Granada, Ciganda climb world rankings despite loss

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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Julieta Granada and Carlota Ciganda lost in a playoff to Lydia Ko at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, but both made solid moves in the latest women's world golf rankings.

Granada improved 14 places to No. 34, while Ciganda jumped 13 to No. 53. Despite her win, Ko remained No. 3 in the rankings, but trimmed the deficit behind No. 2 Stacy Lewis from 1.64 average points to 0.36 average points.

Inbee Park remained the top-ranked player and her lead over Lewis is 1.01 average points.

Lewis and Ko were again followed by Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Michelle Wie, So Yeon Ryu and Karrie Webb, who were fourth to eighth.

Hyo-Joo Kim and Lexi Thompson exchanged places with Kim up to No. 9. Kyu Jung Baek inched up one spot to 11th and that bumped Anna Nordqvist down a notch to 12th.

The rest of the top 20 were the same as last week with No. 13 Cristie Kerr followed by Azahara Munoz, Sun Ju Ahn, Na Yeon Choi, Mi Rim Lee, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Angela Stanford.