Atthaya Thitikul reached the number one spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for the first time in her career in October. Thitikul is only the second player under the age of 20 to become world number one at 19 years, 8 months and 11 days, joining Lydia Ko. The teenager is the second consecutive player from Thailand to earn Rookie of the Year honours and third overall, joining Patty Tavatanakit (2021) and Moriya Jutanugarn (2013).
Atthaya’s rise in the professional ranks follows an outstanding amateur career that saw her become the youngest person ever to win a professional tournament at the 2017 Ladies European Thailand Championship at 14 years, four months and 19 days. Before her rookie season on the LPGA tour, Atthaya won Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honours, and the Race to Costa del Sol on the Ladies European Tour in 2021.