Lydia Ko hits out of the bunker on the 17th hole during the wind-delayed first round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, March 31, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chris Carlson
April 29, 2017

IRVING, Texas (AP) Lydia Ko has withdrawn from the LPGA tournament in Texas because of an eye infection and could lose the No. 1 ranking she has held for 79 straight weeks.

Ko was 1-over after the first two days and pulled out before Saturday's third round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

Her agent said in a statement that Ko has a swollen eye from an infection, likely caused by allergies that have been bothering her all week. A doctor advised Ko not to wear contact lenses until she got better.

Ko could be overtaken in the Rolex Rankings by No. 2 So Yeon Ryu or No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn.

Ryu becomes No. 1 if she finishes first or second. Jutanguran started the second round a stroke behind leader Haru Nomura and becomes No. 1 if she wins.

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