at No.9 with South Korea's Choi Hye-Jin completing the top 10.

Ariya briefly took the top spot last year and was fifth before the US Women's Open where she beat South Korea's Kim Hyo-Joo at the fourth play-off hole to win the title.

It is her second major crown after her success at the 2016 Women's British Open.

Meanwhile, former world No.1 Adam Scott booked his US Open berth in sectional qualifying on Monday and will extend his streak of consecutive majors played to 68 at Shinnecock Hills next week.

"I am pumped," Scott said after parring his final hole in 36-hole sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

His even par 72 over the last 18, for a six-under total of 138, was just enough for him to avoid a 10-man play-off for the final spot.

Australia's Scott has played in every major since the 2001 British Open.

But after slipping out of the top 60 in the world rankings he didn't have an automatic berth in the year's second major championship.

Fourteen places were on offer in the qualifier at Columbus, which featured a field of 120.

"It is a nice streak to keep going," Scott said.

"It'd be better if I win the US Open. I'm playing all these majors to try and win them, not just to show up." 

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